The NSW government has a plan to address workplace deaths and accidents in the construction industy, pledging $80 billion to NSW infrastructure over the next 4 years.
As infrastructure construction amps up over the coming years, safety in the construction industry is a priority with more than 400,000 people expected to be employed by the industry by 2022.
Between 2013-14 and 2015-16, 35 workers lost their lives on construction sites in the state, mostly due to falls from heights.
The state government has been working with more than 100 industry representatives to gain a better understanding of the industry and its safety needs. The feedback has given the government an idea of how to better support businesses and workers. The plan addresses issues such as asbestosis, management of musculoskeletal injuries and mental health of workers.
The plan will precede 4 sub-sector plans that address specifically the high rise buildings, housing, infrastrastructure and demolition sectors of the industry.