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Big Building Construction Time-lapse Video

The construction of a big building is complex and time-consuming but with the wonders of modern technology we can watch years of construction in just minutes, like in this construction time-lapse video.

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Teenage Worker Lost in Tragic Sydney Construction Accident

An young apprentice was killed on a construction site in Sydney, having been crushed when scaffolding collapsed.

The 18 year old worker was crushed to death while a co-worker sustained critical injuries in the collapse.

The young formworker initially couldn’t be reached by paramedics, he was pronounced dead a few hours after the structure fell.

The other worker, suffered lower body injuries and was transported to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

The scaffolding tower that collapsed was 15 to 17 metres and left tonnes of steel, concrete and meshing strewn all around the site.

One of the other workers on site reported hearing the trapped men calling for help.

The incident has drawn the anger of the construction union CFMEU who said incidents like this should not occur.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/01/rescue-operation-underway-after-sydney-scaffolding-collapse-traps-worker

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WorkSafe Inspectors Focus on Falling Objects on Building Sites

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Falling objects have been identified as a major source of concern for the construction industry in Victoria, with 5 people having lost their lives from falling objects at Victorian building sites over the past 5 years.During that time 721 people were also injured.

As a result, WorkSafe inspectors launched a campaign, visiting sites around the state to clamp down on this common cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry.

The risk associated with falling items is posed not only to workers but others in streets near construction sites.

The latest incident took place in January when a piece of timber fell 22 floors at Southbank after snapping in half while being lifted to a loading bay.

In another incident a tower crane dropped an 11.5 tonne concrete slab at a Clayton construction site.

Authorities reminded the industry that risk control measures for falling objects are well known so there is no excuse for employers failing to implement them.

Find out more at: https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/disaster-and-emergency/vic-builders-on-notice-over-falling-items-ng-s-1925733

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Teaching Western Australian Tradies about Working Safely Around Electrical Networks

Western Power, Western Australia’s energy utility launched a safety campaign to educate businesses and tradies on how to work safely around the electrical grid.

The free videos, part of the GamePlan campaign, are a suite of tailored safety tutorials, designed to educate and support industries and tradies to prepare and work without incident.

According to WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston, the videos bring an elite athlete mindset to the worksite and encourage creating a ‘gameplan’ around electrical safety.

He explained that methodically preparing for success is something that isn’t just for elite athletes but it should be the approach taken by everyone, particularly those working around electrical networks, where life and death are concerned.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/new-campaign-aims-educate-wa-tradies-safely-work-around-electricity-networks/#.XI6tIbglE1l

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Forklift Rollover Incident involving Sydney Construction Worker

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A construction worker on Sydney’s north shore has been injured in an incident involving a forklift.

Reports say the forklift rolled on top of the man and a specialist operation team from NSW Ambulance had to be called in. Emergency personnel found the man, in his mid 30s had been driving a forklift down a ramp in the building’s basement when it rolled. He was crushed in the process.

The man sustained injuries to his chest, arm and a punctured lung.

He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2019/03/07/11/50/news-sydney-construction-worker-forklift-accident-crows-nest

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Workers Suffers Serious Leg Injuries in Demolition

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A worker was seriously injured during demolition activities on Northbourne Avenue in The ACT.

The man suffered serious leg injuries and required rescuing after being trapped in a machine. Hydraulic rescue tools were used to free the man from the skid-steer loader at the ACT government’s $6.8 million public housing demolition.

The man was taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment, in a stable condition after being freed from the machine.

The project involves the territory government demolishing the decades old former public housing flats.

Workers were prohibited from using the loader by the work safety watchdog.

Source: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/person-trapped-in-skid-steer-loader-in-worksite-accident-20190213-p50xki.html

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Dubai Transformation Tracked from 2012 to 2016

Dubai is well known for its ultra modern and sophisticated architecture, even boasting the world’s tallest building – The Burj Khalifa. Let’s see how much this city can change in just a period of 4 years in this time-lapse video.

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Watch Bridge Construction Time-lapse

Bridges and roads make our lives so much easier and we couldn’t imagine life without them, but we often forget how complex they are to build.

To appreciate the work that goes into building the infrastructure that enables us to live our lives here’s a cool bridge construction time-lapse video.


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Supporting Women Making a Change to the Construction Industry

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A recent post discussed the value of a mentor to women entering previously male-dominated fields such as construction.

As these fields can be difficult to transition into for women, mentoring programs such as National Women in Construction can help, matching women just beginning in the field with those already making it in the industry.

The construction industry is both a challenging and rewarding one for women. The article draws on the experience of one woman who discusses how her mentor had helped her succeed in the construction industry when others didn’t believe she could. Read about her experiences at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-15/the-power-of-a-good-career-mentor-and-how-to-find-one/10871136

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Rail Construction Project in Melbourne Signals Massive Boom

Australia’s rail construction sector is about to take off. The first of 4 tunnel boring machines have arrived in Melbourne, imported from German and this signals a boom which will have the massive 100 metre long machines boring beneath the city as part of the Melbourne metro project.

The $11 billion project will generate 7000 jobs and accommodate half a million extra passengers on the city’s rail network each week.

More work will be generated by the 8 year program to remove 50 dangerous level crossings.

Victoria is not the only state undergoing significant rail construction developments, NSW’s Sydney Metro Project and Parramatta Light Rail are also underway as well as Queensland’s Cross River Rail Project. Perth’s Metronet will be the longest term project and will result in 72km of new passenger rail and 18 new stations.


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