Company Fined over Excavation Collapse

Construction companies can learn a lesson from an incident which occurred in Victoria, costing a construction firm $80,000 in fines after an excavation collapse which caused life-threatening injuries to a young apprentice plumber.

The company pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court for failing to provide a workplace that was without risks to health. They were also ordered to pay costs of $3,505.

The incident occurred as the apprentice and 2 other contractors were installing pump tanks at the site about 2 metres away from the excavated basement wall. The collapse left the apprentice partially engulfed and the 17 year old suffered collapsed lungs, 12 broken ribs, a fractured sternum and shoulder and damage to his pancreas. He had only been on the job for 18 days.

A geotechnical report had identified the site as at high risk of abnormal moisture conditions and advised that attention be paid to changes in soil moisture. Before the collapse, the site received 17mm of rainfall.

The court heard that the company, being aware of the risks should have supervised the contractors and prevented access to the site until soil conditions were properly assessed and the wall stabilised.  Find out more

Colombian Construction Collapse

A bridge under construction in Colombia has collapsed, claiming the lives of 10 construction workers.

The partially constructed structure formed part of a highway connecting 2 cities.

It gave way unexpectedly, causing the construction workers to fall some 280 metres to their deaths.

The bridge was scheduled to open to the public in March and would have been 446 metres long when complete.

In addition to the 10 workers who lost their lives, 3 were injured in the collapse.

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Singapore Highway Collapses While Under Construction

A partially built elevated highway under construction in Singapore has collapsed, killing one worker and injuring ten others.

The incident which happened in Singapore where construction safety regulations are stringent, was described as rare.

The worker killed was Chinese, the ten injured were made up of Chinese and Bangladeshi nationals.

Reports say 60 emergency officials rushed to the scene of the incident and worked into the early morning to free workers trapped in the rubble.

At the time of the incident all 11 workers involved were working on top of the structure, officials said all workers have been accounted for.

Investigations have been launched into the cause of the collapse.