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    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Formwork code helps form safer workplaces for Queensland construction workers

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Tuesday, March 08, 2016

    Formwork code helps form safer workplaces for Queensland construction workers

    Workers dealing with formwork on Queensland construction sites will now work in safer environments following the release of a remade Formwork Code of Practice.

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Grace Grace said the remade code, which takes effect on 31 March, provides the construction industry with practical guidance on how to manage safety risks associated with formwork.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is absolutely committed to creating safer workplaces so workers can come home safely to their families,” Ms Grace said.

    “Formwork in construction can lead to risky situations and has generated 954 accepted workers’ compensation claims in Queensland and 240 serious safety incidents over just five years.

    “The new code provides up-to-date and best-practice guidance on how to manage safety risks with this type of work.

    “It’s fully supported by industry and was developed by a steering committee comprising of employer and worker representatives.”

    Ms Grace said the remade code delivers on an election commitment to reinstate the role Codes of Practice play in preventing workplace injuries.

    “In the last two years alone there have been 12 known formwork deck collapses because of insufficient propping and the use of rotten building products.

    “Formwork structural failures are also costly in financial terms, and currently estimated to cost over $1 million for a single incident.”

    Ms Grace said under the remade code of practice, imported material must be certified and conform to Australian Standards.

    “The code also introduces a new risk-based approach to formwork design, along with certification and inspection requirements so that height and volume are key factors for determining when an engineer’s sign-off is required,” she said.

    The Formwork Code of Practice 2016 will apply to all new construction work from 31 March 2016.

    Information sessions will be held across Queensland in the coming weeks to explain the changes to formwork contractors, particularly the practical application of the new guidelines on construction sites.

    To download a copy or to register to attend an information session, visit worksafe.qld.gov.au.

    Media Contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548

    Background information:

    What is formwork?
    Formwork is a temporary structure that supports part or the whole of a permanent structure until it is self-supporting. Individual components of formwork, for example frames, are plant. Once assembled the components form the temporary structure. Some formwork systems are designed to remain with the permanent structure.
    Generally work carried out to design, construct, erect, alter, maintain, dismantle or remove formwork will be defined as construction work.
    Formwork means the surface used to contain and shape wet concrete until it is self-supporting. This includes the forms on or within which the concrete is poured and the frames and bracing which provide stability. Although commonly referred to as part of the formwork assembly, the joists, bearers, bracing, foundations and footings are technically referred to as falsework.