No Construction Deaths since Getting Home Safely Report implementation

Released 25/07/2017

The Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations today provided his fourth update to the Assembly on the Government’s progress toward implementing the recommendations of the Getting Home Safely Report.

“I am pleased to announce, for the fourth successive time since the commissioning of the Report, there have been no fatalities in the ACT construction industry,” Minister Gentleman said.

“While this result is to be applauded, we must not be complacent. We need to continue to deliver the message that everyone in the construction industry has a responsibility to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them.

“This is why, among other things, over the course of the year, WorkSafe ACT has increased the number of work safety inspectors by 12 to 32, and a further eleven infringement notice offences have commenced.

“In addition, the independent actuarial review of the ACT’s private sector workers’ compensation scheme performance for 2013-14 has been released.  This review showed that in the first year following the Government’s acceptance of the Getting Home Safely Report recommendations, work safety results in the construction industry have improved dramatically. 

“During 2012-13, the year when the Getting Home Safely Report was commissioned, there were 736 workers’ compensation claims from the construction industry, which was equivalent to around one work injury per million dollars in wages paid. In 2013-14, the number of work injuries reduced to 527 and the number of injuries per million dollars worth of wages reduced by 27 per cent.

The construction industry’s improvement was greater than other industries, which averaged a ten per cent improvement in the same period.

“These results are extremely heartening and demonstrate that the Government and industry’s investments in work safety are having a positive impact.” Minister Gentleman concluded.

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