SafeWork launches long weekend firework blitz
SafeWork NSW is kicking off a compliance blitz this Queen’s Birthday long weekend to remind the public of the dangers of using illegal fireworks.
Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said that Safework NSW inspectors will be on the lookout for backyard fireworks and unlicensed users.
“It has been a long time since we have been able to get together to celebrate a public holiday. While it is great to be able to celebrate together we want to make sure these celebrations aren’t putting any lives at risk,” Mr Anderson said.
Safework NSW inspectors will be undertaking targeted visits and inspections to ensure those who use fireworks are being safe and have a valid licence.
“It’s simple - to purchase, use, store, manufacter, supply and even transport fireworks you need a licence,” Mr Anderson said.
“Safework inspectors will be out in force and will not hesitate to fine or prosecute those who are found to be doing the wrong thing.”
Earlier this year a licensed pyrotechnician was successfully prosecuted after he was found to have allowed unlicensed individuals to handle fireworks. He was sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.
Mr Anderson said that avoiding fireworks related death and injuries are a top priority.
“It is no secret that fireworks can be incredibly dangerous, that is why we will be out and about in the community making sure firework celebrations are safe,” Mr Anderson said.
Anyone with information on the illegal use or sale of fireworks should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. For information on how to get your firework displays approved and get your licence visit the SafeWork website.