Workplace health and safety should be the main priority on every construction site, however taking into account the number of workplace fatalities that have occurred in the industry this year, this does not seem be the case.
The construction industry has lost 9 workers on the job this year so far and we’re only half way through the year. Last year a total of 11 construction workers were killed on the job.
Accross all sectors, 56 Australian workers were killed on the job this year, at a cost of $61.8 billion to the nation’s economy. But the real cost is to the many families whose loved ones will not be returning home because of accidents at work.
A report has revealed that white-collar workers working on the Andrews government’s huge pipeline of transport projects are being overworked to the point of near breakdown. The report showed stress and anxiety levels worse than that of many psychiatric patients.
The results of the survey were not made public but were leaked in a post on TheAge.com.au.
According to the post the survey of almost 700 professionals working on Victorian infrastructure projects found workers were expected to work extreme hours under constant deadline pressure which was endangering their mental health.
The workers analysed were working as engineers, managers etc. on major Victorian projects such as Metro Rail Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel and the level crossing removal program.
A builder from Toowoomba has been hit with a $75,000 fine after a teenage apprentice was injured in 2017.
The apprentice’s hand was lacerated from his pinky finger to the base of his thumb by a circular saw.
The apprentice Bodhii George Dunlop was 19 at the time when he was cutting pieces of timber between 2 utes when the incident occurred.
Following the incident the worker developed PTSD and depression and a report found he would struggle to complete the same “pre-injury tasks”, despite 10 operations to repair cuts, nerve and bone damage in his hand.
The apprentice’s employer pleaded guilty in the industrial division of the Toowoomba Magistrates Court to breaching the Work Health and Safety Act.
It was heard that as the apprentice reached down to grab the length of timber with his left hand to prevent it moving further or falling, the saw blade grabbed and jumped on the piece of timber, causing the moving blade to cut across the palm of his left hand from his little pinky finger to the base of his thumb.