Canberra Construction Accident Claims Tradie’s Life


A 62 year old man was killed on the site of the University of Canberra Public Hospital when a mobile crane rolled onto its side and struck the worker.

The mobile crane was moving a large generator at the time.

According to reports ACT police and ambulance paramedics were called to the site at around 6:40pm last Thursday night.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. WorkSafe ACT is investigating the incident. The incident has prompted calls for stricter safety procedures to be implemented on the site.



Accident with Drop Saw Sends Man to Hospital with Serious Injuries


An accident on a Queensland site has landed one man in his sixties in hospital. The man suffered serious injuries after an incident with a drop saw.

The man was rushed to Toowoomba Hospital for specialist treatment.

As an article I recently read points out, there are more than 8,000 hospital admissions each year over work related, hand and wrist injuries.

Many of  these admissions were construction workers who were injured on the job, while the manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade industries are also high risk in relation to hand and wrist incidents.


Construction Worker Rescued after Fall down Elevator Shaft

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A construction worker had to be rescued after falling down an elevator shaft. The man apparently lost his footing and fell 2 storeys down an elevator shaft from the fifth floor to the 3rd floor.

The worker sustained neck injuries and rib fractures but is lucky to be alive. He is recovering in hospital in a critical but stable condition. This incident is another reminder of how high risk work on a construction site can be, especially when there is the risk of falling.

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Construction Worker Critical after being Hit by Brick



Falling objects can pose a serious threat to workers and visitors on construction sites and mandatory hard hats and PPE aren’t always adequate protection to avoid serious injury.

A Conneticut construction worker was left seriously injured after being hit by a falling brick.

The brick apparently fell from the 4th floor of a building and struck the worker on his head. The incident rendered the man unconscious.

His condition was described as “extremely critical” highlighting the importance of addressing these risks on construction sites.

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Eight Months = One Hundred Lives Lost on The Job


According to Safe Work Australia more than 100 Australian workers have died on the job since the start of this year.

The report by Safe Work revealed as at 8 September 2015 that 100 workers had lost their lives at work. The industry with the highest fatality rate is the transport, postal and warehousing industry with 18 fatalities recorded in 2015.

The Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry recorded 25 fatalities followed by the construction industry in third place with 14 fatalities. The mining industry is in fourth place with 10 fatalities recorded.

Safe  Work Australia has identified the construction industry as one of the priority industries due to its hazardous nature.

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You Won’t Believe What’s Driving Non-Residential Construction

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Two surprising areas of strength in the non-residential construction ndustry are aged care and religious buildings.

The surprising result was revealed by the latest ACI Construction Monitor Report.

In an article on  ACI economist Geordan Murray said there is a strong pipeline of work evident for the aged care sector and for religious buildings.

Other sectors that are also doing fairly well are agricultural and aquaculture buildings, health, entertainment and recreation and short term accommodation construction.

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Developers in NSW to Cover Defect Costs


A report by the University of New South Wales has found that building defects are present in about 85 per cent of buildings since the year 2000 with the most common defects including shifting foundations, water leaks, wall cracks and tiling faults.

As a result the government has proposed a new system that would see developers paying a 2 per cent bond to cover the remedy of any defects.

A bill will be introduced to Parliament in October and the laws would likely be introduced in the new year.


Fruit Fly Factory Under Construction

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The first fly factory in Australia is under construction in South Australia and while it may seem strange that a fly factory is being built to control flies, the aim of the project is to prevent the increase in the pest’s population.

At home and on the work site, the fruit fly can be a destructive and annoying pest which is the reason why the National Sterile Insect facility in Port Augusta plans to produce 50 million male fruit flies a week. The flies will then be introduced to orchards across Australia to infiltrate the species and slow the growth of the population.

The decision to build the fruit fly factory comes after a decision to ban insecticides used to control the pests population as of next month.