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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Worker Injured while using an Electric Grinder in NSW

A man in northern NSW has been rushed to hospital for treatment of a serious wrist injury after an incident with an electric grinder. Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident where they discovered a man in his

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Company Fined $300,000 for Apprentice Electrocution Incident

A Melbourne electrical firm was recently convicted and fined $300,000 over an incident involving an apprentice in 2016. The third year apprentice died from electrocution while laying cables at a property in Camberwell. The company pleaded guilty to 2 charges

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Queensland’s Five Year Plan to Improve Health and Safety in the Workplace

Queensland has a 5 year plan which will make the state safer, its Work Health and Safety Board says. The peak advisory board, made up of representatives from employer associations, trade unions and academia came up with the plan in

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