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Watch as The Noble Park Sky Rail Goes Up

Watch as the initial elevated beams are erected as part of the Noble Park sky rail along the Cranbourne and Pakenham train lines.

The $1.6 billion project will be completed by the end of 2018 and will create thousands of jobs for Melbourne workers in the mean time.

Some sections of the track will be elevated as high as 3 stories above the ground, resulting in the removal of 9 level crossings.

The first beams can be seen being lifted into place by 200 tonne cranes, which will support the new track and train stations.

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Construction Workers Flee Site Due to Landslide

Construction workers on an Indian building site can be seen fleeing the site as a massive landslide approaches.

The cliff alongside the building site gives way probably due to heavy rainfalls in the area or improper construction methods, some have suggested.

Let’s watch as see what happened.

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Brisbane Tunnel Workers Risk Silica Related Diseases

A parliamentary inquiry has heard that Brisbane tunnel workers are at risk of serious health issues due to exposure to silica dust.

A medical expert was speaking in front of a parliamentary inquiry into black lung disease.

The inquiry was told by an expert Dr Robert Cohen, that people drilling through the Earth’s crust were at risk from silica exposure.

He said  that silica is actually a lung carcinogen and can lead to renal disease as well as other auto-immune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis.

Workers were urged to undergo testing for silicosis if they are involved with tunnel digging work.

He likened the risk of silica exposure to that of coal mine dust.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/tunnel-workers-brisbane-risk-silica-related-diseases-medical-expert-says/#.WOIchqKxUl0

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Workplace Accident Leaves Man Hospitalised

A construction worker was recently injured at a construction site in Sydney’s west. The man is fighting for his life in Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition after he was hit by a concrete pump at the construction site.

According to reports, emergency services were called to the site at Fairfield around 8am in the morning on Monday where they found the 27 year old worker had been struck on the head by a concrete boom.

The man was apparently pouring concrete on the top floor of a block of units at the time of the incident.

Paramedics were assisted by fire crews in bringing the injured worker down from the top floor of the 5 storey block using a cherry picker.
Read more at http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/man-fighting-for-life-after-workplace-accident-in-fairfield-20170327-gv7oxc.html
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SafeWork NSW Launches Campaign to Protect Construction Workers Digging Live Electrical Cables

The latest safety campaign from SafeWork NSW is aimed at protecting construction workers from digging into live electrical cables.

The campaign launched by SafeWork NSW and NSW electrical networks, “The Don’t know, Don’t Dig” campaign follows a 65 per cent increase in underground cable strikes in the Sydney region over the past 2 years.

The campaign’s message emphasizes the importance of finding out what’s below the ground before excavating.

NSW law requires that you have Dial-Before-You-Dig plans however only one in four workers that reported underground cable strikes over the past 2 years had these plans.

Watch the video below,

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Construction Firm Develops Free Asbestos Guide

Construction firm J Hutchinson Pty Ltd. have developed a free interactive asbestos guide to assist homeowners and small businesses working with or removing asbestos containing materials from residential areas.

Some of the information contained in the guide include what buildings are likely to have asbestos, types of conditions associated with asbestos exposure, how to work safely when handling asbestos and the personal protective equipment (PPE) to use.

Although asbestos has been banned in Australia since the 1980s, each year there are hundreds of Australians diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and other asbestos related diseases.

See more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/construction-company-develops-free-interactive-asbestos-guide/#.WO6B1qKxUl1

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18 of The Most Unbelievable Things Unearthed During Construction

One of the best parts about construction are the unbelievable discoveries that have been unearthed.

From ancient tools to entire ancient towns, you never know what you’re going to discover when you begin an excavation.

Here’s a cool video of the 18 most amazing discoveries made during construction.

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Construction workers discover 2000 year old Roman Town

Construction work often unearths some amazing things but this ancient Roman town discovered by construction workers in the south of France must be one of the greatest.

While digging for the construction of a boarding school, set to open in 2019, a Roman town dating back thousands of years has been discovered.

The 2000 year old civilisation is thought to be that of Ucetia at Uzes, a French outpost of the Roman empire.

Historians believe the site could date back to between the 1st century BC to the 7th century AD with some features from the Middle Ages.

Among the ruins are huge mosaics and public buildings, which give us incredible insight into the life of the time.

Find out more http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/lost-ancient-roman-town-dating-back-2000-years-discovered-beneath-construction-site/news-story/2177ccfd380c3f6ed93627fb7c5d34ff

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Man Injured After Excavator Falls off Bridge

A man was seriously injured after an excavator he was operating fell 7 metres off a bridge in Southeast Queensland.

The man in his sixties was flown to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The incident occurred when he was dismantling a timber bridge near Nanango when part of the bridge collapsed resulting in the excavator tipping over and falling about seven metres into a dry creek.

The excavator landed upside down and the police and emergency services had to extricate the man from the excavator.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/man-injured-excavator-falls-seven-metres-off-bridge/#.WO515qKxUl1

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Watch Awesome Road Construction Equipment at Work

The modern heavy equipment used to construct roads has made building roads faster and more efficient, however they are not without their risks.

It’s important to not only have the appropriate high risk license and training needed to operate these machines, but those working on the ground, not directly operating machinery should also be adequately trained to work on the same site safely.

The White Card course is the first step in construction safety training for everyone on a construction site.

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