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The Workers Risking their Lives to Build India’s Homes

The risks being taken by workers in India to build the country’s homes, infrastructure and commercial buildings recently came under the spotlight in an article on BBC.com.

The post mentioned a number of workers including Mr Hasan, a construction worker who fell to his death at a site near Delhi. He should have been wearing a harness, a protective helmet, boots with a firm grip and should have an insurance policy against accidents.

Despite it being legally required for construction firms to provide these things to workers, most construction companies simply don’t.

In India many firms don’t follow the rules in order to save money and instead risk lives.

The post mentions 5 other workers who died in a similar manner to Mr Hasan and dozens more were seriously injured.

Unfortunately workers have no choice but to work under these conditions despite their fears because they need the work.

Read the full article at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46698626

Global Construction Skills Shortage

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A recent appeal from the peak industry body, The Housing Industry Association (HIA), highlighted a looming skills shortage in the construction sector.

The HIA said further support was needed to help find construction industry talent from overseas.

According to The HIA’s Harley Dale, it is being made harder to qualify to bring in skilled labour from overseas, calling for a separate contractor visa that could be used to bring workers into Australia that are in short supply.

Dale said many small businesses involved in home building are already battling to recruit and train tradies and its become more expensive.

WA’s New FIFO Mental health Code

Australia’s first code of practice addressing mental health of FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors has been implemented in Western Australia.

The ‘Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors’ code pertains to hazards and risk factors in FIFO workplaces after research found that these workers were at a higher risk of psychological distress than their counterparts who weren’t involved in FIFO work.

The code encourages organisations to create a positive and supportive workplace culture and identify potential psychosocial hazards through a risk management process. It also encourages them to provide workers with a healthy work/life balance, with suitable accommodation and rosters with sufficient time for rest and recreation.

The code can be viewed at http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Safety/Codes-of-practice-16145.aspx

Source:http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/new-fifo-mental-health-code-launched-wa/#.XMbDhqQlE1l

 

Remaining Mentally Healthy in Construction

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Improving the mental health of construction workers should be a priority for every construction employer and was recently the focus of a special event at Hazelbrook.

The event ” Staying Healthy in the Construction Industry” featured speakers from the Housing Industry Association as well as lawyers and other professionals.

MATES in Construction have pointed out that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of suicide compared to other industries. It is important that we create awareness around mental health and events like this one are crucial in doing so.

Workplace Health and Safety In The Forefront after Box Hill Accident

Workplace health and safety has come to the forefront following an incident in Box Hill, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

A worker in his 40s died and another was seriously injured after a container of concrete fell from the crane recently.

The 2 men were submerged and trapped in the wet concrete after the tub of concrete fell on top of them.

A third worker was also injured and all 3 men had to be rescued by a team of 40 firefighters.

The CFMEU expressed their outrage shortly after the incident, saying 7 Victorians were killed on the job in the construction industry in 2018. The union said the Box Hill incident should serve as a wake-up call.

The union also highlighted how traumatizing such an incident is for those who witness it.

The incident is a harrowing reminder of the importance of daily checks and maintenance of cranes.

Read the full story at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-07/crane-accident-box-hill-safety-concerns-after-site-fatality/10210292

Two Construction Workers Lose Out on $2.2m Lotto Share

Two Sydney construction workers are kicking themselves after missing  out on a share of $2.2 million from a winning lotto ticket. Instead of buying in with their co-workers, the 2 chose to buy lunch instead while the other workers chipped in $10 for a ticket.

The 16 workers who work for Haines Brothers Earthmoving will each get $137,500 after their joint ticket won the jackpot in the Saturday lotto draw, splitting the $2.2 million equally.

Source: https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/wealth/two-workers-miss-out-as-construction-crew-splits-22-million-lotto-syndicate-win/news-story/473ca9726bcca48af09850e7b38c583b

Construction Tradies Across all fields benefit from Booming Market

A recent article on Sourceable.net highlighted the benefits of the booming construction market for tradespeople across Australia.

Tradies in the residential, commercial and civil construction sector are benefiting from the buoyant labour market conditions.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of full-time and part-time workers employed throughout the building and construction sector in Australia in May stood at 1.174 million. This number was the second highest level on record, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Statistics show that over the past four years, the construction sector added 156,000 employees and self-employed business people who make their living from the industry and the volume of opportunities is only growing.

It’s important to note that while opportunities abound and the pay is lucrative, anyone applying for work in the construction fields must be in possession of a White Card, this is to prove that they have completed mandatory General Construction Induction Safety training. Find out more about online White Card training here.

Source: https://sourceable.net/tradespeople-reap-construction-jobs-boom/

Knowing When Is The Right Time To Down Your Tools Due To Weather

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A real challenge in the construction industry is knowing when to down tools due to the weather for example when it is too hot or too wet to work.

While in most cases workers get paid upon completion of work, it’s important to know when downing tools is warranted and when it’s best to continue working.

In some cases it may just be too dangerous to continue working and when you’re safety or health is at stake, no amount of money is going to make up for your health.

In every state there are workplace health and safety regulations but it is often the job of individuals to assess the weather and decide whether or not they should continue working. Construction employers should also have guidelines in place to protect workers in harsh weather.

Natural disasters, heavy rains and even climate change has an impact on construction.  Read more about it at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-16/how-to-mange-weather-in-construction-jobs/10083870

Thousands Of Construction Workers Required for $3.6b Project

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A $3.6 billion project planned nearby The Sunshine Coast has promised to create more than 2000 jobs.

The search for the 2000 workers has begun at the same time as the first day of construction on the Queen’s Wharf development in Brisbane.

The project will involve work on the diaphragm wall, a concrete wall 172 metres in length which will provide a watertight underground barrier between the planned wharf and the Brisbane River.

Over the next 15 months workers are expected to excavate more than 450,000 cubic metres of material for the 5 level basement to accommodate thousands of parked cars.

Recruitment has started and hundreds more construction workers are needed to complete the project.

Tradespeople, suppliers, sub-contractors and interested parties can register their interest on www.queenswharfbrisbane.com.au

Read more at https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/2000-construction-workers-wanted-40-minutes-from-c/3441728/

Take A Mental Break After Work to Improve Sleep

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A new study by the American Psychological Association claims that taking mental breaks after work will improve your sleep.

As we already know the quality of sleep we get is vital to our functioning at work and fatigue on the job can be a major health and safety concern. Getting good quality sleep is crucial to our health and safety, especially on high risk worksites.

This study reveals that taking mental breaks after work can actually help improve sleep quality.

The study involving 699 employees of the U.S. Forest Service had them rating the level of rude behaviour they experienced in the workplace, how often they had negative thoughts about work, whether they have insomnia symptoms and how much they were able to detach from work and relax.

Researchers also asked the respondents questions about issues previously linked with sleep issues such as the hours worked per week and frequency of alcoholic drinks consumed.

Lead author Caitlin Demsky, PhD, of Oakland University said experiencing rude or negative behaviours at work and bullying have been linked to more symptoms of insomnia.

If people are able to detach and relax after work, they are able to sleep better, Demsky said. She said the incivility in the workplace took its toll on sleep quality and the related negative thoughts were linked to other health problems.

The study’s authors also suggested employers introduce programs to reduce incivility in the workplace.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/new-study-recommends-mental-breaks-work-improve-sleep/#.Wx0uGyAlHQV