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Focus on Asbestos Dangers

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November 19-25 was Asbestos Awareness Week and provided an opportunity for the industry to focus on the risks associated with asbestos exposure.

This is a particularly important issue for the construction and renovation industries where the risks of coming into contact with asbestos from old building materials is high.

While asbestos has been banned from use in Australia, older buildings may still have asbestos containing materials and workers may be exposed when doing renovations or demolitions.

Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace said Asbestos Awareness Week was a chance to raise the alarm on the risks of asbestos.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/national-asbestos-awareness-week-provides-focus-dangers-related-asbestos/#.XBKwaeIlE1l

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Man Suffers Fatal Injuries Unloading Truck at Perth Site

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A man has suffered a fatal injury at a site in Perth’s south-east while unloading a truck.

The middle-aged man was unloading steel pipes at a Welshpool worksite when the incident occurred.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and the man was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

The incident is being investigated by WorkSafe.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/perth-man-dies-workplace-incident/#.W_uYluIlE1k

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Residents Blame Westconnex for Depression and Asthma

The WestConnex project in Sydney’s inner west is the source of more controversy, this time due to the noise and air pollution emitted from the site.

Residents say the huge road construction project is causing depression and breathing problems including asthma.

One resident, a psychologist says the WestConnex construction is causing her depression, another resident says the project has caused asthma in her child.

Despite residents’ claims, NSW Roads and Maritime Service says air quality standards for the project are best in the world.

Residents have given evidence at a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the impact of WestConnex, providing evidence that the noise and air pollution caused by the construction process is affecting their mental and physical health.

Read more at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-15/westconnex-construction-causing-depression-asthma-residents-say/10479480

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Protecting Workers from Construction Dust/ Silica

The importance of protecting workers on construction sites from construction dust/ silica has been in the spotlight lately and for good reason, the consequences can be fatal.

This video case study of a former stoneworker who is currently suffering from silicosis should serve as a major wake-up call to employers who aren’t protecting their employees as well as to workers who aren’t doing what’s needed to protect themselves.

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Company’s $22k Fine Over Apprentice’s Serious Injury

A company in Western Australia was fined $22,000 over a fall incident that happened in 2017.

The incident involved an apprentice who fell 6 metres from a trestle scaffold and sustained serious injuries. He was a part of a team completing work on a 2 storey timber-frames house in Two Rocks.

He suffered serious facial injuries that required surgery to insert a steel plate in his cheek, as well as a fractured left wrist and concussion.

The builder responsible for the apprentice pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and fined.

WorkSafe WA reminded all employers of the importance of always taking the necessary precautions to prevent falls in the workplace.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/builder-fined-22k-apprentices-serious-injury/#.W-l6SuIlE1k

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Young Workers Urged to Get Involved in Health and Safety

WorkSafe New Zealand introduced a new campaign encouraging young workers to speak up for each other.

The campaign titled ‘Be A Safe Guy’, involving the young comedian D’Angelo Martin, focuses on Māori male workers, who are at the greatest risk of work injury in New Zealand.

WorkSafe admits speaking up can be hard but when all workers get involved in health and safety, everyone benefits.

The campaign also states that one of the most effective ways people can stay safe is by talking to each other.

In the campaign which includes videos, posters,  radio adverts and billboards, D’Angelo says, ‘However you say it, be a safe guy – ahakoa o korero, kia haumaru tonu koe’.”

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/10/safe-guy-campaign-urges-young-workers-get-involved-health-safety/#.W-l9M-IlE1k

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What it Takes to Construct Sydney Metro Rail

It seems the Sydney Metro Rail has been under construction forever but while it can be an inconvenience if you live or commute around the area, this is what it really takes to complete the mammoth project.

In this video you can see crews embark on tunneling under Sydney Harbour, just one of the many in-depth processes that goes into the massive construction project.

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Tragic Accident on Perth Construction Site

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A construction worker was killed when he fell into a trench filled with water at a site in Perth’s western suburbs.

Workers on site tried desperately to try to save the man who had fallen into a 3m deep ditch and became trapped.Witnesses say they heard the man screaming that his leg was stuck.

While colleagues of the man tried to save him by getting into the water and trying to pull him out, he did not make it. Emergency crews arrived and took 8 hours to retrieve the body.

Find out more: https://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/a-tragic-accident-has-unfolded-at-a-construction-site-in-perth/news-story/234b264fe453cc3cab70508241ec8c55

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Queensland Aims to Improve Safety in the Workplace

Queensland’s Work Health and Safety Board have developed a plan to tackle safety in the state.

The peak advisory board to the Queensland government on work health and safety issues has developed the 5 year plan in response to the recommendations of the Best Practice Review into Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

According to Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace there are 4 main areas that the plan will hone in on over the 5 year period, namely embracing innovation and technology, designing healthy and safe work, fostering a culture of health and safety and regulating effectively.

The development of the plan is one of just 58 recommendations of the Best Practice Review into Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Ninety per cent of recommendations made have been fully implemented or are underway.

Read more at https://safetowork.com.au/qld-aims-to-improve-safety-in-the-workplace/

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Government Should Do More to Shake Up Male Dominated Construction Industry

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A recent article on Abc.net.au highlighted the importance of shaking up the male dominated construction industry, with men making up 88% of the construction work force.

The construction trades workforce is made up of 99 per cent males and 86 per cent of construction managers and professionals.

Women are also quicker to leave the industry and rarely make it to management positions. Women leave the construction industry 38 per cent faster than men.

The main deterrent to women is the long hours, sexism,lack of support to return to work.

Government has prioritised initiatives that focus on women in construction, mainly tradeswomen.  For example in NSW the government intends to introduce gender “targets” for tradeswomen working on state infrastructure projects. They hope to double the number of tradeswomen from 1 per cent to 2 per cent.

See more at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-17/women-in-construction-goverment-can-do-more/10382932

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