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SafeWork Australia Says 56 People Killed in Workplace Related Incidents Thus Far

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Workplace health and safety should be the main priority on every construction site, however taking into account the number of workplace fatalities that have occurred in the industry this year, this does not seem be the case.

The construction industry has lost 9 workers on the job this year so far and we’re only half way through the year. Last year a total of 11 construction workers were killed on the job.

Accross all sectors, 56 Australian workers were killed on the job this year, at a cost of $61.8 billion to the nation’s economy. But the real cost is to the many families whose loved ones will not be returning home because of accidents at work.

Read more at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/statistics-and-research/statistics/fatalities/fatality-statistics#year-to-date-2018-preliminary-worker

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The Inventions Making Construction Workers’ Lives Easier

Here’s a video of the latest construction inventions and technologies in action.

These are the developments making construction workers lives easier.

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Video of The Statue of Liberty Museum Under Construction

Watch the video of the official Statue of Liberty Museum Construction which took place over a 3 year period from 2016 and is finally at completion.

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Couple Build Their Off The Grid House from Start to Finish

This 20 minute video documents the journey of a couple that constructs their off-the-grid home from start to finish.

The couple builds everything,just the 2 of them, from start to finish. Let’s watch and see how it turns out.


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Report Claims Construction Workers on Government Transport Projects Stressed and Overworked

A report has revealed that white-collar workers working on the Andrews government’s huge pipeline of transport projects are being overworked to the point of near breakdown. The report showed stress and anxiety levels worse than that of many psychiatric patients.

The results of the survey were not made public but were leaked in a post on TheAge.com.au.

According to the post the survey of almost 700 professionals working on Victorian infrastructure projects found workers were expected to work extreme hours under constant deadline pressure which was endangering their mental health.

The workers analysed were working as engineers, managers etc. on major Victorian projects such as Metro Rail Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel and the level crossing removal program.

Read more at: https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/andrews-government-s-major-project-pipeline-pushes-workers-to-brink-20190517-p51ojg.html


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Company Fined $75,000 Following Serious Injury of Young Apprentice Worker

A builder from Toowoomba has been hit with a $75,000 fine after a teenage apprentice was injured in 2017.

The apprentice’s hand was lacerated from his pinky finger to the base of his thumb by a circular saw.

The apprentice Bodhii George Dunlop was 19 at the time when he was cutting pieces of timber between 2 utes when the incident occurred.

Following the incident the worker developed PTSD and depression and a report found he would struggle to complete the same “pre-injury tasks”, despite 10 operations to repair cuts, nerve and bone damage in his hand.

The apprentice’s employer pleaded guilty in the industrial division of the Toowoomba Magistrates Court to breaching the Work Health and Safety Act.

It was heard that as the apprentice reached down to grab the length of timber with his left hand to prevent it moving further or falling, the saw blade grabbed and jumped on the piece of timber, causing the moving blade to cut across the palm of his left hand from his little pinky finger to the base of his thumb.

The company was fined $75,000 and ordered to pay court costs of almost $2000. Source: https://www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/builder-fined-75-000-after-apprentice-s-palm-sliced-from-pinky-to-thumb-20190523-p51qae.html

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Construction Worker Hospitalised after accident in Glendale

An investigation by SafeWork inspectors is underway.

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12 Building Companies in The ACT issued with Stop Work Notices

Stop work notices were issued for non-compliance issues such as exposed steel reinforcements in concrete slabs, incorrect window flashing installations and timber-framing defects.

Access Canberra warned that appropriate supervision and quality control by builders could have prevented the issues altogether.

Read more at https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6138985/gungahlin-building-site-stop-work-notices-lifted/

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Safety Campaign Utilised Mother’s Worry to Raise Awareness

Mums are the latest weapon in the fight for construction site safety as one of the nation’s largest construction companies use mums’ worry to help spread the message of safety.
The new strategy to help keep workers safe is part of Lendlease plan to replace numerous safety messages that often clutter worksites with the message that ‘mum wants you home safe’.
The safety campaign which has won international awards follows the death of 18 year old apprentice Christopher Cassaniti who died during a scaffolding collapse at a Macquarie Park building site.
While the site had nothing to do with Lendlease, the construction giant has had its own share of construction accidents too in the past, prompting the campaign.

Find out more https://www.9news.com.au/national/workplace-accidents-lendlease-construction-mothers-worry-safety-message/28ba31c3-86d5-49e3-9a7b-13bb63905cf4

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Truck Rollover on Construction Site in Sydney leaves Man Trapped

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A major incident has taken place on a construction site on Sydney’s North Shore involving a truck that rolled and trapped a man underneath.
The incident took place on an excavated site, 30m below street level at 8:30am and emergency services were called to the scene at Christie Street, St Leonards.
The injured man was treated for leg injuries and transported to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.  Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-news-accident-st-leonards-building-site/c07750ee-60b4-4147-9c80-27b04f27988c
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