Troubleshooters OH&S Advisor, Danny Corcoran is often stunned by the risks that construction workers are prepared to take with their safety. Despite the awareness and strong focus on OH&S, there is always a worker out there with a false sense of “it won’t happen to me” or “it will only take me a minute”. One bad decision or a split second disregard for safe work practices can change a persons life forever.
The pictures shown above were taken on random sites around Melbourne and demonstrate a complete disregard for safe work practices and fall prevention requirements.
Non compliant work platforms:
- Scaffold is not erected to Aust. Standards. Home made timber ladder is in use. Safe entry/egress points are not available the building. Further, a 6′ aluminium step ladder is being used to gain greater height.
- Workers on a 40° pitched metal clad roof top without fall prevention systems in place. Potential for workers to plummet to their deaths.
- A plank is being used to span between the two scaffold towers at a height of greater than 2 metres. A hand rail system is not in place to prevent a fall.
- Works were seen utilising a non-compliant opening in the building as a quick exit from the upper level.
Site Safety Audits Victoria, the OH&S division of Troubleshooters Available, can provide a professional and effective OH&S advisory service. Independent safety inspections can increase the awareness of safety on your sites and helps to ensure that your workers and their families are not affected by the trauma of workplace accidents.