A building site in Caringbah was shut down Friday 4th October after it was discovered tradies had altered and removed key scaffold materials, leaving the 15m high tower at risk of collapsing.
Tradies have also been pictured flouting safety rules and risking their lives in the city’s inner west with a worker standing completely unprotected at the top of a scaffold.
It comes just days after SafeWork NSW finished a six-month blitz targeting dodgy scaffolds.
The building industry has been under increased scrutiny in the wake of several workplace deaths this year, including apprentice 18-year-old Christopher Cassaniti who was crushed to death after scaffolding collapsed on him at a construction site at Macquarie Park back in April.
A residential construction site on Hinkler Ave in Caringbah was closed after SafeWork investigators discovered a number of missing scaffold components including essential ties, bracing and planks.
The Builder was slapped with 11 notices, including one that identified falls issues stemming from the “incomplete scaffold, missing multiple components”.
A spokeswoman for the company said the company “acted quickly to respond to these issues” and was co-operating with the safety regulator.
“No building work is permitted in this area until the company is completely satisfied that it is 100 per cent safe,” she said.
The scaffold company that set up the Caringbah scaffold, was so alarmed at the state of its structure on Friday that it contacted SafeWork.
The company’s national health and safety manager Jordy Adshead said it contained “around 100-tonne of scaffold”.
At another construction site on Ramsay Rd in Five Dock, a photograph captured an unidentified tradie walking on the top level of a scaffold where there was no guard rail or falls protection.
The director of the building company responsible for the site said “the worker should not have been at that level working unprotected”.
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