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Builders Warn of Global Construction Skills Shortage

Australian’s home building sector through Housing Industry Association’s Harley Dale has expressed concern over a looming skills shortage. The HIA has called for a separate contractor visa to be introduced which could bring workers into Australia for building construction projects

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Victorian Building Company Fined for Failure to Provide workers with Safe Work Environment and System of Work

A Victorian building firm was fined $52,000 without conviction for failing to protect workers from fall risks. The incident is a reminder to employers about the importance of providing a safe working environment to workers as well as a safe

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Victorian Apprentice Killed on the Job

An apprentice has been killed at a Melbourne business recently. It is believed the 20 year old man was working inside an open-ended tank at a Cranbourne West business when he was overcome by fumes in the confined space. WorkSafe

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Company Fined $125K Following Serious Apprentice Injury

A 4th year apprentice diesel fitter was seriously injured in an incident at a sand and gravel business, while working on an electrical fault in the engine of a backhoe.He was being supervised by an experienced fitter/mechanic and was working

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Two Workplace Injuries Under Investigation by WorkSafe ACT

It’s the holidays but that doesn’t mean we can relax and take it easy if we’re on the worksite. In fact we need to be extra cautious around this time of year because statistics show a rise in workplace injuries

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Teenager Inducted as Carpenter before Serious Worksite Accident

A 16 year old carpenter was lucky to escape a 7 metre fall down a staircase void, shortly after being inducted onto the worksite as a “capenter”. The young man had practically no construction experience which raised concerns about the

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Apprentice Who Climbed Crane High On Amphetamines And Alcohol

As if we needed any more proof that alcohol, drugs and construction sites don’t mix, it turns out the young man who broke into a Wollongong construction site on Australia Day and proceeded to climb a 12 storey high crane

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Victorian Apprentices Guaranteed Positions

Good news for young people in Victoria who may have been struggling to find a job, the Victorian government have implemented The Major Projects Skills Guarantee which mandates that at least 10 per cent of the workforce involved in major government

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WA Flooring Installer Fined for Apprentice Injury

A Western Australian flooring installer has landed in hot water after a labor hire apprentice was injured while using an unguarded saw on a worksite. The incident is a reminder of the vulnerability of young, inexperienced workers on high risk

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Tasmania Battles to Attract Construction Trade Apprentices

There are major concerns that the construction boom in Tasmania may be hampered by the shortage of apprentices. Michael Kerschbaum from the Master Builders Association (MBA) discussed ¬†in an article on Abc.net.au that there simply aren’t enough young people in

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