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Date PostedOctober 6, 2012

Structural Collapse – A Construction Site Hazard

The structural collapse of trenches, walls, buildings, cranes etc. can be disastrous on construction sites, not to mention costly and time consuming. Serious injury or death can occur for workers in the immediate area of the collapse and due to the unexpected, sudden nature of a collapse, workers have no time to respond.

Bad weather can be an enemy of fragile building structures, which is why it is important for workers to ensure the structural integrity of walls and buildings. Workers should check the stability of structures during every stage of its construction. This can be done by installing lateral supports to make the building more sturdy. There may be a need for lateral or temporary supports when erecting a wall, building or structure.

Another factor that may help are exclusion zones that keep unauthorised people out of the dangerous area where collapse may occur. This will prevent passers-by from being injured if the structure does collapse.

Workers should watch weather reports to be informed in advance of strong winds or other adverse weather conditions. This will allow them to provide extra support for the structure if necessary. Cautious workers needn’t be the victim of structural collapses, all it takes to remain safe is preparation, awareness of the hazards and knowledge of the correct procedures to avoid accidents.

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Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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