Thursday 18 August 2016

Construction sites warned to batten down ahead of strong winds

Strong winds forecast to hit the state later today have prompted a call to builders to ensure their construction sites are appropriately secured.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that strong winds are expected to hit Victoria’s southwest later this afternoon and then move slowly eastward across the state. Gusts of more than 100km/h are expected in some areas this evening and tomorrow morning.

WorkSafe Construction Program Manager, Dermot Moody, said it was important that builders double-checked their sites before shutting down for the day to ensure all equipment, incomplete structures, unsecured scaffolds and walls were secure.

“Our message to all builders across the state is to make sure you are reinforcing any partially built structures and securing equipment on site now,” Mr Moody said. 

“Roofing sheets and other loose materials must also be secured to prevent them being picked up by the wind and being blown around or out of the site.

“We know strong winds are able to move heavy equipment, so it is important work sites are properly secured so they do not pose a risk to workers and the public.”

For further information on keeping construction sites safe, go to www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Caitlin Rode: 0434 685 577, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.