Safety blitz to reduce construction deaths launched

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A year-long blitz to crack down on dodgy construction businesses putting their workers at risk has been launched today.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the number of falls from heights reported to SafeWork NSW had increased significantly in the last five years, with the majority happening on construction sites.

“Falls are the number one killer on NSW construction sites,” said Mr. Kean.

“In fact, this year alone, eight people have tragically died in work-related falls, and many more have been severely injured.”

Mr. Kean warned employers who cut corners and are putting the lives of workers in danger.

“Today I am issuing a warning to employers across the state about the importance of having proper safety measures in place to protect your workers.”

He said falls-related incidents tend to increase toward the end of the year as businesses rushed to get jobs done.

“That’s why we’re launching a 12-month state-wide blitz targeting construction sites to ensure businesses are taking the right precautions to keep workers safe,” said Mr. Kean.

Mr. Kean said SafeWork inspectors will take advantage of tough new laws that came into force on November 1.

“These new laws mean SafeWork can now issue on-the-spot fines of up to $3600 to any shonky businesses who are failing to protect their workers,” he said.

“I can assure the community that we will do everything in our power to make sure every NSW construction worker is safe and sound this Christmas.”

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