WorkSafe has warned there will be consequences for not managing the risk associated with working at heights on construction sites following two serious incidents in less than two weeks.
WorkSafe is calling on the housing construction industry to make sure their sites and work practices are up to scratch ahead of a safety blitz early next month.
A roof tiler has been convicted and sentenced to four months jail after shooting an apprentice with a nail-gun causing him to lose the site in one eye.
WorkSafe construction inspectors are staging a pre-Christmas blitz of domestic housing sites in Melbourne’s west from 8 December.
To coincide with Asbestos Awareness Week, WorkSafe is reminding employers and workers of the need to focus on good work practices to prevent people inhaling fibres.
Victorian building sites need to be well secured before the annual Christmas/New Year shutdown, WorkSafe warns.
A Geelong restumping company was convicted and fined $40,000 today over an incident that seriously injured its owner who was trapped under a house which was being re-stumped.
A magistrate has given a small building company six years to pay a fine imposed on it after a worker became a paraplegic as a result of a four metre fall. The incident occurred at Keysborough in June 2010.
Heavy fines have been imposed in a series of WorkSafe prosecutions after serious incidents for construction industry safety failings.
More than 20 Victorian tradies a week were seriously injured on housing constructions sites last year costing the industry $17-million in medical costs, wages and other expenses.