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.

I’ve Lost my White Card/Blue Card – What do I do?

Although the Blue Card is still valid throughout Australia, they are no longer being issued.

The national White Card has replaced the old Blue Card, Red Card and Green Card. If you have lost your Blue Card, you may be able to obtain a replacement card by contacting the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that originally issued your card, however it is likely that all Blue Card holders will be required by law to upgrade to a White Card in the not too distant future. For this reason, if you have lost your Blue Card we advise that you apply for the new national White Card.

The National White Card is valid throughout Australia and can be obtained quickly and easily online for a nominal fee.

In the case of a lost White Card, the issuing RTO should be able to re-issue the card for a small fee. The new card can generally be replaced almost immediately.

If we issued your original White Card, we require a formal request via email for a replacement. Please send your full name, date of birth and address, and reason you require a replacement to We will reply by email with our Replacement Card Policy and once the necessary documentation has been received, the new card number will be emailed to you, usually within an hour. The replacement card will be sent in the next available post.

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.

Backpackers Jobs in Australia

Australia, with its stunning beaches, rugged outback and world class cities, is a popular destination for backpackers and students on their gap year. Most backpackers have a limited budget and in order to see the country will need to somehow supplement their savings. The hospitality industry and the construction industry are two industries offering a large range of casual and seasonal work ideal for backpackers.  In order to work in these industries backpackers will need a White Card (CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry), RSA (SITHFAB009A Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol), a Food Handling/Safety Certificate (SITXOHS002A – Follow Workplace Hygiene Procedures) or all three!

The White Card is valid throughout all Australian states and territories and is necessary to work in all jobs, both skilled and unskilled in the construction industry ranging from labourers and landscapers through to carpenters and plumbers. Get a White Card.

The Responsible Service of Alcohol Course – RSA is a legal requirement for anyone working where alcohol is served including all bars, pubs and night clubs and licensed restaurants. Backpackers looking for bar jobs will have to complete this course before starting any work within this industry. Get your RSA Certificate.

Hospitality is another industry providing a great range of jobs for backpackers in Australia, and the food safety course is often a requirement or an advantage in all restaurants, bars, cafes and retail outlets that serve food.  Get your Food Handling and Safety Certificate.

Narbil Training provides all three of these courses in a simple online course format.  The courses can be done on any computer with internet at anytime, day or night, and are quick, easy and affordable. We also offer a pass now, pay later service with no payment required until the course is finished.

The majority of backpacker jobs in Australia will require certification of some kind, so those planning to work in Australia will be at an advantage if they acquire a White Card, RSA or Food Handling/Food Safety certificate before setting off.

Australia Considering National Minimum Price for Alcohol Sales

Alcohol may be charged at a nation-wide minimum price in Australia and hotels have already started their fight-back. The AHA (Australian Hotels Association) has requested the centralised government to dismiss the notion of charging a national starting price on booze.  The ANPHA (Australian National Preventative Health Agency) wants to set a minimum price for sales of alcohol in Australia – something that faces strong opposition from the AHA.

The National CEO of the AHA, Des Crowe said that drink prices would be forced up by introducing a starting price, and the moderate consumers wouldn’t be as impacted as the problem drinkers. The AHA presented its argument by saying that the rule of a minimum price would have an impact on responsible drinkers more than the others, as problem drinkers are most likely to carry on with alcohol abuse, no matter how much they are charged. They think that a large group of people will face financial hardships, without altering the alcohol consumption of the problem drinkers.

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) courses are a compulsion for any individual looking for employment in the country’s hospitality sector. The course trains students on how to deal with various situations in an alcohol-serving environment.

Compulsive Gambling Problems Continue in Australia

A former player of the Newcastle Knights and Counsellor Ashley Gordon believes that gambling is a major concern in Australia. He thinks that the issues isn’t being addressed properly and is hosting a chain of free workshops for the community titled “Let’s Talk Gambling”. The history of issues associated with gambling will be discussed, along with the impact it has had on community and indigenous culture. Help will also be provided to those seeking it.

According to Mr. Gordon, the workshop is set to discuss how big a problem gambling is at the moment. He says that it’s not only causing massive problems in Aboriginal communities, but is spreading to communities across the country. Socio-economic communities that aren’t that well to do are the ones that will face the biggest problems, along with the Aboriginal residents of those areas. He says that the importance that it gets is far from what it actually deserves.

He goes on to say that ownership must be taken by everyone for the problems alcohol consumption can cause in our own families, and then coming up with a link that can help solve the problem of gambling. RSA courses are a must for candidates seeking jobs in the Australian hospitality industry. These courses train students to serve alcohol and handle on-premise alcohol-related incidents responsibly.