Health and safety shouldn’t really be about laws and regulations; first and foremost it’s about looking after people. Builders, plumbers, sparkies, other contractors, visitors – a safe worksite means they all go home healthy and safe at the end of the day to their families.
Too many people in construction are getting hurt at work. 68 people died in construction between 2008 and 2014 and thousands more suffered serious injuries. These are more than just statistics – they represent real people with friends and family. Workplace deaths and injuries take a terrible toll on our community.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Most workplace incidents are preventable with a bit of planning. Why wouldn’t you act to keep your staff, your friends and your co-workers safe?
You can’t do construction work from a hospital bed or recovering at home. Businesses can’t succeed without a fit and healthy workforce.
On average each year more than 26,000 workplace injuries occur in construction – more than 3,000 of those are serious requiring more than a week off work. That is a huge amount of lost productivity.
Good health and safety practice means you, your staff and your co-workers can keep working. Keeping everyone on your worksite safe and healthy helps ensure your people remain productive and your business is profitable.
By demonstrating you take the health and safety seriously, you may also qualify for a Workplace Safety Discount on your annual ACC levy.
The new Health and Safety at Work Act comes into force on April 4 2016.
WorkSafe will be producing a range of information and guidance material to help businesses and workers come to grips with the new law and regulations. Already there is plenty of information about the general provisions of new Act on the WorkSafe website to help you get ready.
But the best way you can prepare yourself and your business is by getting the fundamentals right now. The basics of good health and safety practice aren’t changing and the sooner you get started, the safer you’ll be. Today is the day.