It seems it is better to be safe than sorry with SafeWork inspectors conducting safety checks and fining more than 460 construction sites in NSW for unsafe work practices. Over the past twelve months, inspectors have issued a whopping $115,000 in fines.
Over this twelve month period, inspectors found that many of the documented incidents were related to falls, with falls from heights being revealed as the number one killer of workers on NSW Construction sites.
With these inspections, SafeWork intends to minimise these findings and give both the employees and their loved ones peace of mind that construction workers will be protected and taught relevant safe work practices while on site to avoid tragedy. These fines will penalise those who do not comply with safe work practices so they can avoid fatalities in the future.
With SafeWork inspections set to occur more often throughout the sector, we can expect safer conditions and work practices for construction businesses everywhere, which is a great step forward for the industry and its workers. So the question is…are your practices up to standard?