The Queensland Government introduced proposed laws to parliament to give the construction watchdog stronger powers to cancel or refuse licences to builders who hold a poor safety record.
This comes after a number of workplace fatalities in the construction industry like the one at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm racecourse last October when 2 workers were crushed by a 10 tonne concrete wall. The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) granted new licences to the builder involved, despite 2 looming manslaughter charges laid against him last November.
Although his licence was revoked just hours later, the matter did raise concerns that under the QBCC Act, the regulator is not required to consider the safety record of a company or individual when dealing with matters related to licences.
If the proposed laws are passed, it would make it mandatory for QBCC officers to take into account safety matters when deciding whether or not to issue a licence.
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