CURRENT SAFETY ALERTS
SAFETY RECALL - Quicklag ELQ Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker
The affected models can be identified by a green test button as shown in this image and are listed in the table. Models without a test button or with a white or an orange test button are not impacted by this recall. The affected models were supplied nationally from 1 April 2004 to 15 December 2016. The RCBO has a serial number on the side from which the date of manufacture can be determined.
SAFETY ALERT - Fake Scaffold Test Certificates
It appears that some uncertified scaffolding systems and components are in Australia and may be in use on sites. Some of the scaffold componentry may not be up to Australian Standards.
Read alert here
In the News
Media Release 16.2.17 CFMEU C&G National Office
SA Government should come clean about their deal with builder after another worker dies
The CFMEU is calling for the government to come clean about their deal with Hansen Yuncken following the death of yet another worker on one of their sites. Just days after the charges were dropped against the builder responsible for the death of Jorge Castillo–Riffo, a 55 year old man was killed on the Flinders Medical Centre site. South Australian CFMEU Secretary Aaron Cartledge said there were serious safety concerns about a worker of that age working on a jackhammer. “Questions need to be asked regarding the suitability of that work for someone of that age. “Being on a jackhammer is probably the most physically demanding jobs in the industry.” The fatality took place at the same time that workers and unions were rallying on the steps of Parliament for better safety and protesting against the ABCC, following the terrible safety record on sites in Adelaide in the last three years. click here to read full story.
Media Release 13.2.17 - CFMEU C&G National Office
Turnbull Government targets workers and their unions, while corporations go unpunished
Safety will be compromised if the amendments to the ABCC are passed in the Senate, following the backflip of Senator Derryn Hinch, according to the CFMEU. CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said workers had raised the issue in conversations with him and hundreds of officials around the country, as well as social media forums. “These amendments will deliver worse safety outcomes for workers as it will be harder for union officials to go on site to inspect problems, lead to excessive overtime and further casualise an already itinerant industry.” On the day of his appearance before the Senate Committee in Canberra to discuss the union’s submission on the amendments, Mr Noonan said thousands of workers are furious with Senator Hinch and Senator Xenophon for publicly declaring one thing and then voting for another. Click here to read full story.
Media Release 8.2.17 - CFMEU C&G National Office
Hinch's cowardly act creates havoc for working people and the industry
Senator Derryn Hinch’s backflip in relation to the ABCC is a cowardly act that reveals he is in the pocket of property developers and construction companies, according to the CFMEU. National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said Senator Hinch’s erratic change of mind will deliver worse safety, more casual jobs, and prevent restrictions on temporary work visas. “This cowardly deal cut in the dead of night with a government in crisis, brings back Workchoices style laws that mean hundreds of thousands of workers in the industry will be worse off. “There will be no limitations on overtime, no restrictions on temporary work visas and the union will be banned from advocating for jobs for apprentices. “Safety will be severely compromised.” Mr Noonan said Senator Hinch did not bother to consult with workers or their unions about his intentions. click here to read full story.
Please refer to the CFMEU Heat Stress policy and enact where necessary.
Remember, don’t take a chance. If someone is suspected to have heat stress call an ambulance immediately and enact the Heat Stress incident procedure.
Heat Stress Policy - http://www.qld.cfmeu.asn.au/files/pdfs/Heat%20Stress%20Policy.pdf
Heat policy reasons - http://www.qld.cfmeu.asn.au/files/pdfs/Heat%20Policy%20Reasons_11112016.pdf