The risk of falling objects on construction sites is a serious one which all employers should be aware of and address in order to ensure the safety of workers and the general public.
WorkSafe Victoria issued a warning recently about the hazard after a large metal prop fell from the 56th floor of a Melbourne CBD construction site.
Reports say the workers were removing bracing for the 3 metre prop, used to support a concrete slab when it fell over a parapet and struck a work shed 53 levels below it.
The incident happened at a Collins Street site around 8am in the morning.
Thankfully there were no injuries however WorkSafe reminded every duty holder to manage risks associated with falling objects. WorkSafe said this should be a priority because falling objects are the main cause of death and serous injury in the construction industry.
Over the past 5 years there have been 5 deaths and 721 injuries related to falling objects on building sites.