A year long safety blitz for the construction industry in NSW has begun and construction businesses who put their workers at risk are the target.

According to SafeWork NSW, the number of falls from heights over the past five years has increased drastically and most are occurring on construction sites.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said falls are “the number one killer on NSW construction sites.

Already this year 8 people were killed in workplace falls and a lot more were severely injured.

He alerted employers that cutting corners and putting workers at risk would not be tolerated. In fact he warned employers in the state to prioritise the proper safety measures .

He also reminded them that fall incidents tend to increase toward the end of the year as workers rush to get work done on time.

He also highlighted that SafeWork inspectors would be taking advantage of the tough new laws that came into effect last month.

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