NSW government and industry working together to improve civil contracting safety outcomes

New South Wales’ peak representative body for employers in the civil construction and maintenance industry, the Civil Contractors Federation NSW, is delighted to announce the award of a grant by SafeWork NSW to digitise the civil construction industry’s plant operator verification of competency accreditation system.

This is a system in which industry, including major customers and both small and large contractors, have joined together through CCF NSW to develop an industry standard that benchmarks plant operator competency. The system, developed entirely with industry funds, has been developed and refined over a number of years.

The grant from SafeWork NSW, will allow competency certificates to be provided to customers in real time.

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy, commended the industry on their efforts to develop a standardised plant operator competency assessment regime.

“The civil construction industry is one of the State’s highest risk sectors and plant operator movements in the civil contracting industry are intrinsically high risk,” Mr Dunphy said.

“Digitising the system will provide employers and customers far greater confidence about the competency of operators working for them through real time access to their competency currency on site.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Contractors Federation NSW, David Castledine, said “this announcement today reflects a perfect example of how government and industry can work together for the efficiency and safety of all. It’s the regulator’s role to set the rules and enforce them, but it’s also to empower industry to find solutions.

“This system will provide a single standard and will make it harder for rogues to operate. SafeWork NSW must be congratulated; they are working with us to make our industry safer.”

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