The construction industry is one the most dangerous, yet important, sectors in the NSW economy. However, with its high rate of total permanent disability (TPD) injuries, addressing this is a priority.
In fact, in the three years to 2011/11, there were 1209 injuries and illnesses and three fatalities in south-west NSW. This was at a cost of $14.3 million to the NSW workers compensation system.
To make sure construction sites are safe and workers are adhering to best practice, WorkCover NSW and Victoria are teaming up to again visit sites in Cobram, Barooga, Yarrawonga and Mulwala this week.
In recent months, the two authorities have checked more than 200 sites around the NSW/Victoria border and this has resulted in a 14 per cent decrease in workplace accidents in the Moira Shire Council region.
WorkCover NSW’s Acting General Manager, Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy, explained that the program has been a success so far and he hopes that this will continue this time around.
“Inspectors will provide advice and assistance to local builders and sub-contractors about how to make their construction sites safer,” Mr Dunphy said.
“This project is about improving construction industry productivity throughout the border region, so that more construction industry workers are returning home safely to their families and friends at the end of the working day.”
VWA Regional Operations Manager, Brooke Grey, said many of the injuries occur from a lack of planning and monitoring of the actual work being undertaken. This means that it is important that hazards are identified on an everyday basis and are constantly checked over time.
She commented that accidents can occur at any construction site, irrelevant of work type or size of employee base.
“These safety measures are applicable across the entire construction industry, including domestic, commercial and civil construction sites,” she said.
Workplace compensation in NSW
The construction industry is full of risks that can result in total permanent disability, but there are ways to cover any damages or losses.
Employees injured at work are also entitled to compensation. It is recommended that you contact a compensation lawyer who can advise you on how to make your claim and assist you through the process.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis, so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.