The Gladstone Entertainment Centre construction project.
The Gladstone Entertainment Centre construction project. Luka Kauzlaric

Unions shut CBD worksite over 'primitive' safety conditions

GLADSTONE'S over-time and over-budget Gladstone Entertainment Centre project has again been hit by delays, with unions shutting down the "dodgy" worksite after a random check revealed safety problems.

The check on Friday morning found people working on the roof with no fall protection, materials lying on the roof unfastened, out-of-date powerboards and unconnected toilets being used.

The union reps said the conditions were "atrocious" and "primitive" at the $35 million development site. They were told rectification works would begin on Saturday before work could restart.

Plumbers Union acting secretary Gary O'Halloran said if the business was taking safety seriously, unions wouldn't have to be correcting them.

"These builders need to take some respect for the safety of the people on site," he said.

"They just seem to turn a blind eye - we know it's coming to an end, so there's a rush on, but they've got a lot to answer for."

Construction company ADCO refused to comment and Gladstone Regional Council could not be contacted.



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