Following the construction accident during which a worker’s head was crushed, almost costing him his life a labour hire company has been issued a $150,000 fine.
The man was working on the South Road Superway project in Adelaide when the near-death incident took lace.
The Industrial Court convicted and fined the company involved for failing to maintain a safe workplace.
What’s eye-opening about this case for companies is that it sends a message that risk identification cannot be left to other parties.
A worker had both his legs amputated following an incident in July 2011 involving an train unloader.
An infrastructure company in Pilbara has been fined $50,000 in the Perth’s magistrate court in relation to the incident.
The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Perth Magistrate’s Court. The company received the $50,000 after it was found that they failed to identify hazards and address them.
If you’re in the construction industry in NSW or plan on getting involved, you’ll be pleased to note that high levels of activity are expected to continue over the coming years.
Continued high levels of construction activity in New South Wales have been predicted by the latest Australian Construction Industry Forum forecasts.
The forecast indicates that housing construction will continue to lead the way over the next 2 years with infrastructure construction activity also strong in the longer term.
Already elevated levels of activity are expected to soar even higher in the 2017/2018 period.
An article on SafetyCulture.com.au recently reminded us of the importance of risk control when it comes to fire and explosion on construction sites.
Besides the serious injury and possible fatalities fires and explosions can cause, they can also cause significant damage to property and cripple a project.
As the article detailed, the law dictates that any person conducting a business or undertaking must prevent the possibility of fire or explosion from an ignition of flammable substances associated with a hazardous area or a hazardous atmosphere.
There are a number of measures suggested for controlling risks of fire and explosion. Read more about them at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/controlling-fire-explosion-risks-workplace/#.V2AmTbt97IV
A man had to be rushed via CareFlight to hospital after he was impaled by a metal rod on a construction site.
The man fell 4 metres before the steel rod went straight through hit thigh.
The 26 year old man was conscious throughoout the etire ordeal.
This incident reminds us about the risks associated with construction.
In Australia, all workers in the construction must first unergo workplace safety and education training, the white card.
Is construction technology something that interests you? Do you keep abreast with the latest developments in construction technology? Then you’ll be interested to hear that the first Construction Technology Summit will be taking place this week in Melbourne.
The event is held by Aconex Limited, the cloud and mobile collaboration platform for the global construction industry.
Construction leaders and technology innovators will converge on Melbourne for the 2 day event taking place on 16 and 17 June, hosted by Aconex and the state government of Victoria.
Attendees will be exploring how emerging digital technologies can benefit the industry.
The rate of deaths and injuries in New South Wales workplaces has declined, according to the latest data from the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA).
Workplace injuries decreased by 8 per cent in 2013/2014 and fatalities dropped to their lowest levels since 1987/88.
The data is evidence of the NSW Government commitment to bringing down injury rates and improving workplace safety and productivity, Deputy Secretary Better Regulation, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and Chief Executive of SIRA, Anthony Lean explained.
Drones have already begun to be used in the construction industry to boost productivity.
Leading players in the heavy machinery sector, Caterpillar are betting that drones will be a firm part of the construction industry in the future as more and more sites are utilising them to increase productivity and efficiency.
The heavy machinery giant recently entered into a partnership with drone analytics company Redbird to investigate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for collection of visual data in relation to site operations.
The construction industry has long been a male dominated industry which has contributed to the”macho” culture.
The industry is overrepresented with alpha males and this can give rise to blunt, assertive talk and in extreme cases bullying.
The culture of bullying is not something that should be allowed in the workplace, and employers need to recognised the consequences for ignoring bullying on site.
In an article on Sourceable.net the importance of addressing bullying was highlighted especially in small businesses.
Increasingly, awards for damages are being handed down by the courts for bullying claims so if companies want toavoid these potentially bankrupting fines, they need to take claims of bullying seriously.
Economists announced that March’s residential construction figures were higher than expected.
In fact building approval figures rose by 3.7 per cent in March, beating market expectations of a 2.0 per cent fall.
But before we celebrate, economists announced the unexpected jump was more likely a pause in the housing slowdown rather than a boom.
According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics approvals for private sector houses rose by 2.6 per cent.
There has been harsh criticism of the slashing of a number of trades training teachers by TAFE NSW.
These teachers deliver skills that are in high demand and the mini construction boom means more skilled tradies are also in high demand and short supply.
FairFax Media recently revealed that they had copies of internal documents outlining plans to halve the number of glass and glazing teachers in the building and construction faculty of TAFE in South Western Sydney.
The campus is the only one providing the glazing course, one of the trades that is facing a major future shortage.
The consequences of not complying with Australian standards have been highlighted by the delay of the opening of the Perth Children’s Hospital.
The hospital was initially scheduled to open late last year but due to a number of issues including the installation of non-compliant door frames and faulty water pipes by a Chinese owner company, the hospital’s opening had to be pushed until late this year.
The builder in charge of the construction John Holland, has been blamed for the setbacks.
The cost of replacing the 935 door frames that did not comply with Australian fire standards, will have to be carried by the builder.
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Many of us are familiar with musculoskeletal injuries and in fact it is one of the most common across all inustries. In the state of Queensland alone, there were more than 40,000 musculoskeletal injury claims costing on average $7,059 per claim.
This video highlights one company that is working to ensure health and safety takes priority in their workplace. The video was released by WorkCover and discusses the efforts of a trade services organisation, CV Services Group.
Less than 24 hours after a site was deemed unsafe for demolition, a wall at the property collapsed, narrowly missing a passer-by and her baby in a pram.
The incident happened at the Melbourne site of the former Royal Park Hotel, on the corner of Queensberry Street and Howard Street in North Melbourne.
Police said nobody was injured in the incident and WorkSafe is investigating.
A number of people including the CFMEU and a City of Melbourne building surveyor expressed reservations about the wall before it collapsed.
Following the Senate’s rejection of the bill to restore the building industry watchdog,Australians could be going to the polls.
As early as July 2nd, we may have to vote after the federal government was handed the trigger for a double-dissolution election on Monday night after the legislation to reinstore the Australian Building Construction Commission was rejected by the Senate again.
The bills were defeated 36-34.
The prime minister has promised to use the second rejection of the bill to push for a July 2nd election. He says the reinstatement of the watchdog is crucial to stamp out misconduct after the royal commission report into union corruption last year.
Stress at work is causing health problems among workers, especially stress that goes on continuously and without being addressed.
It’s up to employers and workers to manage stress but you’ll first need to identify the signs of a stressful work life.
The high risk nature of construction work can also add stress to workers. These are some of the common stressors among workers,
Studies show that properly designed wellness programs can deliver significant benefits with average rate of return of between 2:1 and 5:1 for every dollar spent, so why are so many of these programs not delivering significant results?
While companies have good intentions when introducing these wellness programs, they fail to ensure the programs are designed with the entire work process and environment taken into consideration, therefore the wellness programs outcomes can be negated by other factors in the workplace.
A good example is a workplace wellness program that helps workers stop smoking but doesn’t take into consideration toxic fumes and chemicals that workers are exposed to each day.
Be particularly cautious when working from heights as this is a major cause of injury and death among construction workers in Australia.
The latest incident took place at a home on the NSW Mid North Coast involving a man in his forties.
The man fell from a ladder and became impaled by a star picket.
He was treated on the scene before being taken to a local hospital. The man was then rushed to Gold Coast Hospital for further treatment. He remains in a stable condition in hospital, but he is one of the lucky ones- the Sunday afternoon incident could have been fatal.
The latest trend in construction methods that’s gaining steadily in popularity across Australia is modular construction.
This type of construction is quicker and more cost effective because the components of the building are made in a factory, off-site somewhere and transported to the site to be assembled.
One example of modular construction in action is the Adelaide United training facility at Ridley Reserve by Ausco Modular.
The project was completed in just 3 months, and at a cost of just $700,000. Read more at http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/suppliers/ausco-modular/modular-construction-methods-slash-timeframes-to-l
Watch this video of the hotel development at Sydney’s famous Kings Cross entertainment district.
The area is undergoing major redevelopment and this hotel is one of the construction sites in the area at the moment.
What are your criteria for a good impact driver?
Watch this video to see if the Bosch 10.8V Impact Driver meets these requirements.
This helpful review will hopefully help you make the right choice.
Since the overpass collapse in Kolkata, India on Friday, 26 people were killed and 3 arrests were made.
Three employees of the Indian construction firm building an overpass that collapsed have been charged with murder, conspiracy, attempted murder and mischief and if found guilty are facing life in prison or a death sentence.
A section of the bridge, about 100 metres long crashed down onto the street below on Friday, crushing pedestrians walking by and vehicles below.
The accused appeared in court recently and the 3, including one senior employee and an engineer have been remanded into police custody for 9 days. See more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-02/indian-authorities-arrest-three-more-over-bridge-collapse/7294848
All construction employers in the Perth CBD area need to ensure they are meeting their workplace health and safey requirements as WorkSafeWA rolls out its latest inspection program.
Work from heights safety and electrical safety will be the focus of the program. Inspectors will also be checking that all workers have the necessary induction cards and high risk licences.
All workers must be in possession of a valid White Card. This mandatory accreditation can be gained by completing a simple online course.
Learning to manage stress is important because while stress can be a good motivator, too much stress can be damaging to your mental and physical well being.
One of the worst impacts of stress is on the brain. This video shows you how your brain is affected by stress.
If you’re a plumber, you should read an article written on ContractorMag.com about the 14 fails of plumbing. Not only will it make you a better tradie, it will help you run your business better.
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Malcolm Turnbull has threatened a double dissolution election if the Senate doesn’t agree to a contentious bill, restoring the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
The ABCC was the watchdog in control of the construction industry established by the Howard government in 2005. The commission monitored the sector and enforced civil workplace laws such as restrictions on unlawful industrial action and industrial threats.
The new Labor government in 2012 gave way to the Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) which also had restricted powers.
With the possibility of the ABCC coming back into power, the CFMEU has opposed the reinstatement saying the industry is being unfairly singled out. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/explainer-what-is-the-australian-building-and-construction-commission-20160321-gnn8nm.html#ixzz441Zes98b
While most of us have the good sense to stay away from asbestos materials, what if we were unknowingly exposed?
With cheap Chinses imports containing asbestos, putting construction workers and homeowners at risk, its important to ensure we aren’t in danger.
According to media reports of asbestos ontaining materials being found on more than 50 sites across the country.
Let’s hope with the crackdown that builders realise the risks of importing cheap asbestos materials. Source: https://sourceable.net/imported-asbestos-creating-extreme-danger-for-workers/#
A topic that really needs to be addressed in the construction industry, but is often swept under the rug is depression and the scourge of suicide among workers.
The hard physical labour and often lack of job security are 2 of the main reasons why construction workers are so vulnerable, another is the typically male dominated culture which is not conducive to talking about one’s feelings of depression.
Australia’s tradies are at a high risk of depression and suicide due to a number of factors and circumstances.
Shockingly a construction worker takes his/her own life in Australia every 2 days. Suicide among construction workers, mostly men aged 15 to 24 is more than twice as high as other young males, according to the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, and is obviously an issue that deserves alot more attention to address.
A 38 year old Queensland worker was rushed to hospital after he fell 6 metres off a ladder at a construction site in Darra.
The man was working on the ladder at a Valance street building site when he fell onto a building platform.
Fire crews were brought in to ensure the man was extricated safely from the platform.
Despite neck pain, the man was fortunate he didnt suffer any serious injuries, because even falls from a relatively low height can be serious and this fall was 6 metres.
In our efforts to prioritise safety we commonly stress the topic so hard that workers become somewhat complacent to these safety discussions.
Alot of people end up dimissing the safety part of the meeting because they don’t see it as having much to do with productivity.
This problem was recently discussed in a blog SafetyatWorkBlog and ways to combat this obstacle to promoting a safe work culture was also covered.
While construction is contracting in some states, Tasmania’s construction boom rolls on. And now the Master Builders Association is saying that thousands of interstate workers may be needed to help maintain productivity in the state’s construction sector.
The state has a growing number of construction projects, many of them government funded which is expected to outstrip local labour supply.
Master Builders believe as many as 4000 interstate workers may be needed to fill the gaps.
The good news is that workers who are already in possession of a Construction Safety White Card, will not need to redo the training if they plan on moving to Tasmania to help fill shortages.
A leader in the strata community in Australia has spoken out against the mounting concerns about combustible cladding in large scale apartment complexes.
Strata Community Australia Chief Executive Officer Ken Henshaw described the situation as “disgraceful” and said a federal response to the problem is needed.
Reports reveal that as many as 2500 high rise buildings in Sydney and half the high rise towers in Melbourne could contain flammable and non-compliant cladding imported from China.
Although we are aware of the problem in Melbourne and Sydney, its likely the true extent of the problem nationally is much greater and widespread than we realise.
One South Australian politician wants reforms introduced to improve workplace safety in the state through corporate criminal responsibility.
If an employer’s negligence or indifference leads to the death of a worker, they could be fined up to $1 million or jailed for up to 20 years, under the industrial manslaughter bill reforms.
Greens MLC Tammy Franks says the main objective of the bill is to ensure that culpable employers are held responsible for any action or inaction that leads to the death of a worker.
A new public awareness campaign launched by WorkSafe Victoria aims to show how serious the impact of injuries are in the workplace.
The campaign “Reallly Bad Day” shows the consequences for workers, employers, businesses as well the workplace when a serious injury takes place.
Victorian employers must prioritise workplace safety and recognise the consequences of workplace fatalities and injuries.
As WorkSafe points out, many employers are doing the right thing when it comes to safety but there are also too many fatalities and serious injuries happening evey year.
If you want a home that’s quick, easy and affordable to construct, this lego home may be the one for you. It’s esspecially popular amongst nature lovers because of its “green” design.
There are concerns that the building collapse in Taiwan following an earthquake was related to the use of makeshift building materials including empty paint cans used to reinforce pillars. Watch the video for more.
There have been so many workers killed in the line of duty this year, all across Australia and in Victoria.
In one incident, a 60 year old man was killed after being crushed by a tree in Central Victoria.
On Saturday afternoon the man was cutting up a felled tree when the tree rolled and trapped him.
The man was killed instantly.
Paramedics arrived at the scene around 6pm but the man was already dead. The incident is being investigated.
This cool time-lapse is an example of how invaluable cranes are to construction. This massive stadium was built for NFL teams The Atlanta Falcons as their new home stadium.
There have been so many workplace accidents this year, with 15 fatal incidents taking place.
In one of the accidents a 29 year old man was seriously injured by a piece of equipment on a worksite in Bayswater.
Paramedics arrived at the Clune Street site around 4pm and the man was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition after his arm was severed during the incident.
WorkSafe inspectors are investigating the incident.
There have already been 15 workplace fatalities in Australia this year. It’s obvious we need to pay more attention to workplace safety.
This time-lapse construction video shows us a “green” building going up. Its interesting to watch cranes and heavy vehicles and equipment at work.
You can either fear construction technology or you can embrace it. This is just one of the examples of construction technology aiding in masonry work. Creators say its meant to work alongside bricklayers and not to replace them. Let’s watch and see how it works.
A massive crane collapse in Tribeca in New York City last week was caught on video.
One man was killed as the crane fell onto his car and 3 others were injured.
Watch the video to see how it went down.
Elizabth Quay has been under construction since 2013. In this interesting time-lapse video we see how far construction has come since then.
Summer is in full swing and as we return to work, employers and workers have been warned to guard against the effects of the high temperatures.
WorkSafe WA is leading the call for safety in the summer months with its Commissioner Lex McCulloch reminding employers and workers of the need to take extra care to avoid heat stress and heat stroke.
McCulloch said those working in heatwave conditions, both indoors and outdoors are at risk of heat stress and in extreme cases, heat stroke which can prove fatal.
Employers have a responsibility under workplace safety laws to provide a working environment in which workers aren’t exposed to hazards and this includes protecting them from the effects of extreme heat exposure.
The South Australian government is attempting to combat the high jobless rate in the state by announcing a range of infrastructure projects to get underway shortly.
According to figures the SA jobless rate rose to 7.3 per cent in November and 7.2 per cent in December but the state government believes $6 billion worth of construction work planned to begin soon will aid in tackling this high unemployment rate.
The state’s infrastructure minister Stephen Mullighan said people who had lost their jobs in the car industry could seek employment in the construction sector.
The government says road works are a key employment opportunity in the state.
A British construction competition with a difference shows us the stupidest ways to use ladders
Although we would never make any of these mistakes, it’s important that all workers are trained on ladder use. As these pictures prove, we should never assume people know how to use a ladder safely.
Hard hats are a non-negotiable part of every construction workers Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and for obvious reasons however the number of workers who become complacent towards wearing hardhats and PPE in general are alarming.
If you need some help choosing a good hard hat, watch this video.
This time-lapse video shows the construction of a high rise building recently. Its interesting to watch the cranes at work and track how construction develops.
It’s a good thing construction sites were closed over the last few days or a crash in East Melbourne could have turned out a lot worse.
A woman managed to escape unharmed after crashing her car into a construction site and landing on a scaffolding, 2 metres in the air.
The 40 something woman was able to exit the vehicle uninjured and walk to safety and because the site was closed, no one else was injured.
Construction workers on a site in Cairns on Old Smithfield Road stumbled on a hand grenade thought to have been left behind after World War 2.
According to reports, builders made the find while laying foundations for a new house last week when they happened to dig up the relic from WWII. The grenade was probably buried for around 70 years.
Police were called to the site to identify the grenade and construct a safety barrier around it. The navy were then called in to remove the device and dispose of it.
The find is not a surprise, with Cairns police Sen Constable Russell Parker saying the area was a “hive of military activity” during WW2.