SafeWork inspectors attended a Macquarie Park worksite on Monday, 1 April 2019, after receiving reports that two workers had become trapped under scaffolding.
The tradesmen had been working from the bottom level of scaffolding when the structure suddenly collapsed. Another two workers were laying bricks at the top of the structure and jumped to safety. It is not yet known what caused the scaffolding to collapse, however, SafeWork will employ significant resources to fully understand how the tragedy occurred.
Service and Innovation and SafeWork regulator, Martin Hoffman, said SafeWork’s priority is workers returning home safely when they leave for work that day and believes better compliance and education around scaffolding will help to ensure that.
Following a number of recent incidents involving SafeWork inspectors, businesses and workers are being reminded that it is a criminal offence to hinder, obstruct, assault, threaten, or intimidate an inspector.
This safety alert reminds electrical workers of the hazards associated with working on or near energised (live) electrical equipment. These hazards include electric shock, arc flash explosion and fire.
Riding for the Disabled, the University of Sydney and a number of innovative construction businesses are just some of the workplaces recognised as the safest in NSW for 2018. For the full list of winners and more information on the 2018 SafeWork NSW Award winners, visit www.safeworkawards.com.au
Thousands of workers around the State will have better support at work while overcoming mental health challenges thanks to the NSW Government’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy.
In response to a number of recent crane incidents, SafeWork NSW has announced a crackdown on crane operators and maintenance on construction sites across NSW, as part of a six-month blitz aimed at increasing safety across the industry.
Two businesses have been fined more than $200,000 combined, after a worker fell two stories on a construction site in Ashfield.
“No one should be put in harm’s way, and SafeWork NSW will continue to come down hard on businesses that neglect their workplace safety obligations."
Chris Turner, State Inspector with SafeWork NSW updated the Concrete Pumping Association of Australia recently about impending plant item registration changes with effect from the 1 January 2018. SafeWork NSW invited to CPAA to advise its members of these impending changes. This information is available on the item registration page of our website www.safework.nsw.gov.au
You may need to register the design of some types of plant because that plant has the potential to be dangerous. Plant that might need the design registered include:
Mobile plant, such as forklifts, elevating work platforms, delivery vehicles, order pickers, earth moving equipment, prime movers and cranes, have the potential to seriously injure or kill people if they run into them.