SA: Worksite Blaze Leads to Fines for Construction Firm

Reported by Julia | 24 Sep, 2010

A construction company has been fined close to $20,000 by the SA Industrial Court yesterday over a worksite fire in 2008. Industrial Magistrate Michael Ardlie heard a worker was cutting metal in a construction site in South Australia in March 2008 when sparks set the dry grass in the premises ablaze. It then developed into …

NSW: Owner-Builders Face Stricter Rules Starting Next Month

Reported by Julia | 13 Sep, 2010

New NSW rules requiring people who want to renovate their homes to undergo a rigorous training are expected cut the number of owner-builders by half. The new rules, which will take effect next month, will require home renovators to undergo face-to-face training and learn a 700-page training course. The NSW Office of Fair Trading currently …

TAS: Construction Firm, Manager Plead Guilty Over Prime Mover Accident

Reported by Julia | 11 Aug, 2010

A civil construction company and its manager have pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety following the death of an employee. The Hobart Magistrates Court was told a 65-year-old worker was crushed by a 30-tonne prime mover last year while working in Glenorchy. The court hear workers were moving an excavator was being transported …

WA: Worker Fined After Crane Crashes

Reported by Julia | 30 Jun, 2010

The Fremantle Magistrates Court has fined a crane operator last week after his crane collapsed while residential construction work was going on. The crane narrowly missed other workers in the site. The crane operator pleaded guilty to failing to endure his safety and the safety of others. He was fined $8000 by the court. The …

WA: Flooring Firm Fined over Sub-contractor’s Fall

Reported by Julia | 16 Jun, 2010

The Rockingham Magistrates Court has fined a flooring company on June 10 over injuries suffered by a sub-contractor after falling through an unprotected stairwell. The company pleaded guilty after failing to provide edge protection on the building site in Rockingham. It was fined $4000 by the Court. The Court heard a private residence was being …

VIC: Man in Coma After Three-Metre Fall

Reported by Julia | 05 Jun, 2010

WorkSafe is reminding everyone working at height not to resort to shortcuts when it comes to safety. The call comes after a workplace incident on Thursday at a building site in NorthCote, Melbourne where a construction worker fell a few metres to the ground. The 59-year-old man is currently on life support in an induced …

VIC: Campaign Focuses on Slips, Trips & Falls for Residential Construction Sites

Reported by Julia | 20 May, 2010

Slips, trips and falls in the residential construction industry have led to mounting medical costs for the community each year, WorkSafe Victoria says. People who worked as roof tilers had accumulated $1.3 million in treatment costs due to slips, trips or falls in the last financial year. The payout is $1.1 million for bricklayers who …