Worker Freed after Collapsing in Perth Airport Tunnel Construction Site

A construction worker has been freed by emergency crews after an incident inside Perth’s Forrestfield Airport rail link tunnel.

The man was severely injured when a high pressure air pipe exploded and smashed him in the face.

The 35 year old man suffered serious facial injuries during the incident which happened 50 metres underground.

The incident led to a delicate operation which involved a rescue crew lifting him out of the tunnel by crane with a rescue cage. He was then taken to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.

Work on the tunnel was shut down as WorkSafe investigate. The Perth Transport Authority are also investigating.

Prior to the incident, the CFMEU says concerns about safety were raised relating to the brackets connected to the high pressure pipes however these concerns fell on deaf ears.

The airport rail link is expected to be completed by 2020.

Read more at: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/07/07/21/44/perth-airport-tunnel-rescue-construction-worker-collapsed

Safety Should be The Main Priority in 2018

With the 2018 work year in full swing, ACT businesses are being reminded to make safety their top priority.

Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones says there are often factors in a new year that can increase risks on work sites, particularly on construction sites and wherever workers are exposed to hot environments or outdoor work.

Some of the things that can increase the risks in a new year include,

  • pressure to get work done that was not completed in 2017,
  • desire to make up for down time,
  • workers taking on new roles or responsibilities &
  • new workers entering the worksite.

My Jones emphasised the importance of a strong safety focus in 2018, this includes ensuring workers have received the necessary safety training, including mandatory white card training as well as site specific and task specific training. He also reminded employers to ensure adequate supervision of new, young and apprentice workers. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/01/act-businesses-urged-make-worker-safety-top-priority-2018/#.WmY1IzclE1k

Prefabricated Building Materials and Intelligent Building Future

An article on ArchitectureandDesign.com.au detailed the latest developments in construction, including prefabrication and modular building technologies.

These building developments include the use of innovative materials and unique construction methods.

In the article Kate Harris, CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), highlighted the need for more prefabricated construction that includes better insulation than we’ve seen in the past.

She says insulation hasn’t been done well in Australia, for hot or cold weather. Although quick and efficient this is one of the areas that still needs to be addressed.

Read More at: http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/features/features-articles/intelligent-building-technology-inside-and-out

Singapore Highway Collapses While Under Construction

A partially built elevated highway under construction in Singapore has collapsed, killing one worker and injuring ten others.

The incident which happened in Singapore where construction safety regulations are stringent, was described as rare.

The worker killed was Chinese, the ten injured were made up of Chinese and Bangladeshi nationals.

Reports say 60 emergency officials rushed to the scene of the incident and worked into the early morning to free workers trapped in the rubble.

At the time of the incident all 11 workers involved were working on top of the structure, officials said all workers have been accounted for.

Investigations have been launched into the cause of the collapse.

Source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/36378254/one-dead-as-under-construction-singapore-highway-collapses/

North Brisbane Construction Site Fire

The blaze that broke out at a north Brisbane construction site is said to have been started by a group of youths.

The four children set fire to sheets of shade cloth that were covering scaffolding at the site and were picked up by surveillance cameras.

The fire which can be seen in the picture on the right, ripped through the top level and spread to the middle of the building.

Thankfully firefighters were able to get the fire under control and no one was hurt.

Building Boom in Cairns Evident by Cranes Across The City

Cairns has been transformed into what has been described as a “crane city” with the skyline practically transformed.

Cranes are seen as a sign of a healthy construction industry, instilling confidence in the community and spurring further investment.

Three of the projects responsible for the cranes are Crystalbrook Collection projects which are expected to cost $370 million and generate 1600 jobs for the construction phases of the projects.

Read more at: http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/optimism-erupts-as-cairns-skyline-welcomes-cranes-amid-construction/news-story/1452ddb0aab01cd331e9bbfb6380200f

Latest Monthly Notifiable Fatalities Report Released

ambulance
Source: www.theage.com.au

The latest notifiable fatalities monthly report has been released and the results for February 2017 are concerning.

According to the report, there were 20 work related notifiable fatalities in February.

The report provides a national summary of work related traumatic fatalities that were notifiable to Australian work health and safety jurisdictions.

During February there were 14 male workers killed and 6 male bystanders.

Five of these fatalities involved a vehicle and three from falls from a height.

Two of these fatalities were as a result of electrocution and another 2 resulted from victims being hit by moving objects.

Three fatalities occurred in the construction industry. Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/safe-work-australia-releases-february-2017-notifiable-fatalities-monthly-report/#.WXSTkOklHIV

WorkSafe Investigates North Melbourne Scaffolding Collapse

 Anyone engaging in demolition work should be in possession of a valid White Card, this proves that they have completed the White Card Course and know how to work safely in the construction industry.
A recent incident in North Melbourne is a reminder of why general construction safety training is mandatory throughout Australia.
Three levels of scaffolding fell from a building being demolished on Monday morning.
While no injuries were reported, the incident could have proven fatal, not just for those involved in the demolition work, but members of the public as well. WorkSafe is investigating the cause.

Property and Infrastructure Boost Construction in May

The Ai Group and Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index (PCI) indicates a rise in construction activity by 4.8 points to 56.7 points in May. This was the fourth consecutive month that we experienced a rise in activity, with any reading above the 50 point level indicating expansion.

While housing construction is slowing, engineering construction has expanded to a nine and a half year high.

In May, we experienced very high building approvals numbers, with the apartment construction boom still underway.

According to the Ai Group, the activity and new orders sub-indexes have also contributed to an upturn in employment, excellent news for anyone looking to enter this exciting and challenging industry. Start by completing a general construction induction course online here – it is mandatory for anyone in the building industry.

Find out more http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/breaking-news/apartment-building-engineering-up-in-may/news-story/8a109c9a7ac0a46f3f799c3b0fb902c1