Electrical safety blitz

WorkSafe is reminding the construction industry about the risks of electrical shocks on Victorian construction sites.

Management of electrical risks on site is vital

Employers and self-employed persons must ensure that they are controlling electric shock risks in accordance with the Act and Regulations, including SWMS and the hierarchy of control.

WorkSafe Inspectors will visit domestic and commercial construction sites to highlight the importance of managing electrical risks onsite during construction work, of buildings or parts of buildings and associated permanent or temporary structures with builders, contractors and workers.

From 2019-2020:

206 incidents

Relating to electrical hazards, with more than half resulting in injury

2 workplace fatalities

Relating to workers coming into contact with electricity

40 dangerous occurrences

Including contact with electricity or electrical infrastructure by workers or plant.

Construction top tips: Safe work method statements - tip 1

Safe work method statements (SWMS) are an important part of preparing for any high risk construction work (HRCW). Hear from our inspector, Brian Chamberlain on why these documents are so vital.