Union calls for national investigation of site construction safety

Reported by Haydee | 21 Nov, 2013

A union calls for a national investigation into the safety of work sites of a large construction company after a tradesman in Brisbane died when he was struck by a falling beam on Brisbane’s Airport Link project two years ago. The Australian was able to take hold of a copy of a memo showing that …

Construction Workers Protest Over Safety Concerns at Canberra Site

Reported by Zoe | 01 Nov, 2013

Over 100 workers protested at an ACT construction site today over their concerns for safety. Work stopped at the Braddon site today as a result of the protest. Inspectors from WorkSafe ACT are talking to management at the construction site about the concerns raised by the CFMEU. These issues include the lack of an established …

Union Claims Two Safety Officers Dismissed after Crane Incident

Reported by Zoe | 31 Oct, 2013

The CFMEU has claimed that two safety officers were unfairly dismissed at an Adelaide construction site after an incident with a crane last Friday. A total of eight cranes were working at the site and they all stopped work after a load on one of them got out of control and came into contact with …

Proposed Changes to QLD OHS Safety Laws will Risk Lives According to Union

Reported by Zoe | 05 Oct, 2013

According to proposed OHS changes by the attorney general in QLD, unions wanting to inspect safety breaches will have to wait 24 hours to access construction sites. The purpose of these changes, according to Jarrod Bleijie, is to make sure that all safety issues are dealt with by the government’s safety regulator and to “stop …

Worker Falls Four Metres at NSW Construction Site

Reported by Zoe | 06 Sep, 2013

A 28-year-old worker fell almost 4 metres when he was working at a construction site in West Keira yesterday afternoon. Paramedics arrived at the site around 2pm and treated the worker for a suspected spinal injury prior to transporting him to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition. Mick Lane, a CFMEU official, said that there …

Two Workers Injured at Curtis Island Construction Site

Reported by Zoe | 27 Aug, 2013

The CFMEU has voiced their concern about safety on Curtis Island after two workers were injured at a Curtis Island construction site on Saturday. One of the workers was flown to Rockingham by helicopter for treatment. The incident happened on the compressor deck as workers were moving a crane rail along a structural steel beam. …

QLD Commissioner for Mine Safety rejects union’s safety claims

Reported by Haydee | 20 Aug, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Queensland Commissioner for Mine Safety denied claims that job cuts are compromising health and safety as expressed by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. ABC News reported that CFMEU is concerned on the job cuts in the past year as companies try to minimise costs. Spokesman Greg Dalliston said workers …

Chinese Embassy Site in ACT a Safety Concern for Australian Workers

Reported by Zoe | 25 Jun, 2013

Unions are concerned that any Australian worker injured on the construction site for the new Chinese embassy in Canberra may not have access to compensation. Dean Hall, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) ACT secretary said yesterday that he had found out that Australian workers have been delivering supplies to the “secretive” site …

Independent asbestos test to be conducted at CBD worksite

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jun, 2013

NT WorkSafe has released a statement to clarify reports on the alleged asbestos discovery at a worksite at the end of Smith St Hall in Darwin. According to NT WorkSafe, they have received conflicting asbestos sampling results from the CFMEU and the builder. Because of this, NT WorkSafe has arranged for independent testing to be …

CFMEU Raises Safety Concerns About WA Mine

Reported by Zoe | 20 Jun, 2013

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has said that workers a mid-west WA mine are concerned about safety at the mine site. It has been confirmed that the Department of Mines and Petroleum is in the process of investigating safety incidents there. One of the incidents being investigated is regarding a worker who …

Mine Safety Fears with Change to Vehicle Policy

Reported by Zoe | 28 May, 2013

The CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) has said that it is concerned about a new light vehicle policy being rolled out in 2016 by a large mining company that will not allow ROPS (rollover protection systems) on site. The company concerned denies that their planned policy will jeopardise the safety of workers as …

Construction Workers Rally in the Name of Workplace Safety

Reported by Zoe | 30 Apr, 2013

According to a report in the Herald Sun thousands rallied today, marching through the centre of Melbourne led by the CFMEU in the name of safety in the workplace. The march began outside the Trades Hall with a minute’s silence while facing the site in Swanston Street where three people died in a recent wall …

CFMEU Says Fine Not Enough for Safety Breach

Reported by Zoe | 22 Apr, 2013

According to the CFMEU a miner that was fined $11,000 for smoking in an underground mine should have had a conviction recorded and the fine should have been more. A spokesperson for the CFMEU Stephen Woods said that the miner risked his and the lives of his colleagues when he lit a cigarette in a …

Union concerned on planned axing of work safety inspectors

Reported by Haydee | 16 Apr, 2013

A union is worried the government will axe seven safety inspectors in Wollongong. CFMEU secretary Brian Parker called on the government to come clean with its plan to axe safety inspectors. Illawarra Mercury reported that Mr Parker believed this move would be “the opening salvo in a bid to slash inspector numbers at the safety …

Asbestos found at Barangaroo construction site

Reported by Haydee | 28 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Officials from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) found 23 asbestos fragments at Sydney’s Barangaroo site. The discovery happened just ten minutes after a building and engineering company told them the area has been certified to be asbestos-free. According to a Courier Mail report, CFMEU organiser Darren Taylor said workers …

Campaign to make Australia asbestos-free by 2030 launched

Reported by Haydee | 18 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Asbestos victims and two Australian unions have launched a new campaign to make the country asbestos-free by 2030. The Asbestos Free Future has been launched to address the threat of asbestos which is still present in many older homes as well as government and commercial establishments. The Australian Manufacturer Workers’ Union (AMWU), …

Workers walk off the job after electric shock incident

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Workers of an apartment site in Canberra have walked off the job after an apprentice electrician suffered from an electric shock in Canberra on Thursday. The apprentice was working alone on a platform ladder and received shock from a live circuit which she thought has been switched off. (Read SafetyCulture Report). According …

Apprentice suffered from electric shock at Canberra construction site

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library An electrical apprentice suffered from an electric shock at a building site in Canberra on Thursday. The woman was brought to the Canberra Hospital after the accident. Canberra Times reported that according to initial investigations, the apprentice was working alone on a platform ladder and received shock from a live circuit which …

Union petitions oil company to give workers a break

Reported by Haydee | 21 Dec, 2012

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is asking workers and the community to sign a petition asking a leading oil company to give its employers a break and to stop bullying workers. According to a news release released by the union, labourers have been banned from using chairs and told not to sit down …

Crane operator hailed hero after crane collapse in Sydney

Reported by Haydee | 28 Nov, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The operator of a crane which collapsed yesterday became an instant hero after he swung the arm of the crane so it fell on scaffolding and not on the busy streets below. “The fire just began… just started,” the crane operator named Glen told Channel Ten. “I got down. I tried to …