Tony Bishop


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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Qld Bricklaying Apprentices – Plan ahead for your Licence

Tony Bishop, ABBTF

Any apprentice brick and blocklayer in Queensland knows that when you decide to start sub-contracting in your own right, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) requires under the law that you be licenced to perform your trade. Following your 4 year Apprenticeship you are legally able to become a sub-contractor and given the work opportunities available, you just may want to commence your own business, soon after qualification. It’s therefore a wise move to start preparations early.

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Masonry Madness is on again in the USA

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I’m currently in Las Vegas, USA, representing ABBTF attending the biggest annual event in bricklaying on the planet and thrilled to be again judging the apprentices competition. Dubbed ‘Masonry Madness’, for good reason, the full program is a collection of the most exciting masonry competitions in the world – all set for Wednesday January 18 (US time).

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Great Bricklaying Apprenticeship Numbers Coming Out of Queensland

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You might have noticed in our Brickies Blog or in the ABBTF 2015-16 Annual Report that the number of bricklaying apprentices was at a 5 year high this year.

The data is showing us that sign ups in the first half of calendar 2016-17 have nearly equalled the whole of 2015-16 and given that year was significantly up on the previous year (+34%) the number of apprentices in Qld is looking healthy.

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ABBTF and MCA Road Shows in Nth Qld

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ABBTF and Masonry Contractors Australia (MCA) are about to hold Roadshows in North and Central Qld next week from Monday 30 May.

These roadshows are to give the industry an insight into ABBTF and MCA. They will explain the services and benefits these Associations bring to the industry. Both ABBTF and MCA invite you to come along and join us to hear what could be very beneficial to your business.

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Let’s share our passion!

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Interesting article from Mike Sutter Chairman of the Masonry Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

After just returning from Las Vegas and the World of Concrete/World of Masonry, I can tell you I am re-energized. How could I not be after all the productive meetings, social events, and of course MASONRY MADNESS on Wednesday — from the Apprentice Skills contest to the MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block, and finally the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500?

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Show your pride in bricklaying– it’s your turn to shine

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ABBTF Qld is aware of so many great stories about employers and apprentices in brick and blocklaying. So now, we’re asking you to nominate contenders for this year’s award. Let’s tell the rest of the State what we know: We have some amazing employers and apprentices in brick and blocklaying!

The Queensland Training Awards is the biggest and longest running training sector awards program in the State. The Queensland Training Awards provide individuals and organisations with a unique opportunity to showcase their achievements, best practice and innovation in training.

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