WorkSafe ACT recently conducted an audit of scaffolding on Canberra construction sites and discovered an number of serious non-compliance issues.
A lack of protection from potentially deadly falls was just one of the issues uncovered as well as the revelation that only one out of five scaffolds on commercial sites were fully compliant with access opening requirements.
Inspectors also found that half of the 21 residential sites inspected had issues with scaffold design including construction on uneven ground and stairs improperly installed.
Three prohibition notices were issued, meaning work had to be stopped until the issues were fixed. The notices were all issued to residential construction sites.
The audit was conducted between March and May after 4 serious falls were recorded on sites in 2016. Read more at http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/worksafe-act-construction-site-audit-finds-noncompliance-with-scaffolding-20171006-gyvviw.html
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