What is considered construction work?
The WHS Act defines construction work as any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a Structure.
Construction work includes the following:
- Any installation or testing carried out while undertaking construction work
- The removal from the workplace of any product or waste resulting from demolition
- The prefabrication or testing of elements, at a place specifically established for the construction work, for use in construction work
- The assembly of prefabricated elements to form a structure, or the dis-assembly of prefabricated elements forming part of a structure
- The installation, testing or maintenance of an essential service in relation to a structure
- Any work connected with an excavation
- Any work connected with any preparatory work or site preparation (including landscaping as part of site preparation) carried out while undertaking construction work
- An activity while performing construction work that is carried out on, under or near water, including work on buoys and obstructions to navigation.
Construction work does NOT include any of the following:
- The manufacture of plant
- The prefabrication of elements, other than at a place specifically established for the construction work, for use in construction work
- The construction or assembly of a structure that once constructed or assembled is intended to be transported to another place
- Testing, maintenance or repair work of a minor nature carried out in connection with a structure
- Mining or the exploration for or extraction of minerals.