QLD: Construction Worker Dies After Struck by Heavy Machinery

Reported by Julia | 02 Nov, 2011

A fatal accident has occurred on a University of Queensland construction site at St Lucia. A 65-year-old died on Monday when building materials fell from a crane and crushed him. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union workplace health and safety co-ordinator Andrew Ramsay said the site foreman was struck by a piece of heavy machinery. …

VIC: Worker Crushed by Cherry Picker

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2011

A 49-year-old man suffered a crushed lung after being injured in a workplace accident in Melbourne’s west last week. The accident occurred while the man was operating a cherry picker machine in an Altona North factory and he became crushed between the cherry picker and a metal beam. When paramedics arrived, they found the man’s colleagues performing …

VIC: Construction Worker Falls from Scissor Lift

Reported by Julia | 24 Oct, 2011

A construction worker has fallen after the scissor lift he was standing on fell 5m to the ground in Melbourne’’s north. The man aged in his 40s was working on a scissor lift at Broadmeadows Shopping Centre, when the machinary failed. He is being treated for suspected spinal injuries at Royal Melbourne Hospital and is in …

QLD: Regulation Changes for the Construction Industry

Reported by Julia | 14 Oct, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has explained the differences between the model Work Health and Safety Regulation (model WHS Regulation) and the current Queensland WHS Regulation. These are: the project value threshold for appointment of a principal contractor will increase to $250 000 from $80 000 the principal contractor must ensure that signs are installed …

QLD: Guidelines for Stillages and Material Boxes

Reported by Julia | 23 Aug, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued guidelines regarding the safe use and appropriate marking of stillages and material boxes. Such devices are used to store and lift scaffolding components on construction sites and other workplaces. Material boxes have a completely solid base and four solid and sealed sides, with lifting lugs on the top …

WA: Construction Supervisor Fined for Tilt Up Panel Negligence

Reported by Julia | 21 Jul, 2011

A site supervisor on a Perth tilt-up construction site has been fined $6000 over an incident in 2008 whereby four concrete panels fell into a lift shaft. The tilt-up method of construction involves the erection of large pre-cast concrete panels which are supported by temporary braces until they are safely incorporated into the structure and …

NSW: Building Company Fined After Worker Struck by 100kg of Concrete

Reported by Julia | 21 Jul, 2011

Last Thursday, the NSW Industrial Court fined a building company and its director a total of $137,500 following a fatal accident in Grafton in 2008. The deceased, aged 34 at the time of his death, was in his first month of work at the shopping centre construction site when he was struck by a steel concrete …

VIC: Two Caravan Builders Fined

Reported by Julia | 01 Jun, 2011

Two Melbourne caravan builders have been fined for failing to address health and safety issues. One of the companies faced the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on 10 May charged with 10 counts of failing to comply with an improvement notice. WorkSafe issued 10 notices after an inspection of the company’s Campbellfield factory in October 2009. The …

VIC: Rig Worker Falls to his Death

Reported by Julia | 29 May, 2011

WorkSafe is investigating the death of a rig worker who fell from a 20-metre-tall drilling rig after it collapsed at a Melbourne construction site yesterday afternoon. The 30-year-old, who had been wearing a harness, was setting up a drilling machine on the mast of the drilling rig when the mast collapsed, bringing him down with it, WorkSafe …

QLD: Builders Refuse to Work due to Safety Concerns

Reported by Julia | 21 May, 2011

More than 1,000 workers at a construction site of an alumina refinery near Gladstone in central Queensland are refusing to work unless safety is improved. A construction worker was seriously injured at the site when a hatchway cover fell on his legs on Tuesday. One of the man’s legs had to be partially amputated and …

VIC: Safety Concern at Unsecured Building Sites

Reported by Julia | 28 Apr, 2011

A WorkSafe investigation of building sites at Point Cook has revealed many are being left unsecured, causing safety concerns to residents. The suburb is a major growth region in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Residents have expressed alarm at children seen playing on high scaffolding on unsecured construction sites. WorkSafe spokesman Michael Birt said inspectors visited 11 …

QLD: Removalist Contractor Crushed to Death

Reported by Julia | 20 Apr, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating the death of a 24-year old man was who crushed by a collapsing house during a building relocation. The incident occurred yesterday at Bundaberg Airport where the man was part of a removalist crew lowering the building at the airport when a jack failed, causing the building to collapse …

VIC: WorkSafe Launches Site Clean-up Campaign

Reported by Julia | 03 Apr, 2011

Every week, 70 Victorian construction workers are seriously injured and have to stop work. This is often because basic site safety is non-compliant. These injuries might not be life-threatening, but they are painful, costly and the effects can be permanent, making it difficult to work in the future. Construction workers may hurt their back or …

QLD: Construction Company Fined

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2011

A Mackay-based construction company has been fined $42,000 over a workplace accident in January last year, in which a worker suffered a fractured right leg at a subdivision at Eimeo. Staff at the worksite had identified a risk in a general purpose telecommunications pit, known as a GPT pit, but failed to manage it, Crown …

Cth: Workers’ Compensation Statistics Released by Safety Watchdog

Reported by Julia | 28 Mar, 2011

The annual Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics Australia 2008–09 has been released by Safe Work Australia. The report details the latest OHS statistics Australia-wide.  A summary of the key findings include: There were 128 735 serious workers’ compensation claims in 2008–09. Men were almost twice more likely to be injured than female employees. There were …

SA: Construction Firm Convicted over Dangerous Lifting Operations

Reported by Julia | 05 Nov, 2010

The SA Industrial Relations Court has fined a construction company after concrete panels collapsed at a building site in the northern suburbs. According to SafeWork SA, the construction company placed its employee and others at risk over its unsafe lifting operation of a concrete panel. The court was told a crane was being used to …

SA: 37 Injuries Recorded in Desal Plant Construction

Reported by Julia | 28 Oct, 2010

SA Water has revealed in a parliamentary inquiry that 37 injuries have been recorded in connection with the construction of the Adelaide desalination plant. The inquiry heard that in 27 of the cases medical treatment had been required. In seven cases, workers needed time off to recover. The inquiry was also told that nine workers …

ACT: Bridge Collapse May Lead to Regulatory Changes

Reported by Julia | 18 Oct, 2010

New regulations may be in the horizon for the construction industry as a result of a bridge collapse in August, ACT Work Safe says. 18 workers were injured when a bridge over the Barton Highway crashed during a concrete pour. Federal Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten says they are looking to improve the current safety regulations. …

NSW: Schools Under Investigation over Asbestos Removal

Reported by Julia | 12 Oct, 2010

WorkCover is investigating 14 NSW schools over safety breaches involving asbestos handling during construction work. The authority has revealed that four notices were issued to the on-site contractor at a public school in Channon over licensing and administration issues involving asbestos removal. Concerns were raised about the lack of transparency with the school’s students and …

NSW: Improper Asbestos Handling Found in Schools

Reported by Julia | 04 Oct, 2010

WorkCover NSW has confirmed it has investigated allegations of improper asbestos handling at 94 schools since 2007. Reports say asbestos handling violations have occurred at 14 government, Catholic and independent schools across New South Wales. There were allegations that parent groups were not made aware about the violations. Many of the breaches allegedly occurred during …

VIC: Union Raises Concern About School Building Project

Reported by Julia | 21 Sep, 2010

The Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) program has been under fire from a trade union following the death of a glazier in a Melbourne primary school. A 48-year-old man was working at a gym construction site when fell from an elevated work platform on Thursday. He suffered head injuries from the 18-metre fall, …