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How Effective is Our Safety Training?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority released it’s 2014 annual report in November last year which revealed that the standard of training in the construction industry in Australia left much to be desired. According to the report, 3 out of 4

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Queensland Industrial Relations Law Under Review

An independent reference group will be conducting a review of industrial relations law with the aim of making laws fairer, treasurer and industrial relations minister Curtis Pitt stated recently.  As one of the government’s main election commitments, restoring fairness to Queensland

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WorkCover to Investigate Recent Sydney Construction Site Fall

Following the incident on Thursday that left a construction worker in hospital with serious injuries to his neck and back, WorkCover has announced it will be investigating the cause of the accident. The incident happened on a NSW site about

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Building Materials that can Fight Pollution

New bricks have been designed to suck the pollution out of the air like a vacuum. The Breathe Brick developed by Carmen Trudell, an assistant professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s school of architecture was designed to form a part

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Learn About Modular Construction at This Year’s Modular Construction and Prefabrication Summit

This year’s Modular Construction and Prefabrication Summit will take place next week, 25-26 August in Sydney. For advice on planning and design, software for this type of construction, transportation as well as how to reduce costs and save time, the

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Canberra Firm Fined $1.1 million Under New National Work Safety Laws

Canberra based Kenoss Contractors have been fined $1.1 million under new national work safety laws, relating to the death of a truck driver in June 2012. The company was found guilty of safety breaches that resulted in the death of

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Dutch Cranes Collapse Injuring 20 People

Following last week’s tower crane collapse on a Southbank construction site, I found this video particularly interesting. The video shows 2 construction cranes in Holland. When they collapse, they destroy houses and injure at least 20 people, the Southbank incident

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Beware of Asbestos Containing Building Materials

Following tests by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) a prohibition notice has been issued to a building site in Sydney. The NATA found that building panels being used on the site contained chrysotile asbestos. The panels had already been

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Dramatic Crane Collapse Photos

These dramatic photos depict the crane collapse on the Southbank building site which took place last week. Workers were lucky to escape without injury. The 50metre high tower crane collapsed and dropped, the cause of the collapse is still unknown.

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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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