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Union Urges Chrysotile Asbestos Export to Be Controlled

Surprisingly, around 2 million tonnes of asbestos is produced each year, almost all of which is Chrysotile, the last type of this deadly substance to be traded without international regulation. Chrysotile also known as white asbestos is the most common

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Construction Workers – what you need to know about Traffic management on site

Just last week in Bunbury a road construction worker was killed after being struck by a grader on site. The tragic incident is a harsh reminder of the danger of moving vehicles and equipment on construction sites and the need

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Road Construction Accident Claims Life of Grandfather in Bunbury

An elderly man has been killed in a construction accident in Bunbury recently. The grandfather was killed when he was engaging in work on a site and stepped into the path of a reversing road construction vehicle. The worker was

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Design of Site Fencing Should Be Able To Withstand High Winds

The topic of pedestrians and the public being injured and even killed by construction accidents is a sad but extremely relevant one at the moment, especially in Oz, following the death last month of 3 people who were walking past

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New Work Safety Campaign Launched by WorkSafe ACT

WorkSafe ACT launched a safety campaign entitled “Speak Up About Safety”. The campaign was announced by ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe and aims to encourage workers in the ACT to actively engage in discussions about safety and raise safety

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Excavator Operator Receives Prison Sentence for Construction site Incident

There are three common accidents that can occur on a construction site when excavators are in use that may cause injuries or fatalities which include moving excavator strikes a pedestrian, particularly while reversing; excavator engaged in slewing traps a person

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Governments New Plan to Tackle Asbestos Harm in Oz

Asbestos has been used in thousands of materials and products throughout Australia for decades and have historically been used in places that were likely to experience intense exposure to the elements, friction etc. which would degrade and deteriorate the product.

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According to St. Johns Ambulance 87% of Australian businesses failing first aid

A rather disturbing revelation has been brought to light regarding provision of first aid facilities by employers. According to a media release by St. Johns Ambulance, millions of Australian employees are at risk because of a lack of safety awareness

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Importance of Learning Correct Manual Handling Procedures

Good manual handling practices are essential in guarding against musculoskeletal injuries and long term problems.  Poor manual handling is one of the most common hazards that construction workers have to contend with and although no site is free from the

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Construction Blitz Report Released

WorkSafe ACT has released a report summarizing the process followed and the results of a recent residential construction blitz on the Canberra suburb of Harrison recently. The blitz was conducted on 30 January 2013 by WorkSafe ACT and pointed out

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