Are construction industry employees and apprentices receiving adequate safety training and supervision on the job? This is the question being raised after the recent deaths in the sector including the death of German backpacker Marianka Heumann at an East Perth construction site recently.
In the month of October, 5 construction workers were killed on the job. One industry insider, Simon Waters has spoken out about a lack of supervision which he says is a major concern.
Waters was working on building sites around Perth several months ago, looking after apprentices and the site where Ms Heumann died was one of those in his care.
He said he left the organisation because of the lack of safety he discovered there. He explained that people worked without any regard for safety and there were no exclusion zones.
Mr Waters left the job after only 6 weeks and Ms Heumann’s death occurred just 3 weeks later.