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Malaysian Construction Workers On Skyscrapers with No Safety Precautions Caught on Video

Here’s a bird’s eye view of the most daring construction worker in Kuala Lumpur working on top of a very high skyscraper, on some scaffolding without any fall protection whatsoever.

The man’s actions are so alarming that his co-worker filmed the entire thing and can even be heard gasping in the background as the worker performs a series of dangerous activities.


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Firm Charged for Preventable Deaths of Irish Construction Workers

A trucking firm has been fined $160,000 over the 2015 deaths of 2 Irish construction workers who were crushed by falling concrete panels.

The deaths have been described as “preventable” and the trucking company responsible for the transport of the panels pleaded guilty and received a $160,000 fine.

The panels were being unloaded from a truck by crane when they slipped and fell onto the area where the men were sitting, crushing them. Each panel weighed more than 3 tonnes.  Find out more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-17/company-sentenced-over-deaths-of-two-construction-workers-crush/9772342

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Spot Fines for Work From Height Safety Breaches on WA Sites

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Employers in the ACT are being warned that WorkSafe ACT can now issue on-the-spot fines of up to $3600 to employers who ignore work from height safety.

This comes after 72 workers compensation claims were made in the ACT in the 2017-18 period, with many near misses also reported where appropriate safety precautions were not in place.

Employers must remember that even falls from relatively low heights can cause serious injury and in some cases, can prove fatal. Safety must remain the number one priority on all work sites.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/worksafe-act-now-issues-spot-fines-target-falls-heights/#.Wxzw-CAlHQV

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Workplace Stress is A Health and Safety Issue

A recent report revealed that one third of people in Britain had experienced suicidal feelings. The stigmas associated with mental health are one of the reasons it has remained a taboo subject in the UK as it has in Australia, but in the construction sector, it is a major cause for concern, which is why we need to remove any negative stigmas attached to talking about it.

The report by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) called for societal change in the treatment of mental health and new rules for employers to treat stress and mental health risks as they do physical health and safety.

Unfortunately in Britain and in Australia, mental health is not given the same attention and care as physical health and safety, despite the negative consequences being well known.

The survey included 4600 UK adults and found that 3 out of 4 felt stressed and overwhelmed in the past year. Thirty two per cent of adults said they had experienced suicidal feelings due to stress.  Sixteen per cent said they had self-harmed due to stress.Young adults and women were the most affected.

The organisation responsible for the report called on government to introduce new standards for employers and consider psychological hazards in workplace safety assessments. See more at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/workplace-stress-suicide-mental-health-safety-regulations-awareness-week-a8347216.html

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Too Much Standing at Work Could Double Your Risk of Heart Disease

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If you spend most of your day standing on the job you may want to take heed of a recent study out of Ontario Canada which found that standing for prolonged periods of time can be just as bad for your health and too much sitting.

While previous studies have revealed the dangers of prolonged standing at work as chronic back pain and musculoskeletal disorders, new research adds cardiovascular disease to the list.

Researchers found that prolonged standing at work can also lead to blood pooling in the legs, increased pressure in the veins and increased oxidative stress, all of which can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease.

A more flexible work environment is advised and employers are advised to address the standing times of workers. Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/standing-much-work-double-risk-heart-disease-study-says/#.Wwm5TiAlE1l

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Victoria Construction Company Fined Following Collapse

Following an excavation collapse which left one 17 year old apprentice plumber with life-threatening injuries, a Victorian construction company has been convicted and fined $80,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,505.

The young apprentice had only been on the job for 18 days when he suffered collapsed lungs, 12 broken ribs, a fractured sternum, damage to his pancreas and a fractured shoulder after being partially engulfed when the excavation collapsed.

The court heard that the construction firm had been advised in a geotechnical report that the site was at a high risk of abnormal moisture conditions and that attention should have been given to ensure changes that soil moisture did not develop during construction. The company failed to do so, with the site having received 17mm of rain in the days leading up to the excavation collapse.

The company should have assessed the soil conditions properly and prevented the contractors from accessing the site until the wall was stabilised, the court heard.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/company-fined-excavation-collapse/#.Wwms3SAlE1l

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WorkSafe WA issues warning on Working in Roof Spaces

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WorkSafe WA and Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) have issued a safety alert on the importance of awareness of electrical hazards in roof spaces ahead of new regulations which came into effect on Monday 14 May 2018 in the state.

Changes to safety regulations require the main switch be switched off prior to work for reward being undertaken in ceiling spaces of domestic type buildings.

By law tradies will be required to switch the main off before entering the ceiling space.

The ban doesn’t apply to homeowners just yet but it is strongly recommended that they do the same.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/warning-dangers-working-roof-spaces/#.WwmolCAlE1l

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Crane Driver Faces Manslaughter Charges After Fatal Incident

A crane driver has been charged with manslaughter after an incident in August 2016 which claimed the life of a worker on a construction site.

The incident involved a mobile crane on the University of Canberra Hospital Construction Site in Bruce.

A number of operators, managers and supervisors who shared various responsibilities on the project were also charged.

The crane was being used to move an 11 tonne generator on the site when the worker was killed.

An extensive investigation revealed that there were significant system failures on site and that the safety of workers was not taken into account by the employer.

The investigation also showed that a number of people made poor decisions, repeatedly over time, in undertaking the lift, with the risk of serious injury or death being apparent, they however continued in their task.

As a result the mobile crane exceeded its design capabilities so that it overturned.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/crane-driver-faces-manslaughter-charge-fatal-workplace-incident/#.Wvl9fpclE1l

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Worker Injured in Elevator Shaft Incident on Gold Coast Construction Site

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A construction worker in his twenties is fighting for his life after an incident on a Gold Coast construction site.

The young man was crushed in an elevator shaft on the Jewel Towers construction site.

It is believed he was working in an elevator shaft when a lift began to move and pulled him into equipment.

Reports say the man suffered significant injuries to his chest, back and abdomen.

Paramedics arrived and removed the man from the elevator shaft, he was conscious at the time. He was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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Company Fined $120,000 for Worker Fall Incident

A kitchen cabinet manufacturer has been fined $120,000 in the Sydney District Court after failing to protect the health and safety of a worker who fell 4.5 metres and suffered serious injuries.

The Wyong man suffered a fractured kneecap, wrist and elbow and had to be off work for months while he recovered.

The man was working in a cool room at the time of the incident when he fell onto the concrete floor beneath.

He had not received training to work on high risk construction projects or from heights.

The court found that the company had few safeguards in place to eliminate or reduce the risks involved.

SafeWork reminded all businesses of the importance of the right systems to protect workers on the job.

Last year SafeWork NSW successfully prosecuted 34 offenders and issued 218 penalty notices.

One of the responsibilities of employers is ensuring all workers have completed the mandatory safety training – The White Card course.

See more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/central-coast-company-fined-worker-injured-fall/#.WudAT5clE1k

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