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Date Posted30/11/2017

Canberra – Worst Place for Construction Workers

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According to a Safe Work Australia report, the most dangerous place to work in the construction industry is Canberra.

The report was published last month, and revealed that 23.8 claims were made for serious injury and disease per 1000 construction workers during the 2015-2016 period. This was in comparison to the national average of 16 claims.

Alarmingly the ACT is also the most dangerous place to work in the healthcare and retail industries.

Over the past 5 years, the ACT had the highest rate of claims for the construction industry nationally. However the report did note a 16 per cent decrease in the same period.

In a press release from UnionsACT, secretary Alex White weighed the high figure against WorkSafe ACT’s compliance activities.During the period when serious injury claims were highest, WorkSafe ACT recorded a decrease in the number of compliance activities, in fact it was down by 84 per cent compared to 2014.

He highlighted the need for WorkSafe ACT to focus on enforcing workplace safety laws and hold unsafe employers accountable.He also mentioned a recent crane audit and a scaffolding audit that almost all crane and scaffolding companies failed. See more at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-most-dangerous-place-for-construction-workers-safe-work-australia-report-20171105-gzf1u1.html

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