Non compliant scaffold
No fall prevention in place
Plank being used to span between two scaffold towers
Non compliant opening
Troubleshooters OH&S Advisor, Danny Corcoran is often stunned by the risks that construction workers are prepared to take with their safety. Despite the awareness and strong focus on OH&S, there is always a worker out there with a false sense of “it won’t happen to me” or “it will only take me a minute”. One bad decision or a split second disregard for safe work practices can change a persons life forever.
The pictures shown above were taken on random sites around Melbourne and demonstrate a complete disregard for safe work practices and fall prevention requirements.
Non compliant work platforms:
- Scaffold is not erected to Aust. Standards. Home made timber ladder is in use. Safe entry/egress points are not available the building. Further, a 6′ aluminium step ladder is being used to gain greater height.
- Workers on a 40° pitched metal clad roof top without fall prevention systems in place. Potential for workers to plummet to their deaths.
- A plank is being used to span between the two scaffold towers at a height of greater than 2 metres. A hand rail system is not in place to prevent a fall.
- Works were seen utilising a non-compliant opening in the building as a quick exit from the upper level.
Site Safety Audits Victoria, the OH&S division of Troubleshooters Available, can provide a professional and effective OH&S advisory service. Independent safety inspections can increase the awareness of safety on your sites and helps to ensure that your workers and their families are not affected by the trauma of workplace accidents.
Commonwealth Golf Club
The Master Builders Association Victoria does a tremendous job of organising the monthly corporate golf days for its members. The days are held at some of the best courses in Victoria and the hospitality is fantastic.
Troubleshooters Available is a proud and long time supporter of these events, as they provide an avenue of getting like minded construction participants together in a relaxed environment. The opportunities for networking and the sharing of information at these days is excellent.
Troubleshooters Available has provided sponsorship at these games for the past 15 years with prize packs awarded for “Nearest the Pin’ on the Par 3’s.
If any Troubleshooter clients or contractors would like to join the TSA team for a round you can drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0418 393 010.
The fixture for this year is as follows:
- 26th March – Commonwealth Golf Club – sponsored by Windsor Management Insurance Brokers
- 23rd April – Green Acres Golf Club – sponsored by MBAIS
- 14th May – Long Island Country Club – sponsored by MBAV
- 25th June – Spring Valley Gold Club – sponsored by Bluescope Steel
- 20th August – Woodlands Gold Club – sponsored by Mitchcon
- 17th September – The National Golf Club – sponsored by Timberwood Panels
- 19th November – Westborough Golf Club – sponsored by AUSDECOM
- 3rd December – Yarra Yarra Golf Club – sponsored by LU Simon Builders
Troubleshooters contractors are ambassadors for the organisation and are considered integral to the success of the business.
Our contractors are rigidly screened to ensure those selected are self-starters, responsible and skilled.
Hire a Troubleshooter and you can expect high quality individuals that demonstrate quality work ethics, genuine experience and the ability to adjust to a flexible regime that can deliver results.
They use every assignment as an opportunity to showcase their particular skills, experiences and work ethics.
The variety of assignments enables our contractors to cultivate a diversity of work experiences and further their opportunities within the construction industry.
Our contractors are determined and motivated to give their best to our clients. The recommendations and feedback we receive from our clients contributes to their use on future projects and good workers are always in demand.
Our contractors are able to manage their work/life balance which is becoming increasingly important to us all. The variety of projects and tasks is appealing and provides opportunities for the contractors to enhance and further develop their experience and skills. They are also able to improve their network of business contacts.
In utilising the services of a labour hire agency such as Troubleshooters Available, builders can quickly increase their workforce in times of peak and/or unexpected activity and similarly they are able to reduce their workforce during down time.
The ability to source specific skills at short notice is also a benefit. The use of labour hire can be an effective staffing strategy with wide ranging benefits
Troubleshooters have been providing Labour Hire for over 40 years. A friendly and dedicated team that is good at what it does – finding great contractors for your projects
Troubleshooters work with you to find top notch construction workers for your projects. Troubleshooters contractors are motivated, performance based and flexible
You, the client, can de-stress, refocus and concentrate on your normal role – Leave all the paperwork to Troubleshooters. Workcover, payroll tax, public liability, superannuation – Troubleshooters take care of it. Reduce your costs, administration and accounting procedures – easy!
Troubleshooters can assist their building & construction clients with support and guidance on Industrial Relations and associated matters
Troubleshooters are committed to Occupational Health & Safety and have an excellent safety record
When it comes to construction personnel, one size does not fit all.
The team at Troubleshooters Available will ensure that obtaining the right personnel for your projects is straight forward and hassle free.
We have construction personnel available with experience and proven performance in all areas of construction – commercial, industrial, civil through to domestic.
Regardless of the size of your project we can, and will happily provide you with the resources you require.
If you want to fully staff all your building and construction projects with highly motivated, fully flexible, performance based Construction Industry Personnel –
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We’ve been providing our clients with this service for over 40 years and pride ourselves on getting it right – the first time!
One of the key indicators for the building industry is the number of building and construction permits issued by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).
Here is a press release from the VBA that will be of great interest to our readers and followers…
Record $32.8b building work in Victoria in 2016-17 – rural growth outstrips metropolitan
The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).
Across the state, regional and rural Victoria performed better growth-wise than metropolitan Melbourne with the value of building permits outside Melbourne up 6.9 per cent from the 2015-16 value to $5.8 billion. Inner and outer Melbourne rose a combined 3.4 per cent to $27 billion.
VBA Chief Executive Officer Prue Digby said that the value of domestic building permits (houses) for the year was a record $17.3 billion – almost 7 per cent higher than the previous record of $16.2 billion in 2015-16.
Meanwhile, residential building permits (including apartments) fell 11 per cent to $5.3 billion when compared to the previous financial year – still the second highest value on record for this building use category.
Ms Digby said that by local government area, the City of Melbourne remained the number one municipality in the state, with $3.9 billion of building work, followed by the City of Wyndham ($1.8 billion, almost 20 per cent above the 2015-16 level) and the City of Casey ($1.6 billion, also almost 20 per cent higher). The City of Greater Geelong was the number four municipality in the state at $1.4 billion, a rise of 12.8 per cent over 2015-16. Eight of the top 10 municipalities reported works of more than $1 billion in 2016-17.
The biggest building permit issued in metropolitan Melbourne (and Victoria overall) in 2016-17 was for a mixed use Commercial development at Narre Warren valued at $98 million. In rural Victoria, an aged care facility at Armstrong Creek in the Greater Geelong municipality accounted for the highest cost of work, at $28.6 million.
By building use category, the value of building permits in 2016-17 compared with 2015-16 showed:
- Domestic (houses) increased 6.9 per cent to $17.3 billion
- Residential (including apartments) fell 11.0 per cent to $5.3 billion
- Commercial rose 11.8 per cent to $4.1 billion
- Retail fell 12.2 per cent to $1.7 billion
- Industrial rose 11.5 per cent to $614 million
- Public buildings rose 31.9 per cent to 2.7 billion.
By region, the value of building permits in 2016-17 compared with 2015-16 showed:
- Inner Melbourne increased 0.8 per cent to $14.8 billion
- Outer Melbourne rose 6.8 per cent to $12.2 billion
- Gippsland fell 0.4 per cent to $884 million
- North Central fell 9.0 per cent to $953 million
- North East rose 14.0 per cent to $838 million
- North West rose 8.9 per cent to $974 million
- South West rose 15.7 per cent to $2.1 billion.
Building surveyors submit information relating to their building permit functions to the VBA each month. The information provided by the VBA is drawn from and is reliant on this information.
Melbournians typically welcome summer with open arms. It’s the start of beach cricket, picnics, BBQs and having a good time but we must also remember the dangers that come along with those good times, especially in the work place.
As we all know Melbourne weather can deliver 4 seasons in one day however is not uncommon for us to experience days where the weather can hit the high 30’s. If the correct precautions are not taken this can result in heat stroke where the body temperature rises up to 40.5º and the body’s internal system starts to shut down. Some symptoms of heat stroke are throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, red, hot & dry skin, rapid shallow breathing, lack of sweating and unconsciousness just to name a few. These symptoms can lead to serious injury to the brain and other internal organs.
When approaching extreme weather days we need to consider the types of work that will be taking place and whether these can be re-scheduled, whether more man power needs to be hired to ensure the work is completed on time and allowing workers to take more frequent breaks.
Outdoor workers receive five to ten times more sun exposure each year than indoor workers. Spending long periods outdoors can put your workers at high risk of skin cancer.
Some ways of preventing heat illness on the work site:
- Provide shade close to the work site where possible for refuge from the direct sun and for rest periods
- Provide SPF30+ broad spectrum sun cream on site
- Ensure workers have frequent rest breaks and/or rotate duties to allow people to cool down and to limit exposure.
- Ensure adequate PPE for hot weather is worn, i.e. light breathable clothing, full brim hats etc
- Provide and encourage the use of mechanical aids
- Try to organise strenuous work for the cooler parts of the day or consider earlier starts to avoid the heat
- Provide fluids close to the work area and encourage construction workers to make up for body fluid lost through sweating. A useful “rule of thumb” is that workers should drink at least half a litre of water each hour if hot environments result in excessive sweating
- Inform and train construction workers to recognise symptoms of heat-related illness
Troubleshooters Available has a legal obligation to ensure its contractors are provided with a safe working environment. For your peace of mind and ours, our safety division, Site Safety Audits Victoria (SSAV), conducts regular site inspections throughout the year providing feedback and suggestions regarding OH&S on site.
Visit our website for further information.
Troubleshooters Available has been providing construction personnel to the building industry for over 40 years. Proud, strong and committed, we have successfully navigated our way through the many peaks and troughs experienced by the industry, periods of union militancy and times of economic uncertainty.
With a flexible approach and standards set higher than our competitors, our focus has always been on meeting our clients needs and providing a labour hire service that exceeds expectations
Our personnel are bona fide contractors who are accountable for their performance on a daily basis. Many of our contractors have their own businesses and obtain work via Troubleshooters in between projects and during down time. They have a broad set of skills and experience and a greater understanding of the nature of the industry having been involved in all facets.
By utilising our labour hire services, our clients can avoid the costs and responsibilities associated with recruiting and directly employing staff. It also allows you to overcome the problems of having core staff during quiet times or periods of inactivity.
At Troubleshooters we pride ourselves on the successful long-term relationships we have built with our clients and contractors. Our name is one you can trust and our longevity in the business is testament to our ability to respond to the needs of our clients and the demands of the industry.
Whether it be for casual labour, to supplement your workforce or as an integral part of your construction workforce, the services provided by Troubleshooters Available can benefit your organisation.
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With the weather improving, building and construction projects are well underway right across Melbourne. From Provincial nearby cities such as Geelong and Ballarat right through to the CBD of Melbourne, projects are flying along with new opportunities every day for Troubleshooters Contractors. In many cases a Christmas deadline means projects continue non-stop where possible..
Right now we are searching for Carpenters. Whether it’s framework, formwork or a myriad of other other tasks, we need carpenters. Troubleshooters has long and short term assignments for Carpenters with immediate starts. Contact us now
Troubleshooters are a long standing player in the Building and Construction Industry. With a no-nonsense approach and a commitment to supplying reliable proficient contractors, Troubleshooters continues to maintain a loyal client base in the building industry largely because of this.
With Troubleshooters, contractors are paid at competitive rates, with superannuation contributions. All Contractors are paid on a weekly basis. OH&S is vitally important to Troubleshooters with all sites contracted required to provide safe working environments. Regular site visits are conducted by our OH&S advisors to ensure that OH&S requirements are being met.
As a Troubleshooters Contractor, you can achieve flexibility and freedom, working the hours and locations suitable to your requirements.
For builders, construction companies and developers, Troubleshooters provide a simple, effective and flexible labour force when you want it and where you want it. Troubleshooters take care of all ‘paperwork’ including payroll, superannuation and Worksafe requirements.
So for both Contractors and Builders, it’s time to leverage with Troubleshooters. Call now on 03 9568 4877 or leave your details here. Timely, efficient and profitable. It’s time for a Troubleshooters solution.
“40 Years Serving the Building Industry”
It’s on. Projects scheduled for that Christmas finish. A real energy drive and a rush to complete before the Christmas deadline. Its an annual event for the building and construction industry.
With so much pressure, the best laid plans can unravel. Delays in materials can throw scheduled tasks completely out of kilter. With tradesmen and labour following similar deadlines, builders need a failsafe solution.
At Troubleshooters we understand. With real building industry experience, we ensure that we have the right contractors on standby, ready to go at short notice. However, if you see it coming – give us more notice for an even smoother transition.
And right now Troubleshooters are making a shoutout for qualified Carpenters and Labourers with genuine construction industry experience. You’re wanted! Now!! So give us a call on 03 9568 4877 or visit our website and leave your contact details and we will call you back ASAP. Joining Troubleshooters means you’re part of an organisation with over 40 years Labour Hire experience.
For many Construction sites, shut down over the Christmas period is compulsory. For other Builders and Construction companies this is not the case.
Troubleshooters are fully operational over the Christmas / New Year period and early January, ready and able to provide quality personnel at short notice.
Vacation time for some means finding fill-ins and replacement staff. Flexibility with full coverage of all contractual requirements – Workcare, salary provision and appropriate gear, tools and equipment – Troubleshooters simply do not miss a beat – we are there when and how you need us.
Choose Troubleshooters, get professional skilled qualified personnel and real service – when you need it.
Troubleshooters – Your Labour Hire Solution.