60 notices issued across Central Coast and Hunter in Unsafe Scaffolding Blitz

Scaffolding sites across the Central Coast and Hunter have been put under the microscope as part of a recent state-wide safety blitz by SafeWork NSW.

More than 60 notices for unsafe scaffolding have been issued across the Central Coast and Hunter following a blitz by SafeWorks NSW.

Since April this year, SafeWork NSW has been targeting unsafe scaffolds in the building and construction industry, making 56 visits to sites across the Hunter and coast.

“During these visits, SafeWork NSW issued over 60 notices to stop or improve work systems,” a spokesperson for SafeWork NSW said.

“These included seven prohibition notices related to a falls from height risk, 11 prohibition and improvement notices related directly to scaffold on site and 15 notices related to electrical safety.”

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the blitz was carried out throughout NSW.

“SafeWork NSW has been targeting unsafe scaffolds, visiting more than 700 construction sites and issuing 832 notices, including $109,000 in on-the-spot fines or falls risks,” Mr Anderson said.

“While inspectors have seen some improvement in scaffold safety recently, the level of risk is still unacceptable with 44 per cent of scaffolds having missing parts, while on 36 per cent of sites it appeared unlicensed workers had altered or removed scaffolding components.

“That is why we need to strengthen laws and change attitudes to target risky behaviour, before someone gets hurt, or dies.”

NSW businesses and employees have been put on notice about making workplaces safer, following after a number fatalities and serious injuries for National Safe Work Month.

Mr Kevin Anderson said SafeWork inspectors had been called to incidents in recent times involving workers from a range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, agriculture and transport.

“We want everyone to make it home to their family at the end of the day, which is why we are reminding everyone of their obligations and responsibilities, not just from employers to their employees, but employees’ obligations to each other,” he said.

During October, SafeWork inspectors will make the construction industry the focus of its next falls from height blitz.

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