Toppled Concrete Truck Halts Construction on Hospital Site

The construction being carried out at Lismore Base Hospital has been put on hold after a concrete truck toppled over while pouring a slab. The work was being carried out as part of Stage 3 of the hospital’s redevelopment, apparently costing upwards of $80.2 million.

Police said workers were lucky to escape injury after the truck overturned early Friday morning last week.

Com Care officials and engineers could be seen on site over the weekend investigating what happened.

According to an article on Echo.net.au the police say the accident happened as workers had been remotely operating the truck extended the boom and moved the stabilising legs in preparation to pour the concrete slab.

It is likely that construction on the site will only resume in the new year. The article on Echo.net.au explained what the redevelopment would mean for the community it services,

The development will result in a 100 per cent increase for the emergency unit, with four times the floor space of the existing unit, plus a new 18-bed renal unit.

 

Completion of Stage 3a is set for the end of 2015, at the same time as a $9 million project that will include a 250-space car park at the first stage.

 

Source: http://www.echo.net.au

Construction accidents such as this one are not common but there are other smaller and more minor mishaps that happen everyday on construction sites all over Oz. It is vital that before people start working in a construction related field, they are aware of the risks that construction work holds.

Preparing workers for life on a construction site is the responsibility of the White Card Course. This course is a mandatory, general safety training course which covers basic safety issues on a work site so that workers are aware of what to expect, what the law says and how to stay out of trouble while on a work site.

The course is required for anyone working in construction anywhere in the country. The course can be completed within a few hours online and a small credit card sized White Card is then sent in the mail. Once received the White Card allows workers to engage in work on a construction site.

The White Card is proof that you are aware of the basic hazards and control measures needed for work on a construction site. Not only is it a mandatory legal requirement throughout the country, it is also an important tool in a worker’s arsenal because it lays the foundation of safety knowledge needed for work in the construction industry, without which workers would be totally lost and in danger once they step onto a construction site.