The government’s own rules on the safety role of a client is supposed to be a “model client”. Sounds sensible. But it only works if you actually do it.
The NBN is 10,000 times more costly than the threshold ($3M) where these processes are supposed to be in place.
The government guide is called “The model client: Promoting safe construction” (reference below). The project map includes (A) Planning, (B) Design and procurement, (C) Construction and (D) Completion.
The big safety decisions from which everything good or bad flows is at the planning stage (A). Not with safe working methods, or personal protective equipment, or training – but with planning.
Stage (A) requires the government to identify OHS risks at the conception stage.
What is risk: “an exposure to an event which may cause death, injury, illness or other harm.” (p.3).
This is supposed to include (p.6):
A1: Appoint OHS Team
A2: Develop project OHS Charter
A3: Analyse OHS risks of project options
A4: Undertake technical feasibility study
A5: Record risk information
A6: Develop the project brief
A7: Establish design requirements
This is the job of the government – not the people eventually doing the work. They are not even involved yet.
There is supposed to be documents at every stage. Where is for instance the documentation of stage “A5: Record risk information”? How could it overlook one of the biggest and most well-known disease risks? Was the project planning risk assessment work ever done? What does it say?
Reference: Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government 2008, The Planning Stage: The model client: Promoting safe construction, Australian Government, Canberra.