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Safety & Health

Atoz Group Construction Safety Issues.

Providing Information and Instruction
A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that all workers who will be involved in high risk construction work are provided with information and instruction so they:

  • understand the hazards and the risks arising from the work
  • understand and implement the risk controls in a SWMS
  • know what to do if the work is not being conducted in accordance with the SWMS. For example, this information and instruction may be provided during induction training, workplace-specific or during a toolbox talk by principal contractor, contractor or subcontractor.

    Some Health and Safety Issues for Construction Workers
    Pain or injury from physical overexertion, repetitive manual tasks, or working in awkward positions. Exposure to moulds, fungi and bird or rodent droppings. Exposure to lead, wood dust, asbestos, paints, solvents, and other toxic chemicals or materials. Working in extreme temperatures and UV radiation. Working with hand tools, powered tools and heavy powered equipment. Excess vibration in the hands, arms or body from powered tools or equipment. Confined spaces. Noise. Working at heights. Electrical hazards. Working with cranes, hoists, and other material handling equipment. Slips, trips and falls. Respiratory and fire hazards from wood dust. Stress. Shift work or extended work days.

    Compliance with Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
    All persons conducting a business or undertaking who are involved in high risk construction work must develop and implement arrangements to ensure the work is carried out in accordance with the SWMS. Arrangements may include a system of routine or random workplace inspections (e.g. asking workers and supervisors a few questions about the control measures used in the SWMS to see if they understand what has to be done). If the work is not being carried out in accordance with the SWMS, then the work must stop immediately or as soon as it is safe to do so. Work must not resume until the work can be carried out in accordance with the SWMS. If work is stopped, the work and the SWMS should be reviewed to identify non-compliance and ensure the method in the SWMS is the most practical and safest way of doing the task. If another method is identified as being a safer option, the SWMS should be revised to take into account this change prior to work re-commencing. If the high risk construction work is being carried out in connection with a construction project, a person conducting a business or undertaking must not commence high risk construction work unless the principal contractor has been provided a copy of the SWMS. If the principal contractor is not aware of the content of the SWMS then they will not be able to comply with their duties. The principal contractor must ensure that the person conducting a business or undertaking does not commence high risk construction work until they have been provided a copy of the SWMS.

    Health and Safety Issues

    • Raised levels of fatigue and reduced alertness that affect the safe operation of plant and machinery.

    • Reduced effectiveness and productivity of workers due to impaired physical and mental functioning, leading to project delays.

    • Increased rate of injuries, illness and absenteeism, leading to higher workers compensation claims/premiums and skills shortages.

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