The lead up to the end of the year is traditionally a high-risk period for all sectors of the construction industry in South Australia. With just a few weeks left until the festive season, principal contractors, Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU’s) and workers may feel under pressure to get jobs completed prior to the holiday period.
Avoid tragedy in the lead up to this holiday season by staying focused on the most important aspect of construction work – ensuring you and your mates get home safely to your families every day
A Safety Alert has been issued by NT Worksafe to highlight the risk of horizontally mounted fire extinguishers detaching during transportation and causing a hazard to other road users.
Worksafe VIC are urging employers and workers to slow down and put safety first as we enter a traditionally dangerous time of year for workplaces. Between 2008 and 2017 in Victoria, 53 people died in the months of November and December as a result of workplace incidents. This two-month period accounts for 22.3 per cent of all workplace deaths.
Riding for the Disabled, the University of Sydney and a number of innovative construction businesses are just some of the workplaces recognised as the safest in NSW for 2018. For the full list of winners and more information on the 2018 SafeWork NSW Award winners, visit www.safeworkawards.com.au
Construction companies operating in built-up areas are being warned not to put workers or members of the public at risk following two serious incidents where heavy machinery has struck suburban houses. Worksafe VIC have outlined precautions employers must take when operating heavy machinery.
Thousands of workers around the State will have better support at work while overcoming mental health challenges thanks to the NSW Government’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy.
Two workers in an excavation have been injured when a 1350mm diameter concrete stormwater pipe toppled over.
Excavation work introduces a number of risks that must be managed, including the risk of people working in the excavation being crushed by unrestrained or inadequately restrained pipes. Workplace Health and Safety QLD discuss control measures to prevent unrestrained or inadequately restrained objects in the excavation from toppling over.
In response to a number of recent crane incidents, SafeWork NSW has announced a crackdown on crane operators and maintenance on construction sites across NSW, as part of a six-month blitz aimed at increasing safety across the industry.
WorkSafe ACT has entered into a $300,000 enforceable undertaking with local company Construction Control following an alleged breach of a Prohibition Notice relating to the use of unsafe scaffolding. This is a reminder to industry and site managers to ensure that any notices and associated restrictions are communicated to all workers and subcontractors who may attend a site.
Two businesses have been fined more than $200,000 combined, after a worker fell two stories on a construction site in Ashfield.
“No one should be put in harm’s way, and SafeWork NSW will continue to come down hard on businesses that neglect their workplace safety obligations."