Brick Wall Collapses on Construction Worker

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Another construction accident has taken place, this time on a construction site south of Brisbane.

The construction worker involved is recovering in hospital after he was crushed when a brick wall fell.

The construction worker, aged in his fifties fell about 2 metres from scaffolding when the brick wall collapsed.

He suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Workplace Health and Safety are investigating the incident that happened at the Capalaba construction site.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/sand-gravel-company-fined-125k-following-apprentices-serious-injury/#.W7IBKvYlE1k

Construction Worker injured at Blacktown Hospital

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A serious accident has taken place on a construction site at Blacktown, resulting in injuries for one construction worker.

The man is in a serious but stable condition since falling 3 metres onto concrete while working from height at Blacktown Hospital recently.

The 29 year old man sustained a severe head injury in the fall and was attended to by CareFlight’s rapid response rescue personnel.

The man was treated at the scene and placed in an induced coma to stabilise his breathing before transporting him by road ambulance to Westmead Hospital.

Falls from heights, even those perceived as “low” can result in serious injuries. Find out more http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/story/4986974/construction-worker-severely-injured-at-blacktown-hospital/

2017 Hasn’t Been Good for Workplace Health and Safety

The construction industry has been responsible for an alarming number of workplace fatalities this year, together with the transport, postal and warehousing industry and the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry.

The construction industry had the third highest number of fatalities, 13 so far.

Recent Safe Work Australia figures indicate that 76 Australian workers have been killed so far in 2017.

In the  Transport, postal & warehousing industry 30 workplace fatalities have taken place.

Agriculture, forestry & fishing workplaces have seen 15 fatalities this year.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/06/seventy-six-australian-workers-killed-2017/#.WUwqI8YlEl1

Worker Paralysed, Company Director Fined

A director has learned  the hard way about the importance of employee safety, after being fined $12,500 in addition to the company’s $37,500 fine for an incident that left a worker a tetraplegic.

The company and its director failed to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of its employee while at work. The man was struck on the back by a part of a harvester while he was unloading it from a truck, at a remote location in March 2016.

The incident left the man a tetraplegic, in need of 24 hour care.

Despite the harvester being in use since 1996, the company and director did not follow basic health and safety management practices, WorkSafe said. Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/company-director-fined-incident-left-employee-paralysed/#.WUkbD8YlEl1

Worker Almost Crushed on Superway Worksite

A horrendous crane and elevated work platform crash has resulted in a massive fine for the builder involved.

The Australian building company was fined $280,000 for major safety violations discovered by the federal work safety regulator Comcare.

The regulator embarked on an intensive investigation which found inadequate communication and isolation measures on the part of the builder and inadequate supervision, instruction and training.

Comcare said the worker was lucky to escape serious injury and possibly death given the circumstances.

The incident occurred when 2 large portal cranes were loading sections of a road bridge onto trucks when one of the cranes collided with an elevated platform, forcing the worker to try to leap out as the basket he was in buckled but his harness was holding him in. The man just managed to lean out of the basket and avoid being crushed as the crane stopped just in time.

Read more at http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/building-giant-john-holland-fined-280000-over-crane-crash-20170529-gwfpem.html

Construction Worker Killed on The Job

Another construction death has occurred, this time at a hospital construction site in Adelaide.

The worker had been using a jackhammer at the work site before he died on Wednesday afternoon, prompting questions about whether he should have been working with a jackhammer.

The 55 year old man was working at the Flinders Medical Centre when the incident occurred at the car park site.

Aaron Cartledge of the SA CFMEU said workers who had witnessed the death were very troubled, especially those who had witnessed workers die at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The union has called for a full investigation into the incident, with Cartledge saying they were not willing to just accept the death as natural.

Read more at http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/workers-reeling-from-sa-construction-death/news-story/f8a093786d78763a800c4e19ead34eae

Construction Worker Who Fell to Death Was Not Wearing a Harness

ventilation-shaftThe construction worker who fell down a ventilation shaft on a Perth construction site was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident.

In fact the worker had apparently just removed the harness a short time before the accident, the builder says.

The German backpacker had been working on the site for the last 6 months.

The CFMEU has spoken out since the accident, saying untrained backpackers should not be used to conduct dangerous construction work.

Since the incident, The Master Builders Association has also expressed concerns about safety.

Find out more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-11/german-construction-worker-who-fell-to-death-not-wearing-harness/7922222

Unions Planned Strikes against Contractor Banned

281916-cfmeu-marchThe Fair Work Building Commission has successfully brought an injunction against the CFMEU in Federal Court, temporarily banning a planned month long spate of strikes outside sites run by a major Brisbane builder.

The watchdog alleges several CFMEU officials targeted 9 of the builders’ sites and disrupted work 15 times in the last few months.

The union has been accused of disrupting crucial works on sites such as concrete pouring by conducting meetings without notice, lasting 2 hours. Workers are permitted to attend these “information meetings” as part of their enterprise bargaining agreement.

The dispute between the union and the builders revolves around the builder not consulting with the union and using non-EBA subcontractors.

The injunction was for a limited time only and expired on October 11, at 4:15pm.

Read more at https://sourceable.net/cfmeu-qld-strikes-against-builder-banned/

Man in Hospital After Being Impaled at Work

Photo source: 7 News
Photo source: 7 News

The second serious construction accident in 2 days took place on September 26 at a construction site in Sydney’s north, involving a 24 year old construction worker who had his leg impaled by a piece of steel.

The worker fell from a construction site and landed on the steel, which pierced through his left thigh at a worksite in Pymble.

The worker was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

SafeWork NSW is apparently investigating the accident at the Pymble site.

Source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/32728891/sydney-man-in-hospital-after-impaling-leg-at-construction-site/

Why You Need to Ensure Visitor Safety

wall-collpase-Royal-Park-Hotel-600x400A commonly overlooked part of work health and safety in the construction sector is the adequate protection of visitors to the building site.

Protection of guests involves more than simply handing them a hard hat, although this is an important consideration. Visitors to any given site may be at risk of  a number of injuries caused by falls from heights, slips, trips and falls, being run over by a construction vehicle, being hit by a falling object or machinery, to name a few.

When developing the site safety plan, its crucial that those responsible consider visitors to the site, anticipate who they may be and there purpose and the types of risks they may face.

It’s also important that sites are properly secured to prevent unathorised entry. Most recently there have been calls for Pokemon Go players to be kept off construction sites after a number of players endangered themselves and others by entering dangerous sites.

Read more at http://www.healthandsafetyhandbook.com.au/pokemon-go-warning-from-health-and-safety-regulator/