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Workplace Health and Safe Investigate Fatal Incident

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Tragedy has struck a worksite in South East Queensland, claiming the life of a man who was hit by a truck at a Cleveland business.

This incident is a reminder of the importance of having a traffic plan on construction sites, especially where vehicles and pedestrians converge.

In this instance, the man suffered serious injuries after being hit by the truck.

Ambulance paramedics and police were called to the scene.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/workplace-health-safety-investigate-fatal-incident-cleveland/#.W2bMrLglHQV

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Incentives to Lure Young People to Construction Trades

Attracting young people to the construction trades has become a challenge but there are incentives that are helping. One such incentive is the Construction Training Fund (CTF) in Western Australia.

The construction industry is the state’s largest and the CTF helps by improving the quality of training and increasing the number of skilled workers in the building and construction industry.

The CTF is funded by the collection of the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF). The fund applies to all construction projects in WA where the total value of construction is estimated at more than $20,000.

Since it began, the CTF has helped train more than 48,000 apprentices and trainees and helped more than 340,000 industry workers upgrade their skills.

The CTF recently announced a new fund in collaboration with the Housing Industry Association (HIA).

See more https://thewest.com.au/lifestyle/new-homes/new-incentives-to-boost-apprenticeship-opportunities-ng-b88904962z

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At Least 9 Dead in India Building Collapse

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Following the collapse of 2 buildings in India, east of New Delhi, 9 bodies have been uncovered by rescuers who used cranes, chainsaws and sledgehammers in their operation.

According to reports, one building, a six storey complex under construction collapsed onto an adjacent four storey apartment building.

The owner of the building under construction has been arrested together with his 2 associates. It is believed they will face charges of culpable homicide.

Building collapses are a major concern in the country especially during monsoon season when the heavy rains weaken the foundations of buildings that are poorly built.In 2013 a building collapse in Mumbai claimed the lives of 72 people.

Source: https://torontosun.com/news/world/death-toll-from-india-building-collapse-reaches-9/wcm/28e81502-82dc-404e-b1b7-b26e8cbe24bb

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WorkSafe ACT Issues Over 250 Safety Notices

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WorkSafe ACT in the past year, issued 250 improvement and prohibition notices, 23 infringement notices and $700,000 worth of enforceable undertakings in the past year.Inspectors visited 3,854 workplaces in that time.

They have also successfully prosecuted 2 companies and laid a number of ‘significant’ charges, one for manslaughter following a workplace fatality.

WorkSafe ACT says in terms of activity, the past year has been busier than any previous years.

By the end of May there has been 2248 proactive and 1606 reactive workplace visits by inspectors working to ensure a safe place of work.

Since March this year inspectors have visited 123 workplaces and spoken to 144 apprentices and young workers under the Young Workers and Apprentice Audit.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/06/worksafe-act-issues-almost-250-safety-notices/#.W0MemiAlE1k


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Construction Worker Critical After Perth Tunnel Incident

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An accident has taken place on one of Perth’s biggest construction sites, the Forrestfield Airport rail link tunnel.

A 35 year old construction worker is in hospital, fighting for his life after being injured inside the tunnel when a high pressure air pipe exploded and hit him in the face.

The incident happened 50 metres underground, which complicated the operation to get the man to safety.

A crane was used with a rescue cage to retrieve the man before he was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital.

Work on the site was postponed as the incident was investigated by both WorkSafe and Perth transport Authority.

The CFMEU says concerns about the safety of brackets connecting high pressure pipes was raised but calls for a safety review were ignored.

Find out more: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/07/07/21/44/perth-airport-tunnel-rescue-construction-worker-collapsed

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Creating a Safe Work Environment

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If you’re managing a business or a work site, you probably already know you have a responsibility to create and maintain a safe working environment for your team.

Protecting the health and safety of employees is important not only for obvious duty of care reasons but it will also ensure employees are happy, motivated and productive.

Here are 5 things that site managers must keep in mind,

  1. Know what your role is in providing a safe work environment and system of work.
  2. Develop and implement a health and safety plan
  3. Examine the workplace regularly and adjust plan accordingly
  4. Ensure employees have been properly trained in workplace safety – in construction this begins with the White Card course.
  5. Investigate past accidents, near-misses and health issues.
  6.  Facilitate the rehabilitation of workers.

For more information on how to put this management safety plan into action, visit http://www.businesscomputingworld.co.uk/guidelines-for-organising-a-safe-working-environment/

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Employers in the ACT Encouraged to Remember Safety this Winter

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ACT employers were recently reminded to make safety a priority on the work site and check for risks associated with cold temperatures this winter.

During cold weather there are additional risks and hazards that may not be present in warmer months for example the risk of slips, trips and falls which increase in cold weather.

Particularly if you work in construction or are involved in outdoor trades, you may be impacted by the cold weather.

Most of the injuries associated with cold weather hazards and risks are preventable such as falls which could cause chronic back pain, joint injury etc.

Simple steps like wiping up spills as soon as they appear, could mean the difference between safety and an injury.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/act-employers-urged-make-safety-priority-winter/#.W0McqiAlE1k

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Worker Injured after Fall through Ceiling

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A workplace accident has taken place in Northern Queensland, about 88km south of Townsville.

A worker, in his thirties fell more than 3 metres while working in a ceiling space.

The man sustained a head injury after falling through the ceiling.

He was flown to Townsville Hospital for treatment.

The incident is being investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/worker-injured-falling-ceiling-south-townsville/#.W1SU_7glE1l

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Man Injured in Gold Coast Roof Fall

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A roof fall at Tallebudgera has landed one man in Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

The man fell through a roof and sustained serious leg injuries, presumably while doing work on the roof.

He was transported to hospital in a stable condition.

This incident is another reminder of the risks involved with working from a height. Falls from even relatively low heights can be detrimental to your health, so always practice work from height safety.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/06/roof-fall-puts-man-hospital/#.WzEWmSAlE1k

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Amazing Modern Technology at Work on Construction Sites

The world of modern road construction machines is a rapidly evolving one as this video can attest to.

One thing that never changes is the need for safety. Safety must be the first priority on any construction site and ensuring health and safety begins with the training of workers.

General construction safety training (aka The White Card course) is mandatory across Australia. Learn more about the online course here.

Now let’s watch how modern roads and infrastructure are built.

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