Global Construction Skills Shortage


A recent appeal from the peak industry body, The Housing Industry Association (HIA), highlighted a looming skills shortage in the construction sector.

The HIA said further support was needed to help find construction industry talent from overseas.

According to The HIA’s Harley Dale, it is being made harder to qualify to bring in skilled labour from overseas, calling for a separate contractor visa that could be used to bring workers into Australia that are in short supply.

Dale said many small businesses involved in home building are already battling to recruit and train tradies and its become more expensive.

Company Fined $300,000 for Apprentice Electrocution Incident

A Melbourne electrical firm was recently convicted and fined $300,000 over an incident involving an apprentice in 2016.

The third year apprentice died from electrocution while laying cables at a property in Camberwell.

The company pleaded guilty to 2 charges for failing to ensure as far as reasonably practicable that the workplace was safe and without risk to health and for failing to supervise the worker.

The company was ordered to pay $6067 in costs.

The court heard that the 26 year old apprentice was sent to the property alone to install cables. He was working on the roof when his hand made contact with an exposed live wire and he was electrocuted.

An important lesson for employers here is that apprentice workers should be properly supervised at all times and particularly when engaging in high risk work such as work from heights.

In the construction industry it’s also crucial that workers are in possession of a White Card to prove they have completed general construction induction  training and have an idea of how to work safely on a construction site.

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Worker’s Fall Injury Results in Fines for 2 Companies

The consequences of failing to comply with health and safety regulations has come to the forefront following a case involving 2 businesses in Sydney.

The companies were fined more than $200,000 combined after a worker fell 2 stories on a construction site in Sydney.

The lack of proper safety guards led to the worker falling 2 stories and suffering horrific injuries, including multiple broken ribs and a fractured leg and ankle.

He underwent surgery and had to spend 2 weeks in hospital recovering.

Authorities said this type of incident is totally avoidable and therefore unacceptable.

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Apprentice Dies on Site in Victoria


The safety of workers, particularly new and young workers should take precedence on a work site and the evidence of what could happen if it doesn’t was brought into the spotlight by an incident that happened at a Melbourne work site recently.

A 20 year old apprentice worker was killed while working inside an open ended tank at a Cranbourne West business. It is believed the man was overcome by fumes while working in the confined space.

WorkSafe Victoria is investigating the incident however this death brings the number of workplace fatalities for the year to 21.

Apprentice workers should be properly trained before being instructed to undertake high risk work such as work in confined spaces or solitary work and should be properly supervised.


Builder Fined Over Apprentice Death

A building firm and its director, have been fined $88,000 following the 2013 death of a 21 year old apprentice at a Caulfield South site.

The building company and director pleaded guilty to one charge each of failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment.

The company was carrying out carpentry work at an apartment complex under construction when an apprentice installed first floor trusses and laid the first floor.The block wall was completed up to the second level where the apprentice and director were working when flooring sheets weighing a 1.76 tonnes were placed on the floor and the trusses collapsed.

The trusses then fell on to the first floor and then both floors collapsed to the ground. The director was injured and his apprentice was trapped under the debris and passed away at the scene. See more at

Teenager Crushed by Excavator on First Day at Work

A horrendous workplace accident has taken place on a construction site at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital where a young worker was crushed by an excavator on his first day at work.

The 16 year old lad is fighting for his life after the accident at an East Killara worksite recently.

The young worker suffered extensive chest injuries as well as injuries to his abdomen, pelvis and legs.

While the events that led to the accident have not become clear, it is believed the young man was on soft ground that may have saved his life as he came under excavator tracks.

The father of the minor was tracked down and police escorted him to the hospital.

The incident is under investigation with forensic officers having visited the scene with SafeWork.

This incident once again reminds us of how important training and supervision is for young workers.


Construction Apprentice Killed on Perth Site

Another construction fatality has occurred, this time claiming the life of a young 17 year old teenager on a Perth CBD worksite.

The boy was working at the old post office building in Perth at the time, installing a glass ceiling when he fell 12 metres from scaffolding.

He died shortly after being taken to Royal Perth Hospital.

The incident is under investigation.

Let’s ensure young people on our sites are properly trained and supervised to avoid these tragedies.

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Vic Government Creates Work for Apprentices

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As of the beginning of this year, at least 10 per cent of the workforce involved in major government funded projects will have to be made up of apprentices and trainees.

Government construction projects including Melbourne Metro Rail will have at least 10 per cent of its workforce consisting of engineering cadets, apprentices or trainees as part of a new requirement which came into effect on January 1.

The Major Projects Skills Guarantee applies to all major projects over $20 million which are funded completely or in part by the Victorian government.

There’s never been a better time for young people in the state to get into a career in construction but they will have to get a white card first. The White Card is the mandatory general safety training required for all construction workers in Australia.


Tasmania Needs to Double Apprentice Intake

A skills shortages in a number of fields is still hampering economic development in Tasmania, particularly in regional areas.

The construction industry is in


such a need of construction workers that a number of initiatives are being launched to help address the shortage including contacting apprentices that never completed their apprenticeships and offering employers incentives to hire these workers to complete their training.

They have also implemented a TasTafe training project to give workers job-ready training.

It is believed the number of apprentices in the state needs to double if we are to fill the gaps.


Safety Training in Australian Construction


An article on recently posed the question, how does Australia’s construction training measure up?

The writer highlighted that three out of every four vocational education providers audited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority  throughout the course of 2013/14 had not been able to demonstrate compliance with the standard for a registered training organisation (RTO).  Read the post here.

Choosing the right RTO is crucial to construction workers. We are a trusted and reputable RTO, preferred by thousands across the country, make sure that the White Card training you choose is offered by an experienced and credible RTO. Click here for more.