SafeWork NSW has unveiled a new TradieSafe project in a bid to reduce the amount of injuries in the Hunter region’s residential construction industry.
The safety body’s inspectors will visit the region’s construction sites over the next 12 months to help trades workers improve workplace safety.
It comes after a recent survey of 167 construction sites in the region which identified the three main safety risks most likely to create workplace injuries: falls from heights – mainly from ladders and roofs; slips, trips and falls; and cuts from sharp objects.
Construction workers also cited insufficient use of PPE as another key issue.
Peter Dunphy, SafeWork NSW executive director, said the Hunter region’s residential construction industry had one of the highest risks of workplace injuries.
“Each year an average of 730 construction workers are injured in the Hunter region, costing $7.5 million in workers’ compensation claims,” he said.
“Half of all claims are for soft tissue injuries, and lacerations and contusions to hands, eyes, ears, ankles and knees; injuries that can be avoided if effective safety procedures are in place”.”
Dunphy added that the project will focus on the three major safety risks and on site security.