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Members are advised that SafeWork NSW has announced a safety
crackdown on the construction industry, following a recent spike in serious
injuries to workers on Sydney building sites.
In the past week alone, three workers sustained injuries in
falls from heights on construction sites across Sydney, including one fatality
at Lidcombe. Between January and May 2017, at least 13 construction workers were
killed or seriously injured in falls.
In response to these alarming statistics, SafeWork NSW is
planning a safety blitz on construction sites across Sydney. This will include
the launch of a new Construction Safety Team, as part of a $2.5 million boost to
safety on major infrastructure projects announced in the NSW Budget.
Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy, said Sydney’s
construction and infrastructure boom is no excuse for neglecting worker safety.
“Every worker in the NSW
construction industry has the right to a safe and healthy workplace. Effective
safety systems do not have to be expensive or complicated, and being busy is no
excuse for risking workers’ safety,” he said.
“A fall, even from a
relatively low height, can result in serious injury or death. Most of the
recent incidents could have been prevented if safe work systems such as safety
harnesses or work platforms had been used.”
Mr Dunphy said inspectors will have a strong presence on
construction sites over the coming months.
“Inspectors will be conducting
planned and unannounced visits to construction sites across Sydney, and will
show zero tolerance to workers being put at risk of serious or fatal injuries,” he said.
“Sydney construction companies
can take this as a warning: if you are putting worker safety at risk, SafeWork
will come down hard on you.”
During site visits, SafeWork NSW inspectors will check:
Watch the video
of Peter Dunphy talking about the safety issues on construction sites.
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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