Spotlight on northern civil and infrastructure sites

Safe work practices in earthmoving, drainage and roadwork sites in Melbourne’s north will be the focus of a WorkSafe safety campaign next week.
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Wednesday 20 Nov 2013

Industries and topics
  • Construction

WorkSafe inspectors will visit sites in the outer northern suburbs to answer any questions and talk with employers and workers about safe work.

The visits are part of Operation SafeSite, a 12-month campaign aimed at promoting safety on construction sites across Victoria.

WorkSafe spokesman Allan Beacom said inspectors would check how sites were managing basic safety, as well as controlling the special risks associated with construction work.

He said inspectors would pay particular attention to safe work method statements, traffic management, public protection, use of mobile plant, site supervision, and working in excavations and near powerlines.

“This is a timely opportunity for companies and sub-contractors to reassess what controls they have in place to manage the hazards on their sites,” Mr Beacom said.

“Effective job planning and site supervision reduce the risk of incidents and injuries and can make a real difference.”

Mr Beacom said that while Victorian businesses had taken great steps to improve workplace safety, more needed to be done.

“While inspectors are there to help, safety is ultimately the responsibility of everyone on site,” he said.

“Employers and employees need to work proactively and cooperatively to ensure sites are safe. Safety doesn’t just happen - everyone has a role to play.”

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