Inspectors head to border towns
Workplace inspectors from New South Wales and Victoria are visiting construction sites in Murray River border towns this week.
Construction sites from Cobram and Barooga to Corowa are in the inspectors’ sights, said the safety regulators WorkSafe Victoria and WorkCover NSW in a joint media release.
Inspectors are checking to ensure builders and subcontractors are managing high-risk construction work, complying with safe work method statements (SWMSs) and preventing falls down stair voids.
“Inspectors will also want to see builders effectively managing site safety, including having public protection in place and ensuring housekeeping practices are adequate,” said both regulators.
Laurence Richey, WorkCover NSW Assistant Director, Regional and Response Operations, said in the media release that proper planning and risk assessments can help to avoid most health and safety issues on construction sites. Worker consultation on safety is also critical, he added.
“Taking short cuts with safety on construction sites is not an option,” WorkSafe Regional Operations Manager Brooke Grey said in the media release.
“All too often after a serious injury, inspectors hear ‘but it was only a five-minute job’. Short cuts can end in tragedy with a cost far more valuable than time or money.”
Published on 27 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.