Despite the rewards and fulfilment that life in the construction industry can present, it is also a hazardous one. These hazards need to be actively managed in order to avoid injury and death from safety breaches and accidents on building sites.
This is something that many construction employers often fail to recognise which often results in fatalities.
In fact a recent Queensland audit of workplace fatalities has revealed that in that state, the construction industry is the most dangerous industry in the state, tied with the agriculture sector both sectors presented the greatest risk to workers in Queensland.
A report by Workplace Health and Safety discovered that between January and June last year 19 people died after being involved in incidents in a workplace, most of them were male and from the agriculture or construction industries.
The construction industry in Oz have this year been plagued by a number of safety incidents, across the country.
SafetyCulture.com.au posted this about the audit’s findings:
The breakdown of the deaths that were studied by industry is:
– Agriculture 6
– Construction 6
– Manufacturing 1
– Mining 1
– Government 1
– Automotive repairs 1
In the report, the highest number of deaths was 8 in south west Queensland with one of the incidents involving a man dying after he hit his head after being knocked to the ground by a steer.
The most common injury that led to the death of a worker was internal trauma to the chest, abdomen and pelvis. Four of the deaths were caused by electrocution and brain injury.
A simple risk assessment can help prevent many of the injuries and fatalities occurring in the construction sector, particularly electrical hazards which have been identified as a major issue.
One of the measures that need to be undertaken in order to avoid many of these injuries and fatalities in the construction industry is providing workers with the appropriate safety training.
State law dictates that every construction worker must undergo general construction safety training to familiarise them with the hazards they will face on a construction site.
Any person who enters a construction site must have adequate training to prove that he is able to identify and avoid hazards that could cause death or injury due to the dangers that a construction site poses.
Certain dangerous tasks and machine operation require workers to be certified and qualified. However even general workers should be in possession of the White Card Training Course to certify that they are qualified to work on a construction site.
Each site worker is ultimately responsible for his own safety but must also ensure that he/she does not put the lives of his/her co-workers at risk. Therefore no matter the task being undertaken, every construction worker should ensure that he is working safely because the actions of one can have huge safety implications for co-workers and visitors to the site.