WorkCover NSW Release New Demolition Safety Online Tools

Reported by Zoe | 07 Feb, 2013

Demolition work is when a structure or part of a structure that is either load bearing or associated with the integrity of the structure is demolished or dismantled. Demolition is potentially dangerous work and can cause serious injury or death. The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) categorises demolition work, as high-risk construction …

WA: Contractor Fails to Disconnect Electricity Before Demolition

Reported by Julia | 07 Jul, 2011

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined a demolition contractor $5000 for failing to disconnect the electrical supply to a demolition site. The contractor pleaded guilty to undertaking demolition work that was not performed in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard. In November 2010, he was engaged by a property owner to demolish a single-storey residential building …

VIC: Demolisher Prosecuted for Unauthorised Asbestos Removal

Reported by Julia | 08 Nov, 2010

A demolisher has been fined after it was found that it was performing asbestos removal without the required licence. The Geelong Magistrates Court was told the demolition company had potentially exposed workers, at least one client and nearby properties to asbestos due to its questionable practices. The owner of the company pleaded guilty failing to …

QLD: School Fined Over Asbestos Contamination

Reported by Julia | 14 Sep, 2010

A school in Burpengary has been fined after dangerous asbestos particles were released during a demolition work. Education Queensland said it is investigating the incident and looking into the issue of asbestos contamination. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) sent an inspector to the school on Wednesday after receiving complaints about a lack of proper …

ACT: Traffic Flows Again Along Barton Highway

Reported by Julia | 10 Sep, 2010

Canberra’s Barton Highway has finally been reopened today after the collapse of a bridge under construction on August 14. Construction workers suffered injuries after a span of the Gungahlin Drive bridge collapsed during a concrete pour. The road was expected to open two weeks after the incident. However, demolition work and evidence gathering for the …

QLD: Safety Exemptions Revoked in Rural Areas

Reported by Julia | 09 Sep, 2010

Farmers and workers in rural industries in Queensland will have to deal with new safety rules beginning this month after the phase out of legislated occupational health and safety exemptions. Dr Simon Blackwood, Executive Director for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), said the phasing out of exemptions, which began in 1990, mandates rural property …

ACT: Bridge Reopening Delayed

Reported by Julia | 03 Sep, 2010

Complications with the demolition of the bridge in Canberra has led to delays in the reopening of Barton Highway. A span of the Gungahlin Drive bridge crashed on August 14 during a concrete pour, where nine construction workers were hurt. An engineering report was released stating the formwork was not properly braced to stop girders …

ACT: Canberra Bridge Demolition Underway

Reported by Julia | 30 Aug, 2010

The demolition of Canberra’s bridge on Barton Highway is on schedule and could be open to traffic at the end of the week. Roads ACT said workers are removing the rubble caused by the bridge collapse around the clock. The bridge crashed on August 14 during a concrete pour, where nine construction worker were injured. …

ACT: Report Says Bridge Collapse Caused by Faulty FormWork

Reported by Julia | 26 Aug, 2010

The bridge collapse across Barton Highway in Canberra was a result of improper support of the project’s formwork, an engineer’s report says. Concrete pouring was being performed when the bridge collapsed on August 14. Nine workers were injured in the construction accident. The engineer’s report, which was prepared for Roads ACT, revealed the formwork was …

ACT: Bridge Collapse Injures Nine

Reported by Julia | 16 Aug, 2010

Nine construction workers have been injured on Saturday after the bridge in Canberra they were working on partially collapsed. The nine workers were taken to the hospital, although their injuries were described as non-life threatening. Concrete was being poured on a span of bridge over the Barton Highway. It was closed to traffic when the …

WA: Asbestos Scare Forces Mass Evacuation at Power Plant

Reported by Julia | 26 Mar, 2010

More than a hundred workers at a State Government-owned power plant in Kwinana have been sent home on Wednesday after fears of asbestos exposure. According to the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), tests found asbestos particles were scattered throughout the power station following recent demolition works. An old part of the plant was being upgraded, …