Importance of Site Safety Management

Another Example of Poor Safety on Canberra Building Sites

A Canberra building site which has been the source of a number of safety breaches in the past has once again come under the spotlight, for unsafe practices onsite.

WorkSafe ACT was called back to the site after workers were apparently throwing a large piece of gyprock from a balcony, right in front of a passing car, endangering not only themselves but the public as well.

This type of behaviour on construction sites is completely unacceptable, especially after the site was cited with several other breaches just recently.

Read what this post had to say on about the incident:

Site management has been issued with an order to investigate the incident and report back to the safety watchdog.


Work safety commissioner Mark McCabe says it was lucky nobody was killed.


“I think it goes to the whole culture of that site, that site is a mess,” he said.


“If you’ve ever driven past that site, the traffic management going past the site is poor.


“When you walk onto that site there is stuff everywhere.


“The attitude on that site, the culture on that site, is appalling.”


The site has been dubbed a red flag site by the work safety watchdog because of ongoing safety issues.


On Wednesday WorkSafe ACT conducted a surprise raid on the site, finding multiple safety concerns.



The fact that no one has been injured or even killed on the site is lucky however if those responsible for the site continue to neglect safety, an injury is inevitable.

At a site as dangerous as this one, it is doubtful that a risk assessment and hazard identification has taken place, however sub-contractors or business owners should ensure that this is done immediately to be able to understand the hazards better in order to overcome them.

Once they have identified the hazards common to the site and the risk associated with them, a safe work method statement can be developed. Workers should be educated and trained on these hazards, how to overcome them, emergency response procedures etc.

If this company has safety procedures in place, they are obviously not being put in practice by workers, which is an issue that needs to be addressed. Fostering an attitude of safety on site requires attention from employers and sub-contractors such as providing ongoing safety training and instruction, providing literature and pamphlets for workers relating to site safety, putting up signage and posters warning workers about safety and having weekly or regular safety meetings to discuss safety issues with workers and listen to their concerns as well.

Employers and sub-contractors should encourage open communication between themselves and workers. This will ensure that workers are not hesitant to report accidents or near misses, which employers/sub-contractors can then deal with. It will also ensure that workers are able to approach employers regarding any new hazards that may present itself and guard against injuries.  A good way of overcoming a lack of communication is to hold a safety meeting each day before work begins or to have a suggestion box somewhere on site to encourage workers to drop off their suggestions regarding safety.