Safety notices issued in cross-agency activity

Released 24/07/2018

WorkSafe ACT has issued a number of Prohibition and Improvement Notices on escort and associated businesses in Fyshwick after identifying serious safety issues.

WorkSafe ACT inspectors joined ACT Police and Australian Border Force officers in attending a number of Fyshwick businesses yesterday, 23 July 2018, with safety of the premises and workers the key focus for WorkSafe inspectors.

Across the businesses visited the WorkSafe inspectors found issues around: electrical safety, fire risks and hygiene (such as high levels of mould).

In total three Prohibition Notices were issued to prevent the premises from being occupied or business being conducted from the premises. In addition, two Improvement Notices were issued to adjoining premises for similar safety issues.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said the activity demonstrated good co-operation between law enforcement and regulatory agencies to keep our community and our workers safe.

“Businesses must ensure that workers are provided with a safe work environment free of hazards and risks,” Mr Jones said.

“When this does not occur, WorkSafe ACT has no hesitation in issuing Prohibition Notices to stop trading or occupation of a building until safety issues are rectified. Other regulatory action will also be considered where it is appropriate to do so.“The safety issues identified were significant and inspectors acted quickly.

“I’d like to remind all businesses to ensure that premises are safe for workers and also patrons, with electrical and fire safety a particular risk at this time of the year.”

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