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Inspectors have conducted 118 audits and issued 32 notices to construction companies in New South Wales as part of a safety improvement campaign.

As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, WorkCover NSW is targeting commercial construction sites in the six-week campaign.

“During these site visits inspectors are paying particular attention to site management safety plans, including emergency evacuation procedures, and high-risk activities such as crane operation, erection, dismantling and maintenance of scaffold and ‘hot’ work procedures,” said WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General Manager John Watson.

“To date we have spoken with 324 employers (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking – PCBU), and issued 32 notices relating to identified work health and safety issues including electrical leads and powerpoints, working at heights, demolition, Return to work, emergency procedures and scaffolding.”

WorkCover will meet with employers and unions after the blitz to review the state of safety in the commercial construction sector.

“We may also choose to extend the blitz should we identify any negative trends in site management,” Watson added.

For more detail visit the blitz update.

Published on 10 April 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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