A recent WorkSafe media release has advised that their recent inspection blitz aimed at construction sites in the Perth CBD has reported a high level of compliance with workplace safety laws.

The main goal in carrying out this program was to ensure construction sites were adequately prepared to protect the public in the immediate vicinity of the activity.

The findings showed that a total of 44 construction sites were inspected, resulting in 20 improvement notices and 195 verbal directions being issued to improve site safety.

WorkSafe’s inspections analysed the following priority areas, which companies are expected to comply with (where applicable to their operations):

  1. electrical safety;
  2. working at heights;
  3. ensuring that workers had construction induction training cards and High Risk Work Licences where needed;
  4. Safe Work Method Statements, Job Safety Analyses and Site Safety Plans and
  5. maintenance of bunting and fencing.

Findings showed that of the 20 improvement notices issued:

  1. seven were for problems relating to scaffolding;
  2. six concerned electricity;
  3. three were for edge protection; and
  4. single notices were issued for OSH Management Plans, plant, work at heights and evacuation procedures.

So that you can reduce the risk of work-related injury and illness (and the consequent need to call us should an incident occur!), we suggest that you review your sites. Furthermore, we can assist you to develop a checklist to ensure all areas of risk are addressed.

As a long standing sponsor of the Master Builders Association of Western Australia, we understand your industry and, as one of the oldest and largest law firms in the state we are ideally placed to provide legal support to your business across all commercial areas, including construction law, insurance and indemnities, taxation, property and leasing, town planning, succession planning, copyright and trademarks, and many more areas of law.