Updated Protection Guide for Workplace Bullying

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Source: www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au

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



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 at http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/man-allegedly-pulled-out-handgun-at-gold-coast-construction-site/news-story/5c66865551ab4d33249a39a764898ca9


Union Finds Teen Death on Work Site was Avoidable

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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 at: https://sourceable.net/sa-teen-building-death-preventable-cfmeu/


Tackling the Consequences of Workplace Falls

Cyber-Physical-System-600x400Falls 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 :https://sourceable.net/virtual-models-can-prevent-fall-related-injuries-work-sites/


Cross Border Construction Program to Last Another 3 Years

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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.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/cross-border-construction-program-extended-3-years/#.V802cPl97IV


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