ACT construction blitz

Monday, 15 January, 2007

A construction blitz on mobile plant and traffic hazards will see ACT WorkCover inspectors visiting commercial and civil construction sites throughout February and March.

It is one in a series of national campaigns to reduce injuries in the construction industry and will measure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Inspectors will be looking for key hazards such as workers or pedestrians being struck by mobile plant or a moving road vehicle adjacent to the worksite public safety slips, trips and falls overexposure to sun, dust and noise and traffic management.

The campaign comes as the ACT is experiencing major road and construction work in high traffic and public areas.

"People who exercise control over a construction worksite that involves work undertaken with mobile plant have a duty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to protect employees as well as third parties from the hazards associated with the worksite," acting OHS Commissioner, Steven Hart said.

Inspectors will also be providing advice and guidance material and will check for evidence of effective risk management procedures, site safety management processes, safe work method statements and adequate traffic management control.

Information on mobile plan and OHS obligations are available at the ACT WorkCover website.

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