Suicide Concerns in the Construction Industry highlighted by Recent Tragedy

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People from all walks of life experience stress at some time in their lives but statistics show that construction workers in particular experience severe stress and have a higher rate of suicide than many other workers from different industries do.

The high rate of suicide in the industry was once again highlighted by a tragedy that took place, involving ceiling contractor, Acrow Ceilings boss Ross McGinn.

Following financial pressures, Mr McGinn was forced to lay off workers and fell into depression, a fate many subcontractors know all too well.  He recently took his own life.

Addressing mental health among members of this industry is crucial, as this case proves. For more, visit


Slow-down in Construction – HIA

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The end of the mining investment boom is continuing to hit the industry hard, according to the Australian Industry Group.

The latest HIA Performance of Construction Index indicates that the industry is in contraction, with engineering construction the worst performer. Residential construction across Australia remains high.

Find out more here.

Tips to Reduce Musculoskeletal Injuries

With August being declared Tradies National Health Month by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) this video has been released to help workers reduce musculoskeletal injuries.

Back and neck pain and ankle sprains are among the most common workplace injuries and APA is advising tradies to take these risks and their health seriously. Watch the video here.


Women Apprehensive about Male Dominated Industries


According to a recent international survey of about 1000 women, most women stay away from traditionally male dominated industries such as construction  because of  typically “macho behaviour” and male colleagues that are “patronising”. These 2 reasons were even more motivation for women to refrain from construction work than low pay or boredom.

Read more about the research here. 

Get Prepared for Hearing Awareness Week 2015

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In South Australia a number of workers suffer noise induced hearing loss every year which is why Hearing Awareness Week is being held from 23-29 August 2015.

Why it matters!

In addition to affecting the hearing of workers, noise can increase worker stress and affect their safety by interfering with communication and even blocking the sound of possible hazards. It is important that workers address noise hazards on the work site.

Find out more here.



Scaffolding Safety Update

Can you spot the problem here?

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Can you imagine putting your life at risk by climbing this scaffold? Not only are workers lives placed at risk, but so are the public.

We can never underestimate the importance of complying with safety standards and regulations especially when it comes to equipment, tools and machinery used in construction which could present a potential threat not only to workers on site but to the general public as well.

We have specific regulations that apply to scaffolding erection and dismantling in Australia, wherever scaffolding is in use, companies need to know these regulations, even if they are hiring contractors to undertake the scaffolding work.

Find out more about scaffolding safety here.


Arson Delays Construction at Tanna road construction site

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A fire that delayed construction at Vanuatu road construction site has been blamed on arson.

Work on the road building project was delayed after a construction lorry was set on fire at the site in Tanna.

Assistant Secretary General for Tafea Province, David Tavovur explained that 4 suspects had been questioned, but released and the investigation is ongoing.

Read more here. 

Video Highlights Common Hazards in Construction

Remember the construction industry is one of the most high risk and every site has its own hazards and risks. General construction safety training also  known as The White Card course is important because it teaches workers about the most common hazards and controls, as well as other general safety information.

Watch this video on some of the most common hazards in construction.


Driver’s Van Crashes into Construction Pit

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An electrician in Sydney is lucky to be alive after losing control of his van at a roundabout and plunging into a construction pit (pictured above).

The man was driving in the rain which may have been the cause of him losing control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed through the site’s safety fence before plummeting into the open pit.

Find out more here.