Three prohibition, or stop-work, notices were issued at residential worksites in Ginninderry on Wednesday, 3 March, after WorkSafe ACT inspected 25 construction sites in the new suburb in the Territory’s northwest.
A further 19 improvement notices and one infringement notice were also issued by WorkSafe ACT as part of Operation Safe Prospect, an ongoing crackdown on residential construction sites across the ACT aimed at improving work health and safety.
The notices were issued due to the risk of falls from heights, unsafe scaffolding, electrical hazards, lack of amenities and signage, and safe work method statements not being in place or followed.
ACT Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius called on the industry to take action after WorkSafe visited Ginninderry in October 2020 and issued 10 improvement notices and one prohibition notice.
“It’s time for the industry to take action and start improving its work health and safety practices because protecting your workers is not negotiable,” she said.
“Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone has the right to feel safe on the job and to go home safely to their families at the end of their shift.”
More information on WorkSafe ACT’s Operation Safe Prospect is available here.