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Safety Soapbox November

A WorkSafe reminder in the leadup to Christmas

With only six weeks left until Christmas and the summer holiday period, builders, contractors and workers will be under pressure to get jobs completed prior to the holiday break.

Pressure from clients or builders to complete the job all too often results in builders or contractors taking short cuts and losing perspective on the importance of safety on their worksites.

During this high risk time, builders and contractors need to ensure their supervisors are especially vigilant and take a zero tolerance approach to safety shortcuts, even if it’s only a five minute job.

Supervisors should be reinforcing safety with workers through site inductions, regular tool box talks and encourage them to take that extra five minutes to review their safe work method statements (SWMS) before starting work.

It’s important to remember that long hours and the higher summer temperatures can increase the possibility of fatigue. Fatigue affects workers in multiple ways, it can reduce their ability to identify risks, make good decisions and avoid potentially harmful workplace mistakes.

Be proactive and remind your workers that this is a statistically dangerous time of year, where workers on construction sites are at increased risk of getting injured.

Encourage workers to stay focused, patient and aware during this period. To avoid potentially disastrous consequences reinforce the importance of workplace safety for not only themselves, but workmates, families and friends.

This holiday season, let’s stay focused on the most important aspect of construction - ensuring you and your mates get home safely for Christmas.


Fall prevention and scaffolding safety

In the lead up to the summer holiday period the number of construction workers who are seriously or fatally injured due to falls increases.

WorkSafe inspectors are checking construction sites to make sure that a safe work environment is being provided and maintained. This includes checking that processes are in place to ensure scaffolding is being safely used, and falls risks are being controlled.

View or download the Compliance Code – Prevention of falls in general construction

View or down load the Compliance Code – Prevention of falls in housing construction

For more information, contact the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.


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Construction companies warned on heavy machinery

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WorkSafe new Melbourne office

WorkSafe Melbourne CBD office has officially relocated to 567 Collins St and the office at 222 Exhibition Street is now closed.

While the office location has changed the WorkSafe Advisory Service and Incident Notification phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

WorkSafe prosecutions update

WorkSafe has updated its summaries of prosecution outcomes up to 26 October 2018 and includes a number of construction prosecutions. Read the summaries