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How Precast Panels Save Time and Money in Construction

A recent article highlighted the many benefits of precast concrete panels in construction, according to a specialist in the structural steel and precast industry – Wallandra.

The company lists some of the benefits of precast panels in construction projects as:

  1. It minimises the requirements for other structural components, reducing costs.
  2. When efficiently manufactured, time and cost are reduced for the end-user.
  3. Precast panels are unaffected by weather, so there’s no need to wait for the them to gain strength.
  4. Quality and uniformity ensure the highest standards.
  5. The manufacturer claims these panels have exceptional longevity and won’t degrade.

Find out more http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/suppliers/wallandra/8-ways-precast-panels-can-save-time-and-money-in-c

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Alarming Number of Construction Workers Affected by Suicide Annually

Each year more than 40 workers die due to suicide and more than 100 suffer permanent disability as a result of unsuccessful suicide attempts.

This alarming practice is costing the community more than $355 million annually, and in addition to the financial expense, the emotional cost is even worse, affecting family, friends, co-workers and the community at large.

Most of the victims are male and the average age is 36, with emotional and financial pressures being the biggest causes.

Another major cause is relationship problems which play a greater role in construction worker suicide than in the rest of the population.

Failure to communicate about these problems is one of the greatest reasons construction workers are attempting suicide.

Mates in Construction is one of the organisations working to tackle this alarming problem impacting the construction sector.  They can be reached at 1300 642 111 or Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 44.

Find out more http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/dozens-of-construction-workers-dying-or-facing-serious-injury-each-year-because-of-suicide-attempts/news-story/b10a346bbd0cb4dfccdbf80df88d73e4

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Work Starts on New England Highway Improvements

Work has begun on the $7million New England Highway project which will be adding lanes between Yarraman and Toowoomba.

The construction phase of the project will support 22 jobs and ultimately will improve traffic flow and safety for motorists.

Planners expect construction to be completed by February 2018, depending on the weather. Read more at https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/works-begin-7-million-new-england-hwy-upgrade/3198753/

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Men in Construction Struggling With Mental Health

A recent article on Couriermail.com.au explored the reasons why male construction workers are at a higher risk of suicide than females and males in other industries.

Men rely on work as the principal source of their identity, so when their identity is compromised, they become suicidal.

Over the last 16 years, 3000 construction workers in Australia took their own lives, causing untold trauma to countless more lives of those they left behind.

Another reason that construction and mining workers may be more at risk when it comes to mental illness is that these sectors do not require powerful communication skills.

If we are to tackle this problem we need to be more open and encourage communication. Workers should be encouraged to ask for help when they need it, whether it be job related or emotional

See more at http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/comment-struggling-in-a-world-of-genderbased-ideology/news-story/4168c4104499b66ce439cb5c33669f6d

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Exploring the Latest Excavation Equipment

A civil contractor in Mackay is trialling new automated earthmoving technology at its Richmond Hills Estate construction site, being described as “ground-breaking”.

The company is trialling a new automated Komatsu PC210LCi-10 Hydraulic excavator, the first in Queensland. Komatsu describes the excavator as the world’s first intelligent machine control excavator.

One of its features is a 3D machine control and guidance system, providing over 60 per cent improvement in work efficiency in comparison to conventional construction processes, combining maximum production and work accuracy. Intrigued? Find out more at https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/the-new-generation-of-excavation-equipment-at-rich/3196446/

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Labourer’s Serious Fall Injuries Results in Operations Manager Being Fined

An Operation Manager for a roofing company has been given a $7500 fine and ordered to pay costs of $517 over an incident which left a labourer with serious injuries. The worker fell through a skylight in September 2015.

The manager pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person and causing serious harm.

The incident happened when 2 roof plumbers were removing rusted metal roof sheets from an existing portal frame roof and 2 other workers were cleaning up metal offcuts and insulation on the roof.

There were several fragile skylights on the roofs, which the manager was made aware of but he failed to ensure safe work procedures were in place.


Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/operations-manager-fined-labourers-serious-fall-injuries/#.WWvdfeklHIV

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Safe Work Australia Released February 2017 Notifiable Fatalities Report

Safe Work Australia released its latest notifiable fatalities monthly report for February 2017 and so far there have been 20 work related notifiable fatalities.

The report provides a national summary of work related traumatic fatalities. Three fatalities were from the construction industry.

Of the 20 people killed, 14 of them were male workers and 6 were male bystanders.

Five fatalities involved a vehicle incident and three from a fall from height.

Two fatalities resulted from electrocution and two more due to being hit by moving objects.  See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/safe-work-australia-releases-february-2017-notifiable-fatalities-monthly-report/#.WWirnuklHIV

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Taskforce Established to Investigate Non-compliant Cladding in Victoria

The Victorian Government plans to establish an expert taskforce to examine the extent of non-compliant cladding on Victorian buildings after the Grenfell Tower Fire in London.

The taskforce is aimed at helping the state identify and address non-compliant cladding and ensure resident, owner’s corporations and building managers  are better informed on the issue.

The first taskforce in Australia’s history to identify problem cladding was established in 2014 after the Lacrosse Building fire at Docklands.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/taskforce-established-investigate-non-compliant-cladding-victoria/#.WWfuF-klHIV

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Scaffolding Collapses at North Melbourne Demolition Site

The scaffolding at a North Melbourne demolition site earlier this week collapsed, thankfully nobody was injured in the incident.

The collapse, which happened on Monday morning involved three levels of scaffolding which fell from a building that was being demolished at the corner of Flemington Road and Villers Street.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident with WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams saying how fortunate it was that there were no serious injuries or fatalities.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/scaffolding-collapses-north-melbourne-demolition-site-worksafe-investigating/#.WWfp2uklHIV

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Worker Airlifted after Fall from Work Platform

We should never underestimate the risks of work from heights, even when working from an elevated work platform which seems relatively low, we must implement the necessary controls and safety procedures.

Recently a man had to be airlifted to hospital from the Hunter Region of NSW, north of Muswellbrook, after he fell from a work platform.

The fifty-something man suffered multiple fractures after falling approximately 5 metres from the work platform.

The man was airlifted to John Hunter hospital by Westpac Rescue Helicopter. He was in a stable condition.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/06/fall-work-platform-leads-airlift/#.WV6lXeklEl1

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