Construction is Australia’s 4th largest industry – It employs 9.1% of Australia’s workforce and makes up for around 7% of the GDP. In the 2015-16 budget the AFG has invested over $50 billion into the development of roads, rails, airports, regional growth and the NBN to support economic growth. There’s no doubt about it – Construction is big business.
The industry is also extremely broad. Construction covers a number of different trades, that each carry their own risks. Some of these different occupations include electricians, carpenters, and plumbers to engineers and architects, and more often than not, some or all of these occupations come together on a construction site, meaning that there are contract employees from many different job backgrounds working together on a site at any one time.
Construction is dangerous in nature, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that according to SafeWork Australia, the construction industry is ranked 3rd highest for workplace fatalities, behind transport, postal & warehousing, and the agriculture, forestry & fishing industries. The rate of reported incidents and near misses is even higher, which is why site inductions to ensure every single worker on a site is familiar with all equipment and procedures is so important.
Construction site inductions equip participants with knowledge such as evacuation procedures, reporting arrangements, who the HSR is/are and any other issues relevant on site. Site inductions are unique to each construction site and are of real importance for a number of reasons:
The person conducting business or undertaking (PCBU) or appointed WHS professional is held responsible for ensuring visitor sign-in and induction procedures have been carried out. An induction register is normally kept and stored for auditing and compliancy purposes.
Site induction records also help to protect the business against legal complications. Hefty fines apply to businesses that do not comply, which vary from state-to-state.
So how do businesses in construction keep induction records? And if there is an emergency how are people accounted for? Traditionally, it’s usually a case of printing out forms, sitting down to carry out induction training, and getting a signature from both parties. Then once completed, the records must be kept and renewed, as the site requires. But there is a better way.
Many businesses now see the value in a contractor management system to help minimise the amount of paper and physical paperwork needed to keep track of things like site inductions and training. TIKS Visitor is a great way to digitalise the whole process. TIKS Visitor is a contractor check-in app that works on kiosks and tablets. Not only does it speed up sign-in and site inductions but you can also view a live evacuation report of people potentially still onsite. It’s a great addition to any health & safety plan and induction policy. Check out a recent case study on one of our clients, Downer Mining.
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