26 Jul 2016
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.