In the past decade, WorkSafe Victoria has reported 16 fatalities as a result of working with or around machinery such as cranes, front-end loaders, elevated work platforms, skid-steer loaders, concrete trucks, and other forms of powered mobile plant. Executive Director of Health and Safety for WorkSafe, Marnie Williams, has stated that a number of the construction worker deaths in 2016 involved vehicles or powered mobile plants operating on site.
As the construction sector frequently relies on the use of a range of heavy and mobile machinery for varied purposes and durations, construction sites are dynamic which results in the need for the constant reassessment of hazards.
In response to these distressing statistics, WorkSafe inspectors will begin targeting construction sites across all regions of Australia as part of a campaign beginning in May aiming to reduce fatalities and injuries attributed to poor safety around mobile plants.
What Employers & Contractors Should Do
It is suggested that employers and contractors immediately review their identification of hazards associated with this type of machinery to reduce the risks that may put workers and the public at risk. Guidance material is available through the WorkSafe website highlighting the current construction safety focus on the use of powered mobile plants.
How We Can Help
Greencap has a devoted Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) team that is ready to provide assistance in meeting your legislative obligations, and aid in managing risks subject to the WorkSafe inspection campaigns.
For further information, please contact our WHS Regional Practice Manager (VIC/TAS) Alex Maravelias:
Mobile : 0408 071 457
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