OHS Alerts


WorkSafe Victoria reminds the building industry to be aware of the health and  safety risks associated with the use of internal combustion-engine powered equipment, particularly the potential for the emission of carbon monoxide gas.


WorkCover NSW fact sheet, providing an overview of the requirements shown in AS/NZS 3012:2010 Electrical installations – construction and demolition sites (AS/NZS 3012), which is called up as a mandatory standard by clause 163 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

Download a copy from WorkCover NSW website.


A GJJ SC200CZS hoist went past its limit on the eighth floor of a Hutchinson Pty Ltd project in Chatswood, south of Brisbane on Tuesday, Feb 19. The hoist  crashed through overhead formwork on the ninth floor, where it is believed final limit was triggered. 

Two workers inside the hoist were trapped for an hour but uninjured.

A GJJ SC200CZS hoist was involved in a similar incident last year in Brisbane.

More information: Royce Kupsch, OHS Officer, CFMEU QLD BLF Branch 07. 3236 2633

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Workplace Health and Safety QLD is urging employers to protect workers from heat stress, following the suspected heat related death of a Queensland construction worker near Roma on the weekend of January 12, and a number of other incidents of heat related illness.

Download the QLD Workplace Health & Safety e-SAFE alert


 A securing pin (weighing about 25-30 kg) fell from a tower crane tie at level 29 on the Contexx 150 William Street project in Melbourne on Monday night, January 14. Luckily no-one was on site at the time. 

The missing pin was noticed by the crane operator as he went about his daily pre-start checks on Tuesday morning and the alarm was raised. The pin is an important part of the tie structure that secures the tower crane.


The CFMEU warns construction workers of the dangers of FlexOvit ~ 125mm x 2.5mm and 230 x 2.5 Cut Off Discs, following an alert issued by Downer, after an incident of product failure on 9 November 2012.

"The discs are flying apart or self shredding when used under normal operating conditions," Downer's alert reports, warning all employees to watch out for and NOT use suspect discs.


The Australian Skills Quality Authority will undertake a strategic review of the entry-level occupational health and safety training required to work on construction sites in Australia, commonly known as the White Card.

Chief Commissioner Chris Robinson said a number of concerns had been raised with ASQA regarding the quality of the training and assessment provided by some registered training organisations (RTOs) offering the White Card training program.


WorkSafe Victoria has issued the following Information Sheet clarifying the requirements for emergency lighting and exit signage on
designated emergency evacuation routes on construction sites.


CFMEU WA has issued the attached alert after an incident in which an Alimak collided with steel reinforcing on an upper deck.
Warning: ensure handover cert is fully checked prior to use; drivers to conduct pre-start checks.

  • Download a PDF of the alert here.

Workplace Health & Safety QLD has issued this alert following an incident on August 15 in which a 25-year-old worker was seriously injured when he was thrown from a Haulotte boom lift, model number H16 TPX.