Inadequate Facilities a Health and Safety Breach

Builders that think they are complying with health and safety laws but haven’t considered the importance of providing adequate sanitation facilities for its workers are fooling themselves. There are certain requirements that employers and business owners must provide employees and workers on the site with before construction activities can begin on a site. The most […]

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Electricity and Overhead Power Lines

What happens when cranes and other equipment make contact with live overhead electric cables? A contractor has been fined after failing to act on a warning concerning an overhead electric cable which led to the electrocution of a crane operator. The British contractor Ashford Homes (South Western) Ltd was prosecuted after a crane operator suffered […]

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Improvements at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill Mine Ordered

Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill Mine has been ordered to improve operations and procedures relating to cranes after a series of safety incidents that hampered construction last month. The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has ordered that the mine’s crane operations be improved after a team of specialist safety inspectors visited the site […]

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ACT CFMEU to be prosecuted for Safety Breaches

The ACT CFMEU’s officials may face more than $1million in fines for breaching safety laws on Canberra construction sites, allegations that the union and its state secretary Dean Hall have labelled as a stunt by people putting profit first. According to a recent article on Smh.com.au, there are six senior ACT union officials who are […]

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Brain Injuries Common in Construction Despite the use of Hardhats

A recent study I read about provided some interesting, yet alarming information about health and safety incidents in the construction industry. According to a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report, traumatic brain injury (TBI) on construction sites is common despite the use of hardhats. Although hardhats are a common fixture in construction and are […]

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