Warning on accessing construction sites

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WorkSafe has issued a warning to Pokémon Go players to stay clear of construction sites.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today reports had been received that players had been accessing construction sites to pursue Pokémon characters.

“We’ve recently received information that Pokémon Go players have been illegally accessing sites to chase the virtual characters that pop up there,” Mr McCulloch said.

“Anyone who accesses construction sites without permission is not only risking trespass charges, but also risking their personal safety due to the multiple hazards that can exist on these sites.

“Employers who have control over construction sites are also reminded that they have a duty of care under workplace safety and health laws to ensure that people not involved with the site are not exposed to the hazards there.

“This usually means adequate fencing and signage on large construction sites, and at least warning signs on smaller sites.

“But reports to us indicate that Pokémon Go players are ignoring warning signage and barriers and entering construction sites anyway in pursuit of the virtual characters.

“I strongly urge Pokémon Go players to take note of the warnings issued within the game and not enter hazardous sites where there is a risk of injury or legal action.

“I further urge parents of children playing the game to warn them against entering hazardous construction sites.”

Further information on workplace safety can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 301877 or on the website at www.worksafewa.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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WorkSafe
Media release
12 Aug 2016

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