Explosion on Sydney Site Sparked by Construction Worker’s Mistake

The risks associated with power lines once again came under the spotlight as footage from a dashcam showed an explosion caused by a construction worker who inadvertently made contact with an overhead powerline.

The man is seen passing a copper pipe from the ground floor of a Kogarah building under construction to a colleague on the first floor, one morning.

The well meaning worker touched the powerline with the copper piping which resulted in the explosion which causes the entire site to light up.

NSW Fire and Rescue were alerted of the incident and confirmed it was caused by a struck power line. Thankfully there were no serious injuries and the worker involved was able to drive himself to the hospital shortly after.

To watch the footage or read more visit http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/11/21/13/06/construction-workers-blunder-sparks-explosion-on-sydney-worksite

Importance of Controlling Fire Explosion Risks on Construction Sites

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I came across an article on SafetyCulture.com.au recently which discussed the importance of implementing measures for controlling the risks of fire and explosion in workplace.

The construction site is a particularly high risk work environment and the risks of fires and explosions are high.

Employers need to address these risks and eliminate them or implement controls to minimise these risks.

The article goes on to provide a list of measures to assist in this regard including using flameproof equipment on site.

It’s also important to ensure all workers have received the necessary safety training, including white card training. See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/controlling-fire-explosion-risks-workplace/#.V2AmTbt97IV

Company Fined over Explosion

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The company involved in the construction site explosion at a house in Sydney almost 3 years ago have been fined $240,000.

The company has been charged with a breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 for failing to ensure the health and safety of workers and the public.

The 2013 incident happened with an excavator operator attempted to drag a tank out of the ground with an excavator when it exploded. A building on site was destroyed and other properties nearby were damaged.

 

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/company-fined-240000-explosion-construction-site-2013/#.V1hh_vl97IV

Explosion Claims Man’s Life on Construction Site

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Source: TheAge.com.au

A worker on a Melbourne construction site has been killed following an explosion.

The incident happened over the weekend at a construction site on Medley Close, Harkaway, in Melbourne’s south east, about 11.40am.

The man appears to have been trapped in a trench or tunnel after an underground explosion.

Although paramedics rushed to the scene, the injured worker died a short time later.

 

Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/11/09/12/38/man-badly-hurt-after-explosion-at-melbourne-construction-site#vKtouVRwH88jIW27.99