SA ladder blitz: 100 breaches issued at halfway mark
More than 100 workplace health and safety breaches have been issued by SafeWork SA just halfway through their audit of safety at heights on residential construction sites.
Inspectors began a blitz on falls from height and scaffolding risks at residential construction sites across the state in March 2021.
At the halfway point of the six-month long campaign, SafeWork SA inspectors have issued 60 prohibition notices and 43 improvement notices associated with managing risk of falls, with the most identified risks relating to working near live edges and non-compliant scaffolding.
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Breaches observed during compliance audit showing non-compliant scaffolding and unsafe ladder use.
A further 20 notices were issued for non-compliances identified that were not related to falls from height.
Earlier this month, a worker fell approximately five metres while working at height, resulting in life-threatening injuries. While the incident did not occur at a residential construction site, it clearly shows the consequences of not managing the risk of falls.
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