Results of Hunter Region Compliance Blitz

The Hunter Region compliance blitz which took place earlier this month has resulted in a number of notices and over $18,000 in fines.

54 worksites spanning commercial and residential construction were issued a total of 82 notices and six on-the-spot fines totaling $18,720.

Over the week-long survey SafeWork inspectors issued 26 prohibition notices and 56 improvement notices.

The majority of compliance breaches resulted from:

  • Falling from heights risks
  • Unsafe scaffolding
  • Electrical risks
  • Poor risk management systems

The recent amendments to the Work Health and Safety Ace 2011 mean that non-compliant businesses face harsher penalties including heavy fines or up to 5 years jail.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson has noted that SafeWork has a zero tolerance policy for those who fail to comply with the current health and safety standards.

“SafeWork now has a has a consistent presence in the Newcastle and Hunter building industry, and the construction sites we’ve identified can expect regular visits from inspectors until they clean their act up”, said Mr Anderson.

For more information visit SafeWork NSW.

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