ACC tackles injuries in construction industry
Power tools laden with sharp and fast-moving parts ... ladders and the need to work at heights ... materials and debris lying on the ground.
Throw together ingredients such as these, common on any building site, and you can see why injuries in the construction industry tend to be higher than other sectors.
Of course, no one ever sets out to have an accident at work. But if you’ve never been trained in safe work practices, or you’re rushing to meet a deadline, that’s when accidents are more likely to happen.
To help builders and tradespeople become more safety conscious on the job, and to help stem the tide of constructioninjuries, ACC and other industry-partners have put together a free safety kit.
The kit features a number of tools designed to keep safety in the spotlight, such as: • Stickers to put on tools and equipment, highlighting safe handling tips • Posters to reinforce key safety messages around the work site • ‘Flip’ cards to help identify and manage common workplace hazards.
The human suffering that usually accompanies injury is not easy to ignore. What is often overlooked is the financial cost, which can stem from things like missed deadlines, lost contracts, accident investigations and recruitment costs.
In other words, a workplace injury can affect a business’s bottom line, as well as the health of its employees.
Helping to prevent injury is one of ACC’s key roles. It offers a range of services and incentives that can help builders and tradespeople become more safety-conscious and as a result, injury-free.
One incentive, called Workplace Safety Discounts, offers the construction trades a levy discount in return for taking steps to run a safer workplace.
At the end of the day, a safe worksite can help builders and tradespeople save lives, save money and even win new work, since a proven safety record is often a ‘must have’ in many tenders these days.
Any residential builder or tradesperson who wants to know more about the assistance and resources ACC can provide can contact Peter Oxley, phone (09) 915-8108, or email peter.
Alternatively, visit the ACC website at www. ac c . c o . nz / con struction.
Safety first: A proven safety record can help tradespeople win new work.