05:37 pm, Friday 1 November, 2013
Over 100 workers protested at an ACT construction site today over their concerns for safety. Work stopped at the Braddon site today as a result of the protest.
Inspectors from WorkSafe ACT are talking to management at the construction site about the concerns raised by the CFMEU.
These issues include the lack of an established health and safety committee, that there is no first aid shed at the site, and that there are questions around access to first aid and emergency services if needed.
Dean Hall, the CFMEU ACT Branch Secretary, said that staff want to work but are not able to because of their fears around safety.
He said that there have been an increasing number of accidents including falls already at the site and workers are concerned about being injured in a major incident if safety concerns are not addressed.
According to ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe, the inspector has reported that safety consultation has been poor on the site and has recommended that there be a review and a re-consultation with workers in a fortnight.
He said that until that happens there will be weekly safety walks that involve the CFMEU, the employer and WorkSafe.