Does Your Working Environment Comply with the Australian Height Safety Laws?
Construction employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment. Responsible contractors make every effort to ensure the highest levels of safety for everyone who works on the site. This includes direct contractor employees and those who service the site as subcontractors.
FINED UP TO $3 MILLION & 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HEIGHT SAFETY RELATED ACCIDENTS
Many businesses may, in the past, have opted to gamble that they would be able to escape serious injury or falls on site, and skimped on their fall prevention spending. New legislation, however, will make that kind of a gamble much more risky.
Increased Fines for Companies avoiding Fall Prevention.
According to the new laws for height safety and fall prevention, companies can be fined up to $3 million for height safety related accidents. Safety officers who are guilty of contravening the height safety law can be fined up to $600,000, and workers $300,000 – and individuals can also be liable for jail time if their negligence or flouting of the law is the reason for an accident.
With every level of employee, from management down to your men on site now liable under the new legislation, and with hefty fines being imposed when accidents do happen. It makes a lot more sense to spend a little now, and save a lot later on.