Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has recently shared information with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) about sub-standard installation of safety-critical fasteners in concrete substrates.
Inspectors from the QBCC and WHSQ work closely together and regularly exchange information about concerns or deficiencies observed on building sites.
If a safety-critical fastener fails, it may result in the collapse or partial collapse of a structure, endanger human life and/or cause considerable economic loss.
On-the-spot fines for breaches of two exclusion-zone requirements in the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 are designed to help improve worker safety around overhead or underground electric lines.
The Office of Industrial Relations said that inspectors will be able to issue on-the spot fines for breaches of:
s68(1) – a person conducting a business or undertaking fails to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure no person, plant or thing at a workplace comes within the prescribed exclusion zone of overhead or underground lines, and