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Pay Attention to Mental Health in the Workplace

Construction employers are once again being urged to address mental health among workers following a revelation that construction workers are twice as likely to commit suicide than other members of the population. According to Mates in Construction research, 190 construction

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Get Ready for A Boom in Home Renos

The home renovations sector can expect a significant boost in activity over the next three years as homes built during the 1980s boom are renovated and upgraded. The sector is poised for an almost 3 billion dollar increase over the

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Tradespeople at Risk of Cancer from Construction Silica Dust

The Cancer Council Australia recently reminded workers involved in mining, farm work, construction and demolition that they are at risk of exposure to silica dust which is potentially cancer causing. Around 600,000 people are at risk of exposure to silica

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Sydney Skyline Makes it Australia’s Crane Capital

Sydney’s skyline is overrun by an impressive 350 cranes involved in mostly residential construction, giving it the nickname “Australia’s crane capital”. Around 109 Sydney suburbs have residential cranes operating at the moment with each crane an indication of the booming

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Director and Firm Face Charges after Worker Killed

Queensland companies should be mindful of tough new industrial manslaughter laws which recently passed in parliament to protect workers in the state. Under the law, negligent employers face severe penalties for workplace fatalities including 20 years imprisonment and corporate offenders

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Don’t Neglect Safety in the Lead-up to Christmas

As we look forward to closing for Christmas, let’s ensure we don’t let our guard down when it comes to safety on the work site, as this time of the year is known for a spike in workplace injuries. WorkCover

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Tradespeople Benefit from Construction Boom

The Tradie Price Index, a list compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au which ranks tradies pay in Australia indicates that the boom in residential construction on Australia’s east coast has led to the hourly rates of tradies soaring. In fact some tradies saw

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Ladder Fall Lands Elderly Man in Hospital

An elderly man fell from a ladder while doing roof work at a friend’s house near Curra, north of Gympie recently. The man, in his seventies had to be airlifted to hospital by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter after he fell

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WorkSafe Act Construction Site Audit Finds Non-compliance with Scaffolding

WorkSafe ACT recently conducted an audit of scaffolding on Canberra construction sites and discovered an number of serious non-compliance issues. A lack of protection from potentially deadly falls was just one of the issues uncovered as well as the revelation

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Construction Site Inspection Leads to Shutdown

Work on a construction site in the Coombs suburb of Kambah was halted by WorkSafe recently after an incident involving an excavator. Inspectors stopped work on the site while they carried out their investigations. It is believed a man injured

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