Working in the Construction Industry

Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety is a vital component for a successful Construction  Industry.  It is not only a legal requirement; it is also a wise business decision to reduce the enormous costs of workplace accidents and injuries.

There are many ways for the Construction Industry to implement Workplace Safety and this article will highlight the major ways this can be done.

Duty of Care

Both employers and employees have a duty of care towards each other to collaborate and make sure the needs of all parties are addressed.  There are many other groups which can be included in this category, including manufacturers of equipment used in the Construction Industry, owners & occupiers of buildings, etc etc.

Hazard Management

There are many components of hazard management – some of which include (but is not limited to):

  • –       identifying site hazards
  • –       assessment of the risk
  • –       control of the risk
  • –       hazard management

Protective Equipment

  • –       clothing, footwear, head protection
  • –       eye and hearing protection
  • –       gloves
  • –       face masks
  • –       high visibility vests

Safe Use of Plant & Equipment

  • –       hand and power tools
  • –       safe use of ladders, correct use of ladders for specific trades
  • –       scaffolding and working at heights
  • –       electrical leads and wiring
  • –       explosives and demolition
  • –       traffic management
  • –       plant and equipment maintenance
  • –       concrete sawing and drilling

Safety Signs

  • –       regulatory signs
  • –       sign layouts
  • –       hazard signs
  • –       emergency information signs
  • –       first aid signs
  • –       electrical appliance test tags

Clean Safe and Tidy Work signs

  • –       barricades
  • –       access and egress
  • –       housekeeping and storage
  • –       litter
  • –       site amenities and disturbance

Licences and Certificates of Competency

  • –       Consumer & Business Affairs, Business & Occupational Services
  • –       Environmental Protection Authority
  • –       Local Councils
  • –       Transport and other permits

Accident and Incident Reporting

  • –       Reporting of Injuries
  • –       Dangerous Occurrences
  • –       Workers Compensation
  • –       First Aid

Site Emergency & Evacuation

  • –       Emergency Management & Evacuation Plans & Procedures
  • –       Responsibility
  • –       Fire Fighting Equipment & Selection

 

The foregoing is just a snapshot of the many areas of Workplace safety elements which all workers, management, sub-contractors, Consultants and other professionals associated with the construction industry must be up to date with regard to training.

Access to regular educational material must be made available, and all Site Supervisors must provide feedback to all on site workers to ensure their knowledge is current.

There are basic legal requirements to be observed and hazard management principles to be instigated.  Every state in Australia has their own Workplace Safety organisations, which offer practical solutions and basic safety practices to be followed.

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