Welding Sparks Fire on Darling Downs Construction Site

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Source: www.theguardian.com

A small fire started on a construction site in Greenmount yesterday.

Rural Fire Brigade and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were called to the site around 1pm on Tuesday and found that a small fire had erupted, probably due to welding sparks which had landed on some cardboard and ignited.

Thankfully the fire was extinguished quickly, without causing much damage or any injuries.

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Make Sure Your Plant Façade Flourishes

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Plant selection is crucial to the design of green building facades. Many facades fail because the wrong plants are selected that aren’t suited to this specific purpose.

They are good for the environment and people but designers need to choose the right plants rather than just those that flower immediately and then die because they are poorly suited.

To find out more, visit Sourceable.net.au

Attend The Health and Wellbeing Professional Development Workshop in Chinchilla

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Are you interested in attending the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland professional development workshops on coordinating an effective work health and wellbeing program in your workplace? Then register today.

The series of half-day workshops will teach attendees,

 

  • a five step process to implement a work health and wellbeing program
  • practical information, tools and activities to help effectively manage worker health.

Find out more here.

 

Mount Waverley, Melbourne Residents Demand Answers

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Residents at Mount Waverley are demanding answers over the construction pit which continues to crumble, threatening nearby homes.

The residents gathered for a meeting on Saturday afternoon to demand answers on what had caused the collapse which earlier this week resulted in them being evacuated.

They are also demanded to know who was responsible and plans to address the problem.

Read more: www.smh.com.au

WorkSafe Queensland Advert Educates About Safety Switches

As part of the electrical safety campaign recently launched by WorkSafe Queensland, the safety authority released this TV commercial which explains the importance of safety switches in just 30 seconds. It is useful not only to educate the public but construction workers as well that one safety switch may not be enough. Watch the video here.

 

Scaffolding Collapse in Shopping Mall Prompts State-wide Safety Checks

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It appears that a scaffolding collapse which took place in a shopping complex on the Gold Coast has resulted in state-wide safety checks as authorities fear a the repeat of such an incident.

Incidents where the public are also placed at risk are particularly concerning because unlike construction workers, the public aren’t trained on construction safety and don’t know how to react in the face of a construction accident.

The accident in question took place last week at the Robina Shopping Complex and thankfully did not result in any injuries or fatalities.

Workplace Health and Safety authorities are looking into the incident and have also begun conducting safety checks on other construction sites across the state of Queensland.

An excerpt taken from SafetyCulture.com.au explains what happened:

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are investigating, along with the construction company, why scaffolding that was a part of a new car park collapsed on Sunday.

All work has been stopped at the site until the investigation is complete, there was nobody injured on in the collapse.

David Hanna, the Builders Labourers Federation state secretary, said that scaffolding on projects in the state will be checked.

He said that this incident highlights the need for safe and correct erection and dismantling of scaffolding. The incident could have been a disaster if it had happened on a work day or if somebody walking or driving by had been injured.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/

Scaffolding that is overloaded or inadequately tied to a building is vulnerable to collapse. It is important that principal contractors, scaffolding contractors and employers assess the risks and develop, implement and maintain appropriate risk control measures in order to prevent an accident like this from occurring again.

Safety Regulation dictates that scaffolding be inspected by a competent person. It is important that principal contractors or those in control of the site ensure that this inspection takes place before the scaffolding is initially used and before it is used following any alterations or repairs.

Scaffolding should also be inspected after an incident that might reasonably be expected to affect the stability or adequacy of the scaffold or its supporting structure such as a heavy storm. Also inspection should take place regularly following that for example at intervals of a week (but not exceeding intervals of 30 days).

Another common error that is often made is overloading of scaffolding. Remember that the scaffolding cannot hold an indefinite weight, there is a limit to the weight it is capable of holding before it risks collapsing.

It is also vital that all on-site workers and subcontractors are provided with adequate information, instruction, training and supervision regarding the control measures required to prevent the collapse of the scaffolding.

Remember if an accident did occur often it is not only the workers on site at risk, the public in areas adjacent to the site may also be hit by falling elements or steel from the structure so ensure that all scaffolding is up to standard and inspected regularly.

 

What the Residential Construction Increase means to you

I couldn’t help but notice reports in the media recently about how the construction sector in Oz has been steadily increasingly. Both the residential and commercial construction industries have seen a slight but stable increase in the last month according to reports by the Australian Industry Group-Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index figures.

Even slow growth is still growth and with this usually comes new opportunities for members of the industry. In fact it has been estimated that within the next 3 years the construction sector would have grown so much that the current rate at which new workers are entering the industry will be insufficient to support this growth. This skills shortage may result in more migrant labourers being brought into Oz on457 VISAs because the talent pool in Oz will not be sufficient to accommodate this growth in the construction sector.

Read what this post from Abc.net.au reported on the growth:

1093926-3x2-340x227The sector has not expanded for more than three years, and Housing Industry Association chief economist Harley Dale says while the improvement is welcome, the recovery is “fragile”.

Mr Dale says residential construction in particular strengthened last month, with both house and apartment building increasing.

“It’s pleasing to see three of the four elements of construction – the fourth being engineering, which was weaker this month – have actually moved in the right direction,” he said.

But Mr Dale believes consumers and businesses are delaying spending until they know the timing of this year’s federal election, and this uncertainty is hampering the recovery.

“The sooner we can know of an election date the better,” he said.

“And I think the sooner we get some more certainty back out there, the sooner we’ve got the prospect of some further recovery coming through in areas like residential construction.”

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-05/construction-slump-wanes/4801336

Obviously growth in the industry will mean that those workers already in the industry will have more opportunities, more growth potential and career advancement. Basically workers will be in high demand and so will be able to find work on sites anywhere in the country.

The government has even made it easier for workers to expand their horizons by seeking work on sites in any state without having to undergo additional safety training.

Workers who have completed the White Card Construction Induction Training will be able to work in any state because this qualification is now nationally recognised.

One of the issues that must be mentioned when we speak of the growth expected in the construction industry is the need to place safety ahead of productivity every time. No matter how busy construction companies become, safety should always be the first priority. Neglecting safety is not the way to improve productivity!

For young people looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career, both male and female, the construction sector offers a wealth of opportunities and a multitude of different jobs to choose from, each with their own merits. However workers who enter the construction must first and foremost complete their basic safety training to enable them to work on a construction site in Oz.

This training in the form of the White Card is easy to obtain and can be completed right here on our site, from the comfort of your home. Visit our homepage now for more information or to register.