29 March 2012

Greens twist the safety knife over Kenoss

| johnboy
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With Kenoss’ Turner truck driver electrocution turning fatal the Greens are raising a ruckus about contracting and safety in the ACT.

The Greens used question time to question the Government on the issue, citing the shutdown of two sites run by Kenoss Contracting, a company frequently used by the ACT Government.

“There are concerns that the Government is favouring the cheapest companies, particularly for construction projects, and that this is compromising safety and opening the door to some poor subcontracting,” said Greens Industrial Relations Spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA.

“I have asked the ACT Government to table information in the Assembly about the recent major construction contracts it has awarded, including whether the winning companies were simply the cheapest. We’re waiting for the response.

“We’ve also questioned whether the Government undertook due diligence on Kenoss, particularly as the safety issues that have arisen relate to the company’s ‘systems of work’ rather than specific hazards.

“It’s disappointing the Government wasn’t able to answer in question time whether all sites in the ACT operated by Kenoss had been identified and inspected.

“Kenoss was recently contracted by the Government to work on major projects such as the GDE, Cotter Road upgrades, and construction work at Bonner School.

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Such a tragic loss from a lapse in safety. It seems incredible that, in 2012, someone can go to work and be killed like this. Easy to forget when you spend so much time in front of a computer. Condolences to his family.

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