Wednesday 15 August 2018

Secure worksites during extreme winds

Victorians are being urged to ensure worksites are secure as strong winds gusting up to 100kmh hit parts of the state today.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a weather warning for damaging winds across Victoria’s south west, central, west Gippsland and alpine regions.

WorkSafe’s Construction Program Manager Dermot Moody said high winds were particularly dangerous if building materials and temporary structures were not adequately secured.

He said even large objects such as shipping containers could be toppled by strong winds if not secured correctly.

“Buildings under construction, temporary fencing and materials such as roofing sheets and scaffold planks can be turned into deadly, flying objects if they are not correctly secured,” Mr Moody said.

“Where there is a risk of objects being blown around, there is a risk that workers and the general public will be harmed.”

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Jeremy Venosta: 0466 733 523. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.