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The ABCC, National Code and current OH & S issues in the construction industry

The ABCC

Monday, 01 June 2009

While the ABCC has enjoyed a controversial existence, condemned broadly by the labour movement, the Rudd Government has recently firmed in its commitment to maintain a strong industry watch dog in the face of enormous internal political pressure.

The Rudd Government has just announced that it will issue an amended National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry and Implementation Guidelines (the New Code and Guidelines) to operate from 1 July 2009.

The role of the Federal Safety Commissioner (Commissioner) was established in June 2004 on the back of the Cole Royal Commission into the building and construction industry.

Scaffolding is an effective system used in the construction industry to protect workers from the risk of falling from heights, as well as protecting workers and the general public from the risk of being struck by falling objects.

Airport curfew prosecution

Monday, 01 June 2009

Long time readers of our newsletters will recall past articles regarding airlines being prosecuted and fined for breaching the night curfew at Sydney Airport.

In a recent judgement, the plaintiff was awarded damages as a result of an “accident” occurring from an unexpected or unusual event or happening.

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