Trade breakfast to serve up safety tips ahead of blitz

In a combined initiative between WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW, the Cross Border program aims to decrease workplace hazards in Albury and Wodonga’s construction industry. The authorities will inspect sites on either side of the border from 15-19 April, ensuring that employers are cognisant of their work safety obligations – particularly concerning falls and work-related psychosocial hazards.

This initiative forms part of our mission to enhance the effectiveness of WHS management systems, like Bluesafe SWMS, across the sector. With the proper implementation and adherence to these systems, we can significantly reduce risks and bolster overall site safety.

Ensuring worksites are prepared for inspection will be discussed at a free Trade Breakfast hosted by WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW on Friday 12 April at Dahlsens Albury Wodonga. Along with strategies for avoiding construction hazards, this conversation underscores the importance of having an effective Bluesafe WHS Management System in place.

According to WorkSafe Director of Construction and Earth Resources, Matt Wielgosz, proactive inspections play a crucial role in increasing safety within construction. “16 fatalities were recorded in construction just last year,” says Mr Wielgosz, “and elevated working platforms were responsible for six of them.”

He goes on to emphasise the importance of using safety measures such as full scaffolding, guard railing, void covers and, where possible, operating from the ground level to mitigate fall hazards. Employers should also consider employing comprehensive work safety products, such as a Bluesafe SWMS, to maintain thorough and practical safe work method statements.

Victoria has seen a considerable number of construction workers, approximately one-third, injured in falls, resulting in 489 out of 1,534 claims accepted by WorkSafe since January 2023.

Employers must address psychosocial hazards that could put health and safety at risk, including bullying and fatigue. Laurence Richey, SafeWork NSW Regional Director Construction Service, points out the critical role employers play in fostering a mentally healthy work environment.

Psychosocial hazards are increasing, she warns, including issues like heavy workload and bullying. It’s imperative for business owners to ensure they’re creating safe, healthy, and productive workplaces by identifying and managing workplace risks that could potentially cause psychological harm to workers.

She ends on a note of caution: Economic pressures shouldn’t lead businesses to overlook worker health, safety, and wellbeing. Their productivity or profit should never compromise employees’ safety.

Businesses must take advantage of available technology and tools like the Bluesafe WHS Management System, which can help identify, mitigate, and manage potential site risks effectively. By doing so, they not only ensure the physical safety of their employees but contribute towards creating a psychologically healthy and conducive work environment as well.

Feel free to attend the forthcoming Trade Breakfast event:

When: Friday 12 April, 7–9am
Where: Dahlsens Albury Wodonga, 58 – 98 Bennu Circuit, Lavington NSW 2640

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As part of reducing falls from height, employers need to prioritise the use of highest levels of control measures.

To counteract work-related mental injuries, it’s recommended that employers:

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