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OHS and WHS: new safety laws for building products

OHS and WHS: new safety laws for building products

Companies which use banned building products in NSW such as aluminium cladding could be hit with fines of more than $1 million dollars under new safety laws. According to the Safety Institute of Australia, the legislation also includes fines of up to $220,000 for individuals who breach bans. The laws were introduced following the catastrophic fire, which engulfed London’s Grenfell Tower, and was caused by combustible aluminium cladding. “This incident was a reminder of the need to do everything possible to keep residents living in high-rise buildings safe,” said Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. “These new...

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NSW launches OHS and WHS blitz to drive down construction deaths

NSW launches OHS and WHS blitz to drive down construction deaths

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean launched this week, a year-long blitz to crack down on dodgy construction businesses, which put their workers at risk. According to Kean the number of falls from heights reported to SafeWork NSW had more than tripled in the last five years – with the majority happening on construction sites. “Falls are the number one killer on NSW construction sites,” Kean said. “In fact, this year alone, eight people have tragically died in work-related falls, and many more have been severely injured.” Kean said former construction worker Myles Lowry, 47, knows all too well the...

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OHS and WHS more important than ever in the lead up to the festive season

OHS and WHS more important than ever in the lead up to the festive season

WorkSafe Victoria is pleading with employers and workers to take a step back and focus on safety as they say the state is entering a traditionally dangerous time of year. According to WorkSafe statistics show more Victorian workers die in the weeks leading up to Christmas than at any other time of year. Over the past decade, almost 25% of all workplace fatalities occurred in November and December. WorkSafe executive director Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, said there was only one fatality in the November-December period last year – on 30 November – but in previous years the death toll...

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Mates in Energy takes on OH&S for energy workers

Mates in Energy takes on OH&S for energy workers

A new program aiming to improve mental health and tackle suicide in the energy sector was launched in Queensland recently. Mates in Energy, is the first of its type tailored for the Australian energy sector and will be rolled out to Ergon Energy and Energex employees from Torres Strait to the Gold Coast. “Poor mental health can affect anyone – one in five adult Australians experiences a mental illness in any given year, and nearly half of us will be directly affected during our lifetime,” said Minister for Energy Mark Bailey. “Under Mates in Energy, more than 7000 employees of...

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Queensland Building Plan providing a blueprint for industry confidence

Queensland Building Plan providing a blueprint for industry confidence

The Queensland’s government has injected $45 billion into the building and construction sector with the Government releasing the new Queensland Building Plan (QBP). According to Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni the QBP is a blueprint for ongoing confidence and growth for the industry. “The Queensland Building Plan is the result of almost two years of consultation with industry and the community,” de Brenni said. “We’ve already progressed many of the significant reforms proposed in the QBP, which includes important areas of reform such as Queensland’s nation leading work to deal with non-conforming building products like dangerous...

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