Infrastructure Delivery - Safety in Construction
A Message from the General Manager, Jon Whelan
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) delivers valuable social infrastructure that improves the lives of South Australians every day. DPTI is committed to ensuring all projects are delivered safely, with zero harm to workers and members of the public. Safety performance is a key deliverable and the ultimate non-negotiable for DPTI.
This site provides a means to share 'Safety in Construction’ approaches, information and learnings. It is an additional and complementary safety resource to the informative SafeWork SA website.
I encourage all of our construction partners to make every construction worksite in South Australia safer and more productive.
“Well done to DPTI on leading this safety improvement initiative for the South Australian construction industry. Providing industry with a platform whereby projects and contractors are encouraged to openly share lessons learned of good ideas and construction solutions which have assisted in promoting safer outcomes, rather than been viewed as Intellectual Property (IP) items. With the challenges of working in a fast paced, continually changing environment it’s great to see such a commitment to creating a culture of Safety & Care.”
Daniel Woods – HSEQ Manager Built Environs Pty Ltd. / Chair of the South Australian Construction Safety Alliance – SACSA
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Diagrams depicting what a dozer driver can see.
This document gives tips to identify the risks associated with concrete pumping and the controls which should be in place. It may save someone from injury or death.
Boral's guide to the requirements for the safe delivery of concrete.
Guidelines and performance standards for the safe carriage of loads on road vehicles
Some information and extracts from SafeWork SA and Load Restraint Guide
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SafeWork SA's new Heat Awareness campaign includes a short animated video which assists employers and workers to recognise the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. It also provides handy tips for staying healthy and safe when working outdoors.
Safe Work Australia has published a new Guide for managing the risks of working heat. You can access the new guide and more information on their website.
Heat is a hazard in many Australian workplaces, whether work is performed indoors or outdoors, so we have published a new guide on working in heat. People in control of the workplace, such as managers and supervisors, and workers all have duties under work health and safety laws to manage risks to worker health and safety, such as those associated with working in heat.
First aid fact sheet now available Need help in a hurry? See the First aid fact sheet for information on recognising and treating the most common forms of heat-related illness.
Forklift Fatality Nov-17
Shoring Box Safety Nov-17
Snake Safety Nov-17
DPTI's Minimum Construction Safety Expectations
DPTI’s Minimum Construction Safety Expectations specify Worker Health & Safety requirements applicable for all DPTI construction worksites.
These requirements do not diminish or replace any responsibilities, duties, requirements under the WHS Act and Regulations 2012, South Australian Codes of Practice and Australian Standards, nor do they prevent organisations from implementing higher levels of safety practices. They provide clarity as to what DPTI expects as a safety minimum on all construction sites.
Together, DPTI’s Minimum Construction Safety Expectations and DPTI’s Safety Culture Measures describe the operational and behavioural safety standards required of everyone working on DPTI construction sites. They do not prescribe ‘how’ to do your business, but clarify ‘what’ is expected onsite to make it safe for everyone.
Safety Culture Measures
DPTI has introduced a guiding set of Safety Culture Measures to assist organisations ensure their safety systems are compliant with legislation, site-specific and translate into a positive safety culture on the ground.
The Outcome-Based Safety Culture Measures will form the basis for safety audits conducted on DTPI construction projects.
View Safety Culture Measures.
In addition to 'business as usual' safety inspections and safety audits, DPTI undertakes Safety Walks on all of its infrastructure projects. Safety Walks focus on compliance with procedures, ensuring that identified hazards are made safe, that site employees are trained and that our contractors have functioning safety systems in place.Safety Walks assist in the identification of:
Preferred UHF channels on a construction site
Example of good delineation of heavy vehicles and light vehicles
Photos of Good and Bad Practice
The following key learnings are taken from recent Safety Walks and identified hazards:
Example of good practice - designated spotters on site
DPTI Safety Forum Charter
DPTI together with industry leaders have committed to a Safety Charter to improve safety performance in the South Australian Construction Industry because the health and well-being of everyone is critical.
See the DPTI Safety Forum Charter
Safety Tools / Links
Mobile Plant Safety Matrix
A Mobile Plant Safety Matrix has been developed by Gateway South and is shared as a good practice example.
DPTI construction contractors can email contributions to this site: Mailbox