TradieSafe program aims to improve construction safety


Tuesday, 07 March, 2017


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A project has been launched by SafeWork NSW to try and reduce injuries in the Hunter region’s residential construction industry.

The TradieSafe project will see inspections carried out on construction sites across the region over the next 12 months.

The program was launched after a survey of 167 construction workers that found the top three safety risks most likely to cause work-related injuries were falls from ladders and roofs; slips, trips and falls due to poor housekeeping; and cuts from sharp objects.

Construction workers also identified inadequate use of personal protective equipment as an issue.

“Each year an average of 730 construction workers are injured in the Hunter region, costing $7.5 million in workers compensation claims,” said SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy.

“Half of all claims are for soft tissue injuries and lacerations and contusions to hands, eyes, ears, ankles and knees; injuries that can be avoided if effective safety procedures are in place.

“The TradieSafe project will focus on the three risks identified in the survey, as well as site security.”

Dunphy also reminded employers it was their responsibility to ensure the safety of their workforce.

“Providing a safe workplace is not just good for workers — it reduces a construction firm’s liabilities and costs, and improves worker productivity,” he said.

For further information on TradieSafe, contact SafeWork NSW Hunter on 02 4921 2900 or email tradiesafe@safework.nsw.gov.au.

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