Agencies urged to check stability of buildingsComcare has issued an alert stressing the importance of ensuring the stability of walls in buildings and other structures.
It said this was especially important when construction, demolition or refurbishment work was taking place.
The alert follows a recent incident involving the spontaneous collapse of a wall at a Federal workplace which, Comcare said, highlighted the need for managers to monitor the integrity of the structures in order to ensure healthy and safe workplaces.
“The collapse of structures may result in death or serious injury to workers and third parties and may occur in circumstances other than during works,” Comcare said.
“The integrity of structures may be compromised due to weathering, foundations shifting or deteriorating, weakening through direct impact or any combination of these or other factors.”
It said responsible managers should monitor structures under their control and where a structure appeared unstable or where an event had occurred likely to impact on stability they should establish a suitable exclusion zone until the structure was either deemed safe by a competent person or rectification works were completed.
“Managers should ensure all structural works, including temporary, secondary or adjacent (that is, excavation), are subject to inspection and written verification of stability by a competent person,” Comcare said.
“They should also ensure temporary works are subject to inspection by a competent person following extreme weather or any other incident that might affect stability.”
Further information can be found at the following links: Model Code of Practice – Construction Work, Model Code of Practice – Demolition Work, Model Code of Practice – Excavation Work, Model Code of Practice – Safe Design of Structures
Edition 382, 8 October 2013