A Message from the General Manager, Jon Whelan
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) delivers valuable social infrastructure that improves the lives of South Australians every day. DPTI is committed to ensuring all projects are delivered safely, with zero harm to workers and members of the public. Safety performance is a key deliverable and the ultimate non-negotiable for DPTI.
A tragic fatality at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site in February 2016 impelled DPTI to intensify efforts to make all work sites under its control safer.
Workplace injury and death impose large costs on economies. These costs accrue to the individual workers who suffer, their families and to the employing companies.
By reducing injury rates companies can increase productivity in both overall equipment effectiveness and unscheduled downtime. Companies can drive profitability by investing in keeping their workers safe.
There is always more that can be done in the safety realm and together, DPTI and industry can raise the safety performance bar higher.
This site provides a means to share 'Safety in Construction’ approaches, information and learnings. It is an additional and complementary safety resource to the informative SafeWork SA website.
I encourage all of our construction partners to make every construction worksite in South Australia safer and more productive.
Together we can make a difference.
In addition to 'business as usual' safety inspections and safety audits, DPTI undertakes Safety Walks on all of its infrastructure projects. Safety Walks focus on compliance with procedures, ensuring that identified hazards are made safe, that site employees are trained and that our contractors have functioning safety systems in place.
Safety Walks assist in the identification of:
- improving safety practices
- hazards and unsafe conditions on project sites
- good practice initiatives and approaches and the opportunity to share them.
Most Commonly Identified Hazards
- Site conditions unsafe.
- Site workers not wearing compliant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), particularly gloves. / Unsafe behaviour.
- Non-compliant electrical tools - not tested and tagged.
- Plant/Equipment - lack of delineation for 'swing' zone.
- Site signage incorrect PPE information shown.
- Site storage, untidy site setup.
- Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) not followed.
- Unclear traffic management onsite.
Photos of common hazards
The following key learnings are taken from recent Safety Walks and identified hazards:
- Gaps between documented systems and what is happening on the ground.
- Traffic and pedestrian management – need a stronger focus.
- ‘Generic’ SWMS – risk assessments not site specific.
- Obvious departures from safety requirements not called or immediately addressed.
- Practices not consistent with relevant codes and standards.
Photos of good and bad practices
DPTI Safety Forum Charter
DPTI together with industry leaders have committed to a Safety Charter to improve safety performance in the South Australian Construction Industry because the health and well-being of everyone is critical.
This charter will ensure that everyone in the South Australian Construction Industry can operate to a leading level of safety by sharing best practice safety management and leadership approaches.
See the DPTI Safety Forum Charter
Safety Tools / Links
Mobile Plant Safety Matrix
A Mobile Plant Safety Matrix has been developed by Gateway South and is shared as a good practice example.
Alert SA is run by SA Fire & Emergency Services (SAFECOM). The Alert SA website is live and also provides a link to allow the download of the safety apps for people with smartphones.
DPTI construction contractors can email contributions to this site: Mailbox