WorkSafe ACT Commissioner Mark McCabe has recently released two new sets of guidance requirements for the supervision of apprentices which the organisation believes will keep apprentices on construction sites in Canberra safer.
The guidance requirements include a ban on trainees and apprentice workers from operating independently without the necessary supervision or working without the necessary accreditation.
Mr McCabe said in a statement recently that supervisors need to know that they are responsible for the safety of all their workers including and especially apprentices who need more supervision than other more experienced workers do.
According to McCabe the 2 new guidance notes restate the industry requirements and sanctions that are already in place. They are being released as a part of a campaign to improve safety by making sure that supervisors are aware of their responsibilities and observe them.
To serve as a deterrent for employers, the guidance notes also outline potential fines for businesses of $3million and a fine of $600,000 or up to 5 years imprisonment for individuals for breaches of the regulations.
“These new Guidance Notes make it clear that apprentices carrying out high risk work, such as licensed electrical work, must not be left alone on worksites,” Commissioner McCabe said during the release of the new guidance recently.