New safety agreements signed last week underscore the efforts to protect workers on the Hunter Expressway project, according to the general manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety division.
John Watson remarked that there are "multiple and fluctuating hazards" associated with working on roads.
Citing WorkCover figures, he noted that a total of ten workers were seriously injured while developing road-works in Australia in the 18 months to March 2011, while a further five suffered injuries that resulted in death.
"With hundreds of employees and contractors expected to be employed through the jointly funded $1.7 billion project, the signing of today's alliances gives their families increased reassurance that their loved ones will return home safely at the end of the working day," he remarked on August 24.
The safety agreements were signed by WorkCover NSW, the Roads & Traffic Authority and Abigrou and Thiess – the principal contractors for the Hunter Expressway.
When the 40 km project is complete, a new dual carriageway between the New England Highway and the F3 Freeway will provide a total of six new interchanges to service local communities.
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