The heat is on

76% of fire doors inspected by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme last year in the UK have been found to be not fit for purpose.  In 2019 there were over...

Man crushed to death by a portable building on NSW worksite

A man has been crushed to death by a portable building that fell on him at an industrial site near Newcastle.The incident took pl

Focus on cladding rectification takes attention from other safety hazards in tall buildings

Specialists say focus on cladding comes at expense of other safety measures. Fire protection specialists says that attempts to get dangerous cladding replaced on tall buildings has taken the focus...

Worker Dies After Crane Load Fails

A worker aged in his 50’s has passed away suddenly after a crane load fell unexpectedly on a site at Rozelle. A marine site at James Craig Rd was swiftly...

Incidents Remind of Need for Workplace Safety

2 Incidents on construction sites in Melbourne today are a timely reminder that even as we focus on social-distancing and virus control, workplace safety is still a major concern. A...

Taking Safety to another dimension

Main works contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV) in the UK is using some new software on its HS2 contract to improve safety planning. It is described as “advanced 4D learning...

Construction & Stage 4 Restrictions

Business Victoria has released its guidelines for the construction industry under Stage 4 restrictions. Along with the already published restrictions around 5 workers per site (small construction) and 25% of...

A new type of vibration-measuring glove has been developed

Coventry City Council in the UK has ordered a new type of vibration-measuring glove for its highway crews. The HAV-Sentry glove has been developed by Feraru Dynamics to protect wearers...

Asbestos Concerns Threaten Cross River Rail

The Courier Mail is reporting that the CFMEU is raising concerns about asbestos contamination and handling on the $5.4Bn Cross River Rail project. It reports that photos and video obtained by...

EPA NSW Launches Asbestos Week

It may be aimed more at DYI’ers and home renovators, but the risk and danger is just as applicable to more established builders. Asbestos remains a major hazard on building...

Qld contractor fined $40,00 for incomplete and unrestricted scaffolding

The Toowoomba Magistrates Court has fined the contractor for allowing unrestricted access to the scaffolding, whilst parts of the bottom of the scaffolding were missing or unsecured.  Some posts and...

Multiplex Site Shutdown After Positive Test

A Multiplex site in Melbourne has been shutdown following a 12 positive COVID19 cases in the workforce. The ‘Beyonce’ tower project (otherwise known as Premier Tower) on Spencer St in...

Bosses could be liable for worker wellbeing

The Victorian State Government yesterday introduced new workplace manslaughter laws in a bid to toughen penalties and responsibilities for employers. The new laws will include provisions for deaths attributed to...

Workplace Manslaughter Laws Come In To Effect July 1

New workplace manslaughter legislation comes into effect in Victoria on 1st July. The new laws include a massive increase in fines for negligence that results in death and injury along...

Modified diggers used in Afghanistan to clear land mines

A fleet of JCBs are being used by The Halo Trust, a British landmine clearance charity to help clear minefields in Afghanistan. Four modified JCB models – a 457ZX wheeled...

Industry on notice in scaffolding blitz

Safework NSW is conducting a safety blitz on scaffolding in construction following a number of incidents including 3 fatalities in 2020. The blitz has already resulted in more than 800...

Testing electricity poles with ‘Thor’s hammer’

Trials are to be carried out of a system that assesses the stability of electricity poles by hitting them with a hammer and measuring the resulting vibrations. SP Energy Networks...

Improving supply chain safety

Spelling out safety across the supply chain with Coates Hire. Coates Hire has created two safety guides, for truck drivers and load restraint protocols, to promote and embed safe processes...

Hard hats now provide even better protection

Hard hats now available with Mips multi-directional impact protection. British hard-hat manufacturer Centurion Safety Products has added a new level of protection to its Nexus helmet. Centurion Safety Products has...

Road Worker Struck And Injured

A road worker collecting signage in the emergency lane has been struck by a ute on the M1 at Berowra (NSW) this morning. The incident occurred at around 3am when...

ACTU: Mental Health Equal to Physical Safety

The Age today reports that the Australian Council of Trade Unions has identified Mental Health as a key priority on the back of the Productivity Commission report on mental health....

Horror Start to September

September has delivered a spate of workplace incidents across the country with a combination of falls, material strikes and machinery incidents resulting in serious injuries and death. On Wednesday a...

Elon Musk’s Tesla, France’s Neoen Win Landmark SA Battery Tender

Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors and French wind farm developer Neoen have won a landmark tender to
New Safety Marketplace Launches in Australia

New Safety Marketplace Launches in Australia

A new online marketplace for safety equipment and supplies has launched this week hosting products as diverse as steel-capped boots, fire extinguishers to signs and tape. The site facilitates onsite...

Improving pedestrian safety

VR technology helps improve pedestrian safety In a new research project from the University of South Australia (UniSA), planned upgrades to roads and pedestrian areas will be simulated using virtual...

ARRB Best Practice Guides to help local councils make roads safe

The Australian Roads Research Board has launched a series of ‘Best Practice’ guides, to help local councils create and maintain safer roads.  The latest Guide is on Safe Road Infrastructure,...

Fatal Construction Incident At Curtin University

In tragic circumstances a glass roof under construction at the Curtin University Bentley campus has collapsed today leading to the death of a worker. The 23 year old apprentice has...

Have you heard of ‘hear-through” technology?

The new generation of ear defenders will be using ‘hear-through” technology, which reduces loud background noise, but allows a conversation to be held. They also monitor and map exposure to...

Reducing workplace hazards through robotic technology

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $1.5 million over three years to the University of Illinois at Chicago and Worcester Polytechnic Institute to fund projects aimed...

Worksafe Vic brings charges over crane incident

Worksafe Victoria has charged construction company Alliance CG and Clark Cranes with two and three offences respectively following a September 2018 incident that resulted in the death of a 48...

Preparing for the second wave

As Australia continues to navigate our way through the pandemic, many are wary of a ‘second-wave’ of infections particularly with ongoing community transmission in Victoria. The industry has been fortunate...

Australia’s first lithium-ion battery factory to be built in NSW

Renaissance One, Australia’s first lithium-ion battery factory, is to be built at Tomago in the Hunter region of NSW, announced Energy Renaissance, the manufacturer, in The Industrial and Safety Bulletin...

Wet Weather on the Jobsite – Are you Prepared?

As the cold and rain sets in, Worksafe Victoria has released a timely reminder of the hazards wet weather can bring to construction sites. Along with slippery surfaces and flood mitigation, site inspections should also identify risks such as waterlogged ground that could pose a hazard to mobile plant.

Psychological welfare in 2021

Construction Advisor’s mantra is “Building things without breaking people“, and after a very “breaking year”, we’d like to raise the profile of caring for your people. Just as we heightened...

Fatal fall on construction site in Liverpool

news.com.au is reporting that a 52 year old worker has died today following a fall on a construction site in Liverpool (West Sydney). The fall was reportedly from a height...

Fatal Electrocution on Melbourne Worksite

A 21 year old worker has tragically been killed on a Melbourne Worksite on Monday evening. Little detail has been provided but it is believed that he was doing electrical...

Crane Driver Rescued After Fall

A crane driver was rescued this morning after an apparent slip and fall of roughly 2m inside the access structure of the machine. The driver, in his 60s, suffered head...

Scaffold Collapse Injures 5

Five workers have been transported to hospital with serious injuries following a scaffold collapse in North Melbourne on Monday. The four-story scaffold on a site in Craigieburn came down at...

Can Construction be done in bank hours?

On the back of the Swinburne study that identified significant issues with mental and lifestyle challenges in the construction industry, another university-backed study has shone a damning light on health...

Workplace Manslaughter Laws Now In Effect

As of 1st July 2020 new workplace manslaughter laws are now in effect with employers now liable in cases where negligence contributes to a worker dying on the job. Penalties...

The UK Health and Safety Executive – changing workers perspective on Safety

Bring up health and safety in many workplaces, and you get rolled eyes paired with comments about masses of red tape and wasted time. But the COVID-19 pandemic has refocused...

UK firm fined £500 for safety breaches

Magistrates have handed down a fine of half a million pounds for safety breaches that led to employees of a building materials giant suffering from debilitating hand arm vibration syndrome....

MRPV trials new road safety equipment

Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) has been trialling a new road safety and traffic management equipment as part of the M80 Ring Road upgrade project in Melbourne. With the aim...

Worlds Largest Lithium Mines To Be Constructed In Australia

Two of the largest lithium mines in the world are set to be built in Australia, following incr

Do you have a truck protection gizmo?

Look carefully and you may start to see strange little metal geometrical gizmos on the back of Amey’s (Amey plc in the UK) highway maintenance vehicles. That’s to stop lorries...

Worksafe Victoria Reports Fatal Fall From Ladder

Worksafe is reporting a fatal fall from a ladder on Monday morning in North East Victoria. The worker, aged in his 60’s, fell from the ladder whilst installing skylights. This...

UK Government sets up building products regulator

The UK government is setting up a new regulatory body to oversee the safety of construction materials. The construction products regulator will be a division of the Office for Product...

NSW trials accurate readings of silica dust in air

Trials have begun in New South Wales for technology that can accurately monitor silica dust levels in the air. The technology has the potential to protect workers from contracting the...

New heat guidelines for trades in Brisbane

A new policy produced by the CFMMEU and taken up by 140 contractors and subcontractors could see workers in Brisbane stop-work when the thermometer reaches 28C and 75% humidity. The...

Worker Dies After Fall on Building Site

A worker aged in his 30’s has died today after falling up to seven stories into a void on a site in Western Sydney. The site is located between Jubilee...

Bridge Collapse Has Engineers Scratching Their Heads

A footbridge between Westralia Square and the Alluvion building collapsed on Monday afternoon. Luckily, cracks were noticed in the morning and the structure was blocked to pedestrians before the busy...

Transparent shovel bucket for wheeled loaders

Korean machinery manufacturer Doosan Infracore has launched the industry’s first ‘transparent bucket’ system for wheeled loaders. Doosan uses cameras to relay images into the driver’s cab of whatever is in...

App for rating asbestos operatives now available in the UK

Asbestos removal operatives now face the prospect of being publicly named and shamed for their shortcomings or praised to the hilt for their talents, reports the UK’s The Construction Index....

Scaffold Collapse Injures One

A scaffold collapse in Gosford (NSW) has damaged vehicles and reportedly injured a female pedestrian. The incident occurred around 3pm on Wednesday in Gosford’s Mann Street. Safework NSW is currently...

“Exoskeleton” to help construction workers unveiled

Tool maker Hilti has announced the launch of its first exoskeleton, the EXO-O1 designed to reduce strain on construction workers, according to US construction magazine Construction Dive. The new wearable is...

Multiple Falls on Worksites in Sydney

In a horrible day for worksite incidents multiple falling incidents have resulted in a workers death in Sydney. The man in his 60’s was working on a tree before suffering...

CONTRACT AWARDED: Metro Tunnel

The design and builders for the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history have been

IA rejects ‘significantly overstated’ Cross River Rail business case

Infrastructure Australia has rejected the business case for Cross River Rail, in a massive blow for

Turner Construction in the US promoting physical and behavioural health on and off the job

Turner Construction, one of the nation’s largest contractors, has initiated an enhanced wellness campaign for workers at a multiyear office project in Boston that goes well beyond workplace health and safety, according...

Scotland launches awareness campaign on isolating safely during electrical work

Scottish trade association Select has launched an awareness campaign stressing the fatal consequences of not isolating safely during electrical work. Running under the banner ‘Work dead safely: Stay alive’, the...