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How Broad Core Tubular Stainless Steel Building is Helping The Chinese Build Super Fast

The Chinese have developed a super fast way of construction buildings using stainless steel.

Buildings in the Chinese province of Shenzhen are coming up faster than ever, with stainless steel tubes at their core. Watch how and why this new form of construction is taking the Chinese construction industry by storm.

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WorkSafe ACT Investigation Due to Serious Safety Incident

A collapse of prefabricated concrete panels on a construction site in Braddon has prompted an investigation by WorkSafe ACT.

The incident happened at a high rise residential construction site with reports saying the prefabricated concrete panels collapsed in a lift shaft with one panel falling approximately 7 metres into the shaft well.

The shaft was empty at the time and no injuries occurred.

WorkSafe have engaged the services of an independent engineer as part of the investigation and the watchdog will be providing safety advice once it concludes it’s investigation, considering the noteworthiness of the incident.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/worksafe-act-investigating-serious-safety-issue-braddon-construction-site/#.W7IEXfYlE1l

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Alert Issued after Dozens Feared Affected by Silicosis

Silicosis is a deadly disease that has affected more people in Australia than we previously realised.

The Queensland Government has announced an immediate crackdown on dry-cutting artificial stone benchtops after dozens more workers have been discovered who are suffering from the life-threatening lung disease.

The government has been looking for silicosis risks and found that stonemasons dry cutting stone bench tops was a serious risk, causing the irreversible condition.

Silicosis is contracted when workers breath in tiny particles of silica dust that settle in the lungs.

The government audit visited 10 workplaces which resulted in 26 people being discovered who are suffering from silicosis, 6 of them in the serious category. In the last 3 weeks, 22 cases were discovered with government expressing their shock at the dangerous practices at some of the workplaces including a lack of ventilation, lack of PPE and dry cutting and grinding.

Find out more https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/09/18/16/32/dozens-feared-affected-by-stone-cutting

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Melbourne Construction’s Record Highs due to Billions in Permits Issued

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A record $38 billion in building works have been approved across the state of Victoria, good news for the state’s construction industry.

According to the figures released by the Victorian Building Authority, the number of building permits increased to 114,800 in the last financial year. The previous record was the 2009-2010 financial year when 113,669 permits were issued.

The previous record for revenue was $32.8 billion in the 2016-2017 period while the financial year ending June saw revenue for approvals reaching $38.4billion.

Almost $5.7billion of the permits belonged to Melbourne City Council and housing construction accounted for $19.8billion.

Read more at https://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/melbourne-vic/billions-in-permits-push-melbourne-to-new-record-for-construction/news-story/d3dd7bdfc9fbf547d218e88e9b4af0ac

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Victoria Has One Workplace Injury and Two Deaths in a Day

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Remember the 2016 workplace accident at Eagle Farm Racecourse that claimed the lives of 2 workers when a concrete slab fell and crushed them? The Brisbane construction firm responsible has been fined $405,000 over the incident.

The accident claimed the lives of 34 year old Ashley Morris and 55 year old Humberto Leite who were crushed by 2 concrete slabs that toppled at the construction site.

The company was charged with failure to comply with health and safety regulations and pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Following the tragedy, it came to light that workers had walked off the job site just days earlier over safety concerns on site.

The court heard that a sewage pipe was used as makeshift bracing for 14-tonne concrete panels that formed the walls for a foul-water drainage tank.

The magistrate said there was an obvious lack of planning that led to this incident.

The subcontractor in control of the site is facing separate manslaughter charges under the criminal code however his lawyer indicated in 2016 that he would be fighting the charges.

The site manager is also facing charges under the Work Health and Safety Act.

Find out more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-04/brisbane-construction-firm-criscon-fined-eagle-farm-deaths/10200742

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Three Companies Charged After Pedestrian Struck

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The importance of a traffic plan and vehicle safety should never be underestimated by companies, as three companies have found out.

The companies were convicted and fined $825,000 after a pedestrian was struck by a commercial recycling bin at a fast food outlet in 2013.

Each company was fined $275,000 after being found guilty of one charge each for failing to ensure people other than employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

The pedestrian, an elderly man and his wife were walking through the business’ car park when they walked in front of a truck that was lowering a large recycling bin. The bin knocked the 2 pedestrians to the ground and they were rushed to hospital. The man died in hospital.

The Melbourne court heard that the truck driver had performed the necessary checks before lowering the bin however there was no traffic management system in place by the 3 companies.

Read more about this case at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/three-companies-charged-pedestrians-death/#.W596SfYlE1k

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Australians Urged To Take A Moment for Workplace Safety in October

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October has been designated National Safe Work Month and this year Safe Work Australia Chair Diane Smith-Gander is urging all Australians to take a moment to consider safety in  their workplace.

As Ms Smith-Gander explains a safety incident can occur in an instant and a moment’s forethought can prevent an incident from taking place. That is why this year we are being urged to take a moment for safety.

This can be done by taking some time each morning to talk to workers about the hazards and risks present on a worksite.

Last year, 191 people died on worksites across Australia and 106,000 people made a serious injury claim.

This month you should take a moment to consider safety and share your opinions using the hashtag #mysafetymoment.”

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/australians-urged-take-moment-consider-workplace-safety/#.W7D2H_YlE1l

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SafeWork NSW Releases Plan to Tackle Construction Deaths

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SafeWork NSW has released a plan to address construction deaths in the state and according to the plan, the state hopes to reduce workplace deaths by 30 per cent in the next 5 years. It’s also part of the plan to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses in the state by 50 per cent, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said recently.

Mr Kean said the plan isn’t about statistics but about people. He pointed out the importance of getting people home to their families at the end of each day.

He said that despite the state already meeting and exceeding the national targets and workplace deaths having fallen 25 per cent, even one death is one too many, which is why SafeWork has a renewed plan.

Workers need to be kept safe, especially now that the state is in the midst of the biggest road and rail construction boom in the country’s history.

The Liberal National Government has launched an initiative to tackle workplace safety which includes $55million towards a Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy and a $3.2 million workplace safety awareness campaign. It has also increased funding to the $3.7 million Quad Bike Safety Program and enhancing laws for working with hazardous chemicals.

Read more at: https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/news/media-release/driving-down-deaths-in-construction-industry

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Italian Construction Workers Make Valuable Find in Dig

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Construction work is anything but boring, you never know what a day on the job could bring. A group of Italian construction workers made an amazing discovery recently buried under a theatre in Como.

Construction workers were excavating an old theatre to make way for a new apartment complex when they found a jug in the mud. The pottery was cracked and revealed what seemed to be sparkling coins inside.

The coins discovered are believed to date back to the fifth century AD making this a massive historical and cultural find.

In fact Italian Cultural Heritage Minister Alberto Bonisoli said the entire area has proven to be archaelogically rich.

The precise value of the coins is unknown, because they are not a marketable commodity but you could describe them as priceless, especially given their excellent state of preservation.

Once experts have completed their examinations, the coins will be displayed in a museum.

Source: https://pickle.nine.com.au/2018/09/10/09/33/roman-coins-found-jug-como-italy-theatre

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Melbourne Crane Accident Results in One Fatality

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A Melbourne crane incident has led to the death of a worker and the injury of 2 more.

In addition to a fatality, one man was seriously injured and another suffered minor injury at the Box Hill site.

Paramedics said 2 of the men had been submerged and trapped in concrete after a container fell on top of them at the site. Emergency crews worked around the clock to free the men from the wet cement before it dried, rushing one to Melbourne Royal Hospital and the other to Box Hill hospital. The third man died on the scene.

The deceased worker was struck by the object as well as being partially submerged in the concrete. He sustained extensive injuries to his head, chest and abdomen as well as internal bleeding.

It took 40 firefighters as well as specialist urban search and rescue teams to free the men along with heavy rescue and high angle appliances.

Workers at the site including the crane driver were understandably traumatised by the incident.

Source:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-06/box-hill-melbourne-crane-accident/10208664

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