Inaugural event to improve building and construction safety
The NSW Government’s inaugural SafeWork NSW Building and Construction Symposium event is being held in Parramatta today to a sold out crowd encouraging industry to take action on health and safety issues.
Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said it was vital to bring builders, industry and government together to improve safety for workers.
“Construction is one of the State’s key industries, employing more than 360,000 people and generating over $45 billion in economic output to the NSW economy,” Ms Petinos said.
“Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of the working day. That is why the NSW Government bolstered SafeWork Inspector numbers last year with an additional 40 Inspectors across the State, half of which are in construction.
“This event will focus on how work health safety solutions can keep workers out of harm’s way, while also saving time and money for businesses.”
Attendees will be able to engage, consult and collaborate on issues impacting their industry with SafeWork, Fair Trading, and Office of the NSW Building Commissioner representatives.
The symposium will include discussions on topics such as the new Scaffolding Industry Safety Standard and falls from heights, which is the number one killer on NSW construction sites.
Regional symposium events will also be held across NSW to ensure all parts of the State have an opportunity to come together to improve building and construction safety. For further information and how to register please visit the event web page.
For information on how to work safely in building and construction visit the SafeWork NSW website.