Infrastructure Delivery - Safety in Construction
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.
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.
“Well done to DPTI on leading this safety improvement initiative for the South Australian construction industry. Providing industry with a platform whereby projects and contractors are encouraged to openly share lessons learned of good ideas and construction solutions which have assisted in promoting safer outcomes, rather than been viewed as Intellectual Property (IP) items. With the challenges of working in a fast paced, continually changing environment it’s great to see such a commitment to creating a culture of Safety & Care.”
Daniel Woods – HSEQ Manager Built Environs Pty Ltd. / Chair of the South Australian Construction Safety Alliance – SACSA
|Dial Before You Dig||SA Guide for Dial Before You Dig|
|Building & Construction Industry Guideline||Guideline for safe electrical practices on construction and demolition sites|
Safe Use of a Handheld Circular Saw
|The Importance of Exclusion Zones|
Diagrams depicting what a dozer driver can see.
This document gives tips to identify the risks associated with concrete pumping and the controls which should be in place. It may save someone from injury or death.
Boral's guide to the requirements for the safe delivery of concrete.
Guidelines and performance standards for the safe carriage of loads on road vehicles
Some information and extracts from SafeWork SA and Load Restraint Guide
|Traffic Control Guideline||Vic Roads guide to Traffic Control|
Trench Rescue and Fatality
As part of the DPTI Fresh-Eyes safety program, SAFEgroup has regularly highlighted the need for proper planning and selection (and validation by competent person/s) of appropriate risk control measures before commencing trenching works.
Attached to this email is a link to a news article which unfortunately details a recent fatality and is a stark reminder about the hazards associated with trenching, the criticality of developing, implementing and embedding effective risk control measures for any trenching works and also having in place appropriate rescue and retrieval plans for when work plans go wrong.
Click here to read article.
You may consider using this tragic incident as part of your toolbox talks/safety scrums to reinforce the requirement of identifying critical risks and the validation of the effectiveness of selected risk control measures prior to the commencement of work.
Please note that the investigation into the incident has not been completed and no factual matters have been released by the Regulator at this stage.
Gas Cylinder Transportation Oct-18
Construction Dust Alert Sept-18
DPTI's Minimum Construction Safety Expectations
DPTI’s Minimum Construction Safety Expectations specify Worker Health & Safety requirements applicable for all DPTI construction worksites.
These requirements do not diminish or replace any responsibilities, duties, requirements under the WHS Act and Regulations 2012, South Australian Codes of Practice and Australian Standards, nor do they prevent organisations from implementing higher levels of safety practices. They provide clarity as to what DPTI expects as a safety minimum on all construction sites.
Together, DPTI’s Minimum Construction Safety Expectations and DPTI’s Safety Culture Measures describe the operational and behavioural safety standards required of everyone working on DPTI construction sites. They do not prescribe ‘how’ to do your business, but clarify ‘what’ is expected onsite to make it safe for everyone.
Safety Culture Measures
DPTI has introduced a guiding set of Safety Culture Measures to assist organisations ensure their safety systems are compliant with legislation, site-specific and translate into a positive safety culture on the ground.
The Outcome-Based Safety Culture Measures will form the basis for safety audits conducted on DTPI construction projects.
View Safety Culture Measures.
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:
Preferred UHF channels on a construction site
Example of good delineation of heavy vehicles and light vehicles
Photos of Good and Bad Practice
The following key learnings are taken from recent Safety Walks and identified hazards:
Example of good practice - designated spotters on site
Cable Failure - provided by independent consultant
Concrete Line Blockages - provided by independent consultant
'Landslide' Tipper Liner - provided by independent consultant
Road Rail Vehicle Runaway - provided by independent consultant
Rock Grab falls from trailer - provided by independent consultant
Safety Device failure - provided by independent consultant
Truck nose-to-tail collision - provided by independent consultant
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.
See the DPTI Safety Forum Charter
Safety Tools / Links
DPTI is proud to be a Tier 1 partner with MATES in Construction (MIC) which is a not-for-profit organisation. MIC provides support through its program of suicide awareness and prevention, and other initiatives that support workers with mental health problems, to create a more resilient building and construction workforce.
The safety, health and well-being of employees are integral. Mental health is just as important as physical safety and MIC helps to improve the psychological well-being of employees.
Since mid-2016, DPTI has collaborated with MIC to deliver training across the organisation and for contractors we use.
DPTI is proud to support MIC and the training and assistance they deliver on the many infrastructure projects across SA, helping to make the construction industry a mentally healthier place to work and most importantly saving lives.
For more information visit http://matesinconstruction.org.au/SA/
A Mobile Plant Safety Matrix has been developed by Gateway South and is shared as a good practice example.
For information on recognising and treating the most common forms of heat-related illness see the First aid fact sheet.
DPTI construction contractors can email contributions to this site: Mailbox