New research to tackle on ACT construction industry’s safety culture

A new research project evaluating the safety culture within Canberra’s construction industry has recently commenced. The research is part of an ongoing commitment from the ACT Government to improve safety on worksites and better support ACT construction workers.

The independent research will be conducted by RMIT University and will involve a survey of workers, employers and unions to understand what more can be done to improve safety in the industry.

“With recent tragic incidents on worksites in Canberra, it is especially important that we continue to work hard to improve safety measures and outcomes for all workers,” ACT Labor Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said in a statement.

“Construction is a high-risk environment, but we are firmly committed to improving safety by working with the construction industry, including workers, unions and all Canberrans.

“Through this research, safety culture across the construction industry will be evaluated, barriers to driving work health and safety across the sector identified, and a set of baseline safety culture measures that can be used for future trend analysis and evaluation will be provided.”

The research supports the review of the implementation of the Getting them Home Safely report, and will inform the strategic safety planning for the construction industry.

“RMIT will be out on sites speaking with workers over the coming weeks and I encourage workers to have their say, openly and honestly. If you would like to be involved in this important research, please email,” said Ms Stephen-Smith

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