Construction Worker Killed on The Job

Another construction death has occurred, this time at a hospital construction site in Adelaide.

The worker had been using a jackhammer at the work site before he died on Wednesday afternoon, prompting questions about whether he should have been working with a jackhammer.

The 55 year old man was working at the Flinders Medical Centre when the incident occurred at the car park site.

Aaron Cartledge of the SA CFMEU said workers who had witnessed the death were very troubled, especially those who had witnessed workers die at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The union has called for a full investigation into the incident, with Cartledge saying they were not willing to just accept the death as natural.

Read more at http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/workers-reeling-from-sa-construction-death/news-story/f8a093786d78763a800c4e19ead34eae

Brisbane Airport Runway Construction Creates Hundreds of Jobs

The Brisbane Airport’s new parallel runway is moving to the next stage and will create around 300 jobs in the process.

The $1.4 billion new runway is due to open in 2020 and will double the capacity at the airport.

The $120 million contract was awarded to McConnell Dowell by the Brisbane Airport Corporation.

An underpass is underway which will allow vehicles to travel under taxiways, connecting the new runway to existing terminals.

Work begins soon and is expected to continue until August 2018, creating up to 300 jobs.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/brisbane-airport-runway-construction-to-bring-hundreds-of-jobs/news-story/b3a4ed2ffcebcac812c86233202d43e5

More Changes to Construction Industry Regulation Expected

Last year there were a number of changes implemented in Victoria relating to law in the building and construction industry.

There are now more changes going through the parliamentary process in bill form. Although their content could change, it’s important to understand them as they may affect your role.

The first relates to builder practitioner registration, now allowing corporations to be eligible to be registered as a practitioner.

Find out more at https://sourceable.net/further-construction-industry-regulation-changes-in-the-wind/

Man Denied Bail After Alleged Groping on Construction Site

The latest incident for which the man has been placed behind bars involved assaulting a former colleague while working as a traffic controller at a development site in Sydney.
Following the incident the man was fired and tried contacting the woman several times.He later pleaded not guilty to one count of indecent assault. He was refused bail. 
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/01/10/19/22/man-denied-bail-after-allegedly-groping-colleague-on-construction-site#LLAihZ1p55iuEyMi.99

Construction Jobs Boom in Canberra in 2017

We can look forward to a strong year for construction employment, according to recruiters.

There will be a strong demand for construction skills in the ACT and NSW, due to strong residential construction activity and infrastructure projects.

Both trade workers and construction professionals will be high demand in 2017 and as recruitment specialists note, there has been significant growth in earnings offered for construction roles.

Workers are being offered higher pay, as companies compete to secure skilled talent for their long list of projects.

Master Builders ACT used the news to stress the importance of training top quality apprentices for the industry.

It’s important to start with a White Card.

Read more at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/what-are-the-canberra-job-trends-for-2017-20161229-gtj9y3.html

Worker’s Fall From Scaffold Lands Him in Hospital

There has been a development in 3D printing in construction which could revolutionize the industry, or least where bridge design is concerned.

Researchers have created the first 3D printed bridge in a park in Madrid.

The bridge, made from micro-refined concrete stands at 12 metres long and 1.75 metres wide.

The architectural design of the bridge was in the hands of The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and a team led by Ms Areti Markopoulou.

The bridge is an important architectural development and is expected to open up more opportunities for using 3D printing in civil engineering.

As Ms Markopoulou highlighted, prefabrication minimises costs and is a more sustainable option, making this development a triumph for the future of bridge construction.

Find out more at http://www.themarshalltown.com/worlds-first-3d-printed-pedestrian-bridge-in-madrid/18001

Scaffolding Incident Lands Worker in Hospital

A workplace accident has left a man with serious injuries, after falling more than 5 metres from a scaffolding.

The man was at a worksite in northeast Victoria when the incident occurred, approximately 28km south of Wodonga.

Around 8:45am the man in his fifties was conducting electrical work on a shed when the scaffolding supporting him tipped over, causing him to fall to the ground. He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Albury Hospital for treatment.

The incident is under investigation.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/worker-hospitalised-falling-scaffolding/#.WKN2d39WXqV

Katherine Construction Site Blaze

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Source: Abc.net.au

A construction site in Katherine suffered considerable damage following an alleged arson.

Northern Territory police have called for information about the fire at the building site on Riverbank Drive recently.

The fire caused considerable damage to an excavator and bobcat and is believed to be have been caused by a male, seen in the area at the time.

The police asked for anyone with information to call them on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Incidents like this one are a reminder of the importance of security around a building site, not only for the safety of the public, but to prevent the losses incidents like this cause.

Read more at http://www.katherinetimes.com.au/story/4406218/katherine-construction-site-set-ablaze/

Watch a Road Being Constructed

Here’s an interesting road construction time-lapse video of the King Georges Road Interchange. There’s something so satisfying and fulfilling about watching construction time-lapses, almost as if the process happens so effortlessly and quickly, of-course those of us actually in the construction industry know about the numerous hassles, delays and hiccups that inevitably accompany almost every construction project.