Government inquiry into construction industry underway

Released 28/08/2012

Attorney General, Simon Corbell, has today announced that Ms Lynelle Briggs has been appointed to Chair a major inquiry into ACT health and safety laws in the local construction industry.

The inquiry will be supported by ACT WorkSafe Commissioner, Mark McCabe, and will have powers under the Work Safety Act to take submissions, call for papers and question witnesses.

"Since December last year there have been four workplace deaths, three of which have been on construction sites, and this is, put simply, four too many," Mr Corbell said.

"This inquiry is specifically designed to look at issues of health and safety closely as well as where there can be tighter regulation to better protect workers who work in this high risk industry.

"The inquiry will consider issues including issues of compliance with current laws and regulatory regimes, on-site behavioural or cultural issues; training requirements or participation rates and powers available to WorkSafe ACT and other regulatory bodies."

Mr Corbell said the government had consulted closely with unions and industry stakeholders in developing the terms of reference.

"It is important that we take a wide ranging look at this industry and I am pleased that all groups who represent both employers and employees have cooperated during the formation of this inquiry and I look forward to their contributions to it," he said.

"The inquiry will engage with a range of employers, workers, occupational health and safety professionals and other industry stakeholders, including the ACT Work Safety Council.

"The government sees any death on a worksite in Canberra as unacceptable and this inquiry will have all the necessary powers available to it that are required to ensure no stone is left unturned."

The Inquiry Panel will report its findings and recommendations to the Attorney General by
16 November 2012.

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