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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Safety a priority for construction industry

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Safety a priority for construction industry

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie has applauded the Queensland building and construction industry for its commitment to creating safe workplaces for its employees.

    Speaking at a Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program industry forum today, Mr Bleijie said it was great to see business leaders working with the Government to promote worker safety.

    “The construction industry is a major player in the Queensland economy, contributing $22 billion a year and employing 230,000 workers - almost 10 per cent of the total workforce,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “To ensure the building and construction industry continues to generate Queensland jobs it is imperative we work collaboratively to build a safety culture across the State.

    “Around 25 Queenslanders die each year as a result of workplace incidents and more than 5000 are injured, devastating families and carrying a significant financial cost to industry and the community.

    “Together government and industry can reduce serious injuries and deaths, workers’ compensation claims and hidden costs associated with retraining and recruitment.”

    Mr Bleijie said the Government has reviewed the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to find ways to reduce administrative red-tape.

    “The Government understands the time and cost burden of over-regulation particularly in an area like workplace health and safety,” he said.

    “Ultimately, we want employers to focus their efforts on incident prevention not administration.

    “The main aim of the Zero Harm at Work program is making sure workers return home safely at the end of each day.

    “I’ll be interested to hear the outcome of today’s forum, especially how we can further support and assist smaller contractors to boost safety and productivity in the industry.”

    For more on the Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program, visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or call the WHS Infoline on 1300 369 915.

    Media contact: Lisa O’Donnell – 0400 986 432