Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) inspectors have started a safety compliance blitz of the state’s construction businesses that will continue for the rest of the year.
Inspectors are currently visiting sites to check safety requirements are being met across six high-risk areas:
- work at heights
- concrete pumping
- mobile plant (civil construction)
- mid-rise construction.
The blitz will also have a focus on young workers and apprentices, as data shows these are some of the most vulnerable workers at construction sites.
Across all industries, work-related incidents claim the lives of approximately 40 people every year in Queensland and there are more than 24,000 serious, often life-changing injuries.
Taking steps to manage risks is a condition of doing business in Queensland – everyone has the right to be safe at work and employers should be doing everything in their power to make that happen. If requirements are not being met, inspectors will take enforcement action.
Ensure your business is aware of its obligations and has systems in place to manage risks effectively at your workplace.