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WorkSafe issues notices in Ginninderry

WorkSafe ACT issued a number of notices to residential construction sites in Ginninderry last week as part of its ongoing crackdown on worksite safety.

Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius
Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius. Photo: Kerrie Brewer.

On Wednesday 3 March, inspectors visited 25 sites in Ginninderry, issuing 19 improvement notices, three prohibition notices and one infringement notice.

The notices were issued in relation to the risk of falls from heights, unsafe scaffolding, electrical hazards, lack of amenities and signage as well as safe work method statements not being in place or followed.

“This is the second time we have been out to Ginninderry as part of Operation Safe Prospect, with our first visit being in October last year,” said Work Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius.

“Last October we inspected 12 residential construction sites in Ginninderry and issued 10 improvement notices and one improvement notice.

“It’s time for industry to take action and start improving their work health and safety practices, because protecting your workers is not negotiable,” Ms Agius said.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility, everyone has the right to feel safe on the job and to go home safely to their families at the end of their shift.”

Operation Safe Prospect, WorkSafe ACT’s ongoing campaign to improve safety in the residential construction industry, has seen a number of notices issued and some sites shut down since its launch in August last year. 

Two men died on two separate residential construction sites in Denman Prospect in early 2020. 

Inspectors have visited sites in Denman Prospect, Watson, Ginninderry, Taylor and Throsby as part of the campaign.

So far, excluding last week’s numbers from Ginninderry, WorkSafe inspectors have issued 266 improvement notices, 81 prohibition notices and 16 infringement notices.

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