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Date PostedOctober 9, 2012

White Card Update: Workers Know your Emergency Reporting Procedures

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Part of a construction workers training should incorporate how to react in an emergency and how to report these emergencies, hazards, incidents and any injuries on site. Recording of injuries is important so that problem areas on site can be identified and addressed.

Because an emergency is so unexpected and stressful workers often forget the correct procedures to follow in the panic, that is why the more workers familiarise themselves with the procedures the better.

Workers should remember to report everything that occurs on site, including near misses. As a worker you have a right to raise any safety issues that may concern you. Employers should consult workers on safety measures because they have first-hand experience with hazards. By raising safety issues workers can ensure safety levels are improved on the construction site. Your Occupational Health and Safety Rep can help and you should be able to communicate with this person on any issues you have regarding safety.

It is also important to know your states requirements as well as your site training. Employers must consider all possible scenarios and develop a control strategy for each. Employers also need to consider such details as the nearest medical facilities where workers can be rushed to in an emergency. Also consider first aid provisions and procedures for when the relevant emergency services may not respond.



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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