Posted on 01-8-2016
As part of the ETU’s construction and contracting campaign the union has started to crack down on worksite safety.
As part of this hardline approach ETU Organisers Mick Hopper and Antony Stegic attended a Lend Lease site at Macarthur Square last week where multiple safety breaches were identified. Builder Lend Lease agreed that the identified breaches needed to be rectified and proceeded to shut down a majority of the job until electrical contractor’s Neilson and All Tech fixed the problems.
Even more disturbing was the fact that All Tech had no licensed electricians onsite despite unlicensed overseas labour hire workers continuing to perform work.
On another site at Sutherland Hospital, builder Richard Crookes was forced to halt work after the ETU identified electrical safety breaches. This time the electrical contractor was Grid Electrical who were forces to rectify issues immediately after being instructed to do so by the builder.
On both sites the union raised concerns over amenities as there was not enough room for all workers to use them. After raising concerns both sites have improved amenities by bringing in additional sheds – a win that will benefit all workers on these sites.
If you have any safety concerns or need assistance on-site please contact your site delegate or ETU Organiser.