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Date PostedFebruary 14, 2013

White Card Update: 7 Construction Deaths this Year

According to Safe Work Australia there have been a staggering number of workplace deaths this year, in addition to a number of injuries, varying from minor to very serious.

A total of 14 workers died throughout the country this year, with the most number of deaths coming from the construction industry.

An article on SafetyCulture.com details the numbers of workers killed in Oz since the beginning of the year to 8th February. The statistics obtained from Safe Work Australia record the number of work fatalities and injuries and prepares reports based on data obtained from the media. According to the report we still have a way to go in order prioritising worker safety in Oz.

The table below was taken from SafetyCulture.com

Industry of workplaceWorker deaths 2012Worker deaths year-to-date 2013
Transport, postal & warehousing662
Agriculture, forestry & fishing451
Administrative & support services7
Public Administration & safety6
Arts & recreation services5
Electricity, gas, water 7 waste services4
Wholesale trade21
Retail trade2
Education & training3
Other services2
Financial & insurance services1
Health care & social assistance2
Professional, scientific 7 technical services1
Accommodation & food services1
Government administration & defence1
Industry unknown4
Total worker deaths19214


Source: http://www.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/safe-work-australia-14-australians-died-at-work-so-far-this-year/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+safetyculture+%28Safety+Culture+OHS+News%29

Although the number of deaths so far this year are concerning, figures need not remain this high, something can be done. Although we can never bring back the workers lost, we can do our best to ensure others do not suffer the same fate. Employers, workers and other construction industry insiders can improve safety by working together and making safety the top priority.

One of the ways to do this is to undergo quality White Card training with a registered training provider that will not just process white cards as a matter of legal compliance but is dedicated to helping workers and employers achieve safety on site, thereby minimising the number of injuries and deaths.

It is important to remember that workers on a construction site are responsible for more than just their own safety. One workers actions may have consequences for another or many others. In fact statistics show that most workers, especially those injured by machinery such as cranes are killed by the actions of another.

The general construction safety White Card is aimed at equipping workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid injury on a hazardous work site. Our course is comprehensive and easily accessible but most importantly it is well designed to stimulate learning as compared to others which just provide a question and answer platform without actually teaching workers the skills needed to ensure their safety on site.

As the leading provider of White Cards in Australia in both volume and quality our aim is to have a positive impact on the safety of construction workers and get them home safely at the end of the day.


Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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