Hundreds of Workers Have Illegally Obtained Construction Induction Cards

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Police are concerned that hundreds of people could be working illegally on building sites, after it was discovered that a Sydney man was paid to sit for tests for certificates to fraudulently obtain construction induction cards for workers with limited English speaking abilities.

Presumably the workers could not pass the White Card course themselves because of the language barrier, which is why Kelvin Fong did it for them.

Construction induction training also known as white card training is mandatory for all construction workers, throughout Australia.

The 37 year old man was jailed for at least 6 months after he procured as many as 400 construction induction cards for unqualified workers. The magistrate described the offence as “breathtakingly serious” which is understandable given that he was putting not only the workers themselves at risk but every single person on the site with them, as well as the public.

No need to obtain your White Card fraudulently when the course is affordable and simple to pass, given you are proficient in English and can complete a short online and telephone based verbal assessment. As a reputable and industry leading Registered Training Organisation, having issued hundreds of thousands of White Cards, we also have recognition software to avoid incidents of fraud.

Read more at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/dodgy-construction-induction-cards-used-for-hundreds-working-illegally-on-building-sites-police-fear/news-story/de29334b86e6d445009dafa13ad1572f

Importance of General Construction Induction Training

One of the most important aspects of construction site safety is training. Having the best safety controls in place is pointless if workers aren’t aware of the hazards that work in the building industry can present, it’s like going into a battle unarmed because the hazards presented by construction work can be overwhelming to the untrained.

There are 2 main types of training that are mandatory for all workers in the building industry and they complement each other. The first form of training is The White Card course which is a comprehensive and informative course covering the most common hazards that work in the construction sector presents. The second is site specific and relates only to the hazards present on the specific work site.

The White Card Course is important because it is the foundation that workers in the construction industry need before they even begin work on any site regardless of the hazards it presents.

Now the White Card Course is national which means that once workers complete the course, they can work on any construction site anywhere in Oz. It also means that safety controls are more universal and that workers have a common and unified idea of how to control hazards on the building site. So it’s not only good for workers, it’s good for employers and for the construction industry in general.

For more information on the White Card Course or how you can complete it online, visit our homepage today.

Construction Induction Card- How Do I Get One?

WorkSafe Red Card, are they still valid?

According to WorkSafe the construction industry in Victoria is one of the largest, employing approximately 225,000 workers and growing.  This is an industry that is expanding each year requiring new and inexperienced workers to undergo general construction site safety training in order to gain access to work a construction site.

Due to the fact that this is a growing industry, wrought with high risk activities, construction safety training is crucial. Each week 50 workers are injured on building sites across the state, which is why the government has introduced the new, national white card to replace the previous Victorian Red Card which was mandatory for work on Victorian construction sites. The new requirement for work on any construction site in Australia is the completion of the white card course.

Many incidents occur because construction site safety is not sufficient and workers are not suitably trained. In order to avoid incidents like head trauma, broken appendages, back injury etc. workers must undergo construction site induction training in the form of a white card.

Thankfully the white card is available online. So all that is needed to complete the course is a computer and an internet connection. It is presented in the form of an easy to understand, interactive assessment that enables workers to complete the training at their convenience.

In addition to the general construction induction training, employers must also ensure that workers undergo site specific induction. By conducting an assessment of the site and the possible hazards, employers should work together with employees to develop safety procedures for the site. Site specific training will entail training workers on these procedures.

All workers performing construction work require proof that they have completed a general construction induction course for the industry in the form of a White Card which replaced the original Red Card. The course can be completed through a registered training organisation. Only once the course has been completed and the white card issued can the worker be allowed entry onto a construction site to work.

How do I get it?

It is simple to complete your White Card course because it can be conducted online, when and where it is convenient for you. What’s more is that our white card is accepted in all states, so you are not restricted to work only in Victoria, if you move your white will be valid in any state. All that is needed is a computer and an internet connection in order to access the course material. An easy assessment is done online and once completed you are issued with a certificate of completion/statement of achievement which will enable you to receive the white card. All instructions are available online at www.whitecardonline.com.au

Although red cards issued previously will still be valid, workers who wish to obtain the construction site safety training now can do so through the online white card course. In order to obtain more information on the Red Card and new White Card, visit WorkSafe Victoria’s website: http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/safety-and-prevention/your-industry/construction/how-to-comply/induction-training