Two Construction Workers Lose Out on $2.2m Lotto Share

Two Sydney construction workers are kicking themselves after missing  out on a share of $2.2 million from a winning lotto ticket. Instead of buying in with their co-workers, the 2 chose to buy lunch instead while the other workers chipped in $10 for a ticket.

The 16 workers who work for Haines Brothers Earthmoving will each get $137,500 after their joint ticket won the jackpot in the Saturday lotto draw, splitting the $2.2 million equally.


Tradie Safety Month – What we’ve learned

Tradies make up one third of Australia’s workforce, yet their injuries account for more than half of the country’s serious workers’ compensation claims.

That is why Safe Work Australia has made August Tradies Health Month to remind employers to protect their workers and to remind tradies of the importance of safety.

Michelle Baxter of Safe Work Australia said employees were a company’s greatest assets, so employers need to take care of them.

The most common serious claims for workers compensation are due to muscular stress while lifting, carrying or putting down objects. Tradies most often experienced traumatic joint, ligament and/or muscle/ tendon injuries.

Another alarming statistic released by Safe Work revealed that 50 tradies die every year from vehicle incidents.

Ms Baxter said taking shortcuts will actually end up costing you more. Throughout the month information and resources regarding tradie safety will be available in the form of data, videos etc on Safe Work’s website.


Most Australians Don’t Understand the Importance of Sun Safety

Data released by The Cancer Council shows that 40 per cent of Australians don’t know which weather factors cause sunburn.

According to the study, less than 1 in 10 Australians know that sun protection is required when UV levels are 3 or above.

The new National Sun Protection Survey reveals a clear gap in Australia’s understanding of sun protection which could put people at risk.

In Autumn the temperatures may cool but UV Levels around the nation are still high enough to cause serious sunburn and skin damage that leads to cancer.

Most Australians are still relying on factors such as temperature or clouds to determine whether they need to slap on sunscreen, seek shade and wear sunglasses.

For construction workers as we spend most of our time outdoors, it’s important that we are knowledgeable about sun protection.

Employers need to provide portable shade wherever possible and provide workers with protective clothing, sunscreen and broad-brimmed hats.