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Man Trips and Becomes Impaled on Steel Bar at Work Site in Gosford

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Have you addressed all slip, trip and fall hazards on the work site? A serious workplace incident that happened recently is an example of the consequences of failing to do so.

A freak accident at a Gosford construction site has left a man in serious condition in hospital.

The worker tripped and fell while working at the site and became impaled on a steel reinforcing bar.

According to reports, the man was working on the 8th floor of the building site when the incident occurred.

The worker, believed to be in his thirties, tripped and fell to the floor below and onto a steel bar.

Emergency personnel arrived on the site and freed the man from the steel bar and treated him at the scene before transporting him to Gosford Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The incident is being investigated by SafeWork.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/worker-impaled-falling-gosford-construction-site/#.XGqp7LglE1l

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Young Worker Dies while working on Sydney Roof

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An accident at a Sydney south-west site has claimed the life of a 24 year old man.

The man died as a result of electrocution at a factory in Moorebank.

Emergency services was called to the site after receiving reports of a man who was electrocuted. He was working alongside 4 others when the fatal incident occurred.

The 4 men were rescued from the roof while the 24 year old man remained trapped and was not able to be freed until the power was turned off. He was eventually reached but paramedics were not able to revive the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another worker was taken to Liverpool Hospital for treatment of leg burns.

The 3 other men were treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics on the scene.

See more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/worker-electrocuted-roof-sydney-factory/#.XGqlJrglE1k

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NSW Government Crackdown on Dodgy Building Certifiers

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Dodgy building certifiers are at the source of the NSW Government’s latest construction crackdown, who announced it would target corrupt building certifiers after the Sydney Opal Tower incident. Recently the Opal Tower was evacuated after a crack was discovered in a precast concrete panel inside the building. Fears that the building was unsafe caused an evacuation.

The government has been under increasing pressure to ensure the safety of buildings in Sydney, particularly in light of the number of buildings that have sprung up in recent years.

Certifiers that are corrupt will be thrown out of the industry if they are discovered. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the government was looking into buildings that were recently constructed or those currently being built. He promised the government would throw the book at any offenders caught.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/crackdown-dodgy-building-certifiers-way/#.XFgfQ80lHQV

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Workers on Canberra Light Rail Work in 40 Degree Weather

The hot weather isn’t behind us yet and the construction union is calling for workers to stop work when temperatures reach 37 degrees.

Recently construction workers on Canberra’s light rail network were forced to work in 39 degree heat.

The government funded project is trying to prevent further delays to completion of the first stage of the project from Gungahlin to the city.

Recently WorkSafe ACT commissioner called on employers and workers to ensure safety in the extreme temperatures especially in construction and other ‘exposed’ sectors.

Read more at https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/canberra-light-rail-workers-on-shift-in-near-40-degree-heat-20190116-p50rqj.html

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Careers That Require CPR Training

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If you’re involved in construction work or if you’re an electrician, first aid training or CPR is required.

Not only do these skills help make you more attractive to prospective employers, making your resume stand out from the rest, it’s also invaluable in a high risk work environment such as construction.

In a high risk work environment such as construction, there are many instances where injuries and fatalities can happen. This makes the ability to act crucial and provide injured co-workers with prompt first aid treatment vital.

Electricians are also exposed to a high risk work environment where the risks include electric shock, fires, explosions, falls etc. CPR training can mean the difference between life and death in this environment.

Read more https://bestinau.com.au/careers-that-require-cpr-or-first-aid-training/

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Man Injured After Falling from Wall in NSW

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A worker has been injured after falling from a retaining wall on New South Wales central coast.

The 56 year old man was apparently doing some gardening at his own home in Avoca Beach when he fell 3 metres off the wall.  He had to be airlifted to hospital after sustaining back, chest and head injuries.

The man was stabilised at the scene before being flown to Royal North Shore Hospital by CareFlight’s rapid response helicopter. As this incident highlights, even falls from relatively low heights can result in serious injuries and the risks shouldn’t be ignored.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/man-injured-falling-wall/#.XGgip7glE1l

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Cancer Council Urges Employers to Standup for Employee Health

Employers in Queensland have been encouraged to make employee health more of a priority as figures show 4 in 10 adults aren’t active enough.

The Cancer Council Queensland says sedentary behaviour has come out as an important risk factor for poor health and the risk is highest for workers whose work involves sitting at least some of their time.

It’s important that employers incorporate healthy lifestyle environments into workplaces to promote wellness, the Cancer Council Queensland said.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/queensland-workplaces-urged-stand-employee-health/#.XGgXw7glE1l

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Fall from Height Incident Claims Workers Life in Victoria

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Another workplace fatality has taken place involving work from height at a business in Victoria.

A man, believed to be in his late 60s fell to his death while cleaning a refrigeration unit at a business in Mordialloc.

The man fell 6 metres and died at the scene.

WorkSafe is investigating.

This latest fatality brings the state’s workplace death toll to 5, just 2 months into 2019.

Falls remain the most common cause of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/worker-dies-falling-height-victoria/#.XFhXP80lHQU

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Overdue Pay Prompts Construction Worker to Destroy Newly Built Hotel Lobby

A dispute over pay led to serious destruction at a site in the UK.

a construction worker went to extreme measures when he wasn’t paid on time, destroying the lobby of a newly built hotel.

Police are investigating after the man used a construction vehicle to destroy the reception area of the Liverpool, UK hotel because his pay was overdue.

The incident was caught on video, showing the worker using an excavator to ascend a small set of steps before clawing his way into the building, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

The scorned worker can be seen using the machine’s crane arm to scrape tiles and wires from the ceiling.

The man fled the scene after destroying the building over about 20 or 30 minutes, police said.

He claims to have been owed £600 – equal to about $1090 AUD by his employers.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/construction-worker-destroys-hotel-lobby-with-heavy-equipment-20190123-p50t4u.html

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NSW Government Warns About Work in Confined Spaces

SafeWork NSW has warned about the dangers of confined spaces because they aren’t usually designed as places for people to work, so they have poor ventilation and promote hazardous atmospheres, particularly in smaller spaces.

A lack of oxygen, an explosion as well as airborne contaminants are all risks that can prove fatal in a confined space.Examples of confined spaces include trenches, tunnels, tanks and vats, pits, pipes, chimneys, silos, sewers, shafts, wells and pressure vessels, so it’s quite common for construction workers to have to work in confined spaces and for these spaces to become deadly if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Watch here to see how quickly a confined space can become dangerous in this video from WorkSafe Canada.


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