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Workers Warned of Extreme Heat Dangers

A warning has been issued to workers about the dangers of working in high heat environments. Although the reminder was issued by The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, it is a warning that people in construction trades should

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Revolutionary New Construction material made from Unlikely Waste

Researchers at a South African university have developed a way to make building materials using something we literally flush down the toilet every day. Urine is the key ingredient in the construction of eco-friendly building materials, human urine that is.

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When The Weather Requires You to Down Tools

An interesting post on Abc.net.au highlights the dilemma facing all  tradies working on construction sites outdoors, when are the weather conditions enough to down tools? As tradepeople interviewed point out, deciding when to stop work due to the weather can

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Construction Safety Update for 2019

So far in January (January 24, 2019) according to Safe Work Australia, there have been 5 workplace fatalities in Australia. In 2018, there were 152 workers killed at work, an improvement from the previous year when 190 workers were killed

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Prioritise Worker Safety in 2019, Especially Young Workers

Let’s work to ensure that 2019 is better for workplace health and safety than 2018 was.  Although we did see a slight improvement last year in comparison to the previous year, more needs to be done to keep workers safe,

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Worker Dies after being Electrocuted on Roof

A fatal workplace electrocution has taken place in Melbourne’s outer-west at a house in Plumpton. A 19 year old man died after being electrocuted while working on the roof of a house. The man was installing an air-conditioner on the

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Trench Collapse Fatality Results in Fine for Company Involved

A company has been fined over the deaths of 2 Ballarat workers that died last year in March when the trench they were working in collapsed. The incident was investigated by WorkSafe who alleged that the company had failed to

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Keeping Workers Safe when Working in Confined Spaces

SafeWork NSW highlighted on its website the risks of working in confined spaces and for employers, the aspects to consider in keeping workers safe. Examples of confined spaces are pipes, chimneys, sewers, shafts, wells, pressure vessels, trenches, tunnels, pits, tanks

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Blitz Focusing on Work From Heights Successful- SafeWork NSW

SafeWork NSW says a 12 month construction blitz focusing on reducing falls from heights has been successful and has improved work from height safety and compliance. During the course of the year inspectors visited 1000 sites around the state, following

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Man Dies After being Electrocuted by Overhead Powerlines while Trimming Trees

A case being investigated by WorkSafe reminds us to beware of overhead power-lines, especially when working from elevated work platforms. A man was killed recently after being electrocuted by power-lines while trimming trees in Melbourne’s south east. The incident involved

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