EVENTS, Notices and Links

Up Coming Events and Facts Around Canberra

Resources and Links

Animated Video of Chase Young Workers Introduction to a Building Site            View the Video Here

View  and copy the Checklist referred in the above video      View Young Worker Check list     here                    

Safe Work Method Statement Template.                                                        Safe-work-method-statement-Template

Outstanding Graduating Apprentice Awards  2020                                                   View the Video here

Encouragement Apprentices Awards 2020                                                                View the Video Here

CITC Council Members Luncheon 18 June 2021                             View the Video here

Informative Links

  Silica Dust  Program                                                                                                            Understanding  Safety Systems                        

      OzHelp is running Empowerment Workshops in 2021.

  • ach session runs for 90 minutes at OzHelp’s Head Office in Fyshwick. 
  • Participants are invited to complete OzHelp’s Workplace Tune Up – a confidential digital health check. Participants will receive a copy of their results with access to support or counselling if required. 
  • Cost per person is $90 +GST.

BOOK NOW – Friday 26th March, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

BOOK NOW  Friday 28th May, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

BOOK NOW –  Friday 30th July, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

BOOK NOW –  Friday 1 October, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Forklift safety

A worker has sustained significant injuries to his legs after an incident involving a forklift. The worker was injured by a forklift carrying empty palettes, which obstructed the driver’s vision.

WorkSafe ACT reminds all PCBU’s that items of plant should only be used in line with manufacturer’s recommendations and in accordance with the operation manuals and instructions. Any worker operating a forklift vehicle must receive the appropriate training and needs to obtain a High-Risk Work Licence for forklift operations in the workplace. 

Working safely with items of plant

A worker has been seriously injured in a recent incident involving an item of plant in the workplace. The worker was injured while unloading timber, using a self-loading crane. WorkSafe ACT inquiries have identified the following contributing factors:

  • The PCBU did not maintain the vehicle in accordance with the manufacturer’s safe operating requirements and the issues should have been rectified before continuing to use the vehicle.
  • The operators did not receive sufficient training or instruction on how to use the plant safely, including how to rigg the load.  
  • The operator was not wearing the appropriate PPE while performing the task.
  • There was no workplace traffic management plan, including no exclusion zone for the mobile plant to be clearly identified and controlled during vehicle loading/unloading operations. 

Working safely in enclosed spaces

WorkSafe ACT was recently alerted to an incident involving possible carbon monoxide poisoning in an enclosed space.

An activated fire alarm alerted emergency services to attend the premises, where they found several workers using petrol powered pressure washers and blowers to clean an underground carpark. This resulted in high levels of carbon monoxide in the carpark, with the potential to cause serious injury or death to the workers.

WorkSafe ACT reminds all PCBUs to know their work health and safety obligations to minimise and eliminate risks to their workers. Safe systems of work must be in place to make sure workers are protected from health and safety hazards. 

For more information on duty of care requirements, visit the WorkSafe ACT website.




Stay safe on scaffold

WorkSafe ACT reminds all PCBUs to know their work health and safety obligations to make sure all workers return home safely at the end of their shift.

When it comes to scaffolding, PCBUs are responsible for identifying potential hazards, assessing, and controlling risks, and reviewing control measures regularly.

Workers on construction sites are also encouraged to speak up if they see scaffolding that doesn’t look safe, is not maintained or has been modified by someone without a suitable high-risk work licence. Scaffolding needs to be certified by a trained professional because using unsafe scaffold can lead to serious injury or death.

This financial year (to date), WorkSafe ACT inspectors have visited 180 work sites where scaffolding was used for access, egress or fall protection. As a result, our inspectors have issued 104 safety notices (improvement and prohibition) and 20 infringement notices for the non-compliant scaffold.

During these inspections, WorkSafe ACT inspectors identified the following issues:

·        the scaffolding tag has not been inspected by a correctly  licenced person within a 30-day timeframe

·        no scaffolding tag in place

·        missing scaffolding components such as mid and top rails

·        the gaps from the scaffold to the structure is more than 225mm on all levels

·        building material left on scaffold presents a trip hazard

·        planks and ledgers missing or moved.

Anyone carrying out scaffolding work must have the appropriate high-risk work licence.

To find out more about scaffolding safety, visit the WorkSafe ACT website.

For information about scaffolding under the model WHS legislation, visit the Safe Work Australia website. 


                                         Link to Page: Check a licence – SafeWork NSW


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