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Confined Space Incident Claims the Life of Apprentice Worker

The health and safety of apprentices on work sites has been highlighted by a tragic incident at a Melbourne worksite. A 20 year old apprentice worker died while working inside an open-ended tank. The man became overcome with the fumes

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Safety Toolkit Focuses on Young Worker Wellbeing

A new safety toolkit has been introduced by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, focusing on young workers. This is an important safety tool given than 18 per cent of the state’s labour force is made up of workers between 15

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Employers, Beware of Apprentice Safety Around High Risk Sites

Late last year there were 2 early career apprentices badly injured on ACT construction sites, prompting Skills Canberra to submit a written request to employers that school based apprentices not be involved in any high risk activities on construction sites.

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Electrician Charged for Bullying Apprentice

An electrician who bullied an apprentice has been cautioned by a Melbourne magistrate that “we’re not in the 1950s anymore”. The man from Clyde North harassed and stalked his young apprentice over a 2 year period, where he used explicit

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WorkSafe ACT investigating 2 Workplace Injuries

It may be the holidays but that doesn’t mean WorkSafe ACT aren’t being kept busy. They are currently investigating 2 workplace injuries, prompting the authority to issue a reminder to the construction industry to “put safety first”. One incident involved

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Builder Who Bullied Young Apprentice Receives $12,500 Fine

A builder in Geelong has been fined $12,500 after repeated incidents of bullying. WorkSafe Victoria said the builder repeatedly bullied his teenage apprentice over the course of 2 years until he left in April 2015. The young apprentice was the

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How Do You Get a High-paying Education Minus The Debt – An Apprenticeship

A recent article on ContractorMag.com discussed the skills gap in The United States that apprenticeships could help narrow. Although the article was discussing the American situation, the same can be said of the situation here in Australia. With a booming

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Guaranteed Apprentice Spots in Vic Government’s Big Projects

Builders involved in the larger government projects in Victoria including the Melbourne MetroRail will have to ensure that at least 10 per cent of their workforce is made up of apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets. As of the 1st of

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Hottest Days This Summer Yet to Come

SafeWork SA is reminding employers that our hottest days this summer are yet to come and measures need to be taken to protect workers. They urged employers to make sure the work environment presents no risk to health and safety

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Beware the Consequences of Heat Stress

We must all be mindful of the consequences of heats stress especially those of us working long hours, outdoors in the direct sun. As Adelaide apprentice was the latest victim of the extreme heat after he collapsed due to heat

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