The NSW Government recently launched a new plan, following a year of consultation with the construction industry, to reduce accidents and fatalities in the industry.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean recently spoke about the government’s efforts stating that safety must be a priority because by 2022, there will be 400,000 people employed in the state’s construction industry. There will also be $80billion worth of infrastructure construction underway, so its important workers are kept safe and sites meet Australia’s strict safety standards.
Mr Kean said most deaths in the industry were as a result of falls from heights and these incidents had massive impacts on the community, and yet they are avoidable.
Mr Kean also highlighted the government’s consultation with over 100 industry representatives to better understand the issues relating to construction industry safety, allowing the government to now better support businesses and workers.
A crucial step in promoting safety in the construction industry is ensuring everyone working on site is qualified and trained for the work they are undertaking and have completed General Construction Induction Training (Whitecard training) just to be there.
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