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).
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.
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.
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.