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SafeWork SA to audit high risk construction work

Date: 
Tuesday, 4 February, 2020 - 16:30
Category: 
Policy & legislation
Location: 
South Australia

SafeWork SA’s inspectors will be undertaking compliance audits on Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for high-risk construction work (HRCW) from February 2020 onwards.

Construction continues to be one of the most hazardous industries, exposing workers to a variety of hazards and risks, resulting in unacceptably high levels of injuries and fatalities.

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) for high-risk construction work (HRCW) are a key strategy relied upon to reduce this toll, according to SafeWork SA.

HRCW involves 18 activities identified in the WHS Regulations as having significant potential for serious harm from historical national data.

The principle purpose of an SWMS is to assist supervisors, workers and other parties at a workplace to understand the requirements that have been established, through consultation, to work in a safe way.

SafeWork SA inspectors will have a focus on compliance to ensure SWMS for HRCW are site-specific and easily understood by workers including those from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Pictures or diagrams, for example, can be a more effective way of communicating information.

This compliance focus is also in recognition of the construction industry being identified as a priority industry in the 2012-22 national work health and safety strategy.