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Safety blitz targets NSW unhygienic sites and dunnies

SafeWork NSW inspectors will visit Wollongong construction sites, targeting high-risk harms and the hygiene of site amenities including lunchrooms and toilets.

It is part of a regional crackdown on the construction industry focusing on hygiene, height safety, moving plant operations, and controlling risks related to falling objects.

Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson said the blitz has been triggered by a series of serious incidents in the area and a number of complaints of unsafe work via its Speak Up app.

“In the middle of a pandemic, all workplaces have an obligation to undertake precautions to ensure the safety of everyone on their site – and that extends to common areas,” Anderson said.

“A safe construction site starts with a clean site and we’re seeing an unacceptable drop in housekeeping standards across the construction industry.”

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Anderson said cleanliness of a site can be a good indicator of safety and work standards.

“Having a well maintained site is also a good indicator of the quality of the work being done. If the site managers can’t be bothered to take care of the toilets, there’s a good chance that building standards will be haphazard as well,” he said.

“For those who don’t put safety first – you can expect a visit not only from SafeWork, but from our team of building inspectors, who will be looking into the quality of your work to make sure it’s up to NSW’s high standards.

“It’s high time every single construction site in NSW got the message – shoddy workmanship and lack of safety on site is not acceptable. Up your game, or you can look forward to attention from the regulator.”

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