Basic Responsibilities of a Construction Worker

Although we commonly discuss the responsibilities of employers and principal contractors in the construction industry, it is also important that employees remember that they too have a responsibility to ensure safety.

In many respects workers have more to lose than employers because they are the ones on the ground being directly exposed to the risks, it is their lives on the line which is why safety should be an especially relevant topic to workers, whereas employers most often only suffer financial losses.

No one knows better the risks involved in construction work than workers do, obviously employers have most of the control of the site and implementing measures to control hazards but workers too have a key role to play.

The best thing any construction worker or prospective construction worker can do for themselves is complete the online White Card course. It is compulsory that workers carrying out any construction work anywhere in Oz have successfully completed a recognised general construction induction training course prior to beginning work on a construction site. The most convenient and simple way of attaining this qualification is completing the course online with a registered training provider (Visit our homepage for more on the online White Card). A worker must be able to provide their general construction induction training card or certificate upon request, proving that they have completed their training and can work on a construction site in Oz.

It is also the responsibility of workers to do everything necessary to protect themselves and their co-workers when conducting their work. Workers need to take reasonable care for their own health and safety as well as take reasonable care for the health and safety of others.

Workers also need to comply with any reasonable instruction by the person conducting a business or undertaking. When given site specific training and instruction from management, supervisors, principal contractors etc. employees have a responsibility to comply with these instructions.

For example workers on the construction site are required by the law to wear the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) as instructed and supplied by their employer. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. In other words it is mandatory that workers cooperate with any reasonable policies and procedures of the company.

If the worker is carrying out high risk construction work they must be familiar and comply with the relevant safe work method statement.

Workers, ultimately it is in your best interest to abide by the rules of the site and your construction safety training because your health and safety depends on it. But in addition to keeping yourself safe and healthy, you have a responsibility to your co-workers as well. Because a construction site is usually a confined space within which a number of hazardous activities are taking place at any given time, the actions of one tradesperson can have dire consequences for others on site. The actions of one worker can have a ripple effect and be detrimental to other workers.

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