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Date PostedJune 13, 2018

WorkSafe ACT to Issue Spot Fines for Work From Height Breaches

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WorkSafe Act now has the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $3600 to employers who compromise workers’ safety when working from heights.

Work from height safety has become a major area of concern and in the 2017-2018 period there were 72 workers compensation claims in the state for falls from height. This was in addition to a number of near-misses where safety precautions were inadequate.

WorkSafe ACT now has greater powers to enforce safety requirements and hopefully prevent injuries. It will also serve as a warning to the industry that safety should always be the priority, WorkSafe said.

Any employer that fails to comply with their obligations in relation to providing a safe workplace by preventing falls will be committing an offence under the Work Health and Safety Regulation (sections 79 and 80).

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/worksafe-act-now-issues-spot-fines-target-falls-heights/#.Wxzw-CAlHQV

Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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