06:51 pm, Wednesday 1 May, 2013
WorkSafe Victoria released an official statement on the Swanston St wall collapse which killed three people on 28 March, 2013.
According to WorkSafe, the investigation conducted over the incident aimed to determine whether any offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) have been committed.
“This comprehensive investigation is ongoing, but given the complexity of the task it remains in its relatively early stages and will take some time to complete,” said WorkSafe in its statement.
“WorkSafe is continuing to make inquiries with relevant authorities, technical experts and others, and to gather evidence and statements from witnesses about the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“It continues to work alongside other key authorities investigating the collapse – the Coroner, Victoria Police and the Building Commission.
WorkSafe assured everyone that the investigation will be completed as soon as possible. In their statement, it was emphasized that Victoria provides the safest workplaces in the country but said that the construction industry remains one of the most high-risk industries.
“Victoria has the safest workplaces in Australia and the lowest number of injuries in the construction industry of any state, according to Safe Work Australia data. Injuries in the Victorian construction industry fell by 3.5 percent in the 12 months ended 31 March 2013.
“However, construction remains one of the most high-risk industries in the state. This is why WorkSafe inspectors visit all major construction sites on a regular basis as part of a proactive approach to safety, conducting more inspector visits to construction sites – around 30% of all visits – than any other industry.”
For more information, visit the WorkSafe Victoria website.