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Musculoskeletal Injuries in Construction are on the Up

Musculoskeletal Injuries in Construction

WorkCover Queensland is advising employers in the construction industry to focus on injury prevention as the industry gears up to take an anticipated end of year 2017 spike in workers’ compensation claims. Kylie Walsh, Customer Experience Manager at WorkCover says data for Construction shows that claims in November 2016 were 33% higher than the number of claims made in November 2015.

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Engagement options in slow times

ABBTF Calls on WA Builder Support

As we all know WA is currently experiencing a period of economic slowdown. As a result, some employers and hosts are not in a position to offer a 3 or 4 year apprenticeship term until the market changes. However, one option in WA, especially useful for Bricklaying, is to look at taking on a “Trainee” through a reputable Group Training Organisation (GTO) such as Skill Hire, which has embarked on enhancing this option in recent times.

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Young Brickies Shine at National WorldSkills Competition

Over the past week brickies from all over have converged on Melbourne showgrounds to fight it out for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the National WorldSkills Australia Competition. The calibre of bricklaying competitors was extremely high and all competitors put all they had into producing their best in the three days of the competition.

Further to this, all of the judges were extremely impressed by how each of the bricklaying competitors conducted themselves and promoted the trade to the huge crowd that came through.

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Take Note: Chris Pike – A Bricklayer with a Passion for Restoration

Chris Pike is an interesting bricklayer from the central Victorian town of Dunolly, near Bendigo. He’s a man who’s dedicated to delivering expert repair to old brickwork, for which he’s in high demand. But my guess is he’d take the same pride and care in bricking a new house as he does on restoring an old building.

Chris made the news recently when featured by the Sun Herald in Melbourne and I’m giving his story a second run because I’d like to also applaud Chris for his craftsmanship, on behalf of his industry and to pass on the learning. Chris has restored several of the very old public buildings in Dunolly, built between 1862 and 1884 during the gold mining boom in central Victoria.

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See the Trade in Full Flight in Melbourne

The countdown is on with the final three weeks of bricklaying preparation before the National WorldSkills Australia competition. It takes place at the Melbourne showgrounds between the 6th and 8th of October so if you’re able, get on down for an amazing display of the best talent in Australia, across all the trades.

Many of the bricklaying competitors have been inspired by the events at the recent Olympic Games where there were so many great stories around outstanding achievement, sportsmanship and producing your best when it counts.

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Overdue but Appreciated: Apprentice Training Support Rise

Before July 1 this year, a NSW apprentice needing to travel more than 120 km a day for training received a $28 p/night accommodation subsidy and a 12c p/km fuel subsidy. This was the prospect facing any young country-based aspiring apprentice unable to access training inside 120km of his or her home.

Well, I’m delighted to be blogging the recent decision of the NSW Department of Industry to double the accommodation allowance – last revised 9 years ago – and the decision to nearly triple the fuel allowance, which hadn’t changed in 15 years! NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant said this would particularly benefit regional NSW where trainees and apprentices face long travel distances

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