OHS News — Contractor Safety

Preventing end of queue collisions

Preventing end of queue collisions

Control of traffic around and through road works is a very high-risk activity on road construction sites, and it is critical that the safety of road workers and road users at these sites is adequately provided for. In July 2017, four people were killed and a road worker seriously injured in incidents at road works in NSW and QLD and as result the Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland are calling on industry to do everything to minimise the end of queue risks. TMR’s MRTS02 – Provision for Traffic reflects a requirement for end of queue risk control measures, which chief...

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The hollow promise of construction-led jobs and growth

The hollow promise of construction-led jobs and growth

Any downturn in the construction industry could trigger job losses to a range of sectors that support the building industry, such as planning, project management, real estate and property services. This threat reveals the risk of relying on building and construction to sustain the economy.  Since before the global financial crisis, urban economies across the world have relied increasingly on the construction of housing, especially high rise urban apartments, to maintain economic activity.  Construction has boomed in Australia, especially in Melbourne and Sydney. Migration from overseas and interstate, as well as international student numbers, have so far maintained sufficient demand for city apartments...

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South Australia launches action plan for construction workers

South Australia launches action plan for construction workers

Apprentices and fall prevention is the key focus of an industry action plan released on August 10, 2017 and developed by the South Australian work health and safety regulator as part of a push to improve health and safety within the construction sector.  SafeWork SA highlights ten priority areas to improve workplace health and safety over the next two years, and The Construction Safety Action Plan Initiative aims to protect apprentices working on South Australian construction sites.  Acting executive director of SafeWork SA, Dini Soulio, said that, on average, work injury claims in the sector between 2013 and 2016 have...

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NSW government announces 10-point plan for fire safety

NSW government announces 10-point plan for fire safety

The Department of Fair Trading NSW has announced a wide-ranging fire safety package to be headed up by the state government.  Following in the wake of the Grenfell fire in London, where at least 80 people died, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the 10 point plan was Australia’s most comprehensive response to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire in June.  “Our priority is to put consumers first and keep them as safe as possible in their homes,” Kean said.  “We’ll do this by ensuring unsafe building products are taken off the shelves, buildings with cladding are identified...

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Parliamentary inquiry finds bullying prevalent in emergency services

Parliamentary inquiry finds bullying prevalent in emergency services

A NSW Parliamentary inquiry into police officers, paramedics and firefighters being bullied and harassed in the workplace has heard hundreds of harrowing accounts from individuals working in the emergency services.  According to ABC News, a former NSW Ambulance employee says workplace bullying and harassment was more devastating on her mental health than any trauma she experienced in her 25 years on the front line.  In responding to the allegations, NSW Ambulance released a statement saying they did not accept bullying and harassment in the workplace and was supportive of the inquiry.  “As an organisation tasked with the care of others,...

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