This series of safety videos features local construction workers talking about ways to reduce risk on worksites.
Using the theme Think Safe. Work Safe. Go Home Safe, the videos focus on the importance of always following safe work practices on construction sites. New topics will continue to be added to the series, so bookmark this page and check back regularly.
Developed by Access Canberra in partnership with Safe Work Australia, the Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association, UnionsACT, Training Fund Authority and the Construction Industry Training Council these videos can be used in apprenticeship training, 'toolbox talks', registered training courses and onsite safety briefings.
Sometimes we need to work in confined spaces like shafts, tunnels and tanks. You can be seriously injured, even killed…. so let's talk about working safely in confined spaces.
Concrete pumps are big, they move fast and there are risks associated with their operation, so let's talk about how we can stay safe around them.
Everyone's entitled to a safe work place and that includes when you're working alone. There are risks when there's no one else around, so let's talk about working safely when you work by yourself.
|Working in Hot Weather|
Too much direct sun puts you at risk of sunburn and potentially deadly skin cancers like melanoma. Excessive heat can seriously affect your health and can even be fatal. Let's talk about some of the things you can do to reduce the risks of working in Extreme Heat.
|Work Safe in Cold Weather|
Most of us think we live in a hot sunny country, but some parts get seriously cold in winter. Along with the cold weather, and usually the rain, comes a bunch of risks that can lead to serious injury, even death. Let's talk about working safely in very cold weather.
Phones are amazing devices… 9 out of 10 Australians have a smartphone! But, when your phone becomes a DISTRACTION at your workplace it becomes a DANGER, SAFETY RISK.
When you move around your site, how much attention do you pay to a sign or barrier? Ignoring an exclusion zone can lead to serious injury, even death. So let's spend a minute to talk about EXCLUSION ZONES.
|Safe Work Method Statements for the PCBU|
The first document WorkSafe inspectors will ask for when arriving on site after an incident is the SAFE WORK METHOD STATEMENT, the 'SWMS'. So let's take a few minutes to talk about how YOU as the PCBU are responsible to ensure high risk activities are performed safely in accordance with the SWMS.
|Safe Work Method Statements Toolbox Talk|
In majority of cases of serious injury or death associated with a high risk activity, the SAFE WORK METHOD STATEMENT, the 'SWMS', was ignored or insufficient controls were implemented. So let's take a few minutes to talk about SWMS, and how SWMS keep everyone on site safe.
Fatigue dulls our reactions, and slows down our decision-making. You take shortcuts, but shortcuts that can lead to mistakes, or serious injury, even death. Watch our video on how to avoid fatigue.
Forklifts, elevated work platforms and telehandlers are pretty handy... they save a lot of hard yakka on site, but they've also been involved in incidents causing serious injury and death, with roll-overs and collisions the main risks. Take a minute to watch our video on how to stay safe whilst working around these machines.
Traffic management is a lot more than just swinging a lollipop sign around. It's a fully planned strategy aimed at keeping pedestrians and vehicles apart, and eliminating or minimising risk. Watch our video on how to follow the traffic management plan.
Trenches can be a real safety hazard. You can go from being safe to unsafe in under a second. One distraction... one wrong ste... can result in a serious injury, or death. Watch our video on how to work safely in and around trenches.
Incidents with pre-cast have caused death and serious injury. At around 20 tonnes, there's no room for error. Let's take a minute and talk about how to keep safe around pre-cast slabs.
On-site accidents involving mobile plant or equipment can easily result in death or serious injury, so everyone needs to keep their eyes and ears wide open to eliminate the risks. Anticipate when and where mobile plant will be moving and keep well clear. Always wear you hi-viz gear but never assume the operator can see you.
Electrical shocks are the number three cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry. So let's take a minute to talk about how we stay safe around electricity.
Falling from heights is one of the biggest causes of serious injuries and fatalities in the housing construction industry. And ladders are one of the top risks. People die from falling off ladders, so don't underestimate what can go wrong.
|Working at Heights|
Working at heights is one of the riskiest things you can do in the construction industry. 25 per cent of housing construction fatalities result from falls from height. Watch this short video on how to prevent injury or death when working at heights.
We all know that kids have a lot of spare time over summer, and building sites make an attractive playground. As the person conducting a business or undertaking, you are responsible for site safety, even when there is no actual work being carried out. There are important steps you and your crew need to take before heading off for a well earned break. If you need any advice on making your site safe over the summer holidays, watch this video or contact one of our inspectors or your industry organisation.
|Slips, Trips and Falls|
Slips, Trips and Falls are the most preventable injuries in our industry. The damage can be much worse that a scratch or a bruise. It may be an injury that will affect your mobility for years, maybe even forever. Find out how you can prevent slips, trips and falls.
|Machinery and Appliances|
They are the tools of your trade, but how often do you stop and think: 'Am I using them safely?'. Machines and appliances can cause serious injury, even death, so it's absolutely essential you know how to use them safely. Take a minute to get up to date on the key safety rules.
Scaffolding is all about safety…because when the scaffolding is unsafe, or you work unsafely on scaffold, you can move into the danger zone in less than a second. Check out the safety rules around scaffolding.
Too many workers have either died or been injured in crane incidents over the last few years. Take a minute to refresh your knowledge on crane safety.
Approximately 3.6 million Australians could be exposed to one or more carcinogens at work. Hear from experts on the importance of minimising risks.
|Drugs and Alcohol|
If you come onto a site under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you not only put yourself at risk, you put everyone else at risk, don't kid yourself: You can't do your job safely. Watch this short safety video and make sure you are doing the right thing at work.
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