Safety inspection to target falling materials at construction sites


WorkSafe Victoria’s three-week inspection blitz will target falling building materials and equipment at construction sites that may cause injury or death.

Inspections on commercial, residential and industrial construction sites will commence next week. More than 100 inspections will be conducted in three weeks.

WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety, Marnie Williams said builders should think of safety.

“Each year WorkSafe investigates serious injuries and countless near-misses involving falling objects at construction sites,” said Ms. Williams.

“We know that even a small tool or a bolt falling from a building site can cause life-threatening injuries. That’s why every builder must assess their site throughout the day and identify materials or objects that could fall in or outside of the site boundaries.”

Recent data shows that over 860 construction workers have been injured since 2010 by falling objects. These injuries are usually caused by falling building materials such as bricks, tiles, concrete and timber.

“Materials that are blown from structures by wind or tools and equipment knocked or dropped from ledges not only pose a risk to workers but the general public in the streets below,” said Ms Williams.

“Any object, no matter how small, can be deadly if it falls from a height so builders need to constantly assess the work being undertaken to ensure these kinds of materials are secured.”

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