Man Loses Foot in Construction Accident

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A construction accident in West Melbourne has resulted in the loss of a foot for a construction worker.

The 40 year old man was at work on an external lift at a luxury apartment development – the Melbourne Village Complex at the time.

The man’s foot was clipped and he was rushed to Royal Melbourne Hospital for treatment. Surgeons were not able to save the foot which had to be amputated.

Read more at https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/construction-worker-loses-his-foot-after-workplace-accident-20190323-p516xh.html

Elevator Crash on Construction Site Claims 11 Lives

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A construction accident in northern China has killed 11 people and injured 2 others.

A lift fell on a construction site in the Hebei province recently, at a residential property development.

Two of the injured were taken to a local hospital in a stable condition while the other 11 died at the scene.

Police and health and safety officials are said to be investigating the accident which witnesses say happened in seconds.

The company had early said the project was making good progress due to ” reasonable construction with maximum efficiency”.  Read more at: https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/world/11-killed-two-seriously-hurt-in-lift-crash-at-north-china-building-site/ar-BBWhjlz?li=AAaGkVj

2015 Workplace Fatality Results in Fine for Crane Driver and Company

An Ipswich company and an employee, Robert Poida have both been fined over a 2015 workplace accident that led to the death of a crane driver.

An 8 tonne mobile yard crane was being used to shift a large steep pipe when Mr Poida asked a colleague he was supervising to walk alongside the crane’s left front wheel to steady the load.

The man was not a licenced dogman and was run over by the crane, dying at the scene.

An investigation revealed that the crane was not maintained and was defective, with unsafe brakes and lights however the court found this did not directly cause the death.

The supervising employee was convicted and fined $15,000 and had to pay court costs of $1100.

Perth Construction Accident – Concrete Falls and Crushes Cars

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A car was crushed recently and another was damaged after a concrete panel fell off the side of an East Perth building site. Thankfully nobody was injured or killed but the consequences could have been horrific.

The incident was blamed on human error by the managing director of Hanssen, Gerry Hanssen who blamed the builder responsible for the project, for the incident.

According to reports, the concrete slab plummeted 3 stories, flattening one vehicle completely while the other vehicle had a smashed windscreen and extensive denting.

According to Hanssen, the workers forgot to attach the panel to an overhead crane when attempting to adjust its position.He was quick to confirm that all the correct processes and procedures were in place and that human error was responsible for the incident.He said the company would replace the damaged cars.  Source: https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/perth/car-crushed-after-concrete-falls-from-east-perth-building-site-ng-b88840966z

WorkSafe ACTs Focus on Work from Height Safety

WorkSafe ACT is narrowing in on employers who compromise workers’ safety when it comes to working from height and can now issue an on-the-spot fine of up to 3,600 to offenders.

In the 2017-18 period, there were 72 workers compensation claims in the state for falls from heights as well as many near-misses reported where the appropriate safety protections were not in place.

Given the significant risks of any fall from height, even falls from relatively low height, the consequences for the workers can be catastrophic. Falls can leave workers with debilitating injuries and in some cases prove fatal.

The state government decided to allocate WorkSafe ACT with greater powers to prevent these types of injuries and enforce safety requirements.

Stronger regulatory action including prosecution will be used by WorkSafe where appropriate.

A spokesperson from WorkSafe said this should send a message to the industry that safety must remain the main priority on worksites.

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/worksafe-act-now-issues-spot-fines-target-falls-heights/#.Wxzw-CAlHQV

Horrific Accident involving Gold Coast Construction Worker

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An incident on the Gold Coast is an example of the risks involved with construction work, especially when working in confined spaces such as an elevator shaft.

A construction worker was seriously injured while working on the Jewel Towers construction site, Surfers Paradise recently.

The man, believed to be in his twenties was working in an elevator shaft when a lift began to move and pulled him into equipment.

The man sustained serious injuries to his chest, back and abdomen and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in  a stable condition.

The site was shut down as workplace health and safety officers investigated. WorkSafe said the construction industry is a dangerous one, and we need to be aware of our surroundings particularly given the dynamic nature of the industry. As the construction site changes constantly we need to remain aware at all times.

Man Injured after Rolling Machine into Ditch

Roadwork construction can be dangerous, as an incident in north east Victoria has proven.

A man in his sixties suffered minor injuries after a machine he was operating rolled over and landed in a ditch.

The man was operating the machine in Wooragee on a roadworks site when the machine rolled, causing him to be trapped inside the machine for nearly half an hour.

He was taken to hospital by paramedics.

Whether you’re involved in road works, civil construction, infrastructure construction or even renovation work on houses, you must be in possession of a whitecard, to prove that you have completed mandatory construction induction safety training.

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Construction Site Shut Down by WorkSafe

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A man was recently injured in an accident involving an excavator at a building site in the suburb of Kambah in Coombs.

WorkSafe stopped work on a site as it conducted investigations into the incident which left one man with a leg injury.

The incident occurred on a multi-residential construction site, which was subsequently slapped with a prohibition notice after serious breaches of health and safety regulations were discovered.

Some of the issues discovered were non-compliant scaffolding and electrical safety issues. See more at http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/coombs-construction-site-shut-down-by-worksafe-after-inspection-20171011-gyyxi3.html

China Sentences 31 People for Deadly Construction Accident

A building site collapse in China last November that left 73 people dead has led to 31 people being arrested and punished.
The incident happened when a work platform collapsed at the Fengcheng power plant in eastern China’s Jiangxi Province.
According to reports by Chinese news agencies, coercive measures are a form of detention that can range from constant surveillance to outright arrest.

Losses were calculated at $15.6 million.

Investigations revealed that the accident was caused by a range of issues such as poor supervision and the company’s failure to meet safety responsibilities.

The people being punished by the government have not yet been named.

Another incident happened on Saturday, 16 September when a railway tunnel in China’s southwest collapsed.

Nine construction workers were rescued from the rubble.

It was reported that 200 workers were involved in the rescue, digging tunnels to reach the affected workers.

 

Read more: http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/china-punishes-31-deadly-construction-accident/