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Safe Work Method Statements for High Risk Construction Work

July 20, 2016 0 Comments
Safe Work Method Statements for High Risk Construction Work

Here’s the ‘what, when, where, why, how and who’ of Safe Work Method Statements for high risk construction work. What is a Safe Work Method Statement? A Safe Work Method Statement (aka an SWMS) is a document that needs be prepared for high risk construction work prior to commencement of work. The document informs the […]

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Boosting Morale Amongst Construction Workers

June 21, 2016 0 Comments
Boosting Morale Amongst Construction Workers

As construction projects are most often set to strict time frames, morale and the emotional welfare of construction workers can sometimes be overlooked. The truth is low morale can actually lead to poor performance, lack of attention to quality, reduced communication and possible increased risk of health and safety incidents. In a nutshell, it can […]

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What You Should Include in Your WHS Management Plan

June 9, 2016 0 Comments
What You Should Include in Your WHS Management Plan

Obviously the level of detail covered within the WHS Management Plan for your building project depends on how complex your workplace is, the number of contractors involved, the type of work involved, the materials used and stored, and the risks involved in the work. Examples of information that you should include in your WHS Management […]

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Why Risk Management is Vital to Your Construction Business

May 24, 2016 0 Comments
Why Risk Management is Vital to Your Construction Business

Risk Management has been a common theme throughout the last few articles, and here’s the answer as to why it plays a major role in your construction business. Risk Management is your path to ensuring your construction business is compliant. It is also a way of covering yourself if something untoward did happen during production. […]

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Handy Risk Control Checklist

May 2, 2016 0 Comments
Handy Risk Control Checklist

Back in March you may have read the article “Identifying Workplace Hazards in the WHS Risk Management Process“. Risk Management is a huge – and vital – topic, so sometimes business owners and supervisors on a building worksite can feel a little overwhelmed when dealing with the subject. For this reason we’ve put together a […]

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Changes to QBCC Regulations

April 18, 2016 0 Comments
Changes to QBCC Regulations

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has made some changes to their regulations, effective from the 1st of April 2016. These changes include: The 2 year experience requirement for all trade contractor licence classes (except fire, building design and hydraulic design classes) has been removed. Builder Licence applicants will still be subject to experience […]

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Understanding Constraints in a Building Project

April 5, 2016 0 Comments
Understanding Constraints in a Building Project

Constraints in a Building Project can sometimes be confused with risks. But they are different, and as a worker in the building and construction industry you should know the difference. As a general rule: constraints as those things that are imposed on the project – knowingly or unknowingly – that you have no real control […]

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Identifying Workplace Hazards in the WHS Risk Management Process

March 14, 2016 0 Comments
Identifying Workplace Hazards in the WHS Risk Management Process

When it comes to a Work Health and Safety Risk Management Process there are 5 steps to follow. These are: Step 1.    Identify hazards Step 2.    Assess risks that may result because of the hazards Step 3.    Decide on control measures to prevent or minimise the level of the risks Step 4.    Implement those control […]

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How the Possible Return of the ABCC Affects Construction Workers

March 2, 2016 0 Comments
How the Possible Return of the ABCC Affects Construction Workers

The Australian Building and Construction Commission was originally setup in 2005 to be an independent, statutory authority. Its purpose was to monitor and enhance workplace relations in the building and construction industry throughout Australia. The methods for achieving this was via education, investigating building workplace complaints or suspect working conditions, and enforcing compliance with Australian […]

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Building and Construction Scholarship Awards

February 26, 2016 0 Comments
Building and Construction Scholarship Awards

Back to Basics would like to congratulate the 2016 Scholarship winners – Lance Fourie (Established Category), Samuel Lawrie (Up and Coming Category) and Leeanne Creese (additional). Lance (ACT) is a seasoned professional carpenter cabinet maker. Originally from South Africa, Lance worked hard to immigrate to Australia with his family and is now looking to improve […]

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