There’s nothing like a construction time-lapse video to highlight the marvels of modern construction and design, watching a building being erected from nothing into something people live, work and shop in, and this video is no different. Let’s watch and enjoy.
A fatal workplace electrocution has taken place in Melbourne’s outer-west at a house in Plumpton.
A 19 year old man died after being electrocuted while working on the roof of a house. The man was installing an air-conditioner on the roof of a 2 storey home when the electrocution occurred.
Not much more is known about the incident but WorkSafe is investigating.
This death brings the total to 3 workers who have been killed at work since the start of the year.
Construction workers on Canberra’s light rail network recently had to work in near 40 degree heat, despite the construction union pushing for a deal for workers to stop working when temperatures reach 37 degrees.
Workers had to endure 39 degrees recently while working on the government funded light rail project, in attempts to stop delays to completion of the first stage of the project from Gungahlin to the city.
This comes just days after WorkSafe ACT Commissioner Greg Jones went on the radio and urged businesses and employees to take of each other and themselves as temperatures soared. He highlighted the construction industry in particular as well as other exposed sectors. See more https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/canberra-light-rail-workers-on-shift-in-near-40-degree-heat-20190116-p50rqj.html
As many young people enter the workforce in 2019, it’s important that they have access to help and advice to face the challenges of life on the job site, particularly for those entering trade fields.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean recently announced the SafeWork Young Workers eToolkit which he said is a resource to help more than 500 000 young workers across the state of NSW.
As Mr Kean highlighted, it can be daunting starting work for the first time especially for young people who are inexperienced and eager to please. Young people often don’t know their rights when it comes to workplace health and safety issues like harassment or bullying, that is why the toolkit can prove so helpful.
The toolkit is a free-to-access tool which also has real life stories and advice for young workers.
Mr Kean explained,
“It’s often hard enough for older workers to have confidence when dealing with workplace health and safety issues, let alone young people entering the workplace for the first time.
Some of the issues that the toolkit covers includes bullying, abuse by customers, injuries at work and mental health issues.
The toolkit is important because this group of workers has been identified as ‘at risk’. In 2017 there were six fatalities involving people under the age of 25 in NSW.
In the 2015-2016 more than 13,000 temporary disability and 3 permanent disability claims were made by young workers.
“These statistics are devastating. We want to make sure young workers, their supervisors and employers have the best information possible to avoid tragedies in the workplace,” Mr Kean said.
“The last thing we want to see is new workers being put in dangerous situations, especially if it’s the first job they’ve ever had.
“It’s essential that businesses provide refresher training and adequate supervision all year round. This should include things like induction programs and safety training, so young workers understand safety policies and procedures.
For those entering the construction industry for the first time, whether young or old, it’s important not only that they are supervised until they are more at ease and comfortable with the work involved, but that they are adequately trained. Training for the construction industry is not just task specific or site specific, while these are important – general construction induction training is mandatory for all workers.
General construction induction training or how to work safely in the construction industry training is a basic requirement mandated by the federal government in 2012 when workplace health and safety laws were unified. It’s important that employers ensure all workers, are in possession of a white card, the proof that they have completed this induction safety training. For more visit www.whitecardonline.com.au
According to experts, if we want to reduce building times and costs, we need to embrace industrialised construction.
In the post on Sourceable.net the writer highlights how having a building’s components pre-cut in a factory can drastically reduce turnaround time. For example with traditional construction methods a company may take around 51 weeks to deliver a 4 storey project, while using pre-cut components could reduce that to just 5 weeks on site – it’s the ‘mass production’ approach to construction.
While these techniques have become popular overseas, they are now slowly being introduced here in both Brisbane and Melbourne.
But how does industrialised construction work and how will it transform Australia’s building sector, the writer asks. For the answers read the full post on https://sourceable.net/australia-must-embrace-industrialised-construction/
A company has been fined over the deaths of 2 Ballarat workers that died last year in March when the trench they were working in collapsed.
The incident was investigated by WorkSafe who alleged that the company had failed to properly supervise its employees and did not provide the appropriate safety equipment, as a result one man was instantly killed while the other died in hospital after being buried waist deep in the trench.
The families of the 2 workers are campaigning for the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws.
This tragedy should serve as a warning to other companies about the risks of failing to provide a safe working environment for employees and the importance of supervision when high risk work is being undertaken.
If a degree isn’t in the cards for you, that doesn’t mean you cant make a good living. In fact a number of career paths are available to people who prefer not to study at university particularly in the trade fields.
More and more industries are focusing on experience rather than education and a recent post by global jobs site Indeed highlighted the highest paying jobs in Australia that don’t require a degree.
Interestingly construction managers are at the very top of the list, earning on average $155,463 – a staggering 90% higher than the national average.
Other high paying non-degree jobs include fitness manager, sales manager, environmental health and safety officer, maintenance manager, HR managers, software engineers, real estate agents, pilots, an ethical hacker and construction manager.
Construction managers plan and direct building projects, managing staff and specialised contractors. This career can be reached with experience and a completed Certificate and Diploma in Building and Construction.
Tragedy has struck in Melbourne’s outer west where a young worker was killed while working in the roof of a house.
The 19 year old was electrocuted while apparently installing an air-conditioner on the roof of a 2 storey Plumpton home.
This fatality brings the state’s workplace death toll to 3 since the start of the year.
This incident highlights the importance of safety when work from heights is being undertaken. Despite falls from heights being the main cause of injury and death on worksites, it is still a part of workplace health and safety that is often overlooked, across all industries.
Another area of concern is the training and supervision of new and young workers.
An interesting article on PerthNow.com.au discussed what to do when you are being bullied on a work site and in particular what to do when that bullying comes from your boss.
Workplace bullying is described as the repeated and unreasonable behaviour that creates a risk to the health and safety of employees.
Workplace bullying can occur between anyone at work, it is even more complicated when it involves an employee and their manager or supervisor.
In this regard recognising what is unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour is very important.
The article’s writer provided a list of red flags that employees can look for if they suspect their boss is bullying them including verbal abuse, threatening and inappropriate behaviour. If they regular yell, swear or make jokes at your expense on a regular basis, this constitutes bullying. Behaviour like this in front of co-workers can make people feel humiliated.
Bosses who bully also usually invade personal space and try to intimidate their employees.
Sometimes more sinister tactics are employed involving work, such as setting unrealistic deadlines or undermining work performance or even setting tasks that you don’t have the knowledge or skill to complete.
Isolating and excluding people from key meetings or team gatherings may also constitute bullying.
Some bosses may even spread malicious rumours to make co-workers shun the victim of their abuse.
Once you recognise that you are being bullied, you must decide what course of action to take. To learn more read the article on https://www.perthnow.com.au/business/workplace-matters/what-to-do-when-your-boss-becomes-a-bully-ng-b881088582z
The NSW Government announced a crackdown on dodgy building certifiers, saying any corrupt certifiers would be barred from the industry.
The recent debacle involving Sydney’s Opal Tower, when a crack was discovered in a precast concrete panel inside the building, a full investigation was launched by government. Fears that the building was unstable prompted evacuation, at a time when the government is under pressure to ensure safety of buildings in Sydney.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean warned dodgy certifiers that they will be found and have the book thrown at them.
Under a new disciplinary policy, corrupt certifiers will be immediately kicked out of the industry, Kean warned. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/crackdown-dodgy-building-certifiers-way/#.XFgfQ80lHQV