Flu Warning for Workers in Queensland

Queenslanders are being urged to get a flu vaccination after 25 people have died in the state this year due to the illness.

According to Queensland Health people should get vaccinated as soon as possible with 10,000 flu cases having  been recorded this year alone.

Last year 43 people died as a result of the illness and the severity this year is expected to be worse.

Flu cases are up about 3 and a half times the aveage for this time of year.

This year 848 people in Queensland were admitted to hospital.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-15/flu-deaths-in-queensland-doctors-urge-people-to-get-vaccine/11114082

Melbourne Worker Killed due to Electric Shock

Source: www.theage.com.au

An electrician in Melbourne has lost his life after suffering an electric shock on the roof of a shopping centre.

The man was working on the roof of Dallas Shopping centre when the incident took place, claiming the life of the 24 year dad.

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang followed by the power in the building going off.

The man was working on his own on the roof of the shopping centre when the incident occurred. An investigation is currently underway.

The fatality was the first workplace death for 2016.

Read more at http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/electrician-dies-after-suffering-electric-shock-on-roof-of-dallas-shopping-centre-20160105-glzo48.html#ixzz3wPTlnW00

Tasmania Needs to Double Apprentice Intake

A skills shortages in a number of fields is still hampering economic development in Tasmania, particularly in regional areas.

The construction industry is in

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such a need of construction workers that a number of initiatives are being launched to help address the shortage including contacting apprentices that never completed their apprenticeships and offering employers incentives to hire these workers to complete their training.

They have also implemented a TasTafe training project to give workers job-ready training.

It is believed the number of apprentices in the state needs to double if we are to fill the gaps.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-27/tasmanian-industries-still-struggling-to-fill-positions/6982410

Serious Worker Injury Results in $90,000 Fine for Mining Company

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Source: www.som.uq.edu.au

A processing firm has been slapped with a $90,000 fine for an incident that happened in 2012 which resulted in a serious injury for one worker.

The firm pleaded guilty to 2 charges of failing to provide a safe work environment following the October 2012 incident.

The worker was seriously injured after being stuck by a one tonne pipe and being swept off the stack of pipes. The worker fell 4 meters. The man was rigging the pipes to a crane before they could be unloaded from the truck when the incident happened.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/10/company-fined-90000-providing-safe-work-environment/#.VhJex_mqqko

Safety in WA Mines in the Spotlight

Source: www.abc.net.au

Speaking at a Western Australian mines inspector forum, the Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion reminded the industry that the lives of workers should be the main priority.

He said every worker had a right to return home safely at the end of every day.

The forum held last week brought together the State’s Mines Safety Inspectorate and gave the inspectors the chance to share their knowledge and experience with each other.

The inspectors were also reminded of their duty to encourage the industry to continue climbing the hierarchy of controls.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/forum-focuses-safety-wa-mines/#.VeyV-BGqqkp

Forget About Your Credit Card, Pay for Stuff with your Wrist

Source: Gizmodo.com.au

Tired of carrying around a wallet on the work site? Well soon you may not need to, simply pay for stuff with your wrist band.

The Nymi band, (pictured above) is a contactless credit card which allows you to make payments using NFC.

Only you are able to wear it because it uses a sensor to record the electrical activity of the wearer’s heart, the same kind of thing a hospital uses during an ECG. That electrical activity is unique to each individual and allows Nymi to build a ‘Heart ID’, which is used to authenticate the wearer and allow them to make payments.

So basically you’re making payments with your heartbeat.

Read more here.

Women Apprehensive about Male Dominated Industries

Source: torontoobserver.ca

According to a recent international survey of about 1000 women, most women stay away from traditionally male dominated industries such as construction  because of  typically “macho behaviour” and male colleagues that are “patronising”. These 2 reasons were even more motivation for women to refrain from construction work than low pay or boredom.

Read more about the research here. 

Gold Coast Construction Company fined after Worker Fatalities

A Gold Coast construction company has been fined $600,000 after 2 workers fell 26 storeys to their death while engaging in work on a high rise construction site.

It is disappointing that despite the fact that falls from heights are the leading cause of construction deaths, these types of accidents are still occurring. This accident claimed the lives of 36 year old Chris Gear and 52 year old Steve Sayer who were both experienced in the construction sector.

Rea what this post from www.goldcoast.com.auhad to say about the incident:

A GOLD Coast construction company has been fined $600,000 over the deaths of two tradesmen who fell 26 storeys from a Broadbeach high rise swing stage.

The tragic 2008 deaths of Chris Gear, 36, and Steve Sayer, 52, sent shockwaves through the Queensland construction industry and left behind two grieving families.

Today their widows wept in the Southport Industrial Magistrates Court as the first of three construction companies was convicted for failing to protect the men under Workplace Health and Safety Act.

Pryme Constructions, Karimbla Construction Services and Allscaff Systems have all been accused of breaching the Act in 2008 at the Meriton’s Pegasus construction site in Broadbeach.

Pryme, the primary employer of the two men, has since gone into liquidation and is the first to be successfully prosecuted.

Magistrate Brian Kilmartin said Pryme’s failure to properly induct and supervise it’s workers had had fatal consequences.

Read more: http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/07/19/454940_gold-coast-news.html

The accident could have been avoided if the employer implemented the appropriate fall control measures such as adequate supervision of workers as well as OH&S training on work from heights.

Karimbla and Alscaff and their directors are still facing prosecution and the worker’s widows Myriam Gear and Brigitte Maiale also have a pending $5.6 million damages claim against the companies in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

Something this tragedy highlights for other building firms is the importance of ensuring that workers, especially those engaged in high risk work are provided with the appropriate supervision. Supervision of workers undertaking very dangerous tasks is a good idea and experienced supervisors will ensure that staff are performing activities in the safest and most productive manner.

A mistake in the construction industry could cost a life, so supervision is necessary to ensure more than just productivity, it is needed to ensure that workers are engaging in safe work practices and adhering to their safety training and the sites safety procedures.

Another important part of OH&S is training. Ensuring that all workers are properly trained on safe workfrom heights, this is one of the reasons why white card training is such a vital requirement for all construction workers. This safety training is important in ensuring safety is enhanced and the high rate of fatalities due to falls from heights in the industry is combatted.