NSW: CFMEU Claims Safety Standards Slipping

After a several inspections of building sites in the Newcastle region, the Construction Union says safety standards have slipped and it is concerned someone may be seriously injured or killed.

The CFMEU is now working with employers and WorkCover to address the issue.

Assistant State Secretary Rebel Hanlon says a number of workers have notified the Newcastle office about their concerns.

After visiting several local building sites Mr Hanlon’s described the safety conditions as appalling.

“The lack of perimeter scaffolding and also the quality of the perimeter scaffolding that’s been put on a lot of sites around the Newcastle region,” he said.

“We’re also deeply concerned about the lack of amenities that are on the Newcastle building sites and also the quality of these amenities that are being provided to our fellow building workers to actually build these buildings.”

Mr Hanlon says the union is working with employers and WorkCover to ensure the problems are addressed.

“We’ve seen this happen over the last period of the last couple of months due to the financial crisis that we’ve gone through, that the whole country has gone through,” he said.

“We’re seeing builders and developers trying to do jobs as cheaply as possible, and unfortunately to do these jobs cheaper you have to cut corners.

“Unfortunately the cutting of corners happens to be in work place safety.”

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