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.
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.
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.
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.
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.