Construction work can be hazardous, with SafeWork Australia data highlighting that 21 workers lost their lives because of a work-related incident in the construction industry in 2021.
The most common causes of worker fatalities were:
- Vehicle collisions (41%)
- Being hit by moving objects (13%)
- Falls from a height (11%)
In addition, there were over 15,500 serious workers’ compensation claims in 2019-20 relating to construction work.
Employers have a duty to keep workers and their workplace safe. Learn more about duties under the model WHS laws for construction work.
You can also contact your WHS regulator for more information related to your state or territory.