Safety blitz found breaches in housing construction sites

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A WorkSafe VIC safety blitz found 90 safety breaches on housing construction sites across western Victoria last month.

WorkSafe inspectors inspected almost 120 housing construction sites in and around Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura, Warrnambool and Geelong as part of their Operation SafeSite program.

WorkSafe Chief Executive, Denise Cosgrove said everyone should be concerned with workplace safety.

“It was pleasing to see some sites had heeded warnings about the blitz and made sure safety was up to scratch before inspectors arrived,” said Ms Cosgrove.

Fifty one improvement notices were issued by site inspectors requiring businesses to fix health and safety breaches. Thirty nine breaches were identified and were dealt with on the spot.

Ms Cosgrove said workers and businesses can take simple steps to improve site safety.

“Having the site fenced, kept clean of building rubble and waste and ensuring electrical tools are safe are just some of the simple steps that can make a real difference to workers and public safety.

“The risks on housing sites are well known and so are the control measures. Safety doesn’t just happen – it requires planning, having effective controls in place and regular supervision to ensure the site remains safe,” she said.

Follow-up visits will be conducted in the coming weeks to make sure that all health and safety breaches have been addressed.

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