Construction Safety Action Plan to focus on initiatives to protect apprentices

SafeWork SA’s new industry action plan will focus on initiatives to protect apprentices working on South Australian construction sites to improve health and safety within the sector.

Coinciding with National Tradies Health Month, SafeWork SA has released its Construction Action Plan, highlighting ten priority areas to improve workplace health and safety over the next two years.

Acting Executive Director of SafeWork SA, Dini Soulio, said that on average, injury claims in the sector between the years 2013 and 2016 have cost $ 29 million annually.

More than 90 percent of injuries in construction during this period were joint/ligament and muscular trauma; wounds, amputation and internal organ damage; musculoskeletal; fractures, and mental disorders, with common injury causes being body stressing; being hit by moving objects; slips, trips and falls and mental stress.

The plan seeks to partner with unions and industry to help employers and workers, particularly in the small business sector to develop practical work processes and systems that provide a safe working environment for all construction workers, especially apprentices.

“Construction is a high-risk industry so it is important that government and the industry come together to focus on practical solutions to the key health and safety issues facing this vital part of our economy,” said Mr. Soulio.

“Focussing on initiatives that promote work health and safety awareness, especially for apprentices will not only help improve safety amongst those just starting out in the industry – it will also help build a new level of safety awareness in the next generation of construction workers.

“This action plan highlights ten key areas where we can work together to educate and support employers and workers to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone in the industry.

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