Instability leads to collapse
WorkSafe Inspectors will visit domestic and commercial construction sites to highlight the importance of ensuring the stability of buildings and structures, during construction, demolition and refurbishment works.
Sadly 7 people have been killed as a result of a structural collapse since 2012.
Relating to structural failure or collapse
Tragically 1 Victorian died as a result of workplace incident
10 incidents causing injury
Injuries of workers during construction work
Preventing structural collapse
Is your structure capable of supporting the intended load? Instability leads to collapse.
WorkSafe inspectors routinely find and take enforcement action over unstable structures and structural stability risk factors.
Top tips overview
- Tip 1: What is a structural collapse
- Tip 2: High risk construction work (HRCW)
- Tip 3: The main risk factors
Guidance, safety alerts and news
Designing safer buildings and structures
Preventing masonry structures from collapsing
Safe erection of structural steel for buildings: Industry standard
Inspectors target structural collapse after spate of incidentsNews
21 Aug 2017
Construction induction training (white card)
Structural collapse targeted blitz
Preparing for erecting roof trusses on a second storey extension
Preparing to build a timber deck
Safe design of buildings and structures
Man dies in wall collapseNews
11 Sep 2019
Risk controls for on-site structural welding
Preventing floor collapseSafety Alert
01 Jun 2017
Preventing roof collapses in housingSafety Alert
02 Feb 2015
Preventing structural collapseSafety Alert
01 Apr 2013
Masonry structures - Instability leads to collapseSafety Alert
13 Apr 2004
Construction safety focus: Structural collapse
Recent prosecutions and Enforceable Undertakings
WorkSafe prosecutes businesses and individuals for breaches of the Acts and Regulations made under each Act. You can read summaries of prosecutions that result in a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt against an accused party.