The gig economy sector has been put on notice after a compliance blitz carried out by SafeWork NSW highlighted widespread breaches of the state’s mirror work health and safety laws.
Six food delivery platform operators were served with improvement notices during the campaign for failing to inform and instruct their riders around safe work practices and appropriate safety equipment.
All but one of the riders observed in the Sydney metropolitan area were found be engaging in unsafe practices, according to Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson.
Over 90% of the riders had inadequate personal protective equipment. Approximately 60% of the riders were unable to demonstrate or refer to safety protocols that had been provided to them.
“What we’ve seen is disgraceful - riders out in the dark without high-vis, wearing thongs, cutting in front of trams, using mobile phones and giving passengers a lift while on the job,” Mr Anderson stated.
“The message to operators is clear – safety must always come first, and we won’t hesitate to prosecute anyone who puts workers lives at risk. Lift your game, improve your systems and make sure riders are aware of how to stay safe on the roads or you will be caught, you will be fined and you will be called out.”
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Source: SafeWork NSW, Gig economy warned to prioritise driver safety, 29 March 2021, accessed 31 March 2021.