As construction sites and other workplaces across the state prepare for lockdowns over the festive season, the Queensland Government is urging consideration for public safety risks and adequate preparation for summer storms.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the most common and obvious risk which should be addressed is bracing for traditional fierce winds and flooding rains, with open holes in the ground, such as trenches and swimming pools under construction, demanding special attention.
“Construction worksites with partially completed buildings and deep excavations need extra care, especially if they're close to playgrounds, sports ovals or other public areas where children play,” Ms Grace said.
“Other significant hazards on construction sites include falls from heights where a guard rail isn't in place or where access to a high structure is open, or inadequately braced walls that could collapse in a strong wind.
“Dangerous goods and hazardous substances that haven't been disposed of safely, or have not been stored or locked away, and unsecured plant or machinery which could be operated illegally are also threats to public safety.”
By far and away the best way to reduce public risk is to ensure building sites are securely fenced and gates are locked. Other tips include:
- erecting signs prohibiting access by unauthorised people
- making plant and machinery inoperable to prevent unauthorised and illegal use
- securing all loose materials so they cannot blow away in a storm.
“This is a great time for kids to get outdoors as they take a well-earned break from their studies, but let's make sure they can't get onto worksites that could easily make this holiday one to remember for all the wrong reasons,” Ms Grace said.
More information is at worksafe.qld.gov.au