WorkSafe ACT is narrowing in on employers who compromise workers’ safety when it comes to working from height and can now issue an on-the-spot fine of up to 3,600 to offenders.
In the 2017-18 period, there were 72 workers compensation claims in the state for falls from heights as well as many near-misses reported where the appropriate safety protections were not in place.
Given the significant risks of any fall from height, even falls from relatively low height, the consequences for the workers can be catastrophic. Falls can leave workers with debilitating injuries and in some cases prove fatal.
The state government decided to allocate WorkSafe ACT with greater powers to prevent these types of injuries and enforce safety requirements.
Stronger regulatory action including prosecution will be used by WorkSafe where appropriate.
A spokesperson from WorkSafe said this should send a message to the industry that safety must remain the main priority on worksites.