Ian Stoneman


You may have a 10 times greater chance of Skin Cancer

greater chance of Skin Cancer

Last month saw the National Skin Cancer Action week and it’s timely to remind ourselves of the increased risk we face working outdoors: As bricklayers we are 10 times more likely to suffer skin cancer than indoor workers are. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70 and more than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year.

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Helping Apprentices Stand Up for their Rights

Helping Apprentices Stand Up for their Rights

While most employers are fair and understand their responsibilities relating to Apprenticeship contracts, overall, young workers make up only 16% of the Australian workforce but account for 25% of all the requests for assistance from the Ombudsman – a disproportionately high level of requests from young people.

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Karate and Bricklaying are Natural Partners

Karate

Noel Peters of Sandy Bay, Tasmania has been a bricklayer who has practised Karate for forty years. He is now the highest ranked Tasmanian in IGK Karate, a ‘Kyoshi’. He told Melanie Tait of ABC Radio that he came to karate originally to learn how to fight, but forty years on it’s become an integral part of his Zen lifestyle, bleeding into all parts of his life.

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