88 Per Cent of Construction Workforce Male

Source: torontoobserver.ca

Martin Loosemore in a post on Sourceable.net states that 88 per cent of workers in the construction industry are male. In all other industries 54 per cent of the workforce is made up of men, this is a stark contrast.

This under-representation of females in the construction sector is not limited to Australia, it is a worldwide phenomenon. The writer explains that by increasing female representation Australia could potentially boost GDP by 11 per cent and increase Australia’s economic growth by $25 billion over the next 10 years.

The Australian Human Rights Commission provides a useful guideline Women in Male Dominated Industries Toolkit which provides a number of key elements which make up an effective gender diversity strategy.

Read more at https://sourceable.net/we-need-more-women-to-innovate-in-construction/#

Construction Apprenticeships: Building A Career Construction

Source: WorkSafe Queensland

Construction is booming across Australia and apartment approvals for this year are already at an all time high, but the number of apprentices entering the construction industry and completing their apprenticeship training is at an all time low, a problem that could hamper the progress of the sector.

According to the Apprentices and Trainees 2014 Annual Report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), apprenticeship and traineeship commencements have declined, by 21.9 per cent from 2013 to 2014. Non-trade commencements dropped by 25.3 per cent in the same period.  Read more about the dilemma facing the industry here.


CFMEU Welcomes Senate Defeat of ABCC Bill

Source: publicityworks.com.au

The recent failure of the federal government to have the Australian Building and Construction Commission reinstated has been cheered by the CFMEU.

The union welcomed news that a senate vote had defeated the bill to have the construction industry watchdog brought back after it was done away with by the previous government.

The government has vowed to continue to work to have the watchdog reinstated despite this setback, because it believes illegal activities are rife within the industry.

See more here.

Australian Economy Losing Billions to Alcohol and Drug Related Absenteeism

Source: Abc.net

A recent report published by Flinders University’s National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) revealed that alcohol and other drugs is costing the Australian economy more than $3 billion annually. This is an increase from $1.2 bn in 2001.

The lead author of the report, Professor Ann Roche, Director of NCETA  said that commonly we don’t realise  that drinking was the cause of of our absenteeism because it is  a symptom of the heavy drinking that causes sickness. For example she says people may drink heavily on Saturday night and stay off work on Monday due to diarrhoea as a result of the drinking.

Find out more about the research here.


Scaffolding Safety Update

Can you spot the problem here?

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Source: www.safetyservicescompany.com

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.


Construction Union Broke the Law 822 Times

Source: publicityworks.com.au

The CFMEU and officials are alleged to have broken the law 822 times, a federal government agency claims. The union also shut down 2 Queensland work sites according to Fair Work Building and Construction.

According to Fair Work the union and 21 officers and agents committed offences as part of its efforts to force the site’s head contractors to sign an enterprise agreement.

The projects were shut down for 97 days in 2013 due to CFMEU actions.

Read more here.

The International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) Coalition Launched

Source: nucc.no

With the aim of enhancing comparability and harmonising costs, measurement definitions and classifications throughout the construction industry,  The International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) Coalition was recently launched.

The launch was held in Washington D.C at the International Monetary Fund and attended by 30 professional bodies from around the globe. The end game – internationally accepted standards in construction measurement.

To find out more, click here.

Increased “Ice” Usage Could Make Mandatory Drug Testing in Construction Happen

Source: Abc.net

Ice or crystal methamphetamine has become a scourge on the construction industry, prompting calls for mandatory drug testing within the industry.

In an article on ABC.net, the CFMEU apparently confirmed that it is looking into the increased use of ice by construction workers.

Employers should remain vigilant to whats going on, within their worksites including drug use, keeping in mind that use of the drug more than doubled from 2010 to 2013.

Find out more here.

Workplace Culture more Important to Employees than Money


According to a study conducted by career site Glassdoor, workplace culture and values are the most important things in the workplace influencing worker happiness, not money as you would think.

While employers were more satisfied with a higher salary, factors such as career opportunities, senior leadership and work-life balance were more important to them. Compensation and benefits featured 4th on the list of importance.

So getting a higher salary won’t necessarily make you more happy. Visit Business Insider for more.