The State Government is moving to appoint an independent auditor to investigate the “abnormally high” number of workplace incidents on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing construction site.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace says “serious” health and safety concerns have been raised with her office and Government officials will now meet with the principal contractor, Nexus.
“Frankly, the number of incidents involving plant rollovers is unacceptable and demands immediate action. This is an unusual step and should convey the gravity with which the Palaszczuk Government views this matter and our commitment to safety at work.”
Transport Minister Mark Bailey will now appoint an Independent Auditor to inspect the project.
“The safety of workers is a top priority for the government and we need to be reassured by Nexus and other contractors that they share that sentiment and have a clear plan to improve their safety record.”
The project has received criticism for workplace and health and safety practices in recent months, with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland saying it was seriously concerned about the “high number” of dangerous incidents on the project.
Meantime, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has also described the TSRC as “the worst job currently running in the civil sector”.