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The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 has identified the construction industry as a priority industry for injury/fatality prevention activities. The following data analysis has helped inform our outreach and prevention activities, so that they can be directed where they are most needed:

  • The Construction Industry Profile presents an overview of the main causes of workers' injuries and fatalities, and includes a detailed analysis of incidents involving falls from a height, which is the second most common cause of injury and responsible for the most fatalities.
  • The Work-related injuries and fatalities in construction, 2003 to 2013 report provides a more comprehensive analysis on worker profiles and fatalities, work-related injuries, workers' compensation claims and hospitalisation of construction workers.


The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) and the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA) became effective in South Australia on 1 January 2013.

Under these laws certain people have duties they must comply with in relation to undertaking construction work. The person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must:

  • identify hazards for the specific workplace
  • decide on risk control measures
  • ensure risk controls are reasonably practicable for the specific workplace
  • implement risk controls
  • monitor risk controls
  • review risk controls.

If the work is identified as high risk construction work, a documented Safe Work Method Statement is required.

A number of Codes of Practice give detailed practical guidance on specific hazards and control measures relevant to the construction industry:

The following model Codes of Practice were disallowed in South Australia in November 2013, but may still be used as guidance material:

The national Codes and Australian Standards that continue to be in force are:


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