A List Of The Tallest Buildings In The World At The Moment

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China’s landscape has undergone a drastic overhaul thanks to the construction of 88 of the world’s tallest buildings in 2018 – buildings 200metres high and over.

In 2018 there were 143 buildings of 200 metres or more were built and 18 buildings constructed were over 300 metres high.

There are currently 1478 buildings 200 metres or more across the globe, with 88 of those buildings being completed by China in 2018.

The USA constructed the second most number of tall buildings in 2018 with 13 buildings constructed.

Dubai still holds the record for the tallest building – The Burj Khalifa at 828 metres.

The second tallest building is the Shanghai Tower standing at 632 metres with theMakkah Royal Clock Tower standing at 601 metres high.

Source: https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2018/12/20/worlds-tallest-buildings-2018/

See How Many Workers Killed in Latest Work Related Fatality Report

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Safe Work Australia has released the latest figures on workplace health and safety and in 2018, 118 Australian workers were killed on the job.

While the transport,postal and warehousing and agriculture, forestry and fishing industries emerged as the most high risk with 38 and 33 fatalities consecutively, the construction industry has the third highest number of fatalities with 21 recorded deaths.

There were also 5 workers killed in the mining industry.

One of the reasons the federal government has mandated construction safety training is due to the high risk nature. Before beginning work on a construction site, workers must complete White Card training. Find out more at www.whitecardonline.com.au

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/work-related-fatality-figures-updated-3/#.XEBYK80lE1l

Saying Goodbye to Boring Buildings with 3D Concrete Printing

Construction is one the largest industries in the world and one of the top 4 in Australia however it is hindered by the high cost.

Due to the manual nature of construction, poor productivity can also be a factor limiting growth however 3D printed concrete structures may be the solution to all that.

Two of the major factors of construction that are causing problems is lack of efficiency and high accident rates. The 3D printed method can address these issues.

In the video below, a 3D printed concrete house was built in just 24 hours in the freezing cold of a Russian winter with everything built in a single location.

See more at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/news/latest-news/2018/11/3d-concrete-printing-could-free-the-world-from-boring-buildings.php

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

Prioritise Worker Safety in 2019, Especially Young Workers

Let’s work to ensure that 2019 is better for workplace health and safety than 2018 was.  Although we did see a slight improvement last year in comparison to the previous year, more needs to be done to keep workers safe, particularly young and inexperienced workers.

A recent court case in Brisbane is a reminder of the importance of training and supervision of young workers in keeping them safe. A company was in court over an incident that involved a young worker who had injured his hand.

The company was fined $80,000 over the incident which involved a wheel trencher. The incident prompted Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to remind employers to protect young workers particularly because of their inexperience and eagerness which often causes them to take risks.

In Queensland around 50 young workers are injured every day and one a day is permanently impaired.

Authorities reminded employers to consider their unique risk profile when managing them. They were also reminded that proper induction is vital, in construction that includes White Card training as well as site specific and job specific training. Young workers also require additional support and supervision.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/employers-reminded-ensure-safety-young-workers/#.XEBXqs0lE1l

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/