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.
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.
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.
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.