SafeWork NSW says a 12 month construction industry blitz aimed at reducing falls from heights has achieved its intended outcome of improving working at heights safety and compliance.
According to Tony Williams, SafeWork NSW Executive Director, inspectors visited 1000 sites around the state after 9 workplace deaths in 2017. The year was marked by an increase in the number of reported falls from heights, identified as the number one killer on construction sites.
The concentrated education campaign for tradies also included rebates for small businesses. Mr Williams said more than $86,000 in rebates was given to 186 small businesses to help them work safely at heights.
He also said that while there were troubling levels of non-compliance observed by inspectors, inspectors were working with employers to educate them and when necessary, were taking enforcement action including issuing on-the-spot fines.