"WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES."
Workers struggling to improve safety on South Australian construction sites despite deaths
by Aaron Cartledge *
February 17, 2017
This article was first published in a local Adelaide newspaper. It is republished with permission of the author.
MASTER Builders Association chief executive officer Ian Markos has obviously not worked on a building site in South Australia lately and encountered a safety breach that might have endangered his life.
If he had, he might understand that safety and jobs are not separate issues but interconnected. Here’s how.
If Ian was working on a site and noticed a problem, unlike his counterparts in other states, he would not be able to invite a specialist OHS officer from the union or other organisations to assist in resolving the problem.
He would find that there’s no dedicated safety officer on site as there used to be for workplaces with 20 or more workers and that the person responsible is the project manager.