Victorians are being urged to ensure worksites are secure as strong winds gusting up to 100kmh hit parts of the state today.
A Ballarat construction company has been convicted and fined $25,000 for ignoring WorkSafe directions to fix unsafe scaffolding at a Mount Clear worksite.
Builders across Victoria should ensure construction sites are safe and secure before heading off on the Christmas break.
A civil construction company which failed to provide adequate site security at a housing subdivision site in Pakenham has been fined $35,000, without conviction, after a member of the public on a late-night walk was injured after falling into a hole on the site and becoming trapped.
WorkSafe is investigating the cause of a scaffold collapse at a demolition site in North Melbourne this morning.
Builders will have access to a range of construction industry experts when regulators visit Geelong and the Surf Coast next week to examine safety and building compliance.
WorkSafe inspectors have begun a month-long blitz targeting dangerous and sub-standard demolition work.
A Prahran demolition company was fined $45,000 over an incident in which a worker had his right leg crushed and later amputated when the overloaded skid steer loader he was operating tipped.
Young workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries and employers should prioritise safety discussions and training to reduce their risk of injury.
WorkSafe inspectors will target construction sites across Victoria as part of a month-long campaign to prevent deaths and injuries caused by falls.