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Alarming Number of Construction Workers Affected by Suicide Annually

Each year more than 40 workers die due to suicide and more than 100 suffer permanent disability as a result of unsuccessful suicide attempts. This alarming practice is costing the community more than $355 million annually, and in addition to

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Men in Construction Struggling With Mental Health

A recent article on Couriermail.com.au explored the reasons why male construction workers are at a higher risk of suicide than females and males in other industries. Men rely on work as the principal source of their identity, so when their

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Exploring the Latest Excavation Equipment

A civil contractor in Mackay is trialling new automated earthmoving technology at its Richmond Hills Estate construction site, being described as “ground-breaking”. The company is trialling a new automated Komatsu PC210LCi-10 Hydraulic excavator, the first in Queensland. Komatsu describes the

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Labourer’s Serious Fall Injuries Results in Operations Manager Being Fined

An Operation Manager for a roofing company has been given a $7500 fine and ordered to pay costs of $517 over an incident which left a labourer with serious injuries. The worker fell through a skylight in September 2015. The

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Taskforce Established to Investigate Non-compliant Cladding in Victoria

The Victorian Government plans to establish an expert taskforce to examine the extent of non-compliant cladding on Victorian buildings after the Grenfell Tower Fire in London. The taskforce is aimed at helping the state identify and address non-compliant cladding and

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Scaffolding Collapses at North Melbourne Demolition Site

The scaffolding at a North Melbourne demolition site earlier this week collapsed, thankfully nobody was injured in the incident. The collapse, which happened on Monday morning involved three levels of scaffolding which fell from a building that was being demolished

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Worker Airlifted after Fall from Work Platform

We should never underestimate the risks of work from heights, even when working from an elevated work platform which seems relatively low, we must implement the necessary controls and safety procedures. Recently a man had to be airlifted to hospital

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Company Charged for Incorrect Storage of Explosives

A mining company has been issued a $20,000 fine in Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to insecure storage of explosives. WA Police discovered the theft of 100kg of explosives at the Higginsville gold mine near Norseman in the Goldfields,

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Excavator Incident Leaves Man Injured

An investigation by WorkSafe is underway following an incident involving an excavator which left one man seriously injured. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon when the excavator was being loaded onto a trailer. The machine flipped and fell on the

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Adelaide Crane Accident Claims Workers Life

Another crane accident has occurred, this time on the Darlington roadworks in Adelaide, claiming the life of a 35 year old man. The man was a contractor working at the site when he was run over by the crane. He

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