Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in Victoria, employing around 275,000 workers.
While significant safety improvements have been made, the number of deaths, injuries and near miss incidents remain too high. Each week, around 60 construction workers are injured seriously enough that they have to stop work. These injuries commonly occur as a result of basic site safety failings.
Construction work can be high risk and WorkSafe is committed to improving safety in the industry.
Construction Safety Focus
The Construction Safety Focus is a three year, state-wide safety campaign targeting the known causes of death and serious injury in the construction industry. Commencing July 2016, WorkSafe inspectors will visit sites focussing on a specific hazard, issue or sector, assessing safety measures and providing information to builders and sub-contractors on risk control measures.
The Safety Focus areas in 2016/2017 include*:
- Prevention of falls
- Safe Worker and Traffic (SWAT) campaign
- Musculoskeletal injury prevention
- Hire yards
- Falling objects
- Electrical safety
- Powered mobile plant interface
- Construction Regulations compliance .
For more information about the latest Construction Safety Focus campaign, or to access construction publications and guides, visit WorkSafe's Knowledge Centre.
*Safety Focus Campaigns may change without notice.
Cross Border Construction Project
WorkSafe Victoria is working with SafeWork NSW in regional towns along the Victorian and NSW border to improve safety as part of the Cross Border Construction Project.
WorkSafe and SafeWork will be holding trade information breakfast sessions in the border regions throughout the year and undertaking joint visits in regional areas. Upcoming trade breakfasts are listed on WorkSafe's Events page.
Construction industry updates
Want to know more about health and safety in construction? WorkSafe has a range of resources that can help you.
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