Need to watch out for Overhead Power Lines

An issue that is particularly relevant to construction vehicle operators is the warning being issued to heavy vehicle drivers to watch out for overhead power lines following an accident last week in NSW. An incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning which resulted in almost 80 homes being left without power. A truck […]

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White Card Blog: Safety in Construction Tips

The most important aspect of Construction Site Safety is ensuring that you are all co-workers have received general construction safety training. Possession o f your White Card proves that you have gained all the knowledge necessary to work in a hazardous job, such as construction. Remember construction sites are some of the most dangerous work […]

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Consequences of Poor Manual Handling

The problem of poor manual handling is often not given the attention it deserves because it seldom disfigures or maims anyone but the injuries it causes can be life long and affect a person’s quality of life. Long-term injuries can include damage to the spine and to joints. Short-term injuries include sprained ligaments or torn/strained […]

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White Card Update: Best Way to Manage a Fall Hazard

Falling from heights can be fatal especially when working on elevated work platforms, rooftops, scaffolds and similar heights. Regulation requires an approved safety system to be implemented, including guardrails, scaffolding and fall protection. If these measures do not sufficiently reduce the risk workers should be equipped with proper safety harnesses. Typically falls on construction sites […]

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Safety Concerns Shut Down Construction Site

Safety concerns recently shut down the site of a shopping centre in Wollongong. Construction on the Keira shopping centre site stopped after a union inspection found various safety concerns that jeopardised worker health and safety. Almost 100 workers were on site at the time of the inspection. According to the CFMEU some workers were sent […]

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Housing Construction Blitz finds 90 Safety Breaches

A WorkSafe Victoria safety blitz conducted in Western Victoria last month revealed 90  safety breaches during the operation that inspected 120 housing construction sites. The WorkSafe inspectors visited almost 120 housing construction sites around Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura, Warrnambool and Geelong as part of an operation dubbed Operation SafeSite. The sites visited were warned beforehand of […]

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Injured Worker Jailed for Compensation Fraud

An injured worker in Western Australia has been jailed for 3 months for fraudulently obtaining more than $50,000 in weekly compensation payments. The injury occurred in 2009 when the man hurt his shoulder and was allegedly unable to work thereafter. He then began submitting certificates stating his incapacitation to work. However during the time between […]

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Kingston Site Accident injures Young Worker, Co-workers Outraged at Lack of Safety

WorkSafe ACT is investigating the electric shock incident that occurred on a Canberra building site last week. An apprentice was injured last Thursday, when she suffered an electric shock on the site of an apartment complex. The incident has attracted a lot of attention and has highlighted the dangerously high rate of injury on Canberra […]

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NYC Crane Collapse Injures 7

Photo Credit: http://news.yahoo.com/nyc-crane-collapses-construction-7-hurt-231402654.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter Caption: Crane Collapse in NY injures 7 A construction site in New York recently was the scene of destruction and chaos as the red crane toppled upon a building site and trapped 3 workers beneath the wreckage. The trapped workers suffered broken bones and other serious injuries which resulted in them being hospitalised. […]

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Importance of Safety Signs on Building Sites

Although all workers entering construction sites must undergo the appropriate safety training it still helps to have safety signs posted around the site to warn workers and visitors to the site about hazards and what precautions need to be taken to overcome them. Employers have a responsibility according to the law to provide workers with […]

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