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14 November 2017

Construction risks as we enter the festive season

The lead up to the end of the year is traditionally a high-risk period for all sectors of the construction industry in South Australia. With six weeks left until the festive season, principal contractors, Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU's) and workers may feel under pressure to get jobs completed prior to the holiday period.

While there are always a number of factors that contribute to any incident, a common factor in many of these end of year incidents is rushing to finish the job before going on leave.

The pressure to get the work finished all too often results in taking safety short cuts (eg: "let's just quickly get this done") and duty holders losing sight of some fundamentals of a safe construction workplace.

In the weeks leading up to the end of the year, principal contractors and PCBU's need to ensure supervisory staff are especially vigilant. It's important to reinforce safety with workers through site inductions or tool box talks and encourage them to take that extra five minutes to review safe work method statements (SWMS) before starting work.

Worker fatigue can also become an issue at this time of year, particularly when working longer hours due to extra hours of daylight available or during days of high temperatures. Fatigue can affect judgement, resulting in workers making mistakes or not identifying risks.

Be proactive and regularly remind workers that November and December are statistically high-risk months on construction sites. Reinforce the potentially disastrous consequences of taking short cuts, not only for themselves and their workmates, but also their families and friends.

Avoid tragedy in the lead up to this holiday season by staying focused on the most important aspect of construction work ‑ ensuring you and your mates get home safely to your families every day.

Based on an article by WorkSafe Victoria.

24 October 2017

Approval for extended Christmas trading hours

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9 October 2017

Company convicted over industrial accident

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18 September 2017

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4 September 2017

New educational tool to combat striking utility services

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30 August 2017

More than 1000 businesses turn to SafeWork SA for advice

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10 August 2017

Apprentices, fall prevention key focus for Construction Safety Action Plan

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21 July 2017

Industry Action Plan to promote safety in agriculture

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7 July 2017

NDA Australia convicted for safety breach

A steel pipe manufacturing business has been convicted and fined $39,000 over an incident in which a worker's foot was run over by a forklift.

14 June 2017

Work-related fatality

SafeWork SA confirms a man was fatally injured at a St Marys infrastructure construction site last night and offers condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

9 June 2017

Working together to offer extra help to South Australian businesses

SafeWork SA has entered into a partnership with the Small Business Commissioner to offer its free work health and safety advisory service through the Small Business Centre shopfront located in the Adelaide CBD.

12 May 2017

Aged care safety audit

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9 May 2017

KFC convicted for safety breach

A KFC outlet at Eastwood has been convicted and fined over an incident in which a young worker suffered burns to nine per cent of his body.

5 May 2017

Enforceable Undertaking: Morgan Sawmill Jamestown

SafeWork SA has accepted an enforceable undertaking by Morgan Sawmill Jamestown, estimated to cost about $140,000, in relation to two offences under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

2 May 2017

New minimum training standard for elevating work platforms

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28 April 2017

Service to honour lost workers

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16 April 2017

Saxon Energy Services convicted for safety breach

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30 March 2017

Daylight saving ends this weekend

Daylight saving in South Australia comes to an end at 3am this Sunday, 2 April.

SafeWork SA advises turning clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

14 March 2017

Helping the South East reduce work safety risks

SafeWork SA is taking its workplace safety message to Lucindale this weekend at the South East Field Days.

10 March 2017

Awards aimed at improving health and safety for women at work

International Women's Day this week marked the launch of SafeWork SA's Augusta Zadow Awards seeking initiatives to improve women's health and safety at work.

16 February, 2017

Working on farm safety

SafeWork SA has joined forces with Primary Producers SA (PPSA) to deliver practical work health and safety workshops for farmers, who have the highest work fatality rate in Australia.

9 February 2017

Festival season - making work health and safety a priority

SafeWork SA is working with major event organisers to help them ensure the safety of workers and patrons during Adelaide's major festival season.

7 February 2017

Enforceable Undertaking: SRG Building (Southern) Pty Ltd

SafeWork SA has accepted an enforceable undertaking by SRG Building (Southern) Pty Ltd in relation to the incident that led to the death of Mr Jorge Castillo-Riffo at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site on 27 November 2014.