Businesses should prepare for a significant inspector presence during the Swan Hill ‘Safe Towns’ campaign, which involves a team of inspectors visiting a regional area to check on health and safety compliance.

Specialised WorkSafe Return to Work Inspectors will also take part to ensure workplaces with workers’ compensation claims are meeting their obligations.

WorkSafe Regional Director, Adam Rogers, said it was in everyone’s interest to make changes sooner rather than later.

“Find the hazards, assess the risks and fix the problem before it’s too late,” he said.

“We want businesses to look at their workplaces from a fresh perspective and find new ways to address basic issues.”

“Getting on top of health and safety issues in the workplace is good for business and ensures workers return home safely at the end of the day."

WorkSafe statistics show over the past five financial years to 30 June 2011, there have been more than 580 injuries in the Swan Hill region, costing more than $15 million in treatment, income support and rehabilitation costs.

More than half of all the reported injuries during this period involved a musculoskeletal injury such as back injuries, sprains and strains, fractures and dislocations.

Mr Rogers said inspectors would focus on a range of workplace procedures, including dangerous manual handling and unsafe machines, as part of next week’s blitz.

The upcoming inspections follow a WorkSafe information session earlier this month that notified Swan Hill businesses of the upcoming inspections advising employers how to prepare.