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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

Prioritise Worker Safety in 2019, Especially Young Workers

Let’s work to ensure that 2019 is better for workplace health and safety than 2018 was.  Although we did see a slight improvement last year in comparison to the previous year, more needs to be done to keep workers safe, particularly young and inexperienced workers.

A recent court case in Brisbane is a reminder of the importance of training and supervision of young workers in keeping them safe. A company was in court over an incident that involved a young worker who had injured his hand.

The company was fined $80,000 over the incident which involved a wheel trencher. The incident prompted Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to remind employers to protect young workers particularly because of their inexperience and eagerness which often causes them to take risks.

In Queensland around 50 young workers are injured every day and one a day is permanently impaired.

Authorities reminded employers to consider their unique risk profile when managing them. They were also reminded that proper induction is vital, in construction that includes White Card training as well as site specific and job specific training. Young workers also require additional support and supervision.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/employers-reminded-ensure-safety-young-workers/#.XEBXqs0lE1l

Construction Site Manager Cleared of Blame over Irish Workers Deaths

The former construction site manager of the Perth site where 2 Irish tradies were tragically crushed by a massive concrete panel in N0vember 2015, has been cleared of charges by a magistrate.

The site manager had been in charge of the site where the 2 workers were employed, together with dozens of other workers.

The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court, after WorkSafe alleged he had neglected his duty by failing to ensure an exclusion zone was set up in the area where the 2 men were smoking when the concrete panel fell on them.

The magistrate said prosecutors had failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt and acquitted the site manager.

Source: https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/court-justice/jaxon-construction-site-manager-not-to-blame-for-irish-workersdeaths-ng-b881051162z

Worker Killed in Queensland Bulldozer Incident

One Queensland worker who was involved in a workplace accident on New Year’s Eve didn’t see 2019, he died after a dozer he was operating rolled from an elevated position.

The 49 year old man died at the Saraji open cut coal mine near Moranbah. The incident is being investigated by the Queensland Mines Inspectorate.

The company will also conduct an internal investigation and committed to sharing their findings in a transparent manner.

There were 190 workers killed on Australian worksites in 2018.

See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/worker-killed-dozer-incident-central-queensland-coal-mine/#.XEBUPs0lE1l

SafeWork SA Reminds Employers to Protect Workers from Summer Heat Hazards

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Summer is not over yet and SafeWork SA’s reminder to employers is to protect workers from summer heat hazards.

Employers with outdoor workers in particular, must take the necessary measures to manage the risks associated with heat stress and solar UV radiation.

SafeWork SA gave employers some suggestions to minimise the risks such as,

  • Adjusting workloads and schedules to avoid the times of day with most extreme temperatures such as midday.
  • Rotating work so that the hottest tasks are shared and rest breaks are increased.
  • Ensuring break areas are in shaded, cool areas and water is readily available to workers.

Employers also need to ensure workers are provided with the appropriate protective gear to minimise exposure to solar UV radiation.

Workers must apply sunscreen, wear protective clothing – loose clothing that covers the arms and legs, work in the shade and wear a hat.  Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/12/safework-sa-reminds-employers-protect-workers-summer-heat-hazards/

Canberra Light Rail Workers Forced to Labour in Extreme Heat

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Construction workers on Canberra’s light rail network recently had to work in near 40 degree heat, despite the construction union pushing for a deal for workers to stop working when temperatures reach 37 degrees.

Workers had to endure 39 degrees recently while working on the government funded light rail project, in attempts to stop delays to completion of the first stage of the project from Gungahlin to the city.

This comes just days after WorkSafe ACT Commissioner Greg Jones went on the radio and urged businesses and employees to take of each other and themselves as temperatures soared. He highlighted the construction industry in particular as well as other exposed sectors.  See more https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/canberra-light-rail-workers-on-shift-in-near-40-degree-heat-20190116-p50rqj.html

Expert Says Australia Must Embrace Industrialised Construction

According to experts, if we want to reduce building times and costs, we need to embrace industrialised construction.

In the post on Sourceable.net the writer highlights how having a building’s components pre-cut in a factory can drastically reduce turnaround time. For example with traditional construction methods a company may take around 51 weeks to deliver a 4 storey project, while using pre-cut components could reduce that to just 5 weeks on site – it’s the ‘mass production’ approach to construction.

While these techniques have become popular overseas, they are now slowly being introduced here in both Brisbane and Melbourne.

But how does industrialised construction work and how will it transform Australia’s building sector, the writer asks. For the answers read the full post on https://sourceable.net/australia-must-embrace-industrialised-construction/

Australia’s Highest Paying Careers That Don’t Require a Degree

If a degree isn’t in the cards for you, that doesn’t mean you cant make a good living. In fact a number of career paths are available to people who prefer not to study at university particularly in the trade fields.

More and more industries are focusing on experience rather than education and a recent post by global jobs site Indeed highlighted the highest paying jobs in Australia that don’t require a degree.

Interestingly construction managers are at the very top of the list, earning on average $155,463 – a staggering 90% higher than the national average.

Other high paying non-degree jobs include fitness manager, sales manager, environmental health and safety officer, maintenance manager, HR managers, software engineers, real estate agents, pilots, an ethical hacker and construction manager.

Construction managers plan and direct building projects, managing staff and specialised contractors. This career can be reached with experience and a completed Certificate and Diploma in Building and Construction.

Source: https://www.marieclaire.com.au/highest-paying-jobs-without-degree

NSW Government Take Aim at Dodgy Building Certifiers

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The NSW Government announced a crackdown on dodgy building certifiers, saying any corrupt certifiers would be barred from the industry.

The recent debacle involving Sydney’s Opal Tower, when a crack was discovered in a precast concrete panel inside the building, a full investigation was launched by government. Fears that the building was unstable prompted evacuation, at a time when the government is under pressure to ensure safety of buildings in Sydney.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean warned dodgy certifiers that they will be found and have the book thrown at them.

Under a new disciplinary policy, corrupt certifiers will be immediately kicked out of the industry, Kean warned. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/crackdown-dodgy-building-certifiers-way/#.XFgfQ80lHQV