A recent report revealed that one third of people in Britain had experienced suicidal feelings. The stigmas associated with mental health are one of the reasons it has remained a taboo subject in the UK as it has in Australia, but in the construction sector, it is a major cause for concern, which is why we need to remove any negative stigmas attached to talking about it.
The report by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) called for societal change in the treatment of mental health and new rules for employers to treat stress and mental health risks as they do physical health and safety.
Unfortunately in Britain and in Australia, mental health is not given the same attention and care as physical health and safety, despite the negative consequences being well known.
The survey included 4600 UK adults and found that 3 out of 4 felt stressed and overwhelmed in the past year. Thirty two per cent of adults said they had experienced suicidal feelings due to stress. Sixteen per cent said they had self-harmed due to stress.Young adults and women were the most affected.
If you spend most of your day standing on the job you may want to take heed of a recent study out of Ontario Canada which found that standing for prolonged periods of time can be just as bad for your health and too much sitting.
While previous studies have revealed the dangers of prolonged standing at work as chronic back pain and musculoskeletal disorders, new research adds cardiovascular disease to the list.
Researchers found that prolonged standing at work can also lead to blood pooling in the legs, increased pressure in the veins and increased oxidative stress, all of which can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease.
Following an excavation collapse which left one 17 year old apprentice plumber with life-threatening injuries, a Victorian construction company has been convicted and fined $80,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,505.
The young apprentice had only been on the job for 18 days when he suffered collapsed lungs, 12 broken ribs, a fractured sternum, damage to his pancreas and a fractured shoulder after being partially engulfed when the excavation collapsed.
The court heard that the construction firm had been advised in a geotechnical report that the site was at a high risk of abnormal moisture conditions and that attention should have been given to ensure changes that soil moisture did not develop during construction. The company failed to do so, with the site having received 17mm of rain in the days leading up to the excavation collapse.
The company should have assessed the soil conditions properly and prevented the contractors from accessing the site until the wall was stabilised, the court heard.
WorkSafe WA and Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) have issued a safety alert on the importance of awareness of electrical hazards in roof spaces ahead of new regulations which came into effect on Monday 14 May 2018 in the state.
Changes to safety regulations require the main switch be switched off prior to work for reward being undertaken in ceiling spaces of domestic type buildings.
By law tradies will be required to switch the main off before entering the ceiling space.
The ban doesn’t apply to homeowners just yet but it is strongly recommended that they do the same.
A crane driver has been charged with manslaughter after an incident in August 2016 which claimed the life of a worker on a construction site.
The incident involved a mobile crane on the University of Canberra Hospital Construction Site in Bruce.
A number of operators, managers and supervisors who shared various responsibilities on the project were also charged.
The crane was being used to move an 11 tonne generator on the site when the worker was killed.
An extensive investigation revealed that there were significant system failures on site and that the safety of workers was not taken into account by the employer.
The investigation also showed that a number of people made poor decisions, repeatedly over time, in undertaking the lift, with the risk of serious injury or death being apparent, they however continued in their task.
As a result the mobile crane exceeded its design capabilities so that it overturned.