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

How Women in Construction are Cashing in on Booming Industry

Women who want to cash in on the booming construction sector in NSW are being encouraged to do so by the Vocational and Educational Training (VET) sector, government and businesses.

Although women make up just 11 per cent of the construction sector’s workforce, experts say now is the best time for women who want to pursue a career in this challenging but rewarding industry.

Women should get qualified to ensure they’re in line for highly paid construction jobs.

Lendlease’s Craig Laslett said with the advancements in technology and machinery, alot of the manual handling associated with construction work has been done away with and anyone with the right attitude can work in the industry. And with all the activity in infrastructure construction in the state, more skilled labours are needed over the coming years.  Read more at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/women-can-cash-in-on-construction-boom-and-not-get-muscled-out/news-story/4efd8e05ba1cdf92fb0ae10b8d6a07d8

It’s important to note that before beginning work or apprenticeships on any construction site in NSW or elsewhere in Australia, you must complete general construction safety training, more frequently referred to as The White Card. This course can be completed online, quickly and conveniently and the nationally valid White Card posted to you wherever you are in Australia. Find out more here.

Gold Coast Construction Company Forced to Close Sites

When a Gold Coast construction company was forced to close, hundreds of subcontractors were affected, being put out of pocket more than $100,000.

Work had to stop on a major Gold Coast residential tower project and buyers who were hoping to inhabit their properties by October are now having to fork out an additional $120 a day in accommodation. They aren’t even sure if their apartments, costing around $580,000 will be completed at all.

These would-be residents and subcontractors are facing difficult times after the builder had its license suspended recently. Now more than 300 subcontractors are facing losses. They have called for the state government to speed up implementing laws due in 2019 to protect tradies from building company collapses.

Find out more http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/business/major-gold-coast-construction-player-forced-to-close-sites-from-robina-to-the-border/news-story/9964ee59ce147b57052f8902d28f4050

Construction Worker Rescued after Fall down Elevator Shaft

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A construction worker had to be rescued after falling down an elevator shaft. The man apparently lost his footing and fell 2 storeys down an elevator shaft from the fifth floor to the 3rd floor.

The worker sustained neck injuries and rib fractures but is lucky to be alive. He is recovering in hospital in a critical but stable condition. This incident is another reminder of how high risk work on a construction site can be, especially when there is the risk of falling.

Read more at: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Construction-worker-rescued-by-crane-after-elevator-shaft-fall-20150923

The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) has released its 4th Annual Report

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The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) has released its 4th annual report, focusing on mesothelioma cases diagnosed during 2014 and notified to the Registry up to 31 May 2015.

The report found that between 1 January and 31 December 2014, there were 641 notifications of people newly diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The majority of newly diagnosed sufferers were male but 123 females were also diagnosed.

In 2014 there were 607 mesothelioma patients that died and 89 per cent  of these where the known cause of the death was due to mesothelioma.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/australian-mesothelioma-registry-4th-annual-report-released/#.Veoc8RGqqko

Time-lapse Video – Wasp Nest Construction

Wasps, bees and other insects, as well as snakes and animals can present a risk to workers on a construction site.

This video shows exactly how quickly a wasp nest can be built, highlighting the need for good housekeeping on work sites, also highlighting the need to guard against such risks, particularly following the recent stinging of a worker. The man sustained 92 bee stings while removing a hive from a work site.

 

How Training can Help Reduce Incidents on a Work Site

Exploring the Importance of White Card and other Safety Training in Construction

The construction sector is one of the most high risk not just in Australia but globally and in most countries there is a mandatory safety course that construction workers must embark on before beginning work on a building site, Oz is no different. Construction employers often grapple with how to minimise expenses while improving productivity and increasing profits but they often overlook one very important aspect – Safety and in particular Safety Training.

In Oz we are required to complete the White Card course as proof that we are aware of the dos and don’ts of construction site safety, including what the law says but this mandatory training course should not be undertaken just as a means of fulfilling a legal requirement, it is also a valuable resource for workers who are about to begin work in a work environment rich with hazards and risks.

There are certain hazards that are common to almost every construction site whether it is a mining construction site, construction of an apartment building or road construction project and there are also those that are unique to certain sites. The White Card course teaches workers the general hazards that can be expected when working in the construction industry but additional site specific training is also required because no 2 sites will be the same, employers need to therefore address these individual hazards which may be unique to the site.

The White Card Course

The White Card course is the general construction safety training course which is mandatory for construction workers in Australia. Fortunately potential construction workers who do not wish to return to a traditional training environment but wish to complete the course can do so by simply logging onto www.whitecardonline.com.au following the prompts and completing the course online.

There is no hassle to register or stand in queues to register, neither is there any money wasted on transportation costs, textbooks and stationery, students simply register and pay online and begin the course which is administered online.

Most students choose to complete the course in just one day, usually taking just 3 or 4 hours but you can also complete it over a longer period of time without having to repeat any of the work. The system remembers where you leave off each time and when you sign in, you can simply pick up where you leave off.

Once you have completed the online portion of the assessments, you complete a short verbal assessment by calling into our call centre in Brisbane during office hours.

Thereafter you will receive a small credit card sized white card in the mail which must be retained as proof that you have completed the course. This White Card will allow you to work on a construction site anywhere in Oz and doesn’t limit you to working in any one specific state or territory.

Site Specific Training

Although our White Card course has been developed by experts in the construction health and safety industry, it is a general safety course meant to lay the groundwork for the safety knowledge that you will build up over time working on a construction site.

It is up to the employer or person undertaking the business to ensure that all workers have received any additional safety training that may be necessary. This training commonly called Site Specific training will teach workers about the hazards that are specific to their work site and job descriptions.

Such issues as emergency response procedures developed for the site, safety plans etc. will all form part of this site specific training which will obviously differ from site to site. No 2 sites are ever the same, so the hazards and strategies associated with them will also differ.

Employers Additional Responsibilities

Once workers have received the site specific training as well as the general construction induction training, the first thing employers should do is identify the hazards on site. Hazards may be common to the construction industry or unique to your specific site. Employers must consult with workers when identifying these hazards because some hazards may only be known to those workers involved in the specific task. Those responsible for safety should also go through injury records to identify the most common risks.