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Safety must be enforced at construction work sites: Jenkins

January 25, 2019 4:36 pm

The non-compliance of some construction companies to the Occupation, Health and Safety act is a major concern for the Construction Industry Council.

Council Chief Executive, Gordon Jenkins says it’s about time builders that do not enforce safety at work sites, be seriously fined for putting their workers in danger.

Jenkins says he has often seen workers on site in flip flops, without safety helmets, and performing dangerous acts like climbing without a safety harness.

“Unfortunately a lot of workers within the industry are not aware of the fact that they need to comply and it really falls on the shoulders of the contractor rather than the developer that he make sure there are quite stringent findings. There are fine methods within the act and I don’t think it’s been enforced very well.”

Jenkins says all contractors are well aware of the OHS Act and should be compliant to improve safety at the workplace.

He adds there’s been stop work orders given by OHS in numerous occasions to address this issue.

He adds it’s the responsibility of the builders themselves to ensure that their workers safety comes first.