Serious Safety Incident Leads to WorkSafe ACT Investigation

A serious safety incident has happened at a high rise residential construction site in Braddon.

WorkSafe ACT is investigating the incident.

A safety inspector visited the site following a report that prefabricated concrete panels collapsed into a lift shaft.

Reports say one panel fell approximately 7 metres into the shaft well.

Thankfully the shaft was empty at the time of the collapse and nobody was injured.

Officials are investigating the cause of the collapse and have engaged an independent engineer to assist in the investigation.

WorkSafe said it will be providing safety advice to the state and national construction industry, since the incident is a significant one.


Cracks in Bridge Before Collapse

Six people were killed and a number of others were injured in a bridge collapse in Florida recently.

Now it has come to light that an engineer from the company reported cracks in the bridge 2 days before the tragedy occurred.

The engineer, an employee from the company building the bridge at a Florida university left a voicemail message to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on Tuesday and the bridge collapsed on Thursday.

In the voicemail the engineer says repairs would be needed but that there weren’t any safety concerns.

The voicemail was only heard after the collapse.

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Eight Killed in Construction Cave-in in China

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A cave-in at a subway line construction site in southern China has claimed the lives of 8 people while 3 others are still missing.

The government confirmed that 9 workers were rescued and were in a stable condition in Guangdong province, near Hong Kong.

The collapse occurred beneath an 8 lane road in the central area of the city, sinking at least 6 metres.

According to reports the pipes were leaking and water had been entering the site. Workers were attempting to plug the leaks but caused a pipe to burst, which ultimately led to the collapse.  See more at

Wall Collapses Amid Safety Concerns


Another example of the need for White Card training has been presented on a Melbourne construction site.

A wall on a building site has collapsed, just a day after the CFMEU, WorkSafe and the council identified it as unsafe to be demolished.

The wall of the building on the corner of Queensberry Street and Howard Street in North Melbourne, collapsed about 8.30am on April 20, narrowly missing a woman passing by with a baby pram. Thankfully neither she, nor any of the workers were injured during the collapse.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident. Source:

Melbourne Building Site Collapses


Residents have been evacuated after a collapse at a building site in Melbourne.

This townhouse was left on the edge of a massive pit when the next door building site collapsed.

The site was being excavated so that construction of a 3 storey complex could be built. Now there are fears of more collapses with the recent heavy rains.

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Fatal Collapse of Temporary Structure, an Eye-opening Reminder


An incident that took place on a construction site in the UK is a harsh reminder of the importance of stability relating to temporary structures.

All too often, not much attention is given to temporary structures because they are temporary, but construction worker Ionel Soci paid the ultimate price because of this attitude.

The tragic incident is under investigation by UK Health and Safety inspectors.

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Construction Worker Partially Buried during Accident on Site

A Michigan construction accident stemming from work in a trench almost claimed the life of a 40 year old man recently. The man was fortunate to escape death when the walls of a trench he was working in collapsed, trapping him waist deep in the hole. The man was lucky to be rescued by co-workers and only sustained injuries to his legs and pelvis and some internal injuries as well.

The following excerpt explains what happened during the incident:

A 40-year-old Hudsonville man was hospitalized Thursday after a construction accident partially buried him.

Brian Segard was part of an excavating crew building a new portion of a road at Jasper Drive and Zion Drive in Georgetown Township when the walls of the 8-foot deep trench collapsed, trapping him from the waist down, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

He was freed by other workers on the scene and taken to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids in stable condition with injuries to his legs and pelvis as well as internal injuries.

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Although ensuring trench safety is a lengthy process from inception to completion of the work, there are a few basic tips that workers should keep in mind when engaging in trench work.

Firstly each worker must be authorized to work in the trench before entering and workers should never enter an unprotected trench, even if instructed to do so because this is endangering their life.

Each employee in a trench should be protected from a cave-in by an adequate protective system. Some of the protective systems for trenches are ensuring they are sloped for stability or cut to create stepped benched grades. Another system is using posts, beams, shores or planking and hydraulic jacks for support of the trench. Some trenches may be supported by a trench box to protect workers in a trench.

Additionally, excavated or other materials must be at least 2 feet back from the edge of a trench ideally to prevent it falling in and causing the edges of the trench to collapse.

The 4 basic steps of Trench safety include:

  1. Have a properly trained and competent person on site. In addition to each worker being adequately trained, a competent person should be present on site to regularly inspect trenches for any signs of potential collapse, hazardous atmospheres and other hazards. This person should be able to identify any existing or foreseeable hazards which may threaten the safety of workers in or around the trench area.
  2. Secondly it is important that the general WH&S requirements are followed. All Australian standards relating to trench work need to be adhered to. This includes addressing issues such as fall protection, vehicular traffic risks, hazardous atmospheres, stability of the adjacent structures etc.
  3. The soil should be carefully and thoroughly analysed by a competent person beforehand. Analyzing the soil is the first step to choosing the appropriate Protective System.
  4. Utilize a Protective System, for example shoring or benching, this is extremely important to prevent collapses and cave-ins.