Cross border construction inspections increase safety awareness on construction sites

WorkSafe ACT inspectors have recently worked with SafeWork NSW to conduct a targeted operation on construction safety on both sides on the border.

The inspections were conducted between 6-12 April on residential and commercial construction sites in Googong and Goulburn in NSW and Denman Prospect in the ACT.

Inspectors particularly checked height safety, electrical safety, correct paperwork and general site safety. Thirty-one improvement notices, 5 prohibition notices were issued during the inspections.

“With so many workers in the construction industry working in Canberra and our surrounding NSW region, it is important that we work together to deliver consistent, safe practices no matter which side of the border you’re on,” said Minister for Work Safety and Industrial Relations Rachel Stephen-Smith.

“The ACT Government is committed to continuing to improve safety outcomes for the Canberra region and this operation is the latest in a series of collaborations between our two jurisdictions, which recently included support from SafeWork NSW at the Royal Canberra Show, to provide expertise on the safety of the rides.”

Minister for Regulatory Services Gordon Ramsay said many of the challenges in ACT worksites were like those across the border. He said the joint exercise helped streamline processes where possible while ensuring safety.

“We know that many construction companies operate both in the ACT and NSW and so it is important to make conditions easier in this environment while maintaining the primary focus on safety,” said Minister Ramsay.

“This is a key focus for Access Canberra but also for SafeWork NSW – we want to make it easier for industry to identify and mitigate risk on sites without being bogged down in reams of paperwork.

“It is about working smarter and with a strong safety and risk focus.”

NSW Innovation and Better Regulation Minister, Matt Kean said the collaboration is necessary to ensure the safety of workers on both sides of the border.

“The NSW Government remains committed to cutting red tape while maintaining important safety standards on construction sites,” said Minister Kean.

“This cross-border collaboration is imperative for the safety of workers in both NSW and the ACT.

“Cracking down on dodgy operators in both jurisdictions will help ensure those doing the right thing in the construction industry can go about their work safely.”

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