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White Card Update: Protecting Workers from the Negative Side Effects of Workplace Injuries

A concreter who turned to heroine to manage back pain which began after he sustained a serious workplace injury has been rewarded $820,000 in damages. Other employers should learn from this incident about the importance of protecting workers from workplace

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White Card Update: Housing Construction Safety in the Spotlight

Many people are of the impression that “construction is construction” and all types of construction sites are the same. But this is not the truth, there are a number of different types of construction sites from residential construction, to commercial

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White Card Update: Construction Site Safety Below International Standard

With the high number of incidents reported in Oz each month, construction safety is one that requires attention. More worrying is the amount of fatalities and serious injuries that occur each year. A top international engineering solutions firm, Kentz recently

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White Card Update: How Common Sense can save your Life on the Construction Site

I recently asked an experienced construction worker with numerous decades in the industry what the secret to a long, incident free career in the industry was, and without hesitation he responded “common sense”. Experience is an excellent teacher but those

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White Card Update: CFMEU Launches National Worker Safety Campaign

The Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union has launched a national worker safety campaign urging workers in the industry to stand up for their rights. On its website the union tells the story of a young building apprentice, Kane Ammerlaan who

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White Card Update: Miners Killed on Austar Site

According to federal law, anyone engaging in mining construction work must be accredited to do so by completing the General Construction Safety Induction training – the White Card Course. This is because the industry is one of the most high

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White Card Update: Fatigue’s Contribution to Workplace Injuries

I recently came across an article on the risks associated with fatigue in the transport industry and it got me thinking about how prevalent this hazard was on construction sites and whether or not it was a contributor to workplace

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White Card Update: Thousands Commit Work-related Suicide in Oz

An often evaded issue of workplace and health safety is suicide and depression, especially in the more male-dominated fields such as construction. The rate of suicide in Australia has reached dizzying heights and many of those who take their own

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White Card Update: Huge Financial Cost of Workplace Injuries

We often discuss the huge loss of life that results every year because of workplace injuries across various industries but we seldom consider the financial losses that are incurred by the economy. Of course no amount of money can equate

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White Card Update: Worker Dies on Tasmanian Copper Mine

Workers involved in any type of construction including mining construction must undergo White Card training (also known as general construction industry induction training) before beginning work to ensure that they are aware of the hazards and risks associated with the

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