Blitz Focusing on Work From Heights Successful- SafeWork NSW


SafeWork NSW says a 12 month construction blitz focusing on reducing falls from heights has been successful and has improved work from height safety and compliance.

During the course of the year inspectors visited 1000 sites around the state, following a high rate of fatalities in 2017 and a spike in falls.

Inspectors embarked on a concentrated education campaign and provided rebates for small businesses.

More than $86,000 in rebates has been given out to 186 small businesses.

Inspectors also issued on-the-spot fines for non-compliance.

A focus on work from height safety will continue this year.

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Queensland WHS Authority Targets Vehicle Loading Cranes

A safety blitz that will last 2 years has begun in Queensland following a number of incidents involving vehicle loading cranes.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently announced the blitz which would address the high number of incidents that occurred between 2012 and 2018 – 18 are known of.

The safety regulator said in the past decade, 3 people were killed in the state and numerous more were injured as well as property damaged after a VLC stabiliser or outrigger arm extended during travel and struck other vehicles or pedestrians.

The campaign comes after an agreement between the coroner and the safety watchdog that there was a need to educate operators and enforce safe use and operation of VLC stabilisers and outriggers.


Construction Industry Get Ready for Year Long Safety Blitz

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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Safety blitz found breaches in housing construction sites

WorkSafe Victoria has conducted a total of 120 safety blitzes on houses across Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura, Warrnambool and Geelong which has yielded shocking results. 90 safety breaches have been discovered last month as part of the organisations Operator SafeSite program.

A number of workplace deaths have occurred this year already and construction workers in particular are in danger. That is why employers and workers need to work together to do all they can to ensure workplace safety.

The inspectors warned sites ahead of time of their visitation yet many failed to make their sites safer before inspectors showed up. Some businesses did yield the warnings and made improvements before inspectors arrived.

Fifty one improvement notices were handed out by site inspectors requiring businesses to fix health and safety breaches before it results in serious injury for workers. During the blitz a total of 39 breaches were identified and dealt with on the spot.

Some of the things that need to be considered include security of the site in the form of fencing, housekeeping and safe storing of tools when not in use are all examples of small measures that need to be taken but can make a huge positive impact on site safety.

Inspectors have reminded people in the housing construction sector that safety takes a proactive approach, it doesn’t just happen. It requires planning, effective controls in place, regular supervision and training.

For those businesses who have been issued with notices and those who managed to escape without any notices, inspectors will be conducting follow-up visits over the next few weeks, so make sure your business is not the one receiving safety notices for lack of safety compliance.