Defining Best-Practice Building Regulation in 2020 and Beyond: Part 2
This is the second of my articles published today about the principles which should govern best practice building regulation and control across any jurisdiction in the...
Are Employers Liable When Others Injure Their Workers?
On September 22, 2006, Riste Bosevski was working as a labourer employed by Professional Contracting Pty Ltd on a school site in the regional New South...
Construction Workers Must Avoid Body Stressing Injury
From using a wheelbarrow and shovel to lifting and carrying heavy objects to extensive use of tools, few workplaces test out your body like building sites.
Australia Needs a Competency Framework for Fire Protection
When owners of one Sydney apartment complex upgraded the safety of their building following a local council request for an annual fire management statement, they were...
Overcoming the Cost Barrier to Asbestos Removal in Australia
If you want to know about costs associated with asbestos in residential premises, you only have to ask the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government.
Does Your Product Comply with the NCC?
Throughout Australia, the seriousness of building products which fail to comply with the National Construction Code is well-known following the tragedy at Grenfell in London, the...
Understanding Smoke Control in Buildings
Smoke exhaust systems provide a means of increasing occupant evacuation time from a space affected by fire and smoke.
Apartments Could Be Death Traps for Elderly in Heatwaves
In the European heat wave of 2003, 14,802 excess fatalities were recorded in France alone as temperatures rose above 37 degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days.
Planning Applications Require Too Many Specialist Reports
Back in the old days, a development application, particularly for a single house, was a matter of submitting drawings and a description of the materials and...
Vic tradie convicted over WorkSafe assault
A tradie has been convicted for assaulting and spitting on a safety inspector who randomly came across an unsafe Melbourne construction site
Safety push aims to cut Qld mine deaths
The offence of industrial manslaughter may soon be applied to Queensland's mining industry after a spate of deaths.
Third Sydney Unit Block Evacuated
A third Sydney apartment block is under scrutiny over building and safety issues after it was revealed its residents were evacuated late last year.
Qld miner mourned amid pressure on govt
Queensland miner Jack Gerdes is being mourned as one of the good blokes, always up for a laugh or a chat.
Burns 'peel skin off' Perth tunnel worker
Another worker has been seriously hurt at the trouble-plagued Forrestfield Airport rail link project in Perth, suffering severe chemical burns that caused the skin on his...
Call to Jail NSW Bosses for Worker Deaths
"Kill a worker, go to jail" is the simple change sought by the parents of an 18-year-old apprentice crushed to death by scaffolding on a Sydney...
Vic Crane Crash Victims Ran for Lives
The company whose crane crushed a Melbourne house, forcing three occupants to flee, says it's "devastated" by the incident.
Crane Collapse in Melbourne Injures Two
A crane has crashed on two houses in Melbourne's inner west, injuring two workers, and emergency crews are figuring out how to rectify the up-ended vehicle.
Sydney Earthmoving Company Fined after Worker Crushed
A Sydney earthmoving company has been fined $90,000 after a 26-year-old man was crushed underneath the body of a dump truck and was left with serious...