In 2017, a total of 190 fatalities were recorded in workplaces throughout Australia. Thirty of these deaths were on construction sites. We take a look at why safety management is so important when working in construction.
Accidents are a part of life, but they are much more likely to happen on a construction job site. Especially when there is no real safety management system applied. We’d bet there was never a building constructed without any incidents or mishaps. This is why you need a Safety Management System (SWMS) and why it is necessary for every construction project.
Every construction company is legally obligated to comply with the Workplace Health and Safety Act and Regulations that govern the state or territory in which they operate. Protection of your workers and subbies should always be the top priority.
All high-risk construction work on any site requires a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS). Without one, you could be liable to penalties and imprisonment. I have identified some of the core reasons why safety management at the construction site is vital.
Sense of Responsibility
It is unethical to risk the lives of others just for the sake of construction work. A safety management team ensures that the construction work moves ahead without any accidents. Construction companies should make the safety of those working on the construction plan a priority over the work.
From a purely practical perspective – the amount of time, money, effort and power spent on reparations after an accident is not ideal. It is better to stay careful to avoid accidents in the first place. Care is better than cure, after all. In the case that an unpreventable accident occurs, a dedicated safety management team can handle the situation legally and professionally.
Another reason why safety management in construction is necessary is because of the laws, rules, and regulations the government has set for companies to follow in order to provide a safe working environment for workers. It is a legal responsibility for construction companies to ensure safety for everyone at all costs.
Do you understand your health and safety responsibilities under the WHS Act and Regulations?
Is there regular communication between employees and management about health and safety issues?
Does everyone receive the necessary workplace health and safety training when starting a job, changing jobs or using new techniques?
Do you conduct any high-risk construction work? Have you developed a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) to manage the risks?
If you’re unsure on any of these questions, it’s worth looking into hiring a safety management consultant. The team at Oversight Consulting can help you get up to scratch in this area. Check them out at www.oversightconsulting.com.au