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July 2018

    Safe scaffolding is everyone’s business

    Workers from many trades need to work at height and must be confident they can do so safely. Recent prosecutions have brought to light how things can go awry with scaffolding, particularly with handover procedures and the scaffolding’s use after handover.

    Laing O’Rourke hits the next gear for innovative inductions

    An innovative approach to site induction is helping a major Queensland infrastructure project to work smarter and safer.

    National snapshot shows why construction industry is a priority

    Safe Work Australia has released a set of seven work health and safety snapshots providing insights into key national statistics and safety issues in priority industries, including construction.

    Asbestos clean-up proves costly

    A construction company has been fined $4,500 for a workplace asbestos contamination, on top of paying a hefty $35,000 contribution towards the cost of the clean-up, despite no evidence that anyone was exposed to airborne asbestos fibres.

    New resources target manual construction tasks risks

    Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has joined with the construction industry to launch new resources to reduce sprains and strains at construction workplaces.

    Onsite traffic management project update

    Workplaces in the construction industry have been targeted in a state-wide audit campaign to stop workers being hit by vehicles and moving plant.

    Calty Constructions tackles safety and halves injury claims

    The Sunshine Coast’s Calty Constructions has just graduated from the Queensland Government’s Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) program. The company is a medium sized business with about 60 staff, specialising in commercial roofing and carpentry, luxury home and small commercial construction.

    Ensure respirators fit properly: that includes bearded hipsters!

    Facial hair, including beards, moustaches, sideburns and stubble, will stop a respirator from sealing properly. Workers who are required to wear tightfitting respirators, must be clean-shaven to allow a good seal of the respirator to the face.

    Solar farm safety is a priority

    Solar farms are vast areas of land, usually in rural areas, where large numbers of solar panels (photovoltaic panels) are installed to generate electricity to feed into the transmission grid.

    Scentre Group joins the movement to improve men’s health

    Cancer Council Queensland is urging men to get informed and reduce their risk of preventable cancers by taking small steps, one at a time. In Queensland, men have a 34 per cent higher rate of lung cancer and melanoma than women, and a 27 per cent higher rate of bowel cancer.

    Book in for Safe Work Month breakfast forums

    Registrations for Safe Work Month breakfast forums throughout Queensland in October are selling fast.

    Last updated
    31 July 2018

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    (9 & 10 August 2018)
    Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

    International forum for everyone concerned with drones - from businesses to governments, investors to enthusiasts. Register.

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    SIA Visions Conference 2018

    5-7 September 2018, Mantra Southport, Gold Coast

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