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Safety Alert Issued – Trench Support Systems

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland released a safety alert highlighting the risk of trench collapse when a shoring box or trench support system doesn’t extend the full depth of the trench. The warning comes after an incident last month involving

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Not so Jolly? Here’s what to do.

The construction industry is one that can become stressful in the lead-up to Christmas as workers try to get projects completed before the new year. It’s a time often marred by stress, strains and injuries for a number of reasons.

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Booming Construction Sector Raises Trades Rates

The construction boom has led to rises in tradies’ rates with some commanding as much as $91.21 per hour. According to The Tradie Price Index, a list compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au, Victorian plumbers are the most expensive tradies, with their rate

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Builder Fined Over Apprentice Death

A building firm and its director, have been fined $88,000 following the 2013 death of a 21 year old apprentice at a Caulfield South site. The building company and director pleaded guilty to one charge each of failing to provide

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Safe Work Australia Focus on National Workplace Safety During October

Safe Work Australia has designated the month of October as National Safe Work Month, a time to work towards a safe and healthy work environment. As part of the program, Safe Work has a campaign kit available on its website

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Construction Workers Take to The Street Against ABCC

Construction workers belonging to the nation’s largest construction union have taken to the streets of Melbourne to protest the federal government’s plan to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission, changes to the Building code and possible reductions in penalty

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Major Hospital Action Lands Construction Union $277k fine

The CFMEU and 7 of its officials have been slapped with a $277,000 fine after being found guilty of illegally blockading the work site of a major construction site. The court handed down the fine after it found the union

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New Ultra-Portable Barrier System Designed to Protect Workers

Equipment supplier SafetyMITS recently launched a new portable barrier system which the supplier says was designed with purpose of protecting workers and the general public in mind. The rapid roll barrier storage cartridge and rapid post system creates a clearly

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Be Cautious When Engaging in Excavation

Essential Energy is urging all tradespeople to contact the Dial Before You Dig national referral service first to confirm the location of underground electrical assets before beginning excavation work. Construction workers are being reminded that it’s a statutory requirement to

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New Register to Address Non-Conformance Issues in Construction

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

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