Inspection program finds good compliance on city construction sites

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A proactive inspection program looking at construction sites in and around Perth’s CBD has found a high level of compliance with workplace safety laws.

The program involved construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites in the CBD and surrounding suburbs east and west of the city earlier this month.

WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today the level of compliance with workplace safety laws observed by inspectors was pleasing.

“Inspectors issued a relatively small number of notices on the city construction sites - which is good to see – but we will be keeping an eye on the city sites to ensure they keep up the good work,” Mr Kirwin said.

“A total of 44 construction sites were visited as part of the program, with 20 improvement notices and no prohibition notices issued.

“Inspectors also issued 195 verbal directions, but these are only used when the issue is relatively minor and can be remedied while the inspector is on site.”

The inspections focused on the priority areas including electrical safety and working at heights and also concentrated on ensuring that workers had construction induction training cards and High Risk Work Licences where needed.

They also checked that sites had Safe Work Method Statements and that Job Safety Analyses and Site Safety Plans were in place where required.

Of the 20 improvement notices issued, seven were for problems relating to scaffolding and six concerned electricity.  A further three were for edge protection, and single notices were issued for OSH Management Plans, plant, work at heights and evacuation procedures.

“A major focus of this program was ensuring that construction sites had systems in place to protect the public in the vicinity of work sites,” Mr Kirwin said.

“The majority of the sites visited did have these protection systems in place.  Some sites did have minor issues such as maintenance of the bunting or fencing that was in place, but there were no significant public protection issues at the sites visited.

“In addition, inspectors discussed the subject of maintaining public safety with personnel on many of the sites to reinforce the importance of the issue.

“So overall, we were quite pleased with the results of this inspection program, but we plan to continue conducting these proactive programs to ensure the construction industry maintains its standards.

“Inspectors will also continue to visit sites unannounced for both proactive and reactive inspections across metropolitan and regional areas of the State.

“We continue to firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive inspection programs in the best way in which to reduce the risk of work-related injury and illness.”

Further information on working safely can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 307877 or on the website at www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.

Media contact: Caroline De Vaney 6251 2363 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only)

caroline.devaney@commerce.wa.gov.au

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22 Apr 2016

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