BREAKING: Tragedy At South Wharf Job Site...

The team at Buildingdocs.com.au would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of the man in his 50's who has tragically lost his life on the Pro Build job site at 1 Convention Centre Place this afternoon.

Its understood emergency services were called to the location at around 3.30pm. The man is believed to have fallen from a piece of equipment on site.

WorkSafe spokesperson Caitlin Rode has informed us that it was made aware on an incident on site and WorkSafe was now conducting their investigation.

From everyone at Buildingdocs.com.au; Please be safe out there. In unfortunate times like this its appropriate to reflect and remember we only get one chance. So lets do it as safe as we can. 

Buildingdocs team.

The Amazing Evolution Of Safety On Job Sites

The Amazing Evolution Of Safety On Job Sites

A quick look at the history on worksites followed by some statistics on the modern ones...

1900's 

Safety was virtually non-existent. If you weren't prepared to do the job someone else was.  

1940's - 1950's

Changes around this time in safety requirements gradually started to begin. This era saw the introduction of gloves, aprons and masks. 

Late 1960's

At this time we started to see a more targeted, specific safety campaign emerge.

21st Century

More thorough and specific information being passed to workers including things like formal induction processes. 

WORKPLACE SAFETY CULTURE

..."Involves informing the design and successful implementation of a work health and safety policy”.  - Safe Work Australia. This includes things like identifying, assessing, and controlling potential and actual risks.

Safe Work Australia focuses on understanding workplace cultures that influence work health and safety behaviours.

In a modern workforce stricter legislations are enforced and businesses have adopted their own systems and procedures.

The Statistics

Serious "work related" injuries in construction decreased by over 30% from 2008-2013. The stats show the safety procedures implemented have been successful and have had positive outcomes for the construction industry.

The Top 5 Most Common Job Site Injuries & How To Prevent Them

The Top 5 Most Common Job Site Injuries & How To Prevent Them

Every year hundreds of Australian tradesmen are injured on job sites around the country. Although the majority are not serious, the unfortunate fact is that in some cases they are debilitating and life-threatening. 

Following the success of our recent article 7 Ways to Increase Job Site Safety Without Hurting The Hip Pocket today we look at the five most common injuries on job sites.

1. "Don't bust your foofer valve!" - Overexertion is the most common way tradesmen hurt themselves on worksites in Australia. Tasks such as excessive lifting, pushing or pulling, holding carrying or throwing accounts for 1 in 4 injuries in the workplace. Don't be a hero. Save it for the gym and keep it safe on site. Ask for help or find a safer way to complete a task.

2. "Timmmmmm-bbeerrrrrr!" - Not really a huge surprise to anyone that falls were responsible for 17% of all injuries on job sites. What may shock you is the raging majority are falls ''on the same level.'' What does this tell us? Well... we're probably doing a good job looking after ourselves at greater heights but when we're navigating the job site we get complacent. Never ever get complacent with your safety, no matter how simple a task may seem there is always a element of risk. Keep your site clean and reduce the risk.

3. Bend it like...Ouch! - Coming in at number three is bodily reaction. I know... "Bodily Huh?" This includes things like bending, reaching, climbing, standing , sitting, slipping or tripping without falling. For a start, the majority of these tasks can be greatly aided by an active lifestyle outside your day job. A little bit of "me-time" at the gym and cooling down with the stretching is a great way to ensure your giving yourself every chance on site to stay safe. Don't like the gym? Just find something to get moving in your spare time. It will pay dividends.

4. "Go grab the ladder..." - Less common than you'd expect, falling to a lower level accounts for less than 10% of all injuries on job sites in Australia. Scaffolding and procedures have come a long way even in the last decade but there are things to keep an eye out for. Hint: We've all seen that dodgy tradesmen up that ladder they should have been binned years ago. Your equipment needs to be inspected and maintained. Regularly. 

5. "Its a bird, its a plane! No it's...A Hammer?" - Closing out the top 5 most common job site injuries is been struck by an object. Steel toe boots and safety glasses please guys. Also don't underestimate how important it is to stack materials on site properly to prevent sliding, falling or even worse...collapsing. 

Although there weren't any real shock inclusions in the top 5, hopefully by identifying them and considering ways to improve site safety in Australia we will reduce the amount of preventable injury on our sites.

Stay safe. 

7 Ways To Increase Job Site Safety Without Hurting The Hip Pocket

7 Ways To Increase Job Site Safety Without Hurting The Hip Pocket

In business and in life, safety isn't always the first thing on our minds. For most of us in business, injury to ourselves or an employee is a worst case scenario which doesn't require much thought.

The building and job site landscape looks very different to what it did even 10 years ago in Australia. Modern job sites where government legislation is continually been developed in an attempt to keep us all safe, safety and injury prevention is no longer something we should be putting on the back burner. It doesn't take many serious injuries to put a small business under serious financial stress.

Find out the most common ways to get hurt on a job site here

Most Tradesmen believe that they've got to choose between job site safety and getting a job finished on time and in turn make a dollar. This ''old-school'' mindset is outdated just wrong. 

Below are 7 ways that tradesmen and anyone on a job site can use to reduce the risk of injury without costing a fortune:

1. Hire the right people. There are a million reasons why you might end up with the wrong employee. So when hiring go into the process with a roadmap and give yourself the best chance. Oh, whats that? It got crazy busy and you needed someone? Well taking your time and finding the right person is going to limit the chance of hiring an incompetent employee who is risk/injury prone. Do not make the ''quick hire.'' Hire "safe"

2. Train your staff. As Aussies, especially Australian tradesmen, we just assume. We assume people know something because we ''think'' its common sense. Well I'll let you in on a little secret. Common sense IS NOT common. Even a super skilled tradesmen with experience should be given clear instruction to set expectations about how a job is to be completed. If you know a safer way to complete a task, show them. Park the egos... Its not a better way, its a ''safer way.''

3. Demand safe work practices. Go into every job site and every situation in business with the mindset that there is always time to get a job done safely and it is never okay to work in an unsafe environment. This comes from the top down. (Yes you, boss) If you want your employees to choose safety over productivity then you've got to put your money where your mouth is.

4. Provide the right tools and equipment. Whats the old saying? "A bad tradesmen blames his tools?" Well guess what? A good tradesmen can hurt themselves with the wrong ones, or worse yet, faulty ones. Don't cut corners on things like steel-toed boots or safety glasses. The cost is next to nothing compared to the drama of having Work Safe go through you after someone you employ looses their toe.

5. Demonstrate that you value worker safety. This is directly linked to No. 3. You might preach a culture of safety, but when the chips are down and you need the job done by whatever means necessary you might without realising it be putting your employees at risk in an environment that devalues safety. If a worker comes to you with an idea to improve safety, you should seriously sit up and listen. It means safety is at the forefront of their mind and guess what? Remember No. 1?

6. Look for ways to improve safety. Just as its required to have Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) on job sites now, always seek ways to eliminate risk, even outside these documents. The guys on site are going to be the best people to extract this information out of so figure a way to get it. Brainstorming anyone?

7. Safety is not infinite. There is a misconception that a job site is either ''safe'' or ''unsafe'' when in truth its a scale. It's all relative. No job site is without risk and in turn no job site is completely unsafe. 

Safety is not something that should be negotiable. There isn't going to be a quick fix, however it's a lot of little things you can implement to help eliminate senseless risk. Employers need to watch out for cowboys who throw caution to the wind because in a lot of cases they don't hurt themselves, it is those around them. Safety culture starts at the top, so man up and show your employees it's a serious subject.