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Construction Site Fall Leaves Man Critical

WorkSafe Victoria recently confirmed an incident at Merricks North on the Mornington Peninsula involving a 69 year old painter who suffered critical head injuries after falling 4 metres. The incident happened on Sunday when the man was painting at the

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In Wake of Fires, SafeWork NSW Waives Notification Timeframe

Asbestos debris can be immediately cleaned up following bushfires in NSW, after SafeWork NSW waived its 5 day asbestos removal work notification timeframe. Usually the 5 day timeframe is in place to allow SafeWork to review the adequacy of safety

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Inquiry Into How Banned Asbestos is Getting Past Customs

A senate inquiry has heard that banned asbestos, and other hazardous building products are making their way past custom officials and into Australia, to be used in Australian homes and buildings. A submission made to the inquiry by the national

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Construction Employment’s Positive Outlook

Employment within the construction sector across Australia is strong and according to recruiters both tradespeople and professionals are in high demand. The high number of residential projects underway across Australia has something to do with it, as does the vast

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Suicide Among Construction Workers Targeted by Prevention Program

  The sad truth is that tradespeople in Australia are 6 times more likely to commit suicide than to die in an onsite accident, so why don’t we pay more attention to worker mental health and depression? MATES in Construction

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Construction Workers on Road Works Being Endangered

The CFMEU has accused contractors involved with work on Pacific Highway upgrades of putting the safety of road construction workers at risk by failing their duty of care. The union says contractors on North Coast roads projects of neglecting safety

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Victoria’s Construction Costs Slammed

A new research paper has found that labour costs per square metre in Melbourne are some of the highest in the world. In fact the only place that has higher costs is New York, thanks to enterprise bargaining agreements in

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Construction Employment Outlook Strong in Canberra for 2017

There’s really good news for tradies looking for work in the ACT, according to recruiters. It has been predicted that  the demand for construction skills in 2017 will be very strong. The construction growth and boost in employment in the

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Arsonists Believed to Be Behind Building Site Blaze

An arsonist is believed to be behind a construction site fire at a complex at Dunstan Street, Melbourne’s south-east. The flames spread within minutes and almost spread to the 2 storey building next door. The blaze took 50 firefighters to

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What You Need to Know About The ABCC

The legislation to reinstate the construction watchdog, The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) was passed in December and there have been reactions from the industry. While employers and Master Builders Australia have welcomed the legislation, which they say will

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