HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year Award goes to WA builders

Would You Live Here?

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Winning home by Gransden Construction
Source: PropertyObserver.com.au

WA Builders Gransden Construction have won the HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year Award, as well as the Custom Built Home of the Year Award.

The winning home pictured above is based in Perth, in a  suburb called Bedfordale. The house features high-level remote-controlled windows, sliding glass doors, and louvered and sashless windows to allow cross-flow ventilation.The home is fitted with fibre optic lighting throughout and a 20m heated swimming pool.

See more here.

 

 

Unions Say Some High Rise Buildings are “Ticking Time Bombs”

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Unions concerned about fire risks of high rise buildings.  Source: Alamy.com

Cheap building materials and cladding in particular have made certain buildings in Australia, a fire hazard, the union and fire experts warn.

Materials that are imported (mainly from China) and do not meet Australian standards are turning high rise buildings into “ticking time bombs”, the unions warn.

They are calling on the government to conduct an audit of buildings. Click here to find out more.

 

Stress Management for Construction Workers

foreign-construction-workerManaging stress has become an issue that we in the construction industry must address if we are to reduce suicides, improve safety and boost productivity on work sites.

Factors such as a heavy workload, traveling,  having responsibility for the safety of others, working long hours and the high risk involved with construction work sometimes brings more stress than other workplaces.

Addressing stress similarly to other risks is one way of tackling the issue…

  • Step 1: Identify the hazards
  • Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how
  • Step 3: Evaluate the risk and take action
  • Step 4: Record your findings
  • Step 5: Monitor and review

More tips on stress management here.

 

Safety Video : Preventing Trips and Falls on Site

Trips and Falls are responsible for great number of injuries on construction sites and although the subject is covered in brief by White Card training (mandatory safety training for all construction workers), more in-depth training may be necessary in specific cases.

Watch this informative safety video to brush up on your safety knowledge.

 

What are the Benefits of a Construction Job?

It isn’t just young people considering whether to embark on a career in construction. Even some more seasoned in the working world are now weighing the pros and cons of the industry, as the booming market tempts people to make a change.

But what would you benefit?

Well most construction workers love the excitement of a buzzing, productive environment and seeing the actual fruits of your labour when the project is completed. Others love the innovative designs, modern equipment being used (such as drones and exoskeletons) as well as ever improving techniques to create bigger, better and safer buildings.

Other benefits to consider:

  • When you work within construction industry you will be a member of a very important team and you will be making a difference to your community, building it up for future generations.
  • Nothing can compare to the job satisfaction that comes from knowing your work will stand for many decades, and be used and enjoyed by numerous people.
  • If you live in Australia another major benefit is the fact that construction sites in our nation are among the safest in the world. Australian construction sites are forced to abide by strict standards which dictate that employers provide a safe work environment and a safe system of work to their employees.
  • Another reason construction workers in Australia are better off than their counterparts in some other countries is because Construction Safety Training is a mandatory requirement. Everyone who enters the industry has to complete a White Card course, either in person at a training institute or online with a Registered Training Provider. This ensures that everyone who walks onto the construction site for work, has at least a basic safety knowledge.
  • Workers who begin as apprentices in their trades can find themselves making it up the ladder quickly, with many planning on opening their own businesses in the future. Much of the work in this field is subcontracted which makes the opportunity to be your own boss a possibility.
  • The current skills shortage in the construction sector is another major benefit. Employers are seeking people skilled in all the construction trades as well as professionals such as architects, engineers etc. The Department of Employment has created a number of Occupational reports on the construction trades for each state which indicate that shortages are rife in most fields in all states.
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Source: Sourceable.net

Another major benefit of construction is that it allows you to travel. Many construction workers travel around and even across borders as projects are completed and new ones arise. Because the White Card issued by us online is nationally recognised, once you complete the course with us you can use your White Card as proof of having completed general construction safety training anywhere in the country.

 

The Wonder of Construction – Bridges

Ever looked at a building or structure and wondered what went into constructing it? Like this magnificent and iconic bridge!

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Source: BorntoBuild.co.uk

The question is often asked “How was this bridge built across a river with solid rock on one side and marsh land on the other?”

The answer can be found on BorntoBuild.co.uk

A cantilever bridge was built with the tower built on the solid rock.