Summit looks at worker safety

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Worker safety in residential construction was the focus of WorkSafe ACT’s Strategic Summit on Friday 31 July.

Workplace Safety Minister Suzanne Orr said a key priority for the now-independent WorkSafe ACT is improving the industry’s safety culture, as outlined in her Statement of Expectations for the organisation.

“Two recent fatalities in the residential construction industry leave us in no doubt that this industry’s safety culture must change. Workplace fatalities are unacceptable and together we must lead action to make sure every worker goes home at the end of their shift,” Ms Orr said. 

ACT Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius said she would be “working closely with this industry to improve their safety culture and to prevent workplace deaths and injuries in the ACT”.

Ms Agius is due to deliver a response to the Minister’s Statement of Expectations in September.

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