A two-month campaign has been launched by WorkCover NSW, with inspectors carrying out a statewide inspection of construction sites to ensure workers involved in concrete formwork are properly trained.
Since February this year, formworkers in the state no longer need a Certificate of Competency, but they must still undergo proper safety training.
The decision not to require certificates of competency for people working with formwork or explosive-powered tools had arisen from the Government’s commitment to reduce red tape without compromising safety standards.
Furthermore, an extensive research and consultation revealed no discernible difference in the incident and fatality rate in NSW when compared to the other jurisdictions, where licensing is not required for formwork and explosive-powered tool operators.
The concreting services industry employs about 53,000 NSW workers.