Construction and Infrastructure

Construction and infrastructure is responsible for the homes we live in, the places we work and play, our schools, our hospitals and our infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity and telecommunications networks.

The construction and infrastructure industry can be classified to include three core areas of activity:

  •   Residential building (including houses, apartments and flats)
  •   Non-residential building (including offices, shops, hotels)
  •   Engineering construction (roads, bridges, water and sewerage infrastructure)

The industry employs around 938,000 people representing nine per cent of Australia’s workforce, who work within both the private and public sectors.

The nature of work in this industry means that these workers are exposed to higher levels health and safety issues. Given this, it is disturbing that only 71 per cent of workers are covered for workers’ compensation.

Official data collected between 2009-10 suggests that workers in the construction industry accounted for 11 per cent of all serious industry, this equates to around 37 employees each day who required at least one week off due to a work-related injury.

The most common issues experienced in the industry include:

  • Muscular stress
  • Falls, trips and slips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Contact with chemicals and substances
  • Vehicle and mechanical accidents

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