Foreman’s Death Causes Work-site Walk-off

Construction Safety TrainingWorkers sauntered off the job at 20 worksites throughout the southeast in an emotional response to a construction safety– death of a foreman this week.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union workplace health and safety co-ordinator ,Andrew Ramsay stated that union members at several sites throughout the area have decided on a motion to walk off their jobs in disapproval of the construction-related death.

Walk-offs are due to be held at sites right through the state following the death of the 65-year-old foreman.

The well-respected foreman died when a piece of heavy machinery fell on him and killed him. The death was the 12th workplace related death at Queensland construction sites this year. Last year there were eight incidents. This is the second of two similar incidents this month.

Towards the end of September, a worker died after he was smacked in the head by a plunging beam while working at the Airport link project.

Mr Ramsay said workers’ determination to take a day off after a work-related death to present respect
for the deceased had been a merger practice for years but had happened rarely in recent memory.
The practice had been now been revived, because workers feel as if they have been pushed to their limits. They are fed up. Workers were allegedly very upset over the foreman’s death since he had worked with them for many years and had been very respected.

Mr. Ramsay said the foreman was going to retire this Christmas.

The incident continues to be investigated.

Source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/unions-walk-off-worksites-after-foremans-death-20111102-1mvgu.html

Latest OHS news

James Hardie Pay Out Handyman in Asbestos Settlement

In a landmark settlement, asbestos manufacturer James Hardie settled with a local Adela...

Read more

How WHS Laws Can Send PCBUs or Business Directors to Jail

Australian courts are holding individuals accountable for major work health and safety ...

Read more

Labour Hire Business: What Are the Top Health and Safety ...

Due to the constantly evolving nature of employment, more organisations now rely on lab...

Read more

Ep 26 Dr Lisa O’Brien, CEO of The Smith Family, exp...

Read more

What Participants Say

“In over 20 years of training, this was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.”

- Queensland Rail

“Great! The instructor made it interesting and enjoyable”

- Leighton Contractors

” We heard that AlertForce delivers one of the best courses around so the boss decided to send me to Australia from New Zealand.”

- Participant Public Course

“I liked the trainer’s positive outlook and uplifting approach towards completing the long day.”

- Visionstream

“Very competent training course. Trainer was very knowledgeable on subject.”

- Servicestream

“AlertForce provided an excellent trainer,  knowledgeable on the topic and allowed for active questioning.”

- DHS

“Informative and concise training delivered at the right pace.”

- AFMA.gov.au

“The Trainer was very engaging”

- Fair Work Commission

“Interesting, informative, relevant.”

- Airservices Australia

Payments & Security

Awards & Accreditations

Make an Enquiry: