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 News: Bomb Threat Stops Work on Sydney Site

Safety of construction workers has once again come under the spotlight as a bomb threat stops work on a Barangaroo construction site in Sydney.

Apparently the bomb threat was communicated to the office of the Construction union, threatening the work site in Barangaroo.

The threat caused disruptions to the entire city and an adjacent large area of the city was also shut down during the scare. The following excerpt from an article on Abc.net.au explains:

5543464-3x2-700x467Police and the developer Lend Lease were notified and the construction site was shut down at around 10:00am, with hundreds of workers evacuated.

At least six city blocks surrounding the area were cordoned off by police, causing traffic disruptions across the CBD.

Streets were reopened just after midday, and workers are now being allowed back into the site.

Police and the CFMEU are expected to make comment about the incident later today.

The site is currently under redevelopment and once finished will include a hotel complex and casino run by billionaire James Packer.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-23/barangaroo-worksite-evacuated-amid-security-scare/5543112

Police are apparently investigating the incident which caused such mass delays across the city, so we will have to wait to see how the investigation unfolds.

The incident comes at a time when the health and safety of construction workers has become a crucial aspect of operations for construction firms, influencing not only the day to day functions of construction sites but also affecting company productivity and profits. Delays such as this one caused by bomb threats and other evacuations can cost millions and cripple smaller construction firms.

Construction employers are therefore paying more and more attention to safety and hiring workers who already have some safety knowledge under their belts. Workers need to ensure that they are equipped mentally to handle work on a hazard ridden construction site and in order to do this they must be trained on general construction safety.

Some of the hazards presented by construction sites that require training in order to overcome include: scaffolding, work from heights, power tool use, heavy machinery and equipment use, trenches and excavations etc.

The Australian government has mandated that this training be completed by all workers entering the construction sector in the form of The White Card.

Every worker should be in possession of the White Card Training Course to certify that they are qualified to work on a site.  Each construction worker is ultimately responsible for his own safety but they also have a responsibility to ensure that they do not put the lives of their co-workers at risk.  Therefore no matter the task being undertaken, every construction worker should ensure that he is working safely and according to the safety they have received.

This training course can be undertaken online and once completed your White Card is mailed to you, so the hassle, effort and cost on your part is minimal.

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Construction News: 11 Dead in Building Collapse in Southern India

Yet another tragic building collapse has taken place in India’s southern city of Chennai, this time claiming the lives of at least 11 people.

The collapse which took place on Saturday is thought to have been the result of heavy rains which ravaged the area however shoddy building standards are known to prevail in the developing country.

Researchers were still searching for survivors on Monday after the 11 storey high residential block collapsed, killing at least 11 people and trapping dozens more.

According to media reports the building was still under construction. Shockingly this is the second building collapse to have occurred in a period of one day.

Another building collapse took place in the country’s capital city of New Delhi just a little earlier in the day. That accident resulted in the death of 11 people including 5 children.

The following excerpt from an article on Smh.com.au explains further:

1404044790217.jpg-620x349The partly-built tower, about 20 kilometres from Chennai in Tamil Nadu state, crushed mostly labourers at the site who had gone inside it to shelter from the rain.

Senior police officer Karuna Sagar told AFP that 11 bodies had been pulled from the wreckage as of Sunday afternoon while 20 people had been rescued and were being treated in hospital.

He said police had detained several people for questioning, including the builder and construction engineers.

Sagar said witnesses had described hearing a loud bang, with the building collapsing after around 50 workers went inside it to seek shelter.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/at-least-11-killed-dozens-feared-trapped-in-building-collapse-near-chennai-india-20140629-zsqax.html#ixzz362I5PgQy

Police fear that dozens more people may still be trapped in the rubble. Scores of people joined in the rescue efforts, sifting through debris of twisted steel, mangled scaffolding and crushed concrete armed mostly with shovels, searching for survivors.

In the last year apparently at least 100 people have been killed in building collapses in the country where cutting corners has been blamed for shoddy, compromised construction work.

Those in charge of the search operations expected it to take days to find all those trapped in the rubble. Disaster management official leading the search, S.P.Selvan was quoted as saying:

“There is no clarity on the number of people trapped,” S. P. Selvan, a senior officer from the National Disaster Response Force, told reporters in Chennai, according to the Press Trust of India.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/at-least-11-killed-dozens-feared-trapped-in-building-collapse-near-chennai-india-20140629-zsqax.html#ixzz362I5PgQy

Partly constructed buildings are particularly susceptible to collapses caused by heavy rains, even here in Oz we have seen structures collapse because of heavy rain and other adverse weather conditions such as gale force winds. However India has been criticised for their lax regulations and the leniency on building contractors who cut costs in order to provide housing for the country’s growing population at the lowest possible price. It is common for contractors throughout the country to source substandard materials and even add unauthorised extra floors to accommodate more people. The Smh.com.au article goes on to explain:

In September last year more than 50 people were crushed to death when a five-storey building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai on the west coast.

“We will look into all aspects of planning permission and quality of construction, the structural aspect and the soil condition and see what’s wrong,” Sagar told the NDTV television station.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram announced compensation of 200,000 rupees ($3000) for the families of the dead and 50,000 rupees for those injured.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/at-least-11-killed-dozens-feared-trapped-in-building-collapse-near-chennai-india-20140629-zsqax.html#ixzz362I5PgQy

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