Lost your White Card? Click here to get a replacement. It's quick and easy!

Date PostedMarch 22, 2013

Survey Shows Construction Industry Up

A construction industry survey has revealed that the house building industry has recorded its best results in almost 3 years. This is good news for workers in the construction industry and good news for young people wishing to enter the industry. Read what this post from Abc.net.au had to say about the survey’s findings:

195124-3x2-340x227The Australian Industry Group – Housing Industry Association’s Performance of Construction Index (PCI), based on a survey of around 150 companies, jumped 9.4 points to 45.6.

That is the highest reading since June 2010, although it is still below the 50-point level that separates expansion from contraction.

February’s improvement in construction activity was driven by a surge in house building, which leapt 15.4 points to 51.5, the first expansion for this sub-sector since May 2010.

Apartment building also recorded a higher index reading in February than the month before, but remains in contraction at 42.2.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-07/construction-posts-best-result-in-years/4557890?section=business

Although this is good news for the building industry, prospective construction workers need to be prepared before entering the construction world. This can be done by undergoing the construction general safety training in the form of the White Card.

The construction industry can be an extremely rewarding one however it is also one filled with hazards due to the nature of the work and work environment. In fact this year so far has not been a good one for safety in the Australian construction industry, with quite a few workers losing their lives and others suffering serious injuries, even more than in other industries. These types of incidents make white card training even more vital, in addition to the fact that it is a pre-requisite under state law.

Workers need to be appropriately trained for their own safety, the safety of their co-workers and for the good of the site in addition to it being a mandatory requirement. That includes site specific training as well as general construction safety training.

Site specific training will teach new workers entering the construction site how to work safely on that specific site and the hazards that are unique to the site. It will also teach them important lessons like emergency procedures for the site and reporting procedures etc.

General safety training, also known as the white card is vital to all workers on a construction site in Oz and will equip workers with the knowledge to operate safely when confronted with the common hazards that occur in the construction industry.

The white card can be conveniently obtained online. The course can be completed where and when it is convenient for you from the comfort of your own home or office and the certificate is nationally recognised. The course is easy to follow and presented in a user-friendly way.

Workers are trained on everything you need to know about working safely on a construction site as well as how to protect yourself and your co-workers from harm.

The biggest advantage that workers gain by completing their white card course is that it provides them with the basic knowledge of the hazards that they will be confronted with on building sites and also provides an understanding of how to safely overcome them.

 

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.

Posted in General Construction, White Card Tagged with: , , , , ,