Worker Receives $20,000 Compensation for Electrocution

wires-1The family of a South Australian man who was electrocuted on the job in April 2014 has been awarded $20,000 compensation and the employer involved has been fined $45,000.

The 43 year old man was working for a construction company on a site at Yahl when the incident occurred on April 23, 2014.

It was found that a section of metal the man was holding came into contact with overhead wires  which were live, causing the electrocution. Read more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-31/construction-company-bissen-fined-over-electrocution-death/7802426

Video Shows Monaco offshore urban extension

Here’s a cool video that shows how Monaco is expanding its territories off-shore.

The small kingdom is reclaiming 6 hectares from the sea, using what it describes as ground breaking construction methods. Let’s watch the video to learn more.

Workers Million Dollar Payout

coal-miningRio Tinto was recently ordered to pay a former coal miner more than a million dollars in damages and compensation after illegally standing him down. They have also been ordered to pay $24,600 in interest payments by the courts.

The CFMEU described the amounts as “nearly unprecedented in workplace disputes”.

The damages and compensation amount is above the $50,000 the company had to pay out earlier in the week.

The fines are related to the injury of the miner in a bulldozer accident in 2009 which caused him serious spinal injury.  Read more about the case at: https://safetowork.com.au/coal-miner-gets-million-dollar-payout-from-rio-tinto/

The Future of Construction with Robotic Builders

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So we’ve already seen the introduction of bricklaying robots into the construction industry but according to a new study, the automation of the construction process is likely to transform the industry from a more physical one to a knowledge intensive one.

With an aging workforce, Australia is going to have 20 per cent of its population over the age of 65 by 2034/35, with the construction industry already feeling the impact.

This older workforce will require less labour intensive roles, which is why the industry is turning to task automation and technology, and will continue to do so in the future.

In fact roles in the construction industry are expected to change so drastically over the next decade that dangerous tasks will be done by robots. Read more at: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/08/what-construction-jobs-will-look-like-when-robots-can-build-things/`

Thousands of Working Days Lost Due to Industrial Action

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Source: CourierMail.com.au

There have been thousands of working days lost due to industrial action recently and according to Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and others, this is cause enough for the reinstatement of the construction industry watchdog.

According to Cash, we need to bring back the Australian Building and Construction Commission in order to tackle union action which she said resulted in fines of more than $8.25 million.

In fact the rate of industrial action in the construction sector is five times higher than the average across all industries, at a great cost to taxpayers because of delays on important infrastructure projects.

See more at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/why-we-build-the-worlds-most-expensive-buildings/news-story/72e8a9393b2ee104d889edaac45b2fdc