Plan to reduce deaths and injuries in NSW construction workplaces launched

The NSW Government has launched a new plan to reduce deaths and accidents in the construction industry.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said construction safety is a must with $ 80 billion to be spent on NSW infrastructure over the next four years.

“The construction industry will employ 400,000 people by 2022, so it’s really important worksites are up to scratch, and meet Australia’s strict safety standards,” said Mr. Kean.

“Tragically, 35 workers lost their lives on NSW construction sites between 2013-14 and 2015-16, with the most common cause being falls from heights.

“These accidents have a devastating impact on colleagues and families, and no one should  have to go through the heartbreak of losing a loved one from an avoidable accident.”

Mr. Kean said they worked closely with over 100 industry representatives last year to have a better understanding of the issues that the construction industry is facing.

“The feedback has given us valuable insight into this complex work environment, and helped us understand how to better support businesses and workers.”

The plan also covers workplaces with a high risk of long-term illness developing, such as asbestosis, and looks at the management of musculoskeletal injuries and mental health in the construction industry.

This plan will be followed by four sub-sector plans that drill down specifically into high-rise buildings, housing, infrastructure and demolition sectors.

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