Powerline Electrocution Deaths Prompt Safety Warning

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Queensland’s safety regulator has called for caution when working  near overhead powerlines, after 2 deaths and numerous serious injuries.

The most recent incident involved a 28 year man who suffered an electric shock when the pruning tool he was working with came into contact with live powerlines.

These incidents are not only tragic and devastating for the families affected, but they are avoidable.

We must remember to respect the safe exclusion zone distances around powerlines and check for powerlines before we even begin work.  Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/safety-warning-issued-powerline-electrocution-deaths/#.V9hrZPl97IV

All Site Guests Need Protection

construction-siteWhen planning your site’s safety, have you considered the safety of visitors and members of the public, who haven’t been trained to recognise the hazards and aren’t prepared for the risks that construction work presents.

While PPE and hard hats in particular are mandatory for people entering work zones, they aren’t the only protection that visitors to a site require.

Keep in mind the hazards that visitors will face and the if you cannot eliminate them, follow the hierarchy of controls – replace or minimise for somethiing less hazardous.

Also ensure the site is properly fenced and locked during weekends and afterhours to prevent tresspassers entering the site an unwittingly injuring themselves or others.  See more at http://www.healthandsafetyhandbook.com.au/pokemon-go-warning-from-health-and-safety-regulator/

Asbestos Discovery Made at Tasmania’s Largest Hospital

asbestosIn the building industry it is common to come across asbestos containing building materials, especially when working on older buildings.

The concern comes in when these building materials are ruptured and the asbestos fibres are released.

This concern recently led to the temporary relocation of staff at a section of the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment site when material found in the ceiling was identified as asbestos.

It was not the first time that asbestos was discovered on the site. Read more at https://sourceable.net/asbestos-confirmed-at-tasmanias-biggest-hospital/

Withstanding Earthquakes Better with Wave Shaped Pipes

pipes-600x400A new steel pipe developed by a Japanese company promises to enhance the seismic resistance of oil or water pipes that cross over earthquake prone fault lines.

The new form of pipes are wave-shaped, allowing it to bend and compress when put under pressure, as opposed to bursting or rupturing as they usually do.

Engineers at Cornell University have used their own unique testing facilities to demonstrate that the innovtive wave-shaped pipe can in fact withstand intense seismic events.

This development is particularly important given the increase in seismic activity globally. Source: https://sourceable.net/wave-shaped-pipes-capable-better-withstanding-earthquakes/

The Tragic death of SA Teen on a Building Site Was Preventable, CFMEU Claims

accidentThe CFMEU says the death of a 17 year old boy at a construction site in Adelaide was preventable and displayed an appalling lack of basic safety at the site.

The young worker was killed when a timber frame fell on him following a wall collase at a building site in Fullarton. The teenager was rushed to hospital with critical head injuries and died shortly afterwards.

There was apparently no site manager on site at the time and no first aid facilities or amenities. Also no one on site was wearing a hard hat – a basic requirement on every construction site.

The incident is being investigated by SafeWork Australia. Source: https://sourceable.net/sa-teen-building-death-preventable-cfmeu/

Construction Across Borders Program Extended

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The Construction Across Borders Program has been hailed as a success and has therefore been extended for another 3 years.

The program which began in June 2013 involved safety inspectors from Victoria and NSW visiting building sites to shed light on issues around cross border work. Inspectors explained to workers and employers, their obligations and similarities of working between the 2 states. This helped alleviate confusion about construction site safety requirements in both states.

Inspectors have visited 419 construction sites since the start of the program and have hosted 3 trade breakfasts.

Ultimately the program has helped improve safety on construction sites on both sides of the border. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/cross-border-construction-program-extended-3-years/#.V802cPl97IV