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NSW Government calls for comment on draft formwork code of practice

Tuesday, 3 September, 2019 - 14:30
Policy & legislation
New South Wales

The NSW Government is seeking feedback on a draft formwork code of practice, which aims to provide practical guidance for workers and businesses when working with formwork and falsework.

The updated code provides information on how to manage risks in this high-risk industry and provides a framework outlining best practice for businesses, said SafeWork NSW Executive Director Tony Williams.

“More than 6000 people work in the concrete construction services industry, where formwork tradesmen and other structural trade workers are twice as likely to have a serious injury, so it is vital that businesses are applying consistent safety standards across NSW worksites,” Williams said.

The nature of formwork construction puts workers in high-risk situations, such as being exposed to the risk of falls from heights, being struck by falling objects and muscular stress.

The draft code outlines the incident prevention measures and ongoing risk assessment that workplaces should adopt in order to avoid these risks.

“Falls from heights are a major cause of fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry in NSW,” said Williams.

“Most people who are seriously injured or killed, fall from a height of four metres or less.

“Some of the major injuries sustained while working from a height happen as a result of falling from a ladder or non-compliant scaffolds, both of which are positions formwork tradesmen may find themselves in.”

The government is encouraging all industry members and individuals interested in the duties of workers under work health and safety regulation to contribute to the consultation process and submit feedback on the draft.

The consultation period is open until 17 September 2019 and submissions can be made at the open consultations page on the SafeWork website and more information is available on the NSW Government’s Have Your Say site.