RMS Takes Chain of Responsibility Message to Construction Industry

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Roads and Maritime Services have taken their CoR message to the civil construction industry. RMS recently embarked on an education program to keep operators educated about their safety obligations.

Workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • Sydney CBD, October 21
  • Newcastle, October 28
  • Rooty Hill, November 13

RMS spoke about the importance of the initiative, explaining that targeted enforcement together with  education initiatives like these workshops, would be crucial in changing culture and practices in the industry.

Source: http://www.fullyloaded.com.au/industry-news/1510/rms-takes-cor-message-to-civil-construction-sector/

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Parents of Deceased Construction Worker Still in the Dark about Death

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Source: AdelaideNow.com.au

The parents of Jacob Porter who was killed last year on Adelaide’s Costco construction site are frustrated that one year after their son’s death, SafeWork SA has still not concluded its investigations.

The young man was killed when he tripped and fell into the path of a moving truck, causing his death. At the time the CFMEU claimed that speed humps that would have prevented the incident were removed that week to make the Costco appear as if it was ready for opening.

Jacob’s parents say they will not stop their quest for answers.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/parents-of-jacob-porter-killed-on-adelaides-costco-work-site-still-waiting-for-answers-year-on/story-e6frg6n6-1227574808344

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South Australian Housing Approval Down

brickguardsmissing1Construction activity in South Australia has shown a slight decline, despite still being higher than other states.

Building approvals rose almost 30 per cent in August, which was the highest increase of any Australian state.

According to the latest statistics from The Australian Bureau of Statistics, building activity in SA was indicative of a falling national trend.

South Australia recorded $349.5m of residential building works which brought the total value of works for the year to more than $2.9 billion.

Source: http://indaily.com.au/business/2015/10/01/sa-housing-activity-bucks-australian-downward-trend/

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Alcohol and Drug Tests For Construction Sites

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Source: www.storypick.com

Eric Abetz’s changes to the building code make alcohol and drug testing for construction workers a reality.

The amendments to the building code are meant to improve health and safety on construction sites, with alcohol and drug abuse being identified as a significant problem among construction workers. Abetz points out that given the high risk nature of construction work, having workers intoxicated by drugs and alcohol is extremely hazardous.

In response to the amendments, the CFMEU has called on the federal government to increase funding for construction workers’ rehabilitation.

Read more at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-drug-and-alcohol-tests-for-building-sites-may-be-eric-abetzs-swansong-20150918-gjq0hy.html

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Construction Begins on CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway

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Source: TheAge.com.au

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.

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/citylink-and-tullamarine-freeway-13-billion-widening-to-start-20151005-gk1bsg.html

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