AN ACTION plan to improve safety in the wood products industry has been launched in Smithfield.
The plan aims to reduce workplace injuries in what WorkCover NSW has said is one of the state's highest-risk industries.
Carrera by Design director Ron Abdishou welcomed the plan at last Thursday's launch.
"We are a small business and recognise we all have a role to play in ensuring each other's safety," he said.
"Finding time and money for safety improvements can be a challenge for many businesses in the industry, and any tools and incentives that will support them in improving safety will be welcomed."
The industry incorporates more than 2000 businesses employing fewer than five employees and manufactures wooden doors, kitchen cabinets, roof trusses and windows.
"We have consulted extensively with industry and businesses on the development of the plan," said John Watson, the general manager of WorkCover's work health and safety division.
"They told us that they are time and resource poor, with many having poor safety cultures where risks are accepted.
"Language and culture are also acknowledged as barriers to safety."
He said WorkCover would work with six industry partners to develop tools and incentives to improve safety through information kits, rebates, events and safety coaches.