Management of Health and Safety in Buildings and Civil Works

Health and safety management at construction sitesWith multiple teams, heavy machinery, castings and concrete works and precarious spaces – Construction sites are busy and fairly dangerous spaces. With proper coordination, consultation and cooperation organisations can ensure the health and safety of all members present on site.

What is Construction Work

Construction work is any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure, or preparation of a building site.

National Approach

Due to the nature of risk to life involved in certain industries, the Australian government has been proactive in creating laws and strategies to enable the safe working conditions. The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 has identified the construction industry as a priority due to the high number and rate of work-related fatalities and serious injuries.

For a number of years, construction has consistently been among the top few industries with the highest number of serious claims. Since 2006-07, it has had the fifth highest incidence rate of serious claims of all industries. The Strategy aims to reduce the incidence of serious injury by at least 30% nationwide by 2022 and reduce the number of work-related fatalities due to injury by at least 20%.

Since the Strategy launched, Safe Work Australia and all jurisdictions have been working collaboratively with the industry, unions, relevant organisations and the community to reduce traumatic injury fatalities and injuries in the transport industry.

Precautionary Measures on Site

The old adage “Prevention is better than cure”, cannot be ignored when we consider the safety of staff and works on site.

Personal Safety Equipment

Basic personal protective equipment for construction workersEquipping the staff members with personal safety equipment can save the PCBU (Person conducting business or undertaking) a fair amount of heartache. Helmets or hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, safety boots and earmuffs are the basic construction wear if provided to the workers can immediately reduce claims and injuries.
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Safety Equipment

Depending on the nature of the construction, equipment like safety harnesses, safe cage lifts, safety eyewash, and fireproofing can ensure the work is carried out with minimum problems.

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Safety Officer or Consultant

It is also fairly common, and a norm growing in popularity to hire a safety officer or consultant to guide from workers to the management staff the proper guidelines and processes to ensure the injuries and fatalities can be prevented while working on the site. The safety officer also makes rounds of the site to ensure that staff is adhering to the guidelines.

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Top 10 Building Blogs for Construction Industry Professionals

Top 10 construction blogs you should be readingWhen a construction project comes up, the foremost step is conceptualization and design development followed by procurement, assembling of labour force and so on. While it may not be easy to stay up-to-date on every little change in the construction industry, but it is important for every construction professional to stay abreast of the latest advancements, news, trends, technology and design.

ProjectLink works closely with Australia’s leading brands and suppliers in the construction industry. The team at ProjectLink strives to provide information on the latest news and developments in the industry. Whether you are a project manager or a professional contractor looking for sustainable building design, technology, and news, ProjectLink will save your time and effort in finding the information you need.

Here are some of our favourite construction blogs that we think you should be reading. These blogs will give project managers, architects and contractors the knowledge they need to keep ahead of the latest developments in the industry.

  1. How to Stay Safe on Construction Sites?

    Large or small any construction project can be dangerous for workers around. Know most common hazards at construction sites and safety tips to avoid them.

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  2. Essential Safety Equipment for Construction Workers

    Personal protective equipment (PPE), signage and barriers to use at construction and mining sites in order to reduce risk factors for workers.

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  3. Industrial Spill Hazards and How to Control them

    Types of industrial spill hazards that occur at sites and their prevention and control including the required equipment and methods.

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  4. Advanced Industrial Solutions to Work at Heights

    Advanced height safety equipment, other engineered solutions for Australian construction and other industries, including, quickscaff, fall arrest system etc.

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  5. How to Avoid Construction Site Accidents with Storage Systems

    Lack of proper commercial storage facilities affect the overall site safety. Here are some effective storage solutions to prevent potential on-site accidents.

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  6. Top 5 Land Survey Equipment For Construction Industry

    Accuracy of land surveying with these 5 most high tech equipment that would add speed and advancement to construction projects.

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  7. How Facades Define Architecture Aesthetics of a Building

    For architects, building facades play a key role from a design and structural point. Check out some key aspects to be considered for designing facades.

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  8. 5 CAD Software for Architects in 2017

    Check out these top CAD software that are designed to facilitate accuracy, detailing and minimization of errors at various stages of a construction project.

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  9. Trending Applications Of Bollards For Safety Purposes

    Bollards are used to protect sites or divert traffic. In recent years the applications of bollards has evolved to ensure higher safety of public spaces.

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  10. 5 Most Advanced Access Control Systems to Know About

    The latest high tech access control systems for workplace security, including BIS, keypads, photoelectric sensors, and sliding gate operators.

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Top 10 construction blogs for builders and industry professionals