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Changes to Training & Assesment

From 1 September 2009, there are some changes to the way you are trained and assessed for a construction induction card or a high risk work licence. If you do certain types of high risk work- such as dogging, rigging, scaffolding, or operating forklifts, cranes or hoists – you need a licence from WorkCover. Previously, […]

Safety Guidance – Petzl Shunt

For some time, the ARAA has been considering whether we should take a stand on the inappropriate use of backup devices, recognising that in regards to the most commonly used device in the industry (Petzl Shunt), the manufacturer does not endorse the product for this use. Read More

ARAA Assessors Workshop

During a long weekend in May a number of Assessors/Committee members and local level 3 technicians attended a 3 day long seminar . The objective is to enable an open discussion about the existing training programs and content . Read More

Workcover NSW Focuses on Reducing Slips Trips and Falls in May

WorkCover NSW has designated May 2009 as Slips, Trips and Falls Month in a campaign to reduce injuries and raise awareness of risks.  WorkCover CEO Jon Blackwell said slips, trips and falls refer to incidents such as a worker falling from a height, or falling over on the same level, as well as a worker […]

Safety warning for working with Suspended Scaffolding

WorkCover NSW has issued a reminder today to the construction industry to ensure adequate risk assessment and safety control measures are in place when working with suspended scaffolding.  A copy of WorkCover’s Safety Alert – Suspended Scaffolding and the Safe Working at Heights Guide is available from the WorkCover website or by calling 13 10 […]

Man falls to death at Maroubra work site

An elderly man plunged 40 metres to his death while his traumatised workmate was left dangling from a safety harness after the collapse of a work platform at the rear of a Sydney building.  The two subcontractors involved in the plunge had been hired to do maintenance work at the Maroubra Seals Sports and Community […]

Dodgey scaffolding closes major city street

Police say it could be up to 5 days before parts of Castlereagh Street in Sydney reopen, after scaffolding on a building site buckled yesterday afternoon.  The street remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles while engineers work on the site.  They need to determine whether it is safe to pull down and replace the seven […]

Man Survives 10-storey fall at a power station

A man has survived a 10-storey fall at the Yallourn power station in the Latrobe Valley.  Police say the 47-year-old man fell from a platform and landed in about eight centimetres of hot ash.  The man has suffered serious injuries and burns but was conscious when he was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne […]

Work Safety Inspections

A WORKSAFE targeted inspection program of construction sites in the South West of WA has revealed some areas of concern, but generally good compliance standards.But, despite the overall good results, some areas of concern were identified including in relation to electricity.Inspectors said some portable electrical equipment was not being tested and tagged because local electrical […]