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.
The sordid past of Victorian building surveyors has been brought to the forefront following crumbling of the Mount Waverley construction site (pictured above).
According to a post on TheAge.com.au, major failings have been exposed in Victoria’s building surveying industry. It appears that home owners have been left exposed to work that does not meet the most basic safety standards.
Since 2009, Victoria’s building surveyors have been found guilty over more than 700 misconduct claims. For more click here.
Staying safe on a high risk work site such as a building site means being alert and responsive. Fatigue can severely impair your ability to avoid injury and illness on the work site, so avoiding it is crucial to your health and safety. Not to mention that if you have a high risk job, such as crane operation, your fatigue can put others at risk. Here’s how you can a good night’s rest and avoid fatigue at work.
A builder has alleged that 2 CFMEU officials said they would actively promote his company in Canberra if the builder got his employees to join the union. And if he did not, he was warned by the officials that he would “struggle” to find work in Canberra, due to their wide influence in the industry.
The 2 officials apparently requested a meeting with the builder and then made their demands. To find out more, click here.
The City of London Corporation is investigating the wind caused by the architecture and design of a new skyscraper.
There have been claims from the public, that the skyscraper created a wind tunnel down one of the cities busiest thoroughfare.
The skyscraper is 180 metres high and has blown over workers due to the strong gusts of wind created by the vortex effect caused by the tall building.
Find out more here.
Safety on a construction site can be a complex issue but one of the most important aspects to consider in terms of site safety is traffic management and the development of traffic management plans.
While the control measures necessary will differ from site to site, there are certain issues to consider, like type of site, types of vehicles present, pedestrians etc. For more information on developing a successful traffic management plan, click here.
John Holland is hot water. The construction firm is facing charges from Comcare following an accident in 2013. It is alleged that the company failed to provide workers with a safe work environment and system of work, as legislation dictates they should.
A worker was injured when a crane hit into a work platform. The case will soon appear by the Adelaide Magistrates Court. Read more here.
In construction we know that time is money, so the quicker we can get the job done, the better for you and the client.
Want to learn to paint an entire room in one hour? Then watch this video for some useful tips.
Watch the following webinar which was released by WorkCover Queensland highlighting how employers can impact on the health and safety of young workers.
A worker on an old mine site was stung almost 90 times by bees during an environmental rehabilitation operation.
The man was taken to hospital after suffering around 90 bee stings to his head and upper body.
This incident reminds me of the risks of working on old sites, even in construction. You never know what pests you find when you begin an excavation or renovation of an older site, so you must proceed with caution and take the necessary control measures.
Find out more about this incident here.
Imagine a paint that could repel an unwanted substance? That’s exactly what San Francisco city officials have decided is the solution for urine soaked city walls.
The new paint technology actually repels urine and causes it to spray back onto the person urinating.
What will they think of next?
A cool construction fail video shows us exactly what happens when a wall collapses on a building site. Thankfully nobody was injured during this collapse…
The Department of Health, together with Deafness Forum of Australia will be raising awareness for protection of worker hearing with Hearing Awareness Week 2015.
Hearing Awareness Week is taking place between 23-29 August and aims to highlight the important of managing noise levels on work sites.
To get more information visit www.hearingawarenessweek.org.au
There are a number of hazards on the average construction site that can result in a fire, which is why fire response and evacuation procedures need to be developed before work on site even begins.
The construction site fire in this video was set on purpose but a number of possible ignition sources on construction sites means it can occur at any time and people’s lives are put at risk. It can also set work drastically, costing millions. Watch the fire below…
You’d be forgiven for thinking the intricate lattice designed facade above took years of toil and labor to complete, but the truth is a new development makes this kind of brick work a breeze.
The bricks themselves have been hollowed-out in a special design and are placed and glued into position by a specially designed robotic arm.
The development is the brain child of Swiss firm Gramazio Kohler
Find out more here.
Look closely at the walls of the classroom above. Can you spot what makes them unique? Instead of the traditional bricks, these walls are composed of used plastic cola bottles filled with concrete, soil and water.
The new construction material is not only cheap and readily available, but it is also apparently durable – being able to withstand earthquakes and heavy storms.
Read more about it here.
A former CFMEU official has pleaded not guilty to 2 counts of blackmail arising from allegations made during the Royal Commission hearings, with the latest allegations involving a Canberra builder who apparently paid off the official for peace on his work site.
The builder claims he was forced to pay $30,000 to the wife of the CFMEU official to avoid stop work orders being issued on his work site.
The builder says he paid the money because he was afraid of getting on the bad side of the union. Read the full story here.
The Hunter’s Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) squad is investigating 2 truckloads of illegally disposed of waste in Lake Macquarie and the Lower Hunter.
Companies are being warned that illegal dumping can result in fines of up to $1 million.
Find out more here.
One tradie was pleased discover a hammer he had lost 23 years earlier during the demolition of a Mr Fluffy home in Canberra.
Brett Gibson, now working as a demolition supervisor on the Mr Fluffy homes demolitions lost his first hammer 23 years earlier while working as an apprentice.
Read more here.
Construction safety is no joke and this construction fail video is anything but humorous. It does however show us some the consequences of neglecting safety in the construction industry. Watch this video for more of what not to do in construction.
New skylifts for the Mornington Peninsula have just been approved. Construction on the $16m sky-lift for Arthurs Seat was recently approved and will probably begin soon.
The new tourist attraction will create jobs for people in Victoria and will boost tourism, according to Environment, Climate Change and Water Minister Lisa Neville.
Read more here.
Can you believe workers worked non-stop to demolish and then rebuild this bridge in just 14 hours? This is productivity at its best…
People had to evacuate their homes after a wall collapsed on a nearby construction site.
The Mt. Waverly homes had to be evacuated because they are on the brink of collapse due to the crumbling construction site nearby.
Witnesses say the wall crumbled like “cake”, when the site was being excavated to build a 3 storey building. The heavy rains are thought to have had some effect on the ground stability.
Read more here.