NSW has launched a year-long blitz to crack down on dodgy construction sites which put workers at risk. Inspectors will be targeting businesses who don’t take the proper precautions in order to protect against the risk of falls from heights.
The number of falls from heights reported to SafeWork NSW has more than tripled in the last five years – most of which have come from the construction industry. Better Regulation minister Matt Kean said falls were the number one killer on the state’s construction sites.
“This year alone, eight people have tragically died in work-related falls, and many more have been severely injured. Today I’m issuing a warning to employers across the state about the importance of having proper safety measures in place to protect your workers.”
Mr. Kean also said inspectors would be taking advantage of the state’s tough new laws that came into force November 1st. The new laws allow inspectors to issue on the spot fines of up to $3,600 to businesses who are non-compliant (see related article).
“I can assure the community that we will do everything in our power to make sure every NSW construction worker is safe and sound this Christmas.”