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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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Timber Residential Developments on the Go

February 13, 2016 0 Comments
Timber Residential Developments on the Go

Beginning May 1 of this year, a change in the National Construction Code will allow domestic builders to undertake timber residential developments up to 25m or eight storeys high. Each building must still fulfill building standards and be equipped with fire sprinklers and fire-resistant cladding. This opens up huge opportunities in the residential construction sector […]

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WorkCover Inspectors and Your Building Project

January 27, 2016 0 Comments
WorkCover Inspectors and Your Building Project

WorkCover Inspectors help employers and employees to understand their rights and obligations under work health and safety, rehabilitation and workers compensation legislation. WorkCover Inspectors act under the: Work Health and Safety Act (and associated legislation) Worker Compensation Act 1987 They have qualifications in a range of trades and professions. The inspectors visit workplaces to: Investigate […]

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Construction Professionals in Demand

January 21, 2016 0 Comments
Construction Professionals in Demand

With a surge in building activity in Australia, desperate employers are now seeking qualified candidates to fill the demand for construction professionals Australia-wide. Some are bringing in talent from overseas while others are offering sign on bonuses to seal the deal. In Sydney, employers are scurrying to fulfill the increased building activity around the city. […]

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Developing a Work Health and Safety Policy for Your Building Company

January 13, 2016 0 Comments
Developing a Work Health and Safety Policy for Your Building Company

Your Work Health and Safety Policy is a statement of a principle that your Building Company upholds. Your policy needs to: provide clear direction from management is able to be clearly understood by employees state your belief and intent include the entire organisation ensure responsibilities and accountability at all levels of your organisation (management, supervisors, […]

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