This campaign was developed to target construction activities that are a consistent source of serious injuries and fatalities. The campaign included a compliance component (to enforce existing standards) and an information gathering component (to report back to industry and inform future campaigns).
The specific aims of the campaign were to:
The campaign was implemented state-wide with inspectors expecting to carrying out 590 assessments.
These documents will be used by inspectors during the campaign. In preparation for the campaign, principal contractors, managers and supervisors should review the assessment tool and guidance information.
Additional information for principal contractors, managers, supervisors and workers is provided below.
Compliance checklists have been prepared by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to help obligation holders understand and apply the legislative requirements. These checklists are an excellent tool that can assist principal contractors, managers, and supervisors to prepare for the campaign.
There is a range of information available on the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website to assist principal contractors, managers, supervisors and workers prepare for the campaign.
Promoting safety at the workplace can help generate or support a positive safety culture among workers.
The tables below highlight some of the provisions from the legislation that are relevant to the campaign. While a brief description of each provision has been provided, obligation holders should refer directly to the legislation.
Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995
Obligations of persons conducting a business or undertaking
Obligations of principal contractors
The principal contractor must also coordinate, supervise and oversee the construction work in a way that prevents or minimises risks to health and safety at or near the workplace.
The principal contractor is also required to consult with each party involved in the construction work, including the designer, the project manager and any subcontractors, to identify potential hazards and risks.
Obligation of person in control of relevant workplace area
Obligations of workers and other persons at a workplace
Workers also have an obligation to use personal protective equipment provided by their employer and in which they have been properly trained.
Workplace Health and Safety Regulations 2008
Meaning of work method statement for high risk construction activity
Principal contractor must prepare a construction safety plan
The plan must be written in a way that is likely to be understood by the persons performing the work.
Principal contractor's obligations for work method statements
Relevant person to prepare work method statement
The work method statement must be written in a way likely to be understood by persons working or about to work at the workplace and who are likely to be affected by the activity.
Safe housekeeping practices
Safe housekeeping practices include: