With weeks of school holidays still to go, parents and caregivers are being reminded by SafeWork NSW about the potential dangers of taking children to construction sites.
This reminder comes after a 13-year-old boy suffered a severe head injury while visiting a worksite in December. The incident occurred when the boy fell from scaffolding and had to undergo surgery.
As parents return to work in the New Year, it is crucial to ensure that children are only brought to appropriate workplaces and that their activities are closely supervised.
“For a child, workplaces are exciting places, but they can also be extremely dangerous,” Head of SafeWork NSW Trent Curtin said.
“We are reminding businesses and parents they have obligations to supervise children especially around machinery, hazardous chemicals and other risks on site which may not be obvious.”
In high-risk workplaces such as construction, it is crucial for individuals to undergo proper training and be competent. If SafeWork inspectors come across untrained, unlicensed, or incompetent individuals on site, including children, fines or other notices could be issued.
“Simple safety prevention, like locking away chemicals and tools, putting in place falls protection, or removing the keys from machinery and vehicles when they are not in use are just a few ways to create a safer place for everyone,” Mr Curtin said.
If parents are planning for their child to take part in work on a construction site, they are reminded to ensure their child has a white card, is properly supervised and has been provided with adequate training. The minimum age to apply for a white card is 14.