Free WorkSafe seminars aimed at people who manufacture, transport or work with concrete panels will be held in Melbourne’s west (Brooklyn), south east (Dandenong) and northern suburbs (Preston) this month.
The director of WorkSafe’s Construction and Utilities division, Geoff Thomas, said the sessions were helping people better understand the hazards of this common building component.
“There have been a number of deaths and serious incidents associated with concrete panels in recent years.
“Early last week, a structural collapse of a building under construction in country Victoria resulted in one man being seriously hurt,” Thomas said.
“There is no room for compromise when dealing with something weighing many tonnes and with the capacity to fall.
“It’s essential that people know what to do and not just rely on instinct, experience or ‘hope for the best’. Too much is at stake.”
The seminars cover:
- WorkSafe’s concrete panel safety campaign
- Safe erection of concrete panel
- Engineering aspects of manufacturing and erecting pre-cast and tilt-up concrete panels