Vic, NSW unite to spread safety message

VICTORIAN and New South Wales health and safety inspectors this week will be campaigning along the border to promote construction site safety in the region.

Staff Reporter

Inspectors from the Victorian WorkCover Authority and WorkCover NSW have joined forces to visit construction sites in Cobram, Barooga, Yarrawonga and Mulwala until August 29.

Inspectors from both states will work together to provide information and advice to local builders, contractors and workers about construction site safety requirements.

Over the past three years, Victorian WorkCover Authority regional operations manager Brooke Grey said the cross-border project had already assisted more than 200 border construction sites to understand the similarity of safety obligations between the two states.

“Workplace injury claims across the Moira Shire Council have dropped more than 14% over the past three financial years, but there is still more that can be done,” Grey said.

“Many injuries result from lack of planning and poor monitoring of the actual work being undertaken.”

Grey said the keys to improving worksite safety included management having safe work method statements that addressed the hazards associated with high-risk construction work, supervising the work when necessary and paying attention to simple tasks such as general worksite house-keeping.

“These safety measures are applicable across the entire construction industry, including domestic, commercial and civil construction sites,” she said.

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