Queensland Man Injured in Drop Saw Accident

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Before beginning work with any tool or equipment on a construction site, it’s important to ensure you’ve received the necessary safety training.

Even when working with seemingly easy to use tools, it’s important that workers are properly trained and supervised if necessary.

A recent incident is proof of what can happen when working with tools and equipment in construction. A man in his sixties, presumably experienced with saw use, severely injured his hand while working with a drop saw.

The incident happened about 127km North West of Dalby in Queensland and the man had to be rushed to hospital for treatment.

 

Go to http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/drop-saw-incident-leaves-queensland-man-hospital-serious-injuries/#.V6Yk-fl97IV for more.

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+John Holland Facing Charges over 2013 Construction Accident

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Source: Comcare.gov.au

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. 

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Interesting Safety Induction video

Learning the fundamentals of construction safety is crucial, which is why The White Card training is so important. If you haven’t completed the white card course yet, you should do it asap and if you have, here is a video highlighting some common construction safety issues to refresh your memory.

 

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Construction Safety News: Canberra worksite closed

Yet another construction site has closed because of safety concerns. This time a large construction site belonging to the Empire Building Group in Wright on Canberra’s west was shut down because of a lack of safety and basic provisions as discovered by inspectors who visited the site after several worker complaints.

According to Mark McCabe, ACT Work Safety Commissioner who visited the site on Monday, they received complaints that the site was not up to scratch when it came to safety late last week but the company closed the site before inspectors could visit the site. On Monday inspectors made the discovery that safety was being sorely neglected on the site, particularly relating to the general oversight of work processes on site and supervision.

The following excerpt from SafetyCulture.com.au explains what happened:

BH “When we went out to the site, there was no clear company or group that was accepting responsibility for supervision which effectively meant it wasn’t being supervised,” he said.

“Now that’s a pretty primary requirement for any site, that alone was enough for us to shut down the site.”

According to Mr McCabe, the site will remain closed until the safety issues are addressed.

He adds that safety concerns have been raised on numerous occasions.

“We have been out 16 times in the last two years to sites being managed by this company and on two other occasions we’ve had to shut the whole site down.”

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/safety-concerns-prompt-construction-site-closure/

Perhaps even more than the lack of supervision and disregard for worker safety was the fact that this was not the first time that this site had to be shut down because of safety concerns. According to McCabe there had been previous complaints about the safety on the site and Work Safety authorities had to visit the site 16 times in a timeframe of just 2 years.

Other employers can learn from the bad example set by this company if they want to avoid similar consequences. Shut downs are not only inconvenient but also costly. Companies that fail to recognise hazards and address safety on work sites can expect to have more incidents taking place, more workers being injured, more properties being damaged and work set back as well as the possibility of receiving costly and often crippling fines from authorities.

It was also reported that the employers responsible for this work site failed to provide workers with adequate induction training. In Australia authorities place a lot of emphasis on occupational health and safety training, particularly in high risk industries such as construction. That means that everyone who begins work on a construction site, even experienced workers (as well as apprentice and new workers) must complete general construction induction training and receive a white card as proof of doing so, as well as complete site specific induction training.

While workers have a responsibility to ensure they complete white card training, employers must ensure that workers are provided with site specific induction training to ensure that they are educated on safety issues that relate specifically to the work site, something that the company in the incident above failed to provide.

Click here to get your White Card now

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CFMEU taken to Task by FWBC

Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) has confirmed their action against a number of union officials from the nation’s largest construction union. According to media reports the FWBC is taking the union officials to court over their conduct which resulted in a blockade at a construction project in Perth last year.

The national secretary of the CFMEU, Dave Noonan as well as its’ state secretary Mick Buchan, Assistant State Secretary Joseph McDonald and organiser Tawa Harris have been charged over the alleged breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 which they committed in 2013 when they organised a blockade of a concrete which was scheduled to occur on the site of the New Children’s Hospital in Perth on July 18, 2013. In addition to charges against the individual officials involved in the incident, the FWBC have named the union itself in the action as well as its Western Australian state chapter.

The building regulator recently released a statement in which it alleged that the CFMEU officials purposefully disrupted the pour despite knowing that it would financially impact the head contractor, in this case John Holland. They alleged that the action was undertaken with the purpose of forcing John Holland to agree to enterprise agreement demands which included a “whole of site” agreement applying common terms to all workers on site including those workers who weren’t employed by John Holland.

The regulator also alleges that the CFMEU posted Facebook notices and fliers the day before the blockade which resulted in around 600 workers gathering the following day and blocking the site’s main entrance. The blockade then moved to a nearby park, but not until it became clear that the pour was not going to take place.

Mr Buchan is alleged to have made statements to the large group gathered:

dave-noonanAddressing the crowed at the park, Buchan allegedly said the workers and union had sent a message about their ability to ‘pull the numbers whenever we f***ing need them’ and would do whatever it needed to do.

“The one important thing that has happened here today is we send a clear message to everyone around here that’s here today that we can pull the numbers whenever we f***ing need them and we’ll do whatever we need to do,” he allegedly said words to the effect of.

Read more at: http://sourceable.net/building-cop-goes-after-noonan/#sthash.TsVE4EnE.dpuf

Joseph McDonald also alleged made controversial statements to the crowd to the effect of “we are the union and we called the shots today”.

Each of the individuals mentioned above face penalties of $10,200 for each breach and the union itself faces a $51,000 penalty per breach.

The statement also confirmed that the Fair Work Building Commission has launched proceedings against the CFMEU’s organiser Joseph Myles in the Federal Court of Australia for his statements declaring “war” and for organising another blockade which held up work on the $4.102 billion Regional Rail Link project in Victoria. That particular blockade was apparently in response to the head contractor’s refusal to employ a union delegate.

 

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