Industry Update

Union officials must obey safety rules

In recent weeks FWBC has launched four court cases against union officials for allegedly disobeying safety laws on building and construction sites.

In one of the cases CFMEU ACT State Secretary Dean Hall, the CFMEU, CFMEU ACT & other officials are facing penalties of up to $1.1 million.

FWBC wants site managers and workers to know who to contact when they witness safety breaches.

Each state and territory has a specialist organisation to report safety concerns to. You can see the full list below.

Under Right of Entry laws, Right of Entry permit holders must obey site safety laws while visiting a site. This is where FWBC comes in.

If union officials disobey site safety rules while visiting your site, please call FWBC’s Hotline on 1800 003 338. You can make an anonymous report.

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss described the recent trend of union officials allegedly disobeying safety laws on site as alarming.

“Unions quite rightly talk about the importance of safety. I would therefore expect then that they should be showing leadership in this area. Safety rules are there not just to protect the union officials conducting their site visits, but the many workers at the site,” Mr Hadgkiss said.

Mr Hadgkiss wrote recently wrote about the issue of safety on building and construction sites in the Canberra Times. You can read his article here.

State and territory safety organisations:

VIC - Worksafe VIC
NSW – SafeWork NSW
ACT – Worksafe ACT
NT – NT WorkSafe
WA – WorkSafe WA
SA – SafeWork SA
TAS – WorkSafe Tasmania
QLD- Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Department of Justice and Attorney-General (WHSQ)

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