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Date PostedOctober 8, 2012

White Card Update: Who is Responsible for Safety on Construction Sites

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Who is responsible for keeping a construction site safe? According to some construction workers, employers are solely responsible and according to many employers, safety is a costly investment that many choose to ignore. But who exactly is in charge of safety on site?

According to regulation everyone is responsible for health and safety on a site, employees and employers are expected to take every precaution in the specific circumstance to protect the health and safety of all workers on the site.

Employers have a duty to provide workers with a safe workplace and environment in which to work. They must also instruct workers and provide them with the training necessary to perform the tasks expected of them. That also includes supervising workers if and when necessary.

Workers have an obligation to protect their own safety and that of their co-workers. A worker should not place the health and safety of themselves or other workers at risk.  Workers must also ensure that they comply with safe work practices as set out in the sites safe work method statement. Employees must also follow the safety training and instruction provided by their employer, this includes obeying OH&S laws and following safety procedures as set out by their employer and the state.

 

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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