Investigating General Workplace Safety

This week we investigate general workplace safety and an overview of recent statistics paints a frightening picture.

The below information is taken from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website:

  • For the period January – June 2012, 19 fatalities were recorded
  • 19 fatalities included 17 workers and 2 bystanders
  • This figure includes fatalities resulting from work related trauma at the workplace only. It does not include commuting fatalities / medical intervention or natural causes.
  • The rural sector (including agriculture, forestry and fishing) and the construction sector had the highest number of fatalities (6 each).
  • The most common nature of injury for fatalities during the period was ‘internal injury of chest, abdomen and pelvis’ and ‘Multiple injuries’ (6 each), followed by ‘brain injury’ and ‘electrocution’ (2 each)
  • Being hit by objects’ was the most common incident mechanism (5) among fatalities during the period, followed by ‘vehicle incidents’ (3)
  • ‘Farm Worker’ was the most common occupation group (5) for workers who died during the period, followed by ‘plant operator’ and ‘truck driver’ (3 each). Bystanders accounted for 2 deaths

Makes for sober reading doesn’t it.

As passionate safety professionals, NT encourages all workers to be actively and consciously aware of staying safe at the workplace each and every day / night.

Best Construction Results Posted in Almost Three Years

The Australian Industry Group – Housing Industry Association’s Performance of Construction Index (PCI) has recorded its best result in almost three years. The PCI is based on a survey of approximately 150 building companies throughout Australia.  The index rose 9.4 points to 45.6 points in Februrary, which is the highest result since June 2010.

The February improvement was lead by an increase in residential building across both houses and apartments, the first expansion in this sector since May 2010. Engineering construction also jumped 14.5 points to 53.2, driven by the mining construction boom.

Senior economist, Shane Garrett, of the Housing Industry Association says the improvement in the overall index is encouraging.

“The strong rebound in house building activity captured in the figures adds evidence to the prospect of a modest recovery in this area, which we welcome.”

The improvement in the PCI is likely to see a growth in residential construction jobs. Anyone looking for work within the construction industry should do a White Card online course.

Women in the Construction Industry are Building Great Careers

To coincide with International Women’s Day, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held their annual NAWIC Crystal Vision Awards for Western Australia (WA) in Sydney on March 8. NAWIC’s aim is to promote networking, and provide opportunities for women working in the male dominated construction industry. NAWIC Crystal Vision Awards were created to recognise outstanding achievements by women in positions within construction and associated fields.

Awards include:-

  • Outstanding Achievement In Design.
  • Contribution to Sustainability.
  • Outstanding Achievement In Construction.
  • Crystal Vision Award.
  • Apprentice or Student of the Year Award

This year’s winner of the Apprentice or Student of the Year Award was Doric employee Kristy Dyson, from Doubleview, for her start-up work on BHP Billiton’s Jimblebar Project.

Ms Dyson was honoured to have received the award.

“The construction industry is a challenging one to get into as a student and being a female, you can sometimes feel in the minority, but it’s great to know that my perseverance has been recognised”, she said.

Hayley McBride, president of NAWIC WA said that the calibre of nominees in this year’s awards was exceptional.

“Our winners are shining examples to women thinking about a career in the construction sector and those already working within it,” she said.

“These women demonstrate that the construction industry is a great career choice for women because it provides potential for career advancement and the opportunity for talented workers to reach great heights within the industry.”

All workers within the construction industry who are required to either work on a construction site or enter a construction site, are required by law to hold a valid White Card – Work Safely in the Construction Industry.

Queensland Residential Construction Shows Growth and an Increase in Construction Jobs

The Master Builders quarterly survey has shown signs of an industry recovery in the residential construction industry within Queensland. December figures showed an improvement over the previous 12 months of regional building approvals, up 3.8% from the same period the previous year.

This is an excellent result considering nationwide approvals fell by 4.4% over the same period. Paul Bidwell, director of housing policy at Master Builders, says “Looking closely at the regional figures, it is clear that regional Queensland has fared much better than south-east Queensland and is currently driving the emerging resurgence in the housing sector.”

“This positive outlook confirms our view that 2013 will be a good year for Queensland’s building industry, particularly the housing sector.”

An increase in approvals of 93.6% in the Mackay and Whitsunday regions is likely to see an increase in job opportunities in the construction industry in these areas. Central Queensland also showed a huge increase with a 53.2% lift in new home approvals.

All construction industry workers require a White Card – Work Safely in the Construction Industry certificate. Narbil Training offers White Card Training courses online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Part Time Work Australia

There are many reasons why people may be looking for part time work in Australia. Part time work is ideal for travellers wanting to fund their exploits, students wanting to work their way through uni, parents juggling children with responsibilities and those needing to supplement their major source of income to meet their bills. The hospitality and construction industries are both great sources of part time work in Australia with a range of unskilled jobs offering flexible hours and shift work.

The hospitality industry is well known for its shift work and covers food preparation, waitressing, kitchen hand jobs and bar work. Those wanting to acquire work within hospitality will benefit from a food safety online course or Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) online course. The Food Safety online course covers basic food handling safety requirements and is beneficial to anyone wishing to work where food is prepared and served. The RSA is a legal requirement for anyone working where alcohol is served including bars, clubs and restaurants, and covers a range of topics related to the safe, responsible service of alcohol.

The construction industry is another industry with part time work opportunities in Australia. Labouring jobs often offer flexible conditions and hours and can be worked around other responsibilities like uni or full time employment. Many construction sites offer weekend work and casual conditions. All construction industry jobs require a White Card, including labouring jobs and cleaning jobs where construction is being carried out.

Narbil Training offers the White Card online course, Responsible Service of Alcohol online course and the Food Safety online course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The courses take an average of 2 to 4 hours to complete and our pass now & pay later offer means there are no up-front fees.

Gladstone Mining Jobs

The mining boom has seen a huge increase in mining jobs and the opportunity to make some big money fast. Gladstone Queensland is a popular choice for workers looking for mining jobs and has a large range of both skilled and unskilled jobs for those prepared to put in the hard work. Gladstone mining jobs include cooking, cleaning, administration, truck driving and labouring along with most trades and a range of traineeships from lab technicians to first aid officers.

A legal requirement for a majority of Gladstone mining jobs is a White Card. A White Card course is an entry level, basic safety course for the construction industry and can be used for all construction jobs throughout Australia including mining industry jobs. Narbil training offers an online White Card course that can be completed online 24 hours a day in an average of 2 to 4 hours. The course is only $55 or $39 for students, and there is no charge until after the course if passed.

Once you have attained your White Card, finding a job should be relatively easy. Gladstone mining jobs can be found on online recruitment sites, community notice boards and on the websites of major Gladstone mining companies including GLNG, Bechtel Australia, Rio Tinto, Arrow Energy and QER. There are also a number of websites dedicated to mining jobs such as, and Gladstone mining jobs offer excellent opportunities to back packers, gap year students and travellers along with those looking for traineeships or even just a change in scenery.