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Worksafe aims for the heights

By johnboy - 8 April 2013 4

Worksafe ACT have announced they’re going to be taking a long and beady look at what the construction industry is up to once their boots leave the ground:

The Work Safety Commissioner announced today that WorkSafe ACT will be conducting an inspection program focusing on working safely at height in the residential housing industry in the ACT. The program will commence on Tuesday 9 April 2013.

“The Getting Home Safelyreport highlighted falls from heights as a leading cause of serious injuries in the construction industry,” the ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe, said today. “This is backed up by analysis from Safe Work Australia which identifies falls from heights as the leading cause of fatalities and a major cause of serious injuries in the industry.”

“The aim of this program is to ensure that both employers and workers are doing the right thing when it comes to working at heights. Inspectors will promote awareness of the provisions of relevant legislation,such as the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and associated regulations, and they will check the level of compliance on sites where working at height is required.

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Worksafe aims for the heights
DrKoresh 4:58 pm 08 Apr 13

I’m somewhat surprised that the workers themselves aren’t more proactive about safety issues. Then again it’s not uncommon for workplaces to develop a culture of bending or disregarding certain regulations, so a crackdown on breaches of safety is probably very sensible.

Deref 4:54 pm 08 Apr 13

EvanJames said :

So, self-regulation hasn’t exactly worked? How surprising, I bet no one could have predicted this! I wonder if they’ll have another look at self-regulation of building standards?

“Self-regulation” is an oxymoron.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:42 pm 08 Apr 13

I have been saying for a while now that work cover just needs to drive through any of the new suburbs and most sites would be done for several reasons, mainly no scaffold and no harness.

Big sites are pretty much 100% compliant know so work cover are going to start really hammering small site builders. And let’s be honest, it’s not such a bad thing at the end of the day.

EvanJames 2:38 pm 08 Apr 13

So, self-regulation hasn’t exactly worked? How surprising, I bet no one could have predicted this! I wonder if they’ll have another look at self-regulation of building standards?

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