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Members are advised that from 1 November 2017, SafeWork NSW has introduced “on the spot” fines in an effort to reduce worker fatalities and serious injuries when:
Workers compensation data shows there were 12,136 claims relating to falls from heights between 2013/14 and 2015/16, representing a total cost of $327 million and total lost work time of 126,945 weeks. This significantly impacts workers, their families and the NSW economy.
Under amendments to the NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation gazetted 29 October 2017, SafeWork NSW inspectors will be able to issue penalty notices of $3600 to corporations and $720 to individuals for breaches relating to falls from heights. The new on the spot fines can be issued by Inspectors if
the risk to workers is imminent or serious, or if the workplace is a repeat offender.
Falls from Heights
This year alone, SafeWork NSW has attended 279 incidents involving falls from heights, with eight workers killed and many more receiving catastrophic injuries.
It is important to properly assess the risks involved for each activity that includes the need to work at heights, and ensure that you have implemented the highest level of control that is reasonably practicable in the circumstances. Additionally, construction work that involves the risk of a person falling more than two
metres requires a Safe Work Method Statement, as this is considered High Risk Construction Work (HRCW).
What you can do:
New fines have also been gazetted 29 October 2017 for individuals who carry out asbestos removal or prescribed high-risk work without a licence.
Licences are required for certain types of work that are considered high risk. In most cases, workers must be trained and assessed as competent before they are issued with a licence to undertake that work.
What you can do:
For more information relating to the new fines, visit SafeWork’s website for
Should members have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the Association’s Safety Department Sydney Office on 02 8586 3555.
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