WorkSafe ACT Action Reminder of Shared Responsibility on Safety
The announcement by WorkSafe ACT of its legal action regarding the injury of a student on a construction site in 2016 highlights the shared responsibility of everyone in the construction industry to work towards improving the industry's safety culture and outcomes.
The student was participating in the MBA's Kids Assist Program which has helped 500 at-risk teenagers get their lives on track over the 16 years it has operated. The safety processes and procedures in place for the program meant injuries were rare and this incident was by the far the most serious.
"No incident like this should occur and the MBA has cooperated fully with WorkSafe ACT throughout the course of its investigation," Michael Hopkins, CEO of Master Builders ACT said.
"We are profoundly sorry that this young man was injured while he was participating in the KidsAssist program."
"The MBA has since conducted a thorough review, assessing every aspect of the KidsAssist program. The KidsAssist program was suspended following the injury."
"Our review determined that we could deliver better outcomes by bringing the training in-house, so KidsAssist was discontinued in 2017," Mr Hopkins said.
"Improving safety in the construction industry is a shared responsibility and employers, workers, contractors and sub-contractors must all play a role."
"Master Builders strongly supports the role of WorkSafe ACT to enforce compliance with workplace safety laws and we will continue to work together with all facets of the industry for safer worksites," Mr Hopkins said.
For further information contact:
Michael Hopkins, Master Builders CEO, 0418 984 594
Karen Freer, Master Builders ACT Marketing Manager, 0437 955 927