Recent security upgrades to Parramatta Police Headquarters included the construction of a more secure traffic box at the driveway entrance.
Special Constable members at the site raised concerns with PSA about the design of the traffic box, in particular the fact that the design had the door swinging outwards into exiting traffic. This presented a serious work health and safety risk to members in the event of a car colliding with the door as staff exited the traffic box.
Following several meetings between the PSA and NSW Police, as well as the involvement of SafeWork NSW, the swing of the door has been reversed and the new traffic box can now go into operation.
These negotiations also explored the possibility of installing an emergency escape hatch or similar. However, after discussions with the manufacturer, it has been determined there is no such product available that fits with the ballistic rating of the structure.
A traffic management plan is still being developed and a draft is currently being finalised for consultation. We strongly encourage members to be actively involved in contributing to the final version. You are the ones working in this area each day and your input into managing Work Health and Safety risks is critical.
Members who would like to raise any further contributions on the matter can contact the Special Constables delegates Dannie Abel or Tony Saraceno.
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