SafeWork to visit North Western Sydney
June 28, 2020
A significant amount of housing development is occurring in that part of Sydney, and with recent campaigns on safe working at heights as well as working around plant and electrical, these will be the focus areas.
HIA encourages all builders, principal contractors and PCBUs, to check your scaffolds, confirm your contractors are properly licensed and ensure they are built in accordance with standards and adequately tied to the structure.
It is also important to ensure that any risk of fall from elevated workplaces, through openings and over edges is managed. You must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that work involving the risk of fall is carried out on the ground or on solid construction. If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk of falling altogether, you need to minimise the risk by providing adequate protection.
Guidance on managing the risk of a fall in the housing construction industry can be found in the Preventing Falls in Housing Construction code of practice. SafeWork NSW also have dedicated information and solutions to help your business, particularly in the area of prevention of falls through voids.
The Pocket Guide to Construction Safety is also a useful resource to carry, providing information for common health and safety issues on small construction sites. The guide provides checklist on many hazards, including working at heights, electricity and essential services, and vehicles and mobile plant on construction sites.
For more information on this please contact your Workplace advisor on 1300 650 620.