Illawarra undergoes construction compliance blitz

NSW Fair Trading & SafeWork NSW

NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW Inspectors are conducting high visibility inspections this week of construction sites across the Illawarra to verify quality and safety standards at local building sites.

Executive Director Compliance Matt Press said the visits are an example of the construction industry being held to account for workplace safety and building quality.

“Builders need to understand that serious injury and death is not an acceptable part of getting the job done and when consumers are making one of life’s biggest investments we expect high standards of work,” Mr Press said.

“NSW Fair Trading Inspectors will verify if tradespeople are licensed appropriately and will audit buildings for non-compliance or early signs of major defects.

“All developments are expected to be built to the same high standards whether it is in a regional town or big city.”

Mr Press said SafeWork Inspectors will also focus on high-risk concerns associated with working at heights, electrical work, moving plant, structural safety and dust disease.

“Where workers are at risk of death or serious injury inspectors will take strong compliance action, including issuing penalty notices where appropriate,” Mr Press said

“NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW have an active and ongoing presence in the region and similar high visibility compliance work will be carried out across the State.

“High visibility inspections are part of a sustained effort from Fair Trading and SafeWork to drive change and restore public confidence in the industry.”


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