From 29 January builders will be able to check that their workers hold the appropriate SafeWork high-risk work licenses (for example a license is required to operate cranes, forklifts and erect scaffolding), asbestos and demolition licenses, and general construction induction training card via an online register.
The register will make it easier to check a SafeWork NSW licenses to ensure it is valid, that the worker holds the correct license for the works to be done and that the license has the correct photo and name.
The online register will be available through the Construction Assist portal, a NSW Government initiative designed to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information relevant to the residential building industry.
A person can request that thier information not be made publically available by providing particular details.
A reminder to our sector that the 12-month safety blitz on falls from heights on construction sites, announced by Minister for Better Regulation-Matt Kean, in late November has commenced.
From 1 November 2017 SafeWork NSW inspectors have the power to issue a penalty notice (fine) against a corporation or individual who do not control the risks associated with working from heights or where workers who require a licence (for example asbestos removal, demolition, high risk work activities and general induction training) don’t have one.
Inspectors will be able to issue on the spot fines of up to $3600 to corporations and $720 to individuals where risk to workers is imminent or serious, or if the workplace is considered to be a repeat offender.
For more information HIA members can contact your Workplace Advisor on 1300 650 620 or visit the SafeWork NSW website for further information.
HIA Executive Director – Hunter