A part of the construction process that is especially concerning because of the high risk associated with it is demolition. An incident that happened in Sydney recently highlights the dangers surrounding demolition work. A worker was killed during demolition when a steel pipe he was cutting struck him on the head. Apparently the pipe wasn’t well supported when it swung down and hit the man in the head, causing fatal injuries.
An article on SkyNews.com.au reported on the tragic incident:
The man in his 30s was hit by the heavy steel pipe as he was cutting it above his head at a construction site in Redfern.
The man was working for his father’s demolition business and his father and brother were there at the time.
Construction workers performing demolition work are exposed to many hazardous conditions and materials. Although a contractor should prioritise the safety of employees, there should also be heightened awareness for the safety of the general public and the property of others when demolition work is going on.
As this incident proves, even workers involved in demolition need to be trained on safety because even more so than other construction workers, these employees are exposed to a number of risks that are often life threatening.
Safety training for demolition workers and in fact all construction related fields should involve the White Card course.
Workplace health and Safety (WHS) is one of the most important issues for employers to consider but it is also the responsibility of employees. Employees in the construction sector including demolition workers, those involved in mining construction, road construction etc. must undergo safety training prior to entering a site and must apply the knowledge learnt while engaging in work on the site.
Workers must abide by the training they have been provided and follow safety procedures as set out by their employers. They must also utilise PPE as directed by employers and never work in an unsafe manner that would risk their own health and safety and that of their co-worker/s. One form of personal protective equipment which cannot be compromised is the hard hat.
Protecting one’s head is important and mandatory on every construction site, so that accidents such as the one above can be avoided. There are a number of incidents that can occur on a construction site which can injure a worker in the head such as falling objects, slips, trips and falls etc. That is why wearing a hard hat is so important and can be life-saving.
Every worker should complete the online White Card Training Course to certify that they are qualified to work on a site and aware of important safety controls such as the use of hard hats on construction sites and numerous other measures.
Each worker on site is ultimately responsible for his own safety but they also have a responsibility to 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 and according to the safety training he/she has received. Workers should also receive white card training so that they are aware of the responsibilities of their employer and can feel free to take any matters involviing safety up using the relevant channels.