Do you know how to get ready for an emergency such as an earthquake? Neither did I, that’s why I watched this how-to video from Bunnings, it will show you how to prepare an earthquake kit.
Here’s a cool video showing the construction of a hospital complex in Mount Vernon, Illinoise in The USA. Let’s see how they do construction on the other side of the world…
This interesting time-lapse video of a building project in California is proof of just how cool construction is…
Here’s another cool construction time-lapse video to make you appreciate the wonder of construction
This building was constructed over a 5 year period. Let’s see what went into the construction of this project.
Are you like many other tradies who have gone through hundreds of mobile phones on the job? Looking for a phone that can withstand a beating, then the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 may be what you’ve been looking for…
Data from HIA and CoreLogic RP recently released in their Residential Land Report, showed a strong increase in vacant residential land sales.
According to the report, the pace of increase in prices eased during the June quarter this year.
This comes after the sharp price increases and declinings sales volumes, showing a typical demand-supply imbalance, which has been escalating since late 2013.
Land sales activity is a relatively good indication of the prospects for detached house building activity and good news for the construction industry.
Watch this cool construction video of a busy construction site, especially if you like me get a kick out of seeing the miracle of a building rising out of the dirt.
Keeping workers happy is important because happy workers are productive workers. Also a high turnover of employees is costly when you consider down time, time spent recruiting and training new workers etc.
When investigating a high attrition rate, the writer of a post on Lifehacker.com suggests looking at management first. As the writer highlights, people are most likely to leave their job if they aren’t happy with their boss.
Read more about it here: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/11/why-do-people-leave-jobs/
Construction workers and in fact many tradespeople often complain of back pain. A new video by Safe Work Australia highlights the causes of musculoskeletal disorders and advises taking aspects like physical hazards, psychosocial hazards and job satisfaction into account.
Building approvals for the July to September quarter are up by 17 per cent on last year this time, with the council receiving applications for almost $400 million worth of construction in the previous quarter.
According to the council, approvals are promising, with a $100 million on the 3 months prior.
The growth across the region is encouraging and according to Councillor Jamieson it is an indication of how well the local economy is doing.
See what Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash has to say about safety following a successful National Safe Work Month. Let’s remember that safety should always be the top priority on site.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that the extremely high temperatures experienced throughout the month of October are a consequence of El Nino and are likely to continue.
The highest temperatures ever experienced around this time of the year in Australia were recorded this October and the dry conditions didn’t help.
With the lack of rainfall, dry conditions conducive to fires are expected to continue.
The 2 homes damaged in the Mount Waverley construction site collapse is still unsafe. The 2 townhouses were left on the edge of the deep pit after the site collapsed and 3 months after the incident occured, the homes are still unliveable.
In July a family of 4 as well as a group of students had to be removed from their homes when the site collapsed. It was being excavated for the construction of a 3 storey building. At the time heavy rain was blamed for the incident but since then The Victorian Building Authority said the collapse could have been prevented if all building regulations were adhered to.
Roads and Maritime Services have taken their CoR message to the civil construction industry. RMS recently embarked on an education program to keep operators educated about their safety obligations.
Workshops will be held on the following dates:
RMS spoke about the importance of the initiative, explaining that targeted enforcement together with education initiatives like these workshops, would be crucial in changing culture and practices in the industry.
Watch this video to see how the Better Work Tasmania Online Community is helping businesses up and down the supply chain to work together to improve work health and safety in their workplaces.
Skyscrapers are getting higher and higher every year and the latest Chicago skyscraper, The Trump Towers is an impressive feat dominating the city’s skyline.
The 2 townhouses that were left teetering on the edge of the 15 metre deep pit after the construction site collapsed in Mount Waverley in Melbourne’s east are still uninhabitable.
Despite 3 months passing since the construction site collapsed, a family of 4 and a commune of students who were evacuated from their homes are still not able to move back in.
The site has been filled but a report by the City of Monash council found one of the units was still not safe to enter and some of the house had to be knocked down.
The parents of Jacob Porter who was killed last year on Adelaide’s Costco construction site are frustrated that one year after their son’s death, SafeWork SA has still not concluded its investigations.
The young man was killed when he tripped and fell into the path of a moving truck, causing his death. At the time the CFMEU claimed that speed humps that would have prevented the incident were removed that week to make the Costco appear as if it was ready for opening.
Jacob’s parents say they will not stop their quest for answers.
Construction activity in South Australia has shown a slight decline, despite still being higher than other states.
Building approvals rose almost 30 per cent in August, which was the highest increase of any Australian state.
According to the latest statistics from The Australian Bureau of Statistics, building activity in SA was indicative of a falling national trend.
South Australia recorded $349.5m of residential building works which brought the total value of works for the year to more than $2.9 billion.
Eric Abetz’s changes to the building code make alcohol and drug testing for construction workers a reality.
The amendments to the building code are meant to improve health and safety on construction sites, with alcohol and drug abuse being identified as a significant problem among construction workers. Abetz points out that given the high risk nature of construction work, having workers intoxicated by drugs and alcohol is extremely hazardous.
In response to the amendments, the CFMEU has called on the federal government to increase funding for construction workers’ rehabilitation.
One New Yorker was so frustrated with the noise from a construction site across the road from his home that he took his pellet gun and shot a construction worker.
The man was arrested shortly after the incident but it highlights how frustrating construction noise can be, not just damaging to workers hearing but annoying to people around.
Site controllers should do everything they can to minimise construction noise and assess work processes regularly to avoid situations like the one above arising.
The first stage of construction for the $1.34 billion widening of the Tullamarine Freeway and Citylink has begun.
Construction will begin between Bulla Road and Bell Street and speed limits will be reduced to 80 km/h. Lane widths will also be reduced at that section.
During peak traffic periods, most lanes will remain the same.
Authorities have added extra lanes to the Tullamarine Freeway and CityLink between Melbourne Airport and the Burnley and Domain tunnels, which will increase the capacity of the road by 30 per cent.
The expansion should be complete by the end of 2018.
As a fire erupted in Melbourne at a pub in the south, a construction worker was assaulted by 2 men at the site.
Police are treating the fire as suspicious and an arson chemist will be brought in to investigate.
A construction worker who arrived at the site is suspected to have disrupted the criminals who then assaulted the man. They were wearing balaclavas at the time. Shortly afterwards the fire broke out.
The effects of vibration in construction workplaces can be permanently disabling for workers involved and costly for employers and the entire economy.
Safe Work Australia has released guidance material to help manage the risk of vibration-related injury or illness for both workers and those managing workers who may be exposed to vibration risks.
These types of injuries cost $134 million in workers’ compensation payments over the past 14 years and injured some 5260 workers, which is why it is important we take this hazard more seriously.
An office building construction time lapse video captures weeks of work in just a few minutes. It shows what goes into the laying of plumbing and electrical. It also shows what happens when gutters are installed.
Building a house from scratch can be a long and arduous process that isn’t for everybody. If you’ve always dreamed of a building a house but are low on the cash and the skills, try this easy option.
If you’re looking to make a quick and easy shed for your work site or your back yard, watch this video.
Workers in Melbourne have been warned to take cover as a cold front hit today.
The cold front brought with it rain, wind and unusually cold temperatures for this time of year. In fact, temperatures are lower than they’ve been at this time of year in 6 years.
Although most of the week will be gloomy, the sunshine is expected to return by Saturday.
Yet another construction accident has taken place, this time claiming the life of a plumber at a Brisbane home site.
The man in his 50s died on the day of the accident despite being rushed to hospital for treatment.
The man suffered severe head injuries after falling through the fibreglass roof at the Sunnybank home.
According to statistics injuries and fatalities resulting from falls from a height account for 11% of all worker fatalities.
Career information expert Laurence Shatkin PhD, together with BusinessInsider.com.au used data from the United States Bureau of Labour Statistics and ONet Online to rank the occupations identified by the US Dept of Labour by stress tolerance.
The following are the most stressful jobs…
None of the construction trades were mentioned on the list of the 19 most stressful jobs.
International concrete standards aren’t sufficient to address problems such as premature deterioriation which is why changes have been proposed to the criteria for Australian concrete durability.
If the proposed changes are implemented, Australia would be the world leader in concrete standards with the development of more sustainable, longer-lasting construction materials.
Experts say in addition to establishing higher standards for concrete requirements, we also need to see an increase in the quality of construction practices.
Australia’s newest deep space tracking system was recently installed at the Canberra Deep Space Network centre.
The entire installation was caught live on twitter.
What exactly does the installation of a dish that’s part of the deep space tracking system involve?
Russian Railway President, Vladimir Yakunin wants to build a road that would connect London to New York, running across Russia.
Between the western shores of Alaska and the northeastern tip of Russia, the Bering Strait is narrow enough to drive across in an hour if there were a tunnel beneath the sea – this is exactly what Russia wants to build.
The road would run from New York to London through Canada, Alaska, Russia, and continental Europe. Construction of such a road would be no easy task with the Bering Strait be one of the most unforgiving environments in the world.
Police posing as road construction workers in Georgia, USA are catching drivers for offences on the road.
The police disguised as construction workers are handing out fines to distracted drivers, especially those using their mobile phones while stopped at a red light.
The cost for “distracted driving” – US$150.
Most drivers apparently don’t give the disguised officers a second look and go about emailing, texting, tweeting etc. from their mobile phones. That’s when the officers swoop in and issue the fine.
Sneaky or ingenious?
An architect has found a way to build homes of those displaced by the recent Nepal earthquake, using the rubble from the buildings destroyed in the event to build new permanent dwellings (like in the picture above).
The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban spends alot of his time helping in disaster ridden areas and his latest projects are in Nepal.
The genious architect specialises in inexpensive, lightweight shelters made from paper. Ban has come up with a building technique using cardboard tubes as structural supports that last for a long time.
The forklift driver involved in the accident at the Barangaroo construction site in August, which left a co-worker with serious injuries apparently didn’t hold the appropriate licence, a NSW CFMEU official claims.
During the incident last month, a worker in his 40’s was injured and had to be rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital for treatment.
Rita Mallia, president of the CFMEU’s NSW construction division said the driver was not in possession of the appropriate high risk licence.
The worker was hit by the forklift while on the ground, marking the area, Mallia claimed.
The construction of a railroad is more complex than one would think, thankfully the advancement of technology has made the process a little faster. Watch what goes in to rail road construction in this interesting video.
With a number of major infrastructure projects in the pipeline in south-east Queensland, particularly Mackay, Darling Downs – Toowoomba, Fitzroy, Wide Bay and The Sunshine Coast, workers from central Queensland where opportunities seem to have run dry, are moving south-east to pursue work.
The state’s construction industry fell from 232,700 employees in November, 2013, to 220,900 in February, 2015, fuelling fears that trade shortages are looming.
A recent post on Ferret.com.au discussed how the sickie culture was negatively impacting productivity on Australian worksites and perhaps most concerning is the fact that drugs and alcohol are a major contributor to sick days in our country.
In the construction sector we are already aware that alcohol and drug use is high, so revelations from researchers at Flinders University that alcohol and drugs are an increasingly worrying contributing factor to consider in sick days is not surprising.
Find out what you can do to combat this challenge in your business at http://www.ferret.com.au/c/mitrefinch-australia/how-hangovers-affect-your-business-n2523680
A bomb was found at a construction site in Bangkok recently, raising concerns of another terrorist attack.
A bomb recently went off at a popular shrine in Bangkok with a second bomb going off at a river a few days later.The latest bomb did not explode but was disarmed by police. Authorities said the discovery of the latest bomb did not have any connection to the previous explosions.
The Indian government has looked to the construction industry in their latest effort to empower women, in a society where they are often marginalized and left totally dependent on men.
Although construction is traditionally a male arena in most countries and especially so in developing nations like India, a campaign by the Indian government is empowering women in Kerala on “female only” construction projects.
See what they had to say here.
Work is the number one cause of stress.
Interestingly high penalties for mistakes and a lack of a challenge are 2 of the reasons why work stresses us out.
Workers in the construction industry typically suffer from a high amount of stress and with the fact that a mistake can be deadly on a construction site, it’s no wonder why.
Find out what the other stressors in our lives are.
According to The Economist’s liveability rankings Melbourne is the world’s most livable city.
Other cities that topped the list were Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide and Calgary.
It was the fifth time Melbourne topped the list but social groups and planning experts say the list ignores some important factors such as high unemployment and poor transport.
Read more here.
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission provides some advice for tradies on the use of steel screw piers.
In a post on QBCC’s website, the importance of using screw piers (also known as screw piles) correctly is addressed because the consequences of incorrect installation can be costly.
More info, click here.
According to the latest figures released by The Australia Bureau of Statistics, Queensland was the only State to record a rise in the total trend for building approvals in June.
Dwelling approvals rose by 15.9 per cent in June in Queensland, further proof of the state’s strong construction and property sectors. Find out more here.
According to the latest Safe Work Australia statistics, 92 Australian workers have been killed on the job since the beginning of 2015.
The construction industry is third on the list of most high risk industries in terms of fatalities with 10 construction workers having lost their lives in the last 7 months.
For more click here.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is reminding tradespeople about the importance of safety in the workplace, especially wherever there is a risk of musculoskeletal injuries, which are common among tradespeople.
This video was created in conjunction with Tradie National Health Month to highlight the importance of tradie safety…
From 17-21 August, WorkSafe Victoria will be conducting the Safe Towns campaign throughout the Moe, Newborough and Trafalgar area.
More than 100 workplace safety inspections have been planned as part of the Safe Towns campaign.
The is area is one of concern for WorkSafe, as 400 injuries were recorded within the last 5 years. These injuries cost more than $12 million in treatment and rehabilitation.
Inspectors will be prioritising hazardous and high risk workplaces. Click here for more.
According to the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), everyday 10 tradies are badly injured at work, so to raise awareness of this, they have declared August as Tradies National Health Month.
1 in 5 workplace related injuries are sustained by tradies, so this sector of the workforce is at an alarming risk of injury every day.
The APA hopes this initiative will educate tradies on the importance of health and safety.
Visit http://www.tradieshealth.com.au/ for more.