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Research Shows Most Tradspeople Haven’t Seen an Asbestos Register Before

Posted by on Oct 18th, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Research Shows Most Tradspeople Haven’t Seen an Asbestos Register Before

Research from the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) has revealed that alot of tradies have never even seen an asbestos register, despite rating their knowledge of asbestos highly. In fact according to the study, only 60 per cent even knew what an asbestos register was. The review formed part of Safe Work Month to facilitate better asbestos register practice....

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Updated Protection Guide for Workplace Bullying

Posted by on Sep 22nd, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Updated Protection Guide for Workplace Bullying

Safe Work Australia recently updated2 publications on workplace bullying, to help address the problem of bullying which is rife in the workplace. The revised guide aims to provide greater guidance for managers and advice for workers pertaining to bullying. The guide includes information for employers and managers on preventing workplace bullying and responding to it in the workplace. It also includes a worker’s guide providing them advice if they are being bullied, have witnessed bullying or have been the bully themselves. Find out more at http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/news/pages/tn-01092016-bullying-guide-updates...

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Industry Insiders Concerned About Recycling Construction Waste

Posted by on Sep 21st, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Industry Insiders Concerned About Recycling Construction Waste

Industry insiders are concered that government is so hellbent on recycling construction waste that they are failing recognise the risk they are putting people at by exposing them to asbestos in recycled waste. Perth contractors have collected huge piles of recycled construction waste which they cannot get rid of because there is no market for it. They are caught between a rock and a hardplace because the government has increased fees for landfills 500 per cent in 2 years, making it impossible for contractors to dump the waste. Read...

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Man Wields Gun on Construction Site

Posted by on Sep 20th, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Man Wields Gun on Construction Site

A man has appeared in Southport Magistrates Court after allegedly threatening a security guard on a construction site with a gun. The Gold Coast plasterer threatened the guard with a gun to gain access to a construction site. The man was attempting to enter a Mudgeeraba worksite on Sunday, where he apparently worked, he had left a tool there and he needed it for work. The man claimed the gun was a replica which he wanted to sell to the security guard. The  man was remanded in custody and the matter adjourned until Thursday. Read more...

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Union Finds Teen Death on Work Site was Avoidable

Posted by on Sep 10th, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Union Finds Teen Death on Work Site was Avoidable

The Adelaide construction site where a 17 year old worker was killed when a timber frame fell onto him has been described as having an “appalling lack of basic safety”. Workers on the site were apparently working without even hard hats. There was no site manager, no first aid facilities, no amenities and no safety officer. The young worker died after a wall collapsed and a timber frame fell onto him. He was rushed to hospital with critical head injuries but died shortly afterwards. It’s important that those in control of the site are meeting their safety obligations and providing workers with the necessary safe system of work and work environment as is required by work health and safety regulation. All workers should be properly trained in safety,beginning with mandatory white card training. Read more...

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Tackling the Consequences of Workplace Falls

Posted by on Sep 8th, 2016 in Construction Safety News | Comments Off on Tackling the Consequences of Workplace Falls

Falls from heights are the most common cause of injury on work sites and are a particular concern for the construction industry. Now there is a new way to tackle this hazard, virtual models such as the Cyber-Physical System. The Cyber-Physical System has been described as a system consisting of a seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components, already being used in the manufacturing, transportation and healthcare sectors. There are safety benefits for the construction sector as well. For more about this intriguing development, visit...

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Cross Border Construction Program to Last Another 3 Years

Posted by on Sep 6th, 2016 in Construction Safety News | Comments Off on Cross Border Construction Program to Last Another 3 Years

The Cross Border Construction program run by WorkSafe Victoria and SafeWork NSW has been extended following a successful 3 years, benefiting workers on both sides of the border. The program started in June 2013 resulted in 419 construction sites being visited by inspectors from NSW and Victoria. Inspectors enlightened workers and employers about their obligations and revealed to them the similarities between work in the 2 states. The outcome of the program was that it improved safety and will now focus on young workers.   The program’s next phase will begin on Monday, 29 August, in the Mulwala/Yarrawong, Cobram/Barooga regions....

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Pay Attention to Noise Pollution

Posted by on Sep 6th, 2016 in Construction Safety News | Comments Off on Pay Attention to Noise Pollution

Hearing awareness especially on the construction site is an important issue that needs to be monitored because our hearing is fragile. Last month between 21-27 August was Hearing Awareness Week and the aim of the week was to raise awareness of how valuable our hearing is and what needs to be done to protect ourselves and others from noise injuries. One in six Australians suffers from hearing loss. Here are some of the ways we can control the risks of noise exposure, It’s important to follow the hierarchy of control to manage noise, especially on rowdy construction sites. Eliminate the source of the noise Invest in less noisy machinery and tools Use engineering controls to isolate the noise at the source or transmission path Introduce administrative noise control measures Provide personal  protective equipment (PPE) to workers to protect their hearing. Find out more...

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Canberra Crane Accident Victim Farewell Held

Posted by on Sep 5th, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Canberra Crane Accident Victim Farewell Held

The farewell for the Sydney construction worker killed in a tragic crane accident at the University of Canberra’s public hospital work site was held recently. The ceremony was attended by about 100 people who gathered at the ste to bid farewell to the worker whose funeral was held in Sydney. The ceremony included a traditional Ngunnawal smoking ceremony to cleanse the construction site. It is believed the man died after a small crane on the site toppled, causing the boom to strike the man. The incident occurred early in August....

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Another Fall from a Roof

Posted by on Aug 27th, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Another Fall from a Roof

Another workplace accident has taken place, this time at a work site in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. A man in his twenties was seriously injured on Wednesday morning after sustaining a fall from the roof of a 2 storey building. The young worker was on the roof at the time of the incident. Emergency services personnel arrived at the scene at 11:00am and the man was stabilised at the scene before being rushed to hospital in Kogarah in a critical condition. He had sustained serious injuries to his head and chest. See more...

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