Tag: "Construction Safety"


Construction Firms Fined for WHS Breach

Construction company John Holland has been fined $360,000 over the death of a worker at the Perth City Link rail project. In December 2011, an employee on a John Holland site was hit and killed by an out-of-control hi-rail vehicle that had been built by John Holland Rail. The Federal Court found two John Holland […]


First Aid Not Coming First

  Most Australian workplaces do not have correct first aid equipment and only 13% of Australian workplaces comply with Safe Work Australia’s new code of practice on first aid, according to research by St John Ambulance. But this is only the tip of the iceberg for the crisis in Australian occupational health and safety, which […]


Safety Alert – Safe Use of Nail Guns

Safety Alert – Safe use of nail guns This alert reminds nail gun users to prevent their guns from inadvertently discharging when they’re using them. It also reminds them to prevent nails from inadvertently ricocheting and hitting persons or penetrating other surfaces. Background Nail guns are a high risk tool widely used in the residential […]


Company Fined $50,000 over Electric Shock Incident

A Mulgrave sign installation company has been convicted and fined $50,000 over an incident that left a worker with severe burns to his body after he suffered an electric shock. Southern Ultimate Sign Installations Pty Ltd (Southern USI) pleaded guilty at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court this week to one charge of failing to provide a […]


Public Comment and Consultation

Public comment period open for five new model Codes of Practice: Five new national work health and safety model Codes of Practice are currently open for public comment. They are: Safe Design, Manufacture, Import and Supply of Plant Working in the Vicinity of Overhead and Underground Electrical Lines Traffic Management in Workplaces Scaffolding Work Formwork […]


Mobile Cranes With a Free Fall Feature

Purpose The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the importance of correctly locking out the free fall controls on mobile cranes fitted with this feature. Background A worker was fatally injured by a falling load while erecting a transmission tower west of Dalby inQueensland in March 2012. A 20 tonne rough terrain mobile […]


Managing Hazards In The Building Industry

Working in the building industry can pose serious hazards.  Here are some basic tips to help manage those hazards to protect your staff and other contractors working on site.  Remember, Safety Concepts has a consulting service, so if you need assistance with anything please feel free to contact us for more information! General •Ensure work method […]


Look Up and Live – Electrical Safety

Here is a fantastic message from Workplace Health and Safety QLD.  It sounds so simple but, you’ll be surprised at how many workers fail to do so!!! Staying a safe distance from overhead powerlines can save lives, prevent injury and avoid costly damage, according to the Queensland Electrical Safety Office. When operating vehicle mounted cranes, […]


Safety While Using A Portable Saw

Alan, one of our long-time Safety Concepts readers, and an avid DIY-er sent us some safety tips while using a portable saw. Thank you, Alan.

If you are a do-it-yourself …


Death on Qld Building Site

Today in Brisbane approx. 2000 construction workers gathered in Queens Park to support the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union’s (CFMEU) efforts to have the Australian Building …