Safety is an integral part of our culture. We don’t even consider fabrication, preparation or erection of structural steel without a clear and thorough examination of safety risks and the implementation of WHS controls.
As part of our commitment to achieving the principles of health and safety in our workplace, we recognise our moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment for workers, contractors, customers and visitors. This commitment also extends to ensuring that our operations and activities do not place the local community or environment at risk of injury, illness or damage.
Our procedures provide and maintain healthy and safe workplaces, safe plant and systems of work. We provide written procedures and instructions to ensure safe work practices and we ensure compliance with legislative duties and current industry standards.
We acknowledge that such information, instruction, training and supervision to workers, contractors and customers is necessary and important to ensure the continued health and safety of all our stakeholders.
We are committed to encouraging consultation and cooperation between management and employees, and will include elected health and safety representatives in any workplace change or any matters that may affect the health and safety of workers.
The harmonised Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 is overarching and applies to all types of projects, from residential and commercial through to infrastructure and resources. The Act and Regulation places significant shared responsibility and ‘duty of care’ on all parties in the construction value chain – specifically, manufacturers, importers, suppliers, designers and constructors.
In Australia, legislation is established through various Acts of parliament, which, in turn, are actioned through subordinate legislation, typically Regulation. In relation to the building and construction industry, the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) provides strategic policy direction to the preparation of the National Construction Code (NCC) by the Australian Building Code Board (ABCB).
The Safe Design of Structures Code of Practice sits under the harmonised Work, Health and Safety Act 2011 and provides specific guidance to stakeholders involved in the design of a building or structure as to how to implement the requirements of the Act.
It highlights the significant shared responsibility for safe outcomes placed on all stakeholders, not just designers. Manufacturers, importers, suppliers and constructors all have a duty of care to ensure safe compliant outcomes.
The engineer should inform these parties of their responsibilities in this regard. Significantly, the Code of Practice speaks to the so-called ‘Safety Report’ as a mechanism to ensure all unusual or atypical aspects of the project are properly and transparently documented and addressed by the responsible party.