A record high demand for construction staff is pushing up salaries in the industry and forcing employers to do more to attract quality workers.
As the apartment building boom rolls on, the demand for professional construction staff and construction tradespeople are at a record high.
The revelation came as Hays released its July-September quarterly report, which showed that there are high levels of demand for construction staff across a number of markets in NSW, WA, SA, Brisbane and The ACT.
Hays said carpenters remain the most sought after but experienced formwork carpenters on high rise developments, commercial concreters, steel fixers and plumbers, electricians and painters/decorators are also needed as well as labourers with experience are also needed.
Construction sites are often busy workplaces, with multiple tradies converging on a confined space at any given time. This work creates risks and some common problems often arise. Having the right tools for the job is crucial to maintaining a safe site and keeping productivity up.
As a post on Ferret.com.au recently pointed out, having the right tools and supplies for the job are important, as is ensuring all workers have received the necessary safety training, starting with white card training.
Remember the fatal Melbourne wall collapse in 2014 which claimed the life of a carpenter on a Brighton East site, well the company overseeing the site have been fined $300,000.
The Melbourne building firm should have been able to foresee that the wall may collapse. The structure had not been properly braced and could not withstand the strong winds that day. The wall was standing for only 10 days before the fatal accident occured.
Michael Klanja, a carpenter and father of 2 died as a result of the wall collapse.
The announcement that the government would pour money into the Lismore Base Hospital has preceded and made way for a construction boom in the area.
A number of projects are expected to kick off soon with the Lismore City Council manager for economic development, Mark Batten explaining that the council had been welcoming of investors and tried to minimise red tape.
While much of NSW is experiencing a booming construction industry, other parts of the commonwealth have seen construction growth remain stagnant.
The good news is that a nationally recognised White Card allows workers to travel anywhere in Australia and work on any construction site because the acceditation is recognised nationally.
While the construction industry is normally being warned about the importance of addressing mental health in the workplace, one article on Forbes.com commended the construction sector for their efforts to combat the problem.
The American construction sector, having identified the risk factors that make construction workers so susceptible to mental health problems and suicide, have developed a tool called the Construction Industry Blueprint to help employers in the sector deal with mental health in the workplace.
As an organisation, there are certain steps that can be taken to address mental health issues among employees.
The first is being outspoken about mental health. Some of the topics that should be discussed include stress management and healthy living.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.