WorkCover teams give site tips

PROGRESS is being made on a project to alleviate confusion surrounding construction site safety requirements across the Border.

WorkCover NSW and Victorian WorkCover Authority joined forces to deliver the program, which has seen a drop in injury claims across the Wodonga region since the project began a year ago.

Inspectors from Victoria and NSW are visiting building sites in the Albury and Wodonga region this week as part of the cross-border project.

They have already helped more than 150 businesses by clarifying obligations of both employers and workers and similarities of working between two states.

Victorian WorkCover Authority executive director of health and safety, Len Neist, said the visits would help provide certainty to domestic, commercial and civil construction companies.

“In practical terms, there are very few differences between the states when it comes to construction safety,” he said.

“No matter which state you are working in, it’s important to have a systematic approach to worksite safety.

“The key to safety is a proper plan, implementing that plan and then monitoring work to ensure it is being done safely.

“Some of the main focuses of the visits include ensuring employers understand the importance of developing Safe Work Method Statements that acc-urately reflect tasks, ensuring all electrical equipment is tested and tagged, and keeping worksites secure to prevent unauthorised access.”

WorkCover NSW’s Tony Williams said inspectors were reminding employers and workers to pay particular attention to site house-keeping.

Untidy sites could lead to trips and falls and increase the risk of workers suffering sprained ankles or manual handling-related injuries.

“The campaign will help encourage better site practices, safety planning and supervision,” he said.