Thousands Of Construction Workers Required for $3.6b Project


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


New Register to Address Non-Conformance Issues in Construction

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NATSPEC is a new organisation formed to evaluate whether a proposed substitute product meets Australian standards and has documented proof of doing so.

The organisation formed by government and industry bodies is being headed by Richard Choy who explained that the organisation was aimed at mitigating the risks posed by the large amount of non-conforming products.

This is an important issue, given that between 2006 and 2012, there were numerous reports of products that did not meet standards. Some of the products include copper pipe tubing, fire collars and glass sheets, structural steel bolts etc.

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World’s Most Beautiful and Expensive Buildings

The most expensive building in the world is The Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. At a cost of $15 billion the huge development is also one of the most striking aesthetically, completely changing the landscape of the city.

Although 2 fires were reported during the construction process, there were no worker fatalities recorded.

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The Australian Parliament in Canberra is also on the list. The building cost $4.21 billion (adjusted for inflataion) and was opened in 1988.

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Attention Contractors: Learn what to do in a Construction Emergency

Source : JD Hancock

Principal contractors and construction employers have a responsibility to develop emergency response plans because emergency do happen and workers need to know how to react in an emergency. Employers and principal contractors must design an emergency plan that:

• Is unique to the site. Generic safety plans must be adapted to suit the hazards presented by the specific site because no 2 sites are exactly the same. Site specific plans will incorporate specific situation that may arise due to the unique hazards. This is why a simply generic plan would not work.

• When developing the plan consider every stage of the construction project from breaking ground to the final stages. Also consider the ability of emergency services to attend and access the point of emergency.

• Make provision for all issues that may arise including gas leaks no matter how unlikely they may seem. Some of the other issues that may occur are – plant and vehicle rollover, excavation or scaffold collapse etc.

• The plans should include details of the location of the nearest medical facilities and first aid provisions and emergency telephone numbers.

• Include procedures for when the relevant emergency services may not respond or be able to deal with the emergency due to working in a remote area, or traffic delays.

• Regularly review the safety plan and emergency procedures because as the construction progresses, situations change, hazard change or new ones are established so emergency procedures should also be adjusted accordingly.