Focus on industry house construction post intervention survey summary 2015-2016

Overview

The house construction industry includes employers engaged in the construction of, or carrying out alterations, additions, renovations, modifications or general repairs to houses, semi-detached houses, duplexes and low-rise flats, units and town houses or in organising or managing these activities as the prime contractor.

SafeWork NSW has been working with this industry intensively since early 2014 via the following interventions:

  • Short-clip videos
  • Interactions and presentations at industry events
  • Launch of a mentor program
  • Webinars
  • Workplace visit programs – awareness and targeted visits

SafeWork engaged Jetty Research in 2015 as an external contractor to undertake a telephone survey to identify changes resulting from these interventions, particularly the SafeWork NSW targeted project visits.

Benefits of the survey

The results of this survey are being used to inform improvements to those construction programs by obtaining post-intervention business intelligence about:

  • Current level of awareness and knowledge of the identified high risk issues and controls
  • Level of controls in place to manage industry specific hazards
  • Systematic approach to workplace health and safety (site management / planning and scheduling)
  • Approaches to injury management and return to work
  • Impact of SafeWork products and services
  • 459 Persons who Control a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) invited to participate as part of the targeted visit initiative

Respondents

  • 182 telephone surveys were conducted
  • 56 per cent of those surveyed recalled speaking to SafeWork in the last twelve months
  • 84 per cent were small builders

Survey results

Movement of material

15/16 results14/15 results
84%Of respondents believe it is a moderate/major problem30%Of respondents believe it is a moderate/major problem
81%Are confident enough to control the risks76%Are confident enough to control the risks

Sun exposure

15/16 results14/15 results
97%Of respondents believe that sun exposure is a problem and are confident they know enough to control the risks90%Of respondents believe that sun exposure is a problem and 95% are confident they know enough to control the risks

Plan & Schedule

15/16 results14/15 results
78%Plan and schedule material deliveries83%Plan and schedule material deliveries

Falls through voids

15/16 results14/15 results
92%Are very aware of the risks of falls through voids48%Are very aware of the risks of falls through voids
84%Are very confident they know enough to control the risk99%Are very confident they know enough to control the risk

Site Specific Plans

15/16 results14/15 results
67% use site specific management plans and ensure
workers follow the plan through:
81% use site specific management plans and ensure workers follow the plan through:
53%Regular supervision88%Regular supervision
53%Tool box talks74%Tool box talks
46%Site induction74%Site induction

Return to Work

15/16 results14/15 results
41%Have a documented plan52%Have a documented plan
93%Have made that program accessible to workers87%Have made that program accessible to workers
36%Believe their workers access the program No comparative question in 15/16
71%Think the best place for an injured worker to recover is at home, work or a combination of both65%Think the best place for an injured worker to recover is at home, work or a combination of both

Recommendations

Overall it appears that the intervention and engagement activities are working. In addition to the positive results indicating an improvement in knowledge and awareness post-intervention, fifteen per cent of PCBUs have identified they would like further information and assistance from SafeWork in the areas of:

  • Asbestos
  • Workers compensation / return to work
  • Working at heights
  • WHS in general
  • Publications

These matters will be followed up as appropriate.

Further information

A copy of the full report is available by contacting gipa@safework.nsw.gov.au.

While this work has been undertaken according to valid and rigorous methodology, SafeWork NSW acknowledges that any such research is only the perceptions and actions of a sample of the broader population, so the findings must be taken in context with knowledge of our customers and influences on the way we do our work.