Source: Safety Culture
Slips, trips and falls in the
residential construction industry
have led to mounting medical costs for
the community each year, WorkSafe Victoria says.
People who worked as
roof tilers had accumulated $1.3 million in treatment costs due to
slips, trips or falls in the last financial year. The payout is $1.1
who suffered similar injuries, while it is more than $2 million for
In an effort to improve residential construction site safety, WorkSafe has
launched a new campaign to reduce the incidents of injuries in the
"Slips, trips and falls at work are one of the leading causes of sprains
and strains, also known as musculoskeletal injuries," Acting Executive
Director for Health and Safety Stan Krpan said.
"These injuries can have a long-term effect - which not only means paying
for more time off work or treatment for workers; it also puts pressure on
businesses through added business costs.
"Domestic construction companies have to think much more carefully about
safety versus productivity.
"Losing a worker through a slip or fall will not only mean lost
productivity for your business, you'll also have to cover lost labour and
maybe even train new workers.
"We're urging construction workers and their employers to stop, step back,
and think about safety when planning, working on and completing every job.
"This is about planning your projects and site layout, setting up your
site, and ensuring your site is safe for each trade coming through.
"Improvising on the job, or taking short-cuts to get the work done, is only
going to compromise your own health and safety," he said.
The campaign gets the support of television host Scott Cam. Scott, who is a
co-host of Domestic Blitz, started working as a carpenter and remains
passionate about the industry.
"As a business owner and a tradie, I know how important it is that we all
work together to keep each other safe," Scott said.
"Simple things like keeping a clean site and not improvising with tools and
equipment can have a big impact on safety.
"While I have seen safety standards improve since I started my
apprenticeship, there are still too many tradies being injured at work. If
I can play even a small role in lowering the number of injuries, I'll be