Falling objects have been identified as a major source of concern for the construction industry in Victoria, with 5 people having lost their lives from falling objects at Victorian building sites over the past 5 years.During that time 721 people were also injured.
As a result, WorkSafe inspectors launched a campaign, visiting sites around the state to clamp down on this common cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry.
The risk associated with falling items is posed not only to workers but others in streets near construction sites.
The latest incident took place in January when a piece of timber fell 22 floors at Southbank after snapping in half while being lifted to a loading bay.
In another incident a tower crane dropped an 11.5 tonne concrete slab at a Clayton construction site.
Authorities reminded the industry that risk control measures for falling objects are well known so there is no excuse for employers failing to implement them.
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