The ACT government is reminding everyone that there is no deadline or target more important than getting workers home safely at the end of each day- a message that the construction industry in particular should take to heart.
Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Rachel Stephen-Smith said in a message on International Workers Memorial Day and World Day for Safety and Health that taking action to prevent future work related injuries and fatalities is the focus. It is also a day for remembering people lost to work related injuries and illnesses.
The theme of this year’s event was Generation Safe and Health, highlighting the importance of focusing on young workers who are at an increased risk of injury and harassment in the workplace.
The minister also stressed the importance of collaboration between regulators, workers, employers and all stakeholders to ensure a safer workplace culture.
The safety of workers is of paramount importance which is one reason why the federal government mandated general construction induction training for all workers in the construction sector. No matter the work you undertake in construction or what type of construction you’re involved in, the White Card is a requirement for everyone working on site.