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Victorian construction sites are in the frame throughout July as safety inspectors target fall prevention.

WorkSafe Victoria inspectors will visit 1000 construction sites during the prevention campaign, examining fall-prevention measures and providing information to builders and sub-contractors.

WorkSafe statistics indicate more than 3400 construction workers have lodged compensation claims following a fall and 21 workers have fallen to their death since 2005.

“The most recent fatality occurred on a high-rise building site in Carlton in February, when a worker fell 20m down a service shaft after the platform he was working on collapsed,” according to WorkSafe.

“You don’t have to fall from a great height to be killed or suffer permanent injuries, so if inspectors visit a site and find that there is an immediate risk of a fall, work will stop and not be allowed to restart until the site is compliant,” said WorkSafe Construction Program Manager Dermot Moody in a media statement.

Moody said: “Don’t assume that because you have never had a fall, your site is working safely. It may just mean you have been lucky – but safety can never be left to chance.”

For more details, visit the fall campaign.


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