When there is no one around, a construction site might be an interesting place that kids want to explore, for vandals to target, or for opportunists, a chance to pick up any loose items. A construction site, irrespective of the stage of the works, can be a dangerous place. As the builder, you are deemed to be the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) and the person responsible for ensuring that the site is as safe and secure as reasonably practicable to prevent any loss or injury to any person whilst there are no works being undertaken.
Simple tips such as ensuring your site fencing is secure and locking loose items in the garage or off-site might be simple yet effective measures to mitigate any risk to you. The client should also be reminded that there is to be no unauthorised access to the site during this period either in accordance with your building contract and/or the Work Health and Safety laws. Whilst you cannot entirely remove risks, you should do what you can to mitigate them.
If you would like further advice on meeting your obligations or want more information, the Workplace Relations and Legal team are here to help. Please contact us on 02 6175 5900.