The Civil Contractors Federation NSW, which is the state’s peak representative body for employers in the civil construction and maintenance industry announced the award of a SafeWork NSW grant to digitise the civil construction industry’s plant operator verification of competency accreditation system.
The civil construction and maintenance industry, including major customers as well as small and large contractors, collaborated to develop an industry standard benchmarking plant operator competency. This system has been developed and fine-tuned over a number of years.
The grant will allow competency certificates to be provided to customers in real time.
“The civil construction industry is one of the State’s highest risk sectors and plant operator movements in the civil contracting industry are intrinsically high risk,” said SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy.
“Digitising the system will provide employers and customers far greater confidence about the competency of operators working for them through real-time access to their competency currency on site.”
Civil Contractors Federation NSW CEO, David Castledine commended the government and industry for this collaboration.
“This announcement today reflects a perfect example of how government and industry can work together for the efficiency and safety of all. It’s the regulator’s role to set the rules and enforce them, but it’s also to empower industry to find solutions,” he said.
“This system will provide a single standard and will make it harder for rogues to operate. SafeWork NSW must be congratulated; they are working with us to make our industry safer.”