Walk-through of the basics meant to prompt safer worksites
The provincial government is reminding people to use scaffolding properly, when undertaking construction projects at home and as paid work.
Service NL minister Nick McGrath tried to reinforce the message when speaking to reporters at the Carpenters Millwright College in Paradise today.
“My job as the minister ... is to make sure that the workers go home at the end of the day,” he said.
“Everyone in my department — we want to make sure that we have a fatality-free day.”
He said his department has issued 146 non-compliance orders related to scaffolding between Jan. 1 and July 24. Last year, he added, the department issued 720 orders related to improper scaffolding.
“So these are numbers that we want to bring down,” he said.
He could not say how many of the orders were for private, residential construction versus larger, industrial sites. Regardless, he said, the safety consideration is the same.
After a brief address to the cameras, McGrath watched as students and an instructor of the College’s scaffolding program, Kevin Bemister, walked through the basics of safe scaffolding.
“The scaffolding program that you’re offering here at the college, I think, is very important,” McGrath said.
More information on safe scaffolding is available through Service NL at 729-1932 or toll free at 1-800-563-5471.
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