Vic employers urged to secure worksites during extreme winds

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Victorian employers are being warned to properly secure their worksites ahead of the extreme winds expected across the state.

Strong winds gusting up to 110kmh are expected to hit the western part of the state, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

WorkSafe Victoria said buildings under construction, temporary fencing, roof sheets, scaffold planks, and unsecured tools can also become dangerous, airborne objects in high winds if not secured and urged employers to ensure all items on their sites are safely stored away, tied down or placed inside permanent structures.

WorkSafe Director Construction Program Kate Maheras said cranes were particularly vulnerable to severe weather events.

She said cranes must only be operated within their manufacturer specified wind ratings.

“It is vital that the manufacturer’s instructions are followed for stowage or configuration during high winds,” Ms. Maheras said.

“Employers must do everything they can to reduce the risks associated with high winds and ensure their site is properly inspected and secured before workers head home,” she said.

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