Illawarra's house construction industry is invited to a free 'Demo Day' at Shell Cove Housing Estate this Friday (14 November) where they can access the latest safety information.

Builders, sub-contractors and construction workers can examine practical displays and get one-on-one advice from industry and government experts designed to make construction sites safer and more productive.

This event is a part of a collaborative project aimed at improving safety in the State's house construction industry and involves the Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association, Cancer Council NSW, Cancer Institute NSW, The Office of the Small Business Commissioner, NSW Fair Trading and TAFE NSW.

There have been three recent falls from height incidents on NSW construction sites in the past two months resulting in serious injuries including fractured bones, head and possible spinal injuries.

Acting General Manager of WorkCover NSW's Work Health and Safety Division Peter Dunphy said the Demo Day was targeting a largely mobile workforce of builders, subcontractors and workers engaged in house construction, including apprentices and trainees.

"We decided to hold this particular Demo Day at Shell Cove as there are more than 120 homes under construction with a large number of workers and a further 70 workers on-site at an adjacent marina," Mr Dunphy said.

"By bringing the local industry together to witness displays and demonstrations of the latest safe work practices and discuss how they can be tailored to their construction site, we hope fewer injuries and illnesses occur across the industry, so workers can go home safely at the end of the working day."

The house construction industry is one of the State's most important industries but it is also one of the highest risk.

"In the two years to July 2012 there were 1,312 workers compensation claims at a cost of $22 million to the NSW workers compensation scheme," Mr Dunphy said.

"By coming out to the builders and providing practical demonstrations and advice on cost-effective safety solutions to high risk activities, I'm confident that we can improve not just productivity but also safety in an industry. This is a great opportunity for an industry that contributes more than $37 billion to the NSW economy.

"We'll be holding more  Demo Days at housing developments across the State over the coming months, so if you're a builder, keep an eye out for when it comes to your area."

Mr Dunphy said small businesses attending the Demo Day may be eligible for a $500 rebate towards the cost of safety solutions.

"Any house construction businesses owners or workers that are unable to make it to the Demo Day are encouraged to book a free advisory visit at their workplace, or to contact WorkCover for information about other industry specific programs on offer including the small business mentor program," Mr Dunphy said.

To book an advisory visit, or for further information and assistance on improving safety in the house construction industry, visit or call WorkCover on 13 10 50.

The House Construction Demo Day features free safety advice, product displays, the Small Biz Bus and giveaways and is at the Australand Sales Centre car park, Cove Blvd, Shell Cove, 7am to 11am, on Friday, 14 November 2014.

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