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Darwin Excavator Incident Claims Worker’s Life

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A Katherine man has been killed by an excavator on a worksite in Darwin.

The fatal incident occurred at a heavy equipment rental yard in Berrimah. It is being investigated by NT Police and NT WorkSafe officers.

The man was helping load a hired excavator fitted with a large bucket containing 2 smaller buckets and a ripper onto a flatbed trailer.

Mr Beaumont was standing on the trailer in front of the excavator when one of the smaller buckets dislodged, striking and killing him.

Dwayne Beaumont was recently remembered by his family as someone with “more life to give”. He was a beloved member of the Katherine community.

A series of workplace accidents in the state have prompted a WorkSafe review.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-30/dwayne-beaumont-workplace-incident-family-friends-mourn-aerotech/11058796

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Pinjarra Construction Site Fall – Plumber In Stable Condition

A plumber working on a Pinjarra construction site is in a stable condition after falling into a trench.

The 26 year old man was working in the Pinjarra Industrial Estate when he fell off a ladder into a 6 metre hole.

The plumber was extracted from the trench by a DFES Vertical Extraction team.

The man was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital and treated for suspected spinal injuries.

The incident is being investigated by WorkSafe.

See more at https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/plumber-in-stable-condition-after-pinjarra-construction-site-fall/

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Young Apprentice Fatality in Sydney- Company Had been Warned about Safety Before the Accident

Recent reports have emerged that reveal that safety concerns were raised at the Macquarie Park site where 18 year old Christopher Cassaniti was killed prior to the scaffolding collapse that resulted in his death.
A report by 60 Minutes indicated numerous emails had shown repeated warnings were made by the scaffolding company to the construction company, pointing out the safety breaches as far back as January 2018 with 2 of them warning that people may die as a result.
The company had allegedly received the warning after the scaffolding was thought to be tampered with and deemed unsafe. Reporters also have emails and photographs indicating overloading of the scaffolding with building materials and the premature removal of ties which secure scaffolding.
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Worker Dies After Electric Shock Incident on Sydney’s North Shore

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A man has died after suffering an electric shock while at work on power-lines on Sydney’s lower north shore.

Paramedics were called to the scene where they attended to the man who had suffered an electric shock.

The 39 year old man was treated at the scene and then rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition, where he passed away.

The man was an employee of Ausgrid.  Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/worker-dead-another-critical-after-sydney-scaffolding-collapse-20190401-p519mf.html

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Melbourne Family’s Lucky Escape after Crane Falls on House

A Melbourne family were lucky to escape injury after a crane collapsed onto their home, crushing half of the structure.

The family watched in terror as the roof of their home in Yarraville caved in as they sat just metres away.

The mobile crane fell onto the house causing major structural damage. The crane was being used to move a pre-fabricated house when it collapsed.

The inhabitants of the house were at a neigbour’s house at the time and managed to escape injury.

Reports say a crane driver was standing at the base of the crane, he and a crane rigger were assessed at the scene by paramedics. Both the men were cleared of serious injury.

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Police Search for Duo That Scaled Crane in Melbourne

Police are searching for 2 people who are accused of climbing a crane at a Melbourne CBD construction site recently.

The pair managed to evade police who searched the Collins Street building to no avail. Police are still trying to identify the climbers.

MFB crews were called to the scene and trams in Collins Street were brought to a halt during the incident.

Source: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/two-people-have-scaled-a-crane-on-a-building-site-in-melbournes-cbd/news-story/656750028bfa492e6bd213aeee888d2f

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The Technologies and Inventions Making Construction Easier

Construction is a dynamic industry and new inventions are revolutionising the industry everyday. In this video we see some of the technologies and inventions that are making the building industry better, increasing productivity and lowering costs.

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Video Showcases Construction Workers on The Job

If you enjoy watching construction underway, you’ll love this video of construction workers doing some innovative construction. Are they smart or just asking for trouble, watch the video and judge for yourself.

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Earthmoving Company Has Been Fined $90,000 After A Worker Crushed

The crushing incident involving a dump truck in 2016 has cost an earthmoving company $90,000.

A 26 year old worker was underneath the body of the dump truck when the incident occurred.

The Sydney-based earthmoving company supplies civil construction and plant hire services and was sentenced for failing to maintain a safe working environment for its employees.

SafeWork described the incident as avoidable, saying the dump truck was carrying 30 tonnes of soil that lowered onto the man who was an experienced repairer.

He was called in to inspect and repair the malfunctioning truck and was underneath the raised dump body at the time. The body of the dump truck was not properly locked, causing it to lower down on the repairer.

He suffered severe damage to his lower back and hands.

SafeWork said the worker should have been provided with adequate safety training for repair and maintenance work so that he could identify safety measures such as ensuring the dump truck body was secured in the maximum holding position by lever and locks.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/sydney-earthmoving-company-fined-worker-suffers-serious-crush-injuries/#.XLR9naQlE1k

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Construction Worker’s Skull Pierced by Steel Rod and He Miraculously Survives

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A construction worker from central India recently survived a horrific workplace accident that resulted in him being impaled through the skull with an iron rod.

The 21 year old worker was busy on site when he fell into a well and landed with a long iron rod through his skill from the right temporal region to the left frontal region.

The man miraculously survived and was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery that lasted about 90 minutes.  He was lucky to survive but this incident is a reminder of the the risks involved in construction work.

Read more at: https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/construction-worker-miraculously-survives-after-skull-pierced-by-iron-rod/news-story/ad83d1b992e431ed877533e5ce333592

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