The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is calling for urgent action following an incident where a concrete slab fell 17 metres at a Braddon construction site.
While there were no injuries, the falling prefabricated panel crushed a parked car and toilet block.
CFMEU Act branch secretary Jason O’Mara said installing concrete panels was high risk and he called for the state government to introduce legislation to make the job safer, not only for the workers involved but pedestrians passing by as well.
He called for the government to fast track introduction of a code of practice to regulate this activity quickly.
WorkSafe ACT is investigating how the panel fell and investigators were gathering evidence from the site. They have discovered the site did not have adequate access areas on a number of levels, and had non-compliant scaffolding, although these issues don’t relate to the falling concrete panel or explain why it fell.
According to Safe Work Australia, being hit by a moving object was the second most common cause of fatalities in the workplace in 2017. In that year, there were 35 people killed at work due to falling objects. See more at https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/union-calls-for-action-to-increase-safety-after-concrete-slab-falls-20190131-p50ut5.html