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Take our 5-minute construction site safety quiz to test your knowledge against the industry stats and standards.

 

QUESTIONS

  1. Q: The highest percentage of work-related injuries in construction are caused by?
  1. Cuts and open wounds
  2. Sprains and strains
  3. Chronic joint or muscle conditions
  4. Falling from a height

 

  1. Q: The highest percentage of work-related fatalities in construction are caused by?
  1. Cuts and open wounds
  2. Falling from a height
  3. Hitting or being hit by an object
  4. Electrocution

 

  1. Q: Hierarchy of control refers to
  1. Line of command where the project manager has ultimate responsibility for onsite safety
  2. A system for identifying and containing risks on a construction job

 

  1. Q: A general construction induction training card is valid for
  1. Life
  2. 10 years
  3. 5 years
  4. 2 years

 

Q: Does your business operate under any of the following conditions?

  1. Concrete pumping
  2. Confined spaces
  3. Demolition
  4. Electrical installation or equipment
  5. Inground services
  6. Working at heights

 

  1. Q: Who is responsible for preparing a Safe Work Method Statement?
  1. The principal contractor
  2. The person responsible for carrying out the work

 

  1. Q: Who is responsible for preparing a Work Health and Safety plan?
  1. The principal contractor
  2. The person responsible for carrying out the work

 

  1. Q: How do you communicate safe practices for a job to your team?
  1. By circulating printouts of the SWMS and WHS outlines
  2. Talking through the job requirements before commencing the project
  3. Going through a daily tick-box checklist

 

ANSWERS

  1. A: According to Safe Work Australia, in 2015 cuts and wounds represented 31% of work-related injuries, mainly caused by being hit by or hitting an object.

  2. A: If you answered falling from a height you are correct. In 2015 28% of fatalities involved ladders, mobile ramps, stairways, scaffolding or falling from a roof.

  3. A: Hierarchy of control is a stepped approach to eliminating if possible or otherwise managing risks on a construction job.

  4. A: If the holder of a general construction induction training card has not carried out construction work for 2 years they cannot perform such work until they have renewed their training. The employer is responsible for ensuring this.

  5. A: These are just a few of the high-risk conditions common in construction and there are codes of practice to help you minimise your and your employees’ exposure.

  6. A: The person responsible for carrying out the work is responsible for the SWMS and training. A SWMS template can be found in Appendix D of Work Health and Safety (Construction Work) Code of Practice 2015.

  7. A: In works costing $250,000 or more the principal contractor must have a written WHS management plan in place before work starts.

  8. 8. A: All of the above help achieve workplace safety but daily group huddles are especially effective for getting everyone on the same page for what needs to be done that day and how to do it safely. A free downloadable app registers attendance and eliminates paperwork.