WorkSafe Victoria to focus on fall hazards in housing construction sites

WorkSafe Victoria inspectors are focusing on fall hazards to reduce the number of people injured at housing construction sites.

Recent statistics show that since February 1 this year, 40 serious incidents involving falls at construction sites have been reported to WorkSafe.

Just this month, a man fell and broke his leg after catching his foot between the rungs of a ladder at Inverloch; a man also suffered from fractured ribs after falling three metres through a void at Fawkner; a man also received concussion after falling 2.4 metres when a truss gave way at a site in Caulfield North.

“Even a fall from a low height can still lead to serious injury or death,” said WorkSafe Acting Head of Hazardous Industries and Industry Practice Dermot Moody.

“Employers in the housing sector have the same responsibilities as those on any other site to identify risks and ensure correct safety measures are in place.

“Our inspectors will be reminding them of this when they visit housing sites this month.”

Mr. Moody warned that WorkSafe inspectors would not hesitate to take enforcement action if they identify fall risks, or if safe work method statements are not in place for high risk construction tasks.

“Control measures for fall risks are well known and readily available, so there is no excuse not to have them in place,” he said.

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