In March, SafeWork SA inspectors began visiting residential construction sites to ensure health and safety compliance, particularly in the area of working at heights.
The construction industry is the leading industry for injuries associated with working at height, with SafeWork SA 2020 data showing that the industry contributed 45% of all notifiable serious injuries associated with a fall from height. The data shows that workers within the residential construction sector are at most risk.
SafeWork SA Executive Director Martyn Campbell said, “SafeWork SA inspectors are continually finding and taking enforcement action in cases where duty-holders are failing to manage a risk of a fall.
“The control measures to reduce the risk of falls are well known and readily available so there is no excuse for not having them in place.”