National Asbestos Awareness Week Observed

During Asbestos Awareness Week, 19-25 November the dangers related to asbestos were highlighted, particularly to young tradespeople and apprentices who may not be familiar with the risks or what to do if they suspect exposure.

Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace visited year 10 students at Kelvin Grove State College’s Trade Training Centre highlighting the importance of asbestos safety.

She reminded them that there is no cure for mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis and there are other horrible conditions that can be contracted from exposure to asbestos.

It’s crucial that everyone is aware of the risks from students to apprentices to experienced tradespeople and foremen. It’s also important for people to know what to do if they suspect asbestos may be present.

Find out more at: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/national-asbestos-awareness-week-provides-focus-dangers-related-asbestos/#.XBKwaeIlE1l

Revolutionary New Construction material made from Unlikely Waste

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Researchers at a South African university have developed a way to make building materials using something we literally flush down the toilet every day.

Urine is the key ingredient in the construction of eco-friendly building materials, human urine that is.

The bio-bricks may be the sustainable alternative to the clay and concrete bricks that currently dominate the building landscape.

The technique used in the prototypes involved “growing” the bricks from urine, similarly to how seashells are naturally formed.The bricks take six or eight days to form.

The invention comes from 2 students and a lecturer at the University of Cape Town.

Read more at https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/inventions/world-first-human-urine-bricks-developed-in-south-africa-could-weevolutionise-building/news-story/8b674950e39a4c49987295eaaf067e7f

Keeping Workers Safe This Summer – WorkSafe Safety Warning

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The NT is one of the areas in Australia experiencing extremely hot temperatures prompting WorkSafe to issue a safety warning to businesses and workers to take precautions to avoid heat illnesses which can be deadly.

Heat related illness can present itself as heat rash, heat cramps, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

NT WorkSafe warned employers and workers to follow safety tips to help avoid heat related illness including,

  • drinking plenty of water,
  • using shade protection including a hat and suncreen,
  • ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is efficient for the work being done and the amount of sun exposure,
  • Try to schedule work for cooler times of the day and avoid the hotter hours
  • Equally distribute the work load amongst workers

For more information visit NT WorkSafe website

 

Townsville Accident Claims Workers Life

Another fatal workplace accident has taken place, this time in Townsville, highlighting once again the risks associated with construction work.

A man has been killed in Bohle. It is believed he was hit by a falling pipe being unloaded from a truck.

Emergency services were called to the scene but pronounced the man, in his sixties, dead at the scene.

The incident will be investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

As we all return to work and commence with building projects, let’s make sure we’ve got our safety plans in place and all workers are properly trained in safety to avoid tragedies like this one.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/worker-killed-falling-pipe-townsville/#.XDurIc0lE1l

A List Of The Tallest Buildings In The World At The Moment

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China’s landscape has undergone a drastic overhaul thanks to the construction of 88 of the world’s tallest buildings in 2018 – buildings 200metres high and over.

In 2018 there were 143 buildings of 200 metres or more were built and 18 buildings constructed were over 300 metres high.

There are currently 1478 buildings 200 metres or more across the globe, with 88 of those buildings being completed by China in 2018.

The USA constructed the second most number of tall buildings in 2018 with 13 buildings constructed.

Dubai still holds the record for the tallest building – The Burj Khalifa at 828 metres.

The second tallest building is the Shanghai Tower standing at 632 metres with theMakkah Royal Clock Tower standing at 601 metres high.

Source: https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2018/12/20/worlds-tallest-buildings-2018/

Operator Fined After Driver Killed in Quarry Accident

Following the tragic death of a dump truck driver in 2016, a quarry operator has been fined $230,000.

The driver was killed when the vehicle he was operating rolled on a stockpile.The man was in his sixties at the time.

The court heard that the vehicle flipped over the edge of a stockpile at the Plumpton quarry and slid down the other side.

The company was found guilty after it was revealed that the company contravened section 26 of the OHS Act by failing to ensure a safe workplace without risk to health and safety.

The quarry operator failed to complete a risk assessment and a Safe Work Method Statement for the work being carried out. The investigation also found the company failed to take the reasonable steps to eliminate or remove the risks including ensuring the perimeter of the stockpile was adequately walled. The operator failed to engage a qualified engineer to assess the stability of the stockpile.

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/quarry-operator-fined-following-death-worker/#.XD5Sec0lE1l

See How Many Workers Killed in Latest Work Related Fatality Report

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Safe Work Australia has released the latest figures on workplace health and safety and in 2018, 118 Australian workers were killed on the job.

While the transport,postal and warehousing and agriculture, forestry and fishing industries emerged as the most high risk with 38 and 33 fatalities consecutively, the construction industry has the third highest number of fatalities with 21 recorded deaths.

There were also 5 workers killed in the mining industry.

One of the reasons the federal government has mandated construction safety training is due to the high risk nature. Before beginning work on a construction site, workers must complete White Card training. Find out more at www.whitecardonline.com.au

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/work-related-fatality-figures-updated-3/#.XEBYK80lE1l

This Australian Invention Could Stop Buildings Collapsing during Earthquakes

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Researchers at the Centre for Built Infrastructure Research at the University of Technology Sydney believe they may have discovered the solution to protecting buildings from earthquakes.

Led by associate professor Behzad Fatahi and supported by Ruoshi Xu, the team believe existing synthetic geotextiles used within building foundations may provide the protection buildings need against earthquakes.

Find out more at: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/05/24/15/04/australian-university–construction-material-help-prevent-buildings-collapsing-earthquakes

Saying Goodbye to Boring Buildings with 3D Concrete Printing

Construction is one the largest industries in the world and one of the top 4 in Australia however it is hindered by the high cost.

Due to the manual nature of construction, poor productivity can also be a factor limiting growth however 3D printed concrete structures may be the solution to all that.

Two of the major factors of construction that are causing problems is lack of efficiency and high accident rates. The 3D printed method can address these issues.

In the video below, a 3D printed concrete house was built in just 24 hours in the freezing cold of a Russian winter with everything built in a single location.

See more at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/news/latest-news/2018/11/3d-concrete-printing-could-free-the-world-from-boring-buildings.php