February 2017 was not a good month for workplace health and safety in the construction industry, with 3 fatalities occurring, according to the latest Safe Work notifiable fatalities report.
Safe Work Australia released the monthly report for February 2017, providing a national summary of work-related traumatic fatalities.
According to the report, 20 work related notifiable fatalities occurred in the month and 3 of them were from the construction industry.
Of the 20 fatalities, 14 were male workers and 6 male bystanders.
Five fatalities involved a vehicle incident and 3 resulted from a fall from height. Electrocution resulted in 2 deaths.
While the Transport, postal & warehousing workplaces saw the most fatalities- eight, the construction industry had the third highest number of deaths with 3.
Sadly each month the construction industry appears in the top 4 industries with fatalities, which is indicative of the high risk nature of construction.
Young workers and apprentices are often the most at risk, given that they aren’t very experienced and are eager to please. That is why the federal government mandated general construction induction training, known as The White Card course.