WorkSafe completes latest blitz

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WorkSafe ACT has completed a second inspection blitz of residential construction sites, with 128 notices issued across the Territory.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said 54 Prohibition Notices were issued, as well as “several” Infringement Notices.

“We are still seeing concerning issues with working from heights; unsafe scaffolding; electrical issues; no safety planning through Safe Work Method Statements and potential slips, trips and falls,” he said.

“These are the same issues we see time and again, and it is clear that many builders and contractors in this sector do not consider the safety of their workers as important. I think this attitude is completely unacceptable and I can assure all operators in the residential construction sector that WorkSafe will be holding them to account.”

Since the beginning of the year, more than 112 inspections have been carried out, with nearly 200 notices issued and over 70 sites shut down due to “imminent safety risks to workers”.

The inspection blitz come after the deaths of two workers on two separate construction sites in Denman Prospect in January and February.

 

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