Notices issued in construction sites blitz

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WorkSafe ACT has issued over 70 notices on residential construction sites, in a blitz that follows the death of a worker on a construction site in Denman Prospect in January.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said the level of compliance with safety laws was “poor”, with the notices issued across 28 sites: “of the 70 notices issued, a total of 19 Prohibition Notices had been issued where there was an imminent safety risk to workers. In these cases, all work ceased immediately until the safety breaches were satisfactorily rectified”.

Major site issues included: no protection to prevent falls from heights; incomplete or incorrectly modified scaffolding; electrical safety issues; poor site management with slip, trip and fall hazards; and inadequate site security.

“There seemed to be a general disregard for worker safety with basic protection systems not in place and little planning to ensure work was undertaken in a safe manner,” Mr Jones said.

“WorkSafe inspections in this area will continue and inspectors will not hesitate to issue more notices, including closing sites that do not meet basic safety requirements.

The investigation into the worker’s death in January is ongoing.

 

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