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Electrician Suffers Burn Injuries, Employer Fined

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An electrician has suffered burn injuries and his employer fined $60,000 following an arc flash incident at Atlas Iron’s Wodgina iron ore project in Pilbara.

The incident took place in November 2013 but the company was found guilty in July this year of exposing an employee to a hazard and was fined $60,000.

The electrician was replacing components within a switch room at the Pilbara mine when the incident occurred.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum Mines Safety Director and State Mining Engineer Andrew Chaplyn highlighted that the employer failed to ensure proper maintenance of electrical equipment at the mine. 

The worker was exposed to live electrical conductors because electrical equipment did not have a barrier preventing contact with live terminals, causing burn injuries.  Source:

Unions NSW calls for Levy on Builders

After news broke that large quantities of asbestos were being illegally dumped in NSW, Unions NSW

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suggested a construction industry funded scheme to have asbestos removed throughout the state. They say this will prevent the illegal dumping and possible deadly exposure to the substance.

The union urged the state government to address the problem with union secretary Mark Lennon saying an asbestos eradication fund should be established by applying a small levy on new construction materials.

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China’s Tallest Building Ready

The tallest building in China and second tallest building in the world is complete.

The 127-story Shanghai Tower took extremely long by Chinese standards to build – 7 years from ground breaking to completion.

The only building in the world higher than Shanghai Tower is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

What makes the Shanghai Towers so special and unique, other than the height? Watch this video to find out…



Crane Driver Gets Hefty Fine in WA


WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch says the recent fining of a crane driver for neglect of safety should be a reminder for everyone to always think of safety in the workplace.

The man received a fine of $2500 and was ordered to pay costs of $594 after he made contact with over head power lines at a construction site in Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park in 2014.

Mr McCulloch said it is crucially important for crane drivers to be aware of the location of power lines and to observe the relevant exclusion.


Australia Could Lead the Way in Strong, Durable Concrete


According to a post on Australia could become a pioneer for the creation of durable and long lasting concrete if proposed changes for the criteria for concrete durabililty come to pass. It would mean Australia has the best standards for concrete production in the world.

The criteria would mean that concrete would become more sustainable and long lasting because according to experts international standards aren’t sufficient in addressing premature deterioration.

The post on quoted expert Farhad Nabavi from Xypex Australia who said that existing international standards governing concrete building materials fail to address one of the primary factors in its premature deterioration. The Australian standard would attempt to address this concern.

Robots and Masons Work Together to Improve Productivity


Robots can lay bricks tree times faster than human masons alone, but that doesn’t mean that these robots are going to replace humans any time soon on the construction site.

SAM – short for semi-automated mason is the latest in construction technology. The robot is being used to increase productivity of masons by working with them to lay bricks.

The robot can lay 800 to 1,200 bricks a day whereas human masons lay between 300-500 a day.



Queensland Job Hunters Follow Major Construction Projects South

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The decline in Central Queensland’s major construction projects may have driven a number of workers from the region into the state’s booming south-east for work.


Apparently South-east Queensland accounts for most of the state’s construction work, and an upswing is expected between 2016 and 2018.

Many workers are expected to go to the Sunshine and Gold coasts and Brisbane where construction work in booming, especially residential construction.

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ACT Builders Get Good News

ACT Builders are pleased that land releases have been announced for the state, which is expected to drive up construction activity n the state.


Despite the financial year starting off slowly in the state, new land releases are projected to push the ACT’s construction industry forward.

The ACT Master Builders Association’s deputy director Michael Hopkins said they expect growth in building activity over the next six months to a year, following 4 months of fairly strong housing approvals.

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Apprentice Injured during Floor Installations

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A flooring installer from Western Australia, has been fined $5000 after an apprentice suffered serious injuries to his hand while using an unguarded saw during work on a residential construction site.

The contractor failed in his duty of care to provide workers with a safe working environment and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court.

The young man was working on the construction of a floating timber floor at a residential dwelling in Perth.

The worker injured his right hand when it was pulled into the blade of the unguarded table saw. The incident which took place in 2012, left the young man with serious tendon injuries.




Improve Site Safety by Reviewing Your Approach to Risks

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An industrial psychologist speaking at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference in Townsville says that managers need to reconsider how they approach safety.

Mr Corrie Pitzer, President of SAFEmap  believes that the better we become with managing safety, the worse we become in leading the culture of safety.

Mr Pitzer said focusing on smaller injuries was a mistake because the greater issue of safety culture should be more closely managed to reduce injuries on site.

Mr Pitzer also explained that encouraging workers would result to better safety outcomes.

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