Workers Warned of Extreme Heat Dangers

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A warning has been issued to workers about the dangers of working in high heat environments.

Although the reminder was issued by The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, it is a warning that people in construction trades should also heed.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Director Mines Safety Andrew Chaplyn  supervisors and workers need to understand the risks and symptoms of heat stress and report any signs to a supervisor.

Workers and employers must remember the seriousness of the issue, heat stroke can cause permanent brain damage as well as damage to other vital organs and possibly death.

People suffering from heat-related illnesses must get urgent medical treatment.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/warning-issued-dangers-working-extreme-heat/#.W_uYKeIlE1k

Festive Season Workplace Safety Warning Issued by WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria is reminding all workers and employers, across all industries to put safety first as 2018 comes to a close.

The safety watchdog said this time of year is usually marked by a spike in workplace injuries and fatalities. Typically the 2 month period between November and December account for 22.3 per cent of all workplace fatalities.

Between 2008 and 2017, there were 53 workplace fatalities.

Workers and employers were reminded not to let busy work schedules and tight deadlines cause them to compromise on safety. Also don’t allow the festive feeling to allow you to relax when it comes to safety.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/victorian-workplaces-reminded-stay-safe-lead-festive-season/#.W_uY9uIlE1k

National Asbestos Awareness Week Observed

During Asbestos Awareness Week, 19-25 November the dangers related to asbestos were highlighted, particularly to young tradespeople and apprentices who may not be familiar with the risks or what to do if they suspect exposure.

Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace visited year 10 students at Kelvin Grove State College’s Trade Training Centre highlighting the importance of asbestos safety.

She reminded them that there is no cure for mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis and there are other horrible conditions that can be contracted from exposure to asbestos.

It’s crucial that everyone is aware of the risks from students to apprentices to experienced tradespeople and foremen. It’s also important for people to know what to do if they suspect asbestos may be present.

Find out more at: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/national-asbestos-awareness-week-provides-focus-dangers-related-asbestos/#.XBKwaeIlE1l

Revolutionary New Construction material made from Unlikely Waste

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Researchers at a South African university have developed a way to make building materials using something we literally flush down the toilet every day.

Urine is the key ingredient in the construction of eco-friendly building materials, human urine that is.

The bio-bricks may be the sustainable alternative to the clay and concrete bricks that currently dominate the building landscape.

The technique used in the prototypes involved “growing” the bricks from urine, similarly to how seashells are naturally formed.The bricks take six or eight days to form.

The invention comes from 2 students and a lecturer at the University of Cape Town.

Read more at https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/inventions/world-first-human-urine-bricks-developed-in-south-africa-could-weevolutionise-building/news-story/8b674950e39a4c49987295eaaf067e7f

When The Weather Requires You to Down Tools

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An interesting post on Abc.net.au highlights the dilemma facing all  tradies working on construction sites outdoors, when are the weather conditions enough to down tools?

As tradepeople interviewed point out, deciding when to stop work due to the weather can be tricky given that you also still need to get paid.

Each state has its own workplace health and safety regulations, but often it is up to the person to decide whether it is safe to work in weather conditions. While there are a number of factors to consider such as time frame, type of work etc, ultimately it comes down to safety. If it’s not safe, it’s not worth continuing.

Read the article at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-16/how-to-mange-weather-in-construction-jobs/10083870

Keeping Workers Safe This Summer – WorkSafe Safety Warning

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The NT is one of the areas in Australia experiencing extremely hot temperatures prompting WorkSafe to issue a safety warning to businesses and workers to take precautions to avoid heat illnesses which can be deadly.

Heat related illness can present itself as heat rash, heat cramps, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

NT WorkSafe warned employers and workers to follow safety tips to help avoid heat related illness including,

  • drinking plenty of water,
  • using shade protection including a hat and suncreen,
  • ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is efficient for the work being done and the amount of sun exposure,
  • Try to schedule work for cooler times of the day and avoid the hotter hours
  • Equally distribute the work load amongst workers

For more information visit NT WorkSafe website

 

NSW Construction Safety Blitz Yields Promising Results

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The 12 month construction blitz conducted by SafeWork inspectors in NSW has been hailed as a success following 1258 notices being issued and 186 small businesses receiving rebates.

The blitz was aimed at reducing work from heights.

According to SafeWork NSW Executive Director, Tony Williams 1000 sites were visited, prompted by 9 workplace deaths in the state in 2017.  Alot more people were injured on construction sites due to falls from heights.

“Falls from heights is the number one killer on construction sites. We undertook a concentrated education campaign for tradies and provided rebates for small business,”

“Since the start of the blitz, we have given more than $86,000 of rebates to 186 small businesses to help them work safely at heights.

“While inspectors have observed troubling levels of non-compliance, they are working with employers to educate them and taking enforcement action where needed, including issuing on-the-spot fines. Williams explained.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/nsw-construction-safety-blitz-results-improved-safety/#.XBuR6s0lE1k

Mr Williams said inspectors issued 1258 notices to stop or improve work processes and 93 on-the-spot fines when the falls risk to workers was imminent or serious, and for repeat offender workplaces.

Since the start of the safety blitz, inspectors say they have seen an improvement of up to 9 per cent in compliance relating to work from height such as scaffolds, formwork, ladders, safety planning documents, site inductions, and toolbox talks. Mr Williams said the construction industry still has a long way to go to secure safety.

“Over the next two years, SafeWork will continue to work on those areas of highest risk in the construction industry. This includes working on roofs, ladders and non-compliant scaffolds, as part of a broader falls from heights action plan SafeWork NSW is releasing today,” Mr. Williams said.

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/nsw-construction-safety-blitz-results-improved-safety/#.XBuR6s0lE1k

More information on  the construction safety blitz and falls from heights action plan can be viewed at www.safework.nsw.gov.

Townsville Accident Claims Workers Life

Another fatal workplace accident has taken place, this time in Townsville, highlighting once again the risks associated with construction work.

A man has been killed in Bohle. It is believed he was hit by a falling pipe being unloaded from a truck.

Emergency services were called to the scene but pronounced the man, in his sixties, dead at the scene.

The incident will be investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

As we all return to work and commence with building projects, let’s make sure we’ve got our safety plans in place and all workers are properly trained in safety to avoid tragedies like this one.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/worker-killed-falling-pipe-townsville/#.XDurIc0lE1l

A List Of The Tallest Buildings In The World At The Moment

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China’s landscape has undergone a drastic overhaul thanks to the construction of 88 of the world’s tallest buildings in 2018 – buildings 200metres high and over.

In 2018 there were 143 buildings of 200 metres or more were built and 18 buildings constructed were over 300 metres high.

There are currently 1478 buildings 200 metres or more across the globe, with 88 of those buildings being completed by China in 2018.

The USA constructed the second most number of tall buildings in 2018 with 13 buildings constructed.

Dubai still holds the record for the tallest building – The Burj Khalifa at 828 metres.

The second tallest building is the Shanghai Tower standing at 632 metres with theMakkah Royal Clock Tower standing at 601 metres high.

Source: https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2018/12/20/worlds-tallest-buildings-2018/