Tradie Death Sparks Fears of Silicosis Epidemic

A Queensland stonecutter has died from silicosis, sparking concerns of an epidemic of deaths in the industry.

More cases have began to emerge of silicosis diagnosis in Queensland and around Australia, with Gold Coast stonecutter Anthony White being the latest victim.He had become the face of the vicious disease after being diagnosed due to inhalation of crystalline silica dust.

It is believed he was the first tradesman to die of the disease in Australia.

Mr White’s brother who worked alongside him, was also diagnosed with silicosis, just days before his brother died of the disease.

Safe Work Australia is focusing on addressing the risks posed by dust exposure in the workplace, including in the engineered stone industry.

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ACT Government May Implement Licencing Exam for State Builders

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Mandatory licensing exams may be implemented by The ACT  Government for builders in the state across the A,B,C Classes when renewing.

The ACT introduced the entry test requirement in 2016 and currently it has a high failure rate for builders seeking a C Class licence. The ACT government provides a notice to builders to brush up on their skills and knowledge.

Minister for Regulatory Services Gordon Ramsay recently said builders need to take steps to lift their performance and skills to ensure they are delivering quality, compliant and safe buildings.

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The Worst Plumbing Fails

plumberAn article on highlights the worst plumbing fails contractors commit.

If you’re a contractor and are unwittingly committing one of these mistakes, you may be doing yourself more harm than good.

  1. Trying to be the low price leader
  2. Charge for time and materials instead of giving a price upfront
  3. Plumbing fast, trying to cram as many clients into one day as you can
  4. Don’t leave any open time.
  5. Continue to plumb the same old fashioned way as always

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