Are you a construction worker?
What you need to do
The law requires construction workers to:
- Take care – for your own health and safety and that of others who may affected by what you do, or fail to do;
- co-operate – with your employer, fellow workers, contractors and others to enable them to make and keep the workplace safe; and
- Never interfere with, or misuse anything provided for health and safety.
What you need to know
Employers and contractors who control construction work are required to assess the risks and provide workers with:
- Induction: a suitable site induction on health and safety matters;
- Information and training: for the particular work carried, out including the risks and precautions required; and
- Site rules; and
- Emergency procedures.
As a worker in the construction industry, you can look after your own health and safety by:
- Being competent – only do construction work that you are competent to do safely; and
- Removing hazards – do not walk past by obvious hazards that can be dealt with easily. Remove the hazard or tell someone who can.
Good standards of safety are achieved when everyone on site works together. The three most positive actions you can take are to:
- Follow site rules – site health and safety rules are important. You can help by following site health and safety rules and any directions given by those who manage the work.
- Report and discuss problems – report and discuss any health and safety problems arising from your work so that significant risks can be controlled;
- Consultation – On ‘notifiable’ projects you will be able to take part in arrangements to consult the workforce on health, safety or welfare matters.