The NSW Government is seeking feedback on a draft formwork code of practice, which aims to give practical guidance on managing work health and safety risks related to formwork and falsework.
“More than 6000 people work in the concrete construction services industry, where formwork tradesmen and other structural trade workers are twice as likely to have a serious injury, so it is vital that businesses are applying consistent safety standards across NSW worksites,” said SafeWork NSW Executive Director Tony Williams.
Falling from height is the major cause of death and permanent disability in the formwork industry. Formworkers also face the risk of being hit by falling objects and muscular stress.
“Falls from heights are a major cause of fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry in NSW. Most people who are seriously injured or killed, fall from a height of four metres or less,” said Mr. Williams.
“Some of the major injuries sustained while working from a height happen as a result of failing from a ladder or non-compliant scaffolds, both of which are positions formwork tradesmen may find themselves in.”
All industry members and individuals interested in the duties of workers under work health and safety regulation are invited to contribute to the consultation process and submit feedback.
“This is an opportunity to have your say on all stages of formwork planning, design, and delivery – and ultimately how to best keep workers safe,” said Mr. Williams.