WorkSafe inspection program for city construction sites
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Construction sites in Perth’s CBD and surrounds will be the focus of a WorkSafe proactive inspection program next week.
WorkSafe Acting Director John Reilly said today the program would involve construction inspectors checking safety standards at construction sites in Perth’s CBD and surrounding suburbs east and west of the city.
“The program is part of a continuing series of proactive inspection programs targeting construction workplaces in specific geographical areas,” Mr Reilly said.
“As with all of WorkSafe’s proactive programs, the primary objective of the inspection program is to help employers to identify risks to the safety and health of workers and provide them with information on how to comply with workplace safety laws.
“However, if the inspectors come across breaches of the workplace safety laws, they will take enforcement action.”
Inspectors will focus on the priority areas of electrical safety and working at heights, and will also concentrate on ensuring that workers have construction induction training cards and High Risk Work Licences where needed.
They will also check that sites have Safe Work Method Statements and that Job Safety Analyses and Site Safety Plans are in place where required.
“Importantly, inspectors will be looking to ensure that the safety of members of the public in the vicinity of construction sites in the CBD is not compromised, especially where work is taking place overhead,” Mr Reilly said.
“Employer associations have been notified of the inspection program, so we anticipate that employers will be aware of what will be required if an inspector visits their sites.
“We firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive inspection programs is the best way in which to lessen the risk of work-related injury and illness.”
Further information on construction safety can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 307877 or on the website at www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.
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