Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Nexus Commits to Better Safety

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Nexus Commits to Better Safety

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Byline: Matthew Newton

THE company in charge of the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing has committed to restructure their safety team after the company's senior executives were summoned to an urgent meeting with Ministers Mark Bailey and Grace Grace yesterday.

In a statement issued late yesterday afternoon, both ministers said the Nexus had "assured" them it was increasing the number of health and safety representatives on the work site.

The company also "embraced the safety audit announced by Minister Bailey that will commence on Monday and agreed to accept and implement its recommendations".

The audit will be led by risk management guru Ennio Bianchi, who has more than 30 years experience in the field.

Yesterday's unprecedented intervention into Nexus' workplace health and safety procedures had been a long time coming, according to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

Since the project began almost two years ago, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has made more than 200 site visits and issued 87 statutory notices to builder Nexus, a consortium of investment companies and a Spanish construction joint venture of Acciona Infrastructure and Ferrovial Agroman.

To date, there have been 17 rollovers involving plant vehicles at the $1.6 billion project, which CFMEU Queensland and Northern Territory assistant secretary Jade Ingham described as "the worst job we've ever seen".

"And I think it's a miracle no one's been killed yet," he said.

"I have not seen a job like this in my time. The job's a disgrace."

The CFMEU has previously said it would be surprising to see any construction project reach double figures for breach notices issued.

The number of notices issued to Nexus is now fast approaching triple figures. …

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