Prohibition Notice now in place, investigations continue

Released 07/09/2019

WorkSafe ACT has replaced the Non-Disturbance notice on the site of yesterday’s work site incident in Dickson to a Prohibition Notice which will enable rectification works to be undertaken.

Work Safe inspectors have returned to the site today as investigations into the incident continue.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said that he understood the worker’s condition to be serious but the full extent of injuries was still to be determined. The worker, a male in his early twenties, had fallen approximately 10 metres from scaffolding at the Challis Street construction site on Friday (6 September 2019) morning.

“Our focus continues to be on understanding how this serious incident occurred which will assist in the prevention of future incidents of a similar nature,” he said.

“We have replaced the Non-Disturbance Notice with a Prohibition Notice. This means that building work cannot occur, but it enables the safety issues identified on site to be rectified.

“This includes falls from heights, falling objects, electrical safety and fire safety issues. The Notice will remain in place preventing building works until all these safety issues are fully rectified to the satisfaction of WorkSafe.”

Mr Jones said WorkSafe’s thoughts remained with the injured worker, his family, friends and work colleagues.

“A fall from a height is one of the most significant risks on a construction site,” he said.

“I expect WorkSafe will have a continued active presence on the site well into next week as our investigations continue.”

Support is also in place for other workers at the site.

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