When The Weather Requires You to Down Tools

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An interesting post on Abc.net.au highlights the dilemma facing all  tradies working on construction sites outdoors, when are the weather conditions enough to down tools?

As tradepeople interviewed point out, deciding when to stop work due to the weather can be tricky given that you also still need to get paid.

Each state has its own workplace health and safety regulations, but often it is up to the person to decide whether it is safe to work in weather conditions. While there are a number of factors to consider such as time frame, type of work etc, ultimately it comes down to safety. If it’s not safe, it’s not worth continuing.

Read the article at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-16/how-to-mange-weather-in-construction-jobs/10083870

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

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.

New Stainless Steel Technology

New stainless steel technology is being utilised by builders in China to speed up the construction process.

Buildings in the nation, where the population is growing at a rapid rate and the demand for housing is high, are going up faster than ever thanks to the Core Tubular Stainless Steel building method. Watch the video for more.

Michaelia Cash calls for return of Australian Building and Construction Commission

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The Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has called for the reinstatement of the construction industry watchdog.

Earlier this month the minister called for the return of the Australian Building and Construction Commission following the decision by the  Federal Court to once again impose penalties on the Construction Division of the CFMEU.

The construction union together with 8 of its senior officials were fined a total $151,000 for organising and carrying out a violent blocade on Melbourne streets in front of Grocon sites in 2012.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au

Useful Tips for Beginner Welders

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Welders are in high demand especially now with construction booming and a looming skills shortage.  But safety must always be the main priority.  WeldmyWorld.com highlighted some important tips for welders particularly those just starting out.

The golden rules for welding are:

  1. Always Wear Your Safety Gear
  2. Work In A Well Ventilated Area
  3. Properly Ground Your Welding Equipment
  4. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
  5. Keep It Dry to Minimise the risk of electrocution while welding

For more guidance on welding, click here.