Ensuring Workers aren’t “High” on the Job

Frontline Diagnostics, a leading workplace drug testing agency is planning on tackling drugs in the workplace by setting up on the spot drug testing clinics in Mudgee and Bathurst. According to the company who recently issued a statement about its plans, drug testing will be increased in west and northwest coalfields in New South Wales […]

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White Card Update: Examining the Importance of a Mental Health Plan

Employers should never underestimate the importance of a mental health plan in a workplace to enhance productivity, avoid a high attrition rate and reduce absenteeism which costs Australian businesses billions of dollars every year. Some encouraging news recently came to light regarding construction workplaces and mental health of workers. According to a national survey commissioned […]

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White Card Update: Construction Company fined over accident which resulted in the amputation of a worker’s leg

A construction company, Transfield Services Engineering Group (TSEG) has been fined $100,000 and ordered to pay legal costs following an incident on one of their sites. The 45 year old dogman was seriously injured which resulted in the amputation of his leg. The worker was engaged in work at the Port Kembla export terminal for […]

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Man Struck by Beam on Construction Site

A tragic accident on a construction site in Chicago, United States is an example of why workers need to undergo general construction safety training. Freak accidents such as the one that occurred on the campus of a university in Chicago is a tragic reminder of the dangers of construction work and why safety needs to […]

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White Card Update: Missing Hook Safety Catch Causes Sheet to Fall from Excavator resulting in Injury

A serious construction incident has left a 58 year old British man injured after a 7m sheet pile fell and struck him. The worker apparently suffered multiple, life changing injuries for which the company was held liable. According to a report an excavator was used to remove sheet piling installed around a collapsed culvert to […]

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White Card Update: Importance of Managing Noise Hazards in Construction

WorkCover NSW has issued an alert to remind businesses to prioritise managing hazardous noise in the workplace. According to WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division General Manager, John Watson, businesses are required by law to manage the risk of hearing loss from workplace noise. Many businesses are failing to do this which is resulting in […]

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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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White Card Update: Tragedy strikes Melbourne Site after well-loved worker dies

A construction site incident in Melbourne today has highlighted the very personal nature of accidents. An article on Heraldsun.com.au makes it all too clear that construction workers are not just numbers, they are human beings with friends and families whose lives are forever changed by the passing of their loved one. According to the family […]

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