WorkCover NSW is urging builders and construction workers across greater Western Sydney attend a free industry event at the Jordan Springs estate tomorrow to learn more about safety in residential house construction.

General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division Peter Dunphy said the industry specific ‘Demo Day’ will provide advice, practical demonstrations and the latest tools and tips to help local employers and workers meet their workplace safety obligations.

“The house construction industry is one of the state’s most important industries, comprised of almost 9,000 businesses that employ more than 44,000 workers, contributing $37.9 billion to the NSW economy,” Mr Dunphy said.

“It’s also one of the State’s highest risk with 1,312 workers compensation claims in the two years to July 2012 at a cost of $22 millionto the NSW workers compensation scheme.

“Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of the working day and I encourage all local businesses in this industry to attend this event to find out how safety solutions to high risk activities can save time and money,” he said.

The event will also include representatives from Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association, Office of Fair Trading and TAFE NSW, and is part of a WorkCover NSW initiative to improve safety outcomes across the NSW house construction industry.

During the event WorkCover Paralympian Speaker Wheelchair snowskier Shannon Dallas will speak about his journey to becoming an internationally competitive athlete after he became a paraplegic at the age of 22 after falling through a roof on a residential construction site.

Businesses that attend the Demo Day may be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 through WorkCover’s Small Business Rebate Program which can be used to purchase and install safety improvements.

The Demo Day will be held on Wednesday April 29 at Jordan Springs Residential Estate, Corner of Jordan Springs Boulevard and lakeside Parade.

“Safe business is good business and I would encourage everyone in the local area who works in the residential housing construction industry to attend this event,” Mr Dunphy said.

For safety advice in the residential housing construction industry call 13 10 50 or visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au.

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