Building and construction
The information, tools, and resources below will help those in the industry - whether worker or employer - to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards, with a focus on the highest risk harms.
The construction industry is one of NSW’s highest risk industries. Every year, too many workers are killed or seriously injured while working on a construction site.
Our inspectors operate across NSW, visiting construction sites to provide advice and education, and where appropriate, taking action to make sure you comply with work health and safety (WHS) laws.
As an employer, you have general obligations, including:
- a primary duty of care
- a duty to provide information, instruction and training to workers
- a duty to manage risks
- a duty consult with workers on WHS matters.
You must also keep a register of injuries, and support workers in their return to work after a workplace incident.
The Building and construction WHS sector plan guides our incident prevention activities, primarily by focusing on the highest risk harms and workplaces, and supporting worker groups most at-risk.
Top causes of injuries
The top four physical hazards and the top four health hazards are outlined below.
Key safety information
Codes of practices
Some handy resources
Keeping up to date
1. Subscribe to the WRAP
The SafeWork Wrap is our monthly e-newsletter, which contains safety tips, general information, industry updates, and news about our prosecutions and enforceable undertakings.
2. View our incident information releases
Our incident information releases will tell you about recent incidents that have taken place and how to avoid similar incidents at your work.