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‘Reckless behaviour’: Minister ‘furious’ at dangerous scaffolding failures

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The Better Regulation Minister has blasted the building industry after it was revealed almost half of all scaffolds on construction sites had missing parts.

After a spate of workplace deaths and injuries SafeWork NSW have reprimanded over 700 construction workplaces since April and issued 832 notices.

It was found 44 per cent of scaffolds had missing parts, while on 36 per cent of sites it appeared unlicensed workers had tampered with key components.

Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson tells Steve Price he’s horrified by the findings.

“It’s bewildering to think that someone would actually set out to deliberately hurt someone and when you put someone up on a scaffold, that is not compliant with safety regulations, then that’s what you’re doing.

“Its reckless behaviour. I’m furious to think that people are still cutting corners and putting lives at risk.”

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Touched by Christopher founder Patrizia Cassanitti tells Karl Stefanovic she wasn’t surprised by the results.

“But I’m still very shocked knowing nearly half of the sites that were visited had these problems.

“I’m hoping that workers take it upon themselves to take responsibility not to do these things.”

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