Study Proves Long Hours Could be Bad for Your Health

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Source: www.safetynewsalert.com

The results of a recent study are especially important for those in the construction industry to consider because of the long hours we sometimes work.

According to the study by researchers from University College London, working longer hours could affect a person’s cardiovascular health and increase the risk for a stroke.

During the study, those who worked longer hours have a 33% risk of having a stroke and 13% chance of having coronary heart disease than those who work standard hours of 35-40 hours per week.

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Free Safe Work Webinar for Small Businesses

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Small business operators who aren’t sure how to establish and maintain a safe work environment will be getting some free help from WorkCover NSW with an interactive webinar on Tuesday, September 1st.

The free interactive webinar which will be held from 3pm-4pm, will provide assistance to operators on how to introduce safety to the workplace.

In addition to the free advice, participants in the webinar will be eligible for a small business rebate of up to $500. Find out more.

Register here.

New Materials Revolutionizing Building Facades

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Source: archidose.blogspot.com

Construction website Sourceable.net recently posted an article about some of the materials that are revolutionising building facades. The materials each have their own unique benefits, some aesthetic, some environmentally beneficial.

  1. ETFE : is known for its use on façades or skylight material. It is both light weight and flexible.
  2. Carbon fibre: Although its expensive, it is light weight and versatile.
  3. Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) : enables thinner and more lightweight design of concrete panels and makes intricate designs possible.
  4. Solid surface: This high cost product is lightweight and several sheets can be joined together fairly seamlessly to cover a large surface area.
  5. Corten steel: Mostly favored for the rustic aesthetic quality.

Read more here.

UK Shortage of Construction Workers – Bricklayers in Highest Demand

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Source: DailyMail.co.uk

A recent blog on FT.com discussed an interesting phenomenon taking place in the UK, which we in Australia can draw similarities to. According to statistics the UK is training too many hairdressers and not enough bricklayers.

Apparently the declining number of workers with construction skills is making construction progress difficult and hampering home building in particular.

According to the Local Government Association, the number of construction qualifications awarded through apprenticeships, colleges and universities dropped by 10,000 in the past two years, despite a 54 per cent increase in industry recruitment demand.

Read more here.

 

Asbestos Discovery on Sydney Building Site

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A prohibition notice has been issued after asbestos was discovered on a construction site in Sydney.

Tests discovered that fibrous building panels on the site contained asbestos.

The panels were imported from China containing chrysotile asbestos.

The panels had already been cut on site, the builder had to get a licensed asbestos removalist to remediate the site and remove the remaining asbestos panels.

This incident further highlights the danger of substandard, imported building materials being used across Australia. Find out more here.

Australian Economy Losing Billions to Alcohol and Drug Related Absenteeism

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Source: Abc.net

A recent report published by Flinders University’s National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) revealed that alcohol and other drugs is costing the Australian economy more than $3 billion annually. This is an increase from $1.2 bn in 2001.

The lead author of the report, Professor Ann Roche, Director of NCETA  said that commonly we don’t realise  that drinking was the cause of of our absenteeism because it is  a symptom of the heavy drinking that causes sickness. For example she says people may drink heavily on Saturday night and stay off work on Monday due to diarrhoea as a result of the drinking.

Find out more about the research here.

 

Illegally Imported Building Materials Put Australians at Risk Each Day

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Source: Sourceable.net.au

A scary revelation has been made – illegally imported building materials across the country are putting Australians at risk due to exposure to asbestos.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradic­ation Agency has issued a warning about the hidden problem of asbestos containing building products being widely used in Australia, after being illegally brought into the country.

The agency said that despite border-control authorities previously downplaying the issue, the risk is worse than most are aware of.

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Man Fell into Hole on Queensland Building Site

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Source: www.som.uq.edu.au

A worker fell into a 5 metre deep hole on a building site in southeastern Queensland recently, resulting in injuries to his head and back.

The thirty-something man reportedly just stepped into the hole and fell.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene to get the man out of the hole. He was then rushed to Gold Coast Hospital for treatment and is in a stable condition.

Read more here.