Worksafe calls for 'back to basics' campaign

WORKSAFE inspectors are calling for a “Back to Basics” campaign after ending works on 226 sites because high-risk construction work was being performed without a suitable safety plan.
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WorkSafe is calling for a "Back to Basics" campaign, after ending work on 226 construction sites because of workers'disregard for SMWS

Marion Lopez

A three months review of construction site inspections found that up to 20 construction sites a week operated regardless of safe work method statements, although they’ve been a legal requirement since 2007.

In fact, WorkSafe’s construction manager Alan Beacom said SWMS were absent, inadequate or not being followed.

As a result, he said inspectors are about to begin a state-wide, “Back to Basics” campaign, focusing on safety planning for high-risk construction work.

“We will impress on builders and their sub-contractors that high-risk construction work – like working at height, use of mobile plant and working near electrical installations – requires good planning and effective supervision,” Beacom said.

He adds it is a joint responsibility of builders and sub-contractors to ensure SWMS are produced and followed.

“SWMS were introduced in 2007 and became a legal requirement a year later,” he said.

“If they’re not in place or being followed builders and sub-contractors should not permit work to start or continue.

“Unfortunately, even after five years, some builders and sub-contractors have not fully implemented SWMS into their businesses – it’s putting their workers and businesses at risk.”

The 12-month campaign will look at a range of safety issues beginning with induction and training as well as site housekeeping.

This article first appeared in ILN's sister publication ConstructionIndustryNews.net.

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