Safety concern at Coroneagh Park

Posted on
September 28, 2022
Aged Care Sector

Henry is a menace.

We recently wrote to your HR about cleaners' concerns with the large commercial vacuum cleaner they nicknamed “Henry”, and staff said several residents have already nearly fallen or tripped over Henry’s cord.

Cleaners tried to get the issue sorted by filling in incident reports and hazard reports and raising it with the WHS committee but, unfortunately, they feel Coroneagh Park hasn’t been listening to them when it comes to their concerns about residents’ and visitors’ safety due to the use of Henry. Cleaners also said they used to use a stick vacuum, but the battery is now defective, and they were told it would not be replaced.

People and Culture Advisor Rachel Hay has replied:

"I have liaised with our Services Manager Jason Neville who has confirmed the Henry vacuum cleaner is used in approximately 8 other Respect homes and is considered a commercial vacuum cleaner used for larger spaces. The homes also have the smaller cordless vacuums for spot cleaning. The cordless at Coroneagh are the Dysons which are due to be replaced as part of the next CAPEX funding round mid next year. It’s anticipated that at least 1, possibly two will be ordered. In the short-term Jason will look into the battery’s being replaced for the current Dyson and what this will cost."

The State Services Manager Jason Neville said that he is happy to sit down with the cleaners to talk about the issue. HACSU members will take up Jason’s offer and have a chat with him next week. Hopefully they can come up with a solution to the trip hazard caused by Henry.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

Aged Care Sector