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The Workers Risking their Lives to Build India’s Homes

The risks being taken by workers in India to build the country’s homes, infrastructure and commercial buildings recently came under the spotlight in an article on BBC.com.

The post mentioned a number of workers including Mr Hasan, a construction worker who fell to his death at a site near Delhi. He should have been wearing a harness, a protective helmet, boots with a firm grip and should have an insurance policy against accidents.

Despite it being legally required for construction firms to provide these things to workers, most construction companies simply don’t.

In India many firms don’t follow the rules in order to save money and instead risk lives.

The post mentions 5 other workers who died in a similar manner to Mr Hasan and dozens more were seriously injured.

Unfortunately workers have no choice but to work under these conditions despite their fears because they need the work.

Read the full article at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46698626

Construction Site Manager Cleared of Blame over Irish Workers Deaths

The former construction site manager of the Perth site where 2 Irish tradies were tragically crushed by a massive concrete panel in N0vember 2015, has been cleared of charges by a magistrate.

The site manager had been in charge of the site where the 2 workers were employed, together with dozens of other workers.

The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court, after WorkSafe alleged he had neglected his duty by failing to ensure an exclusion zone was set up in the area where the 2 men were smoking when the concrete panel fell on them.

The magistrate said prosecutors had failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt and acquitted the site manager.

Source: https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/court-justice/jaxon-construction-site-manager-not-to-blame-for-irish-workersdeaths-ng-b881051162z

Worker Killed in Queensland Bulldozer Incident

One Queensland worker who was involved in a workplace accident on New Year’s Eve didn’t see 2019, he died after a dozer he was operating rolled from an elevated position.

The 49 year old man died at the Saraji open cut coal mine near Moranbah. The incident is being investigated by the Queensland Mines Inspectorate.

The company will also conduct an internal investigation and committed to sharing their findings in a transparent manner.

There were 190 workers killed on Australian worksites in 2018.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/worker-killed-dozer-incident-central-queensland-coal-mine/#.XEBUPs0lE1l

SafeWork SA Reminds Employers to Protect Workers from Summer Heat Hazards

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Summer is not over yet and SafeWork SA’s reminder to employers is to protect workers from summer heat hazards.

Employers with outdoor workers in particular, must take the necessary measures to manage the risks associated with heat stress and solar UV radiation.

SafeWork SA gave employers some suggestions to minimise the risks such as,

  • Adjusting workloads and schedules to avoid the times of day with most extreme temperatures such as midday.
  • Rotating work so that the hottest tasks are shared and rest breaks are increased.
  • Ensuring break areas are in shaded, cool areas and water is readily available to workers.

Employers also need to ensure workers are provided with the appropriate protective gear to minimise exposure to solar UV radiation.

Workers must apply sunscreen, wear protective clothing – loose clothing that covers the arms and legs, work in the shade and wear a hat.  Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/safework-sa-reminds-employers-protect-workers-summer-heat-hazards/

Canberra Light Rail Workers Forced to Labour in Extreme Heat

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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

Help Available for NSW First Time Workers

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.

Source: https://www.miragenews.com/help-and-advice-for-first-time-young-workers/

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.

Source: https://www.miragenews.com/help-and-advice-for-first-time-young-workers/

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

Expert Says Australia Must Embrace Industrialised Construction

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/

Australia’s Highest Paying Careers That Don’t Require a Degree

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.

Source: https://www.marieclaire.com.au/highest-paying-jobs-without-degree

Victorian Construction Accident- Worker Electrocuted

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.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/victorian-worker-electrocuted-roof/#.XGglRrglE1l

Advice for Handling Bullying on the Job

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