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A construction worker was killed at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site on the weekend.

The male worker died late last Saturday afternoon. He was 63 years old and sustained crush injuries, according to The Advertiser.

SafeWork SA is investigating the incident.

“I offer my condolences to the man’s family and friends at this difficult time, and every support is being offered to the family,” said SafeWork SA Executive Director Marie Boland in a media statement.

Another worker, 54-year-old Jorge Castillo-Riffo, was crushed to death at the same site in 2014.

The most recent fatality brings South Australia’s 2016 work-related death toll to five.

For more details, visit SafeWork SA

Published on 25 February 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

Around 34 construction workers are seriously injured each day, according to the latest injury and fatality figures from Safe Work Australia.

Some 12,300 employees made a workers compensation claim requiring one or more weeks off work in 2012–13, according to ‘Work-Related Injuries and Fatalities in Construction, Australia, 2003 to 2013’.

These preliminary workers compensation figures equate to 34 workers seriously injured per day.

The median cost of these preliminary claims and time spent off work are not available as “some claims remain open and the time lost and associated payments can increase”, the report says.

Nevertheless, in the previous year, 12,600 employees made a workers compensation claim requiring one or more weeks off work, according to the report.

During this time, a seriously injured construction worker typically had 6.4 working weeks off work and received a median compensation payment of $11,000, the report adds.

For more details, visit the figures

Published on 27 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email.  Subscribe online today.

A large proportion of workers and employers may report following safety procedures at work, but it’s the 2 to 20 per cent who don’t that can cause havoc.

A new Safe Work Australia report titled ‘Work Health & Safety Perceptions: Construction Industry’ has drawn on six existing Safe Work Australia data sources and one Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data source to examine work health and safety (WHS) in the construction industry.

“The 2009 MAPS survey measured how consistently specific safety practices were undertaken in the workplace,” the report says.

“Almost 90 per cent of workers in the construction industry reported that particular safety practices were followed in their workplace most of the time or always.

“These included removing hazards as much as possible (93 per cent), making work practices safe (92 per cent), using PPE (90 per cent) and identifying health and safety risks (89 per cent).”

However, the WHS Perceptions survey 2012 report revealed a different outcome. “The results were somewhat different, particularly for the use of PPE (90 per cent in MAPS compared to 79 per cent in WHS Perceptions), removing hazards as much as possible (93 per cent in MAPS compared to 85 per cent in WHS Perceptions) and making work practices safe (92 per cent in MAPS compared to 84 per cent in WHS Perceptions),” the report says.

According to the report, the WHS Perceptions survey showed that construction employers were more likely than workers to report that safe work practices were followed most of the time or always.

“Almost all employers indicated that PPE is used most of the time or always in their workplace, as well as making work practices safe (98 per cent each),” the report says.

“Over 90 per cent of employers indicated that, in their workplace, hazards are removed as much as possible, health and safety risks are identified and health and safety concerns are discussed either most of the time or always.”

But even if 98 per cent of people are following safe practices, it only takes the few who don’t to create a risk for themselves and everyone else.

For more details, visit the report

Published on 26 February 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin

Contractors must commit to managing drug and alcohol risks to win bids for Victorian Government construction projects.

The new guidelines came into effect this week.

For construction projects over $10 million, tenderers must include an outline of their drug and alcohol management plans and commit to providing a project-specific work health and safety (WHS) plan when bidding for projects.

In outlining the management of drugs and alcohol, tenderers must include the medical tests and thresholds that the contractor will use to test for drugs and alcohol. People selected for testing and the frequency of testing are among other criteria that must also be included.

The head contractor must submit the WHS management plan before the project begins.

For construction projects under $10 million, contractors still have to ensure drug and alcohol and WHS policies are in place. Contractors will also be audited for compliance.

For more details see the guidelines.

Published on 3 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

A UK building company has been prosecuted after a worker was burnt and placed in an induced coma.

The worker was “removing electrical equipment from a basement wall on 1 August 2012 believing it all to be safely disconnected”, when he severed a 415-volt electrical cable, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said in a media statement.

He sustained severe and extensive burns, was in an induced coma for two weeks, and hospitalised for several weeks, and continues to live with psychological problems and pain, the HSE added.

The HSE investigated the incident and found that Acton-based “Dray Building Ltd had failed to provide suitable signage highlighting the live cable, had failed to provide barriers around the work equipment for other suitable safety measures. Had these requirements been met, then the accident could not have happened in the way that it did”.

Dray Building Ltd of Dephna House, North Acton Road, London was prosecuted in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court for breaching UK construction regulations.

It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £9,882 in costs.

For more detail, visit the HSE.

Published on 23 April 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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