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Crackdown on construction safety following Kingston death

By johnboy - 21 July 2012 3

Simon Corbell and Chief Minister Gallagher have teamed up to announce they’re going to be taking a red hot look at safety on ACT construction sites following this morning’s tragic disaster at the Kingston Foreshore:

Attorney General, Simon Corbell, said this was the fourth death of a worker on a worksite since December last year, and third death on a construction site.

“The government has already led a civil construction roundtable bringing together relevant ACT Unions, the Master Builders Association and the Civil Contractors Federation which will put forward recommendations to government in the next month about ways to make civil construction workplaces safer,” Mr Corbell said.

“The government considers the number of fatalities in the civil and construction sector since December last year, to be unacceptable. Therefore today, I have asked the Justice and Community Safety Directorate to prepare options for government for the conduct of a broader investigation into workplace safety in the civil and construction sector in the ACT.

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Crackdown on construction safety following Kingston death
Mysteryman 9:07 am 22 Jul 12

Better put some speed cameras on the work sites. They save lives.

Panhead 2:54 am 22 Jul 12

steveu said :

Im not making a criticsm of workcover legislation and action (Im a supporter of it if it reduces harm to anyone) but I wonder if accidents have decreased since the introduction of enforcement legislation?
I appreciate that most of it is driven by the insurance companies more than anything else, though I would like to think that workers in industrial workplaces are safer now than they were prior to the introduction of the legislation.

As a worker I can tell you first hand that common sense, a level head, ppe and the ability to speak fluent English helps more then OHS inspectors and legislation.

steveu 6:33 pm 21 Jul 12

Im not making a criticsm of workcover legislation and action (Im a supporter of it if it reduces harm to anyone) but I wonder if accidents have decreased since the introduction of enforcement legislation?
I appreciate that most of it is driven by the insurance companies more than anything else, though I would like to think that workers in industrial workplaces are safer now than they were prior to the introduction of the legislation.

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