Falling concrete slab narrowly misses workers at Perth construction site

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WorkSafe is investigating an incident in which a concrete slab fell at a construction site near Northbridge, narrowly missing a group of tradies.

The two-tonne concrete slab reportedly fell just metres away from the workers.

The incident happened on Wednesday morning.

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 has identified the construction industry as a priority due to the high number and rate of work-related fatalities and serious injuries.

An industry profile compiled by Safe Work Australia in 2015 found the most common work-related injuries experienced by workers in the construction industry were cuts and open wounds (31%), sprains and strains (21%) and chronic joint or muscle conditions (16%).

These injuries were mainly due to hitting or being hit by an object (31%), lifting, pushing or pulling objects (30%) and falls from a height (15%).

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