Some companies in South Australia were alarmed at discovering that people they thought were SafeWork inspectors, issuing them with instructions and inspecting work on their sites, were in actual fact imposters posing as inspectors.
SafeWork SA has subsequently issued a warning to all SA businesses to be aware of fake safety inspectors visiting worksites and even issuing verbal and written directions.
Two imposter inspectors apparently visited construction sites in the state and conducted their own safety inspections, even issuing workers with directions, according to SafeWork SA’s news release.
Safe Work SA has urged all employers to ask for proof of identity and check the credentials of any unknown persons who ask for access to a workplace especially those claiming to be SafeWork inspectors. Those who are authentic SafeWork inspectors will always be carrying an ID proving they are who they say they are and are an authorised inspector. Also they will usually be wearing a SafeWork SA uniform with SafeWork’s emblem on it.
Also generally it is important that construction sites in particular practice good security, not only for the safety of workers but also for the safety of others entering the site. The site should not be open for anyone to enter and access should be strictly controlled because it is a highly hazardous environment and there is a lot of room for accidents to occur.