WorkSafe inspectors to visit ACT’s construction sites to ensure scaffolding safety

WorkSafe inspectors will soon visit construction sites across the ACT this month as part of a concerted effort on scaffolding safety.

According to Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones, this audit was critically important to ensure safe practice because falls from heights are one of the most common and debilitating accidents which could happen in a workplace.

“This is the latest of a series of audits of high-risk activities to be undertaken by WorkSafe ACT, following a focus on crane safety at the end of last year,” he said.

“Since 2014, there have been 476 claims for workers compensation in the ACT relating from falls from heights, which is 476 injuries too many.

“Even a two-metre fall can cause serious injury or be fatal. We know that falls are the leading cause of death in construction every year. These deaths are preventable and we want to work with industry to ensure we are all actively preventing serious accidents through delivery best practice.

“Scaffolding when used appropriately can support safety when working at heights, but can also be a high risk if the scaffolding is not used the way it should be. We will be working to educate as well as ensure compliance with industry during this proactive audit.”

Commercial and residential construction sites will be visited b inspectors in March and April 2017.

“We all want to ensure that workers get home safely. This audit is just one of the ways we can shine a spotlight on a key high-risk area in a coordinated way to further understand issues on a larger scale and educate industry to support safety for workers undertaking work at heights.

“As Work Safety Commissioner one of my key priorities is to continue to improve the Territory’s safety record and reduce the number of significant incidents or injuries in workplaces by strengthening health and safety compliance through education and training.”

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