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WorkSafe inspection blitz targets fall hazards in construction sites

Feb 23rd 2024

WorkSafe inspection blitz targets fall hazards in construction sites

Last year, a significant number of construction workers were injured on the job due to falls from heights.

WorkSafe is set to launch a campaign this week to address fall hazards, such as unsafe scaffolds, improper ladder usage, and falls from roofs at construction sites throughout the State.

Sadly, in 2023, nine workers in Victoria lost their lives due to falls from heights, with four of them being from the construction industry.

The number of claims filed by construction workers injured in falls from heights rose to 441, compared to 421 in 2022 and 404 in the previous year.

WorkSafe's Executive Director of Health and Safety, Narelle Beer, emphasised the need for inspectors to ensure employers are implementing measures to prevent falls.

"As a leading cause of injury in the construction industry, falls from height is always a priority for our inspectors – but they will be making this a particular focus as they visit building sites over the coming weeks," Dr Beer said.

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