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  • 12 May 2021 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    On 11 May 2021, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg handed down the 2021-22 Federal Budget.

    Treasurer Frydenberg’s third Budget delivered a clear message to voters that Australia’s economic engine is roaring back to life, the country is well placed to meet the economic challenges ahead and that this is a Government that can be trusted to build a more resilient and secure Australia.

    The 2021-22 Federal Budget was squarely aimed at rebuilding the economy following the once-in-a-century global pandemic. Despite the devastating effects of the pandemic on the economy, the message delivered presented a brighter future.

    The Budget focused on better support for business, job creation and infrastructure investment as well as record commitments on essential services, mental health, disability support and aged care – helping those that need it most.

    FIA Business ADvisory and Finance Partner, HLB Mann Judd’s Federal Budget Alert provides a succinct summary of the announcements related to personal and business taxation, tax compliance and superannuation.

    DOWNLOAD THE FEDERAL BUDGET ALERT


  • 10 May 2021 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    Many who join an industry association realise very soon that there is much more to it than one had originally believed. Many businesses and individuals join these association in hopes of receiving one specific benefit or achieving one goal, only to find that the organisation has many more benefits and holds much more opportunity than it previously imagined.

    Because it is important to get the most out of memberships and unlock all the benefits that these organisations, such as the FIA offer, it is important to understand exactly why businesses, workers and entrepreneurs join them in the first place.

    While the motivation for joining the FIA may vary according to the needs of the member company or individual, here are some of the top benefits to membership in the FIA and how the most successful members are able to take advantage of all of them.

    1. Training, Education, Certification & Accreditation

    Continued education and development are crucial in the construction industry. The current lack of tickets and certification in the Australian Formwork industry provides some challenges and risks. It is therefore essential that training, education and certification are prioritised in formwork businesses immediately to improve safety and gain a competitive edge.

    New legislation and working practices currently growing in the construction and formwork industry are putting pressure on formwork businesses to demonstrate the competencies and skills of their employees when putting together a proposal.

    If your company is already a leader in the field, education is key to remaining on top.

    As part of its member benefits, the FIA brings you workshops and learning events for your workers to improve knowledge, improve safety awareness and gain certification, accreditation and recognition of prior learning.

    In addition to the usual training and education provided by the FIA and its partners, we are launching a new industry accreditation program that is only available to members. The new FIA Industry Accreditation program provides a level of prestige and reliability in the minds of clients and customers that is invaluable to our members. It provides easy to access online learning and a way for workers to manage their own training and skills competency, taking ownership of their career developments and skills acquisition. Accredited workers are trained, competent and skilled which means they are work safe and highly productive.

    For the formwork company, being able to demonstrate the competency and skills of their workers, particularly through an industry recognised accreditation program, means a competitive advantage when quoting for work.

    Construction companies, developers and the like recognise industry accreditation programs and support the work of the FIA and have agreed to favour those that can demonstrate their workers are part of the program.

    2. Influence - Lobby on behalf of your industry to influence government policy and protect your interests.

    One of the key benefits of joining a trade association is the ability to support the mission of the organization and possibly influence legislation that affects the industry. The combined resources of the members of an association can be used to lobby lawmakers and sway public opinion more positively towards the goals of the association. With the increased level of government regulation in the construction industry, this is an absolute necessity for the survival of all businesses in the formwork industry.

    Our members have common issues that impact nearly all businesses that operate within the formwork space—including different laws, regulations and policies that may prevent your business from growing to its full potential.

    Chances are, while you’re running your business you don’t have time (or adequate resources) to advocate for legislation on behalf of your business. Joining the FIA empowers you with representation by a group with the same interests, advocating for the formwork industries. Your business succeeds when your industry succeeds. Without the FIA you will have no one to advocate on your behalf and you will operate as a single voice.

    By joining the FIA, you can become an active advocate for your industry and fight for what’s best for your business (or, at the very least, stay on top of what’s being advocated for on your behalf).

    3. Access to FREE Information and Resources

    Membership to the FIA means immediate access to any news or developments that affect your business and the industry. Outside of the usual communication of members to each other, the FIA provides newsletters, email updates and informative resources that help its members stay on top of recent developments in the field.

    The FIA stays on top of the changes in safety regulation and compliance and breaks down how these changes apply specifically to your business.

    4. Exchange of Ideas and a Network of Industry Leaders

    Not only do members have access to information about updates to the industry, they can also play a large role in determining these changes. Trade associations, such as the FIA, provide a forum for members to share ideas and develop new ways to improve the industry. This allows for more experienced members to help newer ones grow and provides the opportunity for all members to share innovative ideas that can help the industry.

    A trade association offers valuable industry networking. It’s important to have contacts in your field and a network of leaders in businesses that are similar to yours. With the insider benefits gained in your trade association, you are set to become an industry leader yourself, thereby growing your reputation and your business

    For those members that become part of the FIA committees, they gain a competitive advantage of recognition by those in the construction industry, learning and understanding of issues that enable them to be ahead of the game and the ability to influence change, which puts them ahead of their non-member competitors.

    5. Give Your Reputation a Lift Through Industry Associations

    Reputation is everything in the business world. You want to be known as a company that’s committed to quality, growth and innovation. And joining an industry association is a great way to build that kind of reputation within your industry. When you become a member of an industry association, it sends a message. It says that you take your business seriously enough to invest your time, energy and resources outside of office hours into learning everything you can to build the most successful business possible.

    In feedback received from our members we hear this message seriously resonates with their colleagues, their team, their prospects and their customers, giving them an edge over their competition.

    Being an FIA member shows you are serious about your workers safety and the safety within the industry. It demonstrates your commitment, Formwork expertise and ethical standards to your future employees and of course to your clients and the principal contractors you work for. It further demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to continually building your own and workers safety expertise and that you take your business seriously.

    6. Gain a Competitive Advantage

    Any of the above points listed are reason enough to consider joining an industry association. But when you put them altogether, they culminate in what is arguably the most important and beneficial reason to join a professional organisation—and that’s the fact that your membership can help you gain a competitive advantage in your market.


    These are just some of the most common benefits of membership in all trade associations. According to recent research, over 85 percent of businesses that fail are not members of a trade association. No matter the industry, trade associations give their members many advantages in a fast-paced, competitive world.

    The FIA is working closely with the construction companies and principal contractors you work with to ensure that FIA members are favoured or preferred when proposals are received. With new products with skills and compliance scoring, industry accreditation programs, recognition of prior learning capabilities and a new education pathway, there has never been a better time to be part of the Formwork Industry Association.

    Contact our CEO Michael Sugg for further information or follow this link to understand more on how FIA Membership can benefit you and your company.

    Better still click here to JOIN NOW!


  • 6 May 2021 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    Did you know that during 2018-19, there were more than 250 incidents in NSW involving formworkers, with over 50 per cent resulting in serious injury. The Formwork Code of Practice gives clear and practical advice on how to safely work with formwork. It will help you understand and adopt best practice measures to minimize the risks associated with formwork. Everyone in the construction industry must implement consistent safety standards across all worksites.

    In this episode of the SafetyCast, our host Ryan Tinker talks all things Formwork Safety with Andrew Komisarczuk, Assistant State Inspector, Metropolitan Construction North.

    LISTEN HERE

    The Top 5 Takeaways from the SafetyCast - Construction Site Security episode.

    LISTEN HERE


  • 3 May 2021 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    A 46-year-old skid-steer loader operator / construction labourer suffered serious back injuries after falling feet first approximately six metres into an unprotected pier hole on a residential construction site. The worker was walking around the front of the truck when he fell into the pier hole. The hole was not visible due to shadowing from the cab of the truck. A pier hole covering was not in place when the incident occurred.

    Safety information

    The risk of falls into pier holes on construction sites is a known risk and continues to present a significant risk of fatality or serious injury.

    You must implement ‘reasonably practicable’ control measures to manage the risks associated with falls in and around pier holes. Make sure:

    • pedestrian and/or vehicle access to the area is prevented, or where this is not reasonably practicable, pier hole covers are installed to minimise the risks associated with falls
    • pier hole covers are designed by competent person(s) to withstand all potential pedestrian traffic and impact forces, and vehicular traffic where it is deemed permissible. Fence panels are not rated as penetration covers and should not be used as a control measure
    • pier hole covers are installed in accordance with their design, including fixing the covers securely in place and being clearly labelled to prevent unauthorised removal or movement
    • pier hole covers are designed to minimise ingress of materials and debris
    • pier hole covers are only removed by authorised persons and when it is safe to do so
    • inspections of pier hole covers occur routinely and following unplanned events e.g. adverse weather

    Excavating pier holes more than 1.5 metres deep is considered ‘high risk construction work’. You must have a Safe Work Method Statement for the work being conducted.

    On-the-spot fines of up to $3,600 may be issued for placing workers lives at risk by not protecting them from falls from heights.

    More information

    • Excavation work – Code of practice 
    • Managing the risk of falls in housing construction – Code of practice 


  • 26 Apr 2021 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    Meet Josh; he received support at every step to follow through with his health assessment. Fear of the unknown is what kept Josh from continuing with his silica health assessment. That was until Sue from WorkSafe Victoria Health Assessment team reached out - letting him know there is support available at every turn.

    Josh's story discusses how WorkSafe Victoria was there every step of the way and will offer continuous support, including health checking where someone is at in their health assessment journey.

    Watch their video.



    For more information on Crystalline Silica and what WorkSafe Victoria is doing to help, please visit the link below.

    Free health assessments.

  • 26 Apr 2021 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    SafeWork NSW inspectors recently visited construction sites across NSW to inspect scaffold structures, issuing on-the-spot fines and stop-work notices for failure to comply with NSW’s safety standards.

    There was a zero-tolerance approach where scaffolds had missing critical parts, or where unlicensed workers removed or altered scaffold components, said Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson.

    “This is the third annual scaffold compliance program we’ve conducted, and we will continue to visit sites until the industry meets the safety levels SafeWork expects,” Mr Anderson said.

    In the last two years, SafeWork has issued more than 1,700 notices relating to scaffolds, including 600 scaffold prohibition notices requiring the activity to cease due to immediate or imminent risk.

    “We need to drive the message home to principal contractors, supervisors, scaffolders, site owners and managers – we will not put up with practices that put lives at risk,” he said.

    In 2021 alone, SafeWork has visited more than 60 construction sites from Tweed Heads to Ballina, issuing 96 notices including eight on the spot fines, 16 prohibition notices, and 72 improvement notices.

    Over the rest of 2021, SafeWork will be focusing on risks associated with formwork, concrete pumps and working at heights.

    On-the-spot fines of $3600 for businesses and $720 for individuals can be issued if scaffolds are not inspected by a competent person, if workers are at serious or imminent risk of falls from heights, or if unlicensed workers erect, alter or dismantle a scaffold.

    This article is provided by the Australian Institute of Health & Safety.


  • 26 Apr 2021 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    Construction sites on both sides of the NSW/Victorian border were recently targeted as part of a regional crackdown on the construction industry, with a focus on-site housekeeping, height safety, falling objects, electrical, moving plant operations, and silica and asbestos controls.

    “We have seen a large increase in activity across residential building work and where businesses are taking on extra work, resources are starting to stretch thin,” said NSW Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson.

    “Safety has to come first, and inspectors from both jurisdictions will be visiting sites to make sure corners aren’t being cut, and the right safety measures are in place to protect workers,” said Minister Anderson.

    Falls from heights are the number one killer on NSW construction sites with most people who are seriously injured or killed falling from a height of four metres or less.

    “Far too often inspectors identify concerns with the way scaffolding is set up and sub-standard protections for those working from heights, so this will be a focus of this blitz. We will also be targeting those working without a high-risk work licence and anybody caught dry cutting stone or concrete on site,” said Minister Anderson, who pointed out the cleanliness of a site can also be a good indicator of safety and work standards.

    “A safe site starts with a clean, organised site and we’re seeing an unacceptable drop in standards across the construction industry,” Minister Anderson said.

    “Having a well-maintained site is a good indicator of the quality of the work being done. If the site managers won’t remove trip and fire hazards like piles of rubbish from the site, there’s a good chance that building standards will be haphazard as well.”

    On-the-spot fines of $3600 for corporations and $720 for individuals were issued where breaches of the Act were identified and more serious offences could be prosecuted under the Work Health and Safety Legislation attracting higher fines and even imprisonment.

    This article was provided by the Australian Institute of Health & Safety.


  • 14 Apr 2021 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    The NSW Formwork Code of Practice March 2021 has been gazetted. The Formwork Industry Association and Master Builders Association have been working collaboratively with SafeWork NSW and other industry stakeholders to develop information sessions to assist Formworkers in understanding and interpreting the Code.

    Over the coming weeks, SafeWork NSW will be hosting information sessions about the Formwork Code of Practice.


    The purpose of the information session is:

    • To explain how to comply with the WHS legislation relating to formwork in a simple and practical way.
    • To provide an overview of the Formwork Code of Practice and provide clarity around specific areas and answer any questions.
    • To help you protect your business and workers by increasing safety standards.

    Who should attend:

    Anyone who is involved with formwork, including construction site and trade supervisors, managers, workers, Work Health and Safety practitioners/professionals

    We look forward to seeing you at one of the online sessions. Please see the links below with the dates of the sessions.

    22 April 2021 – 2pm to 4pm

    6 May 2021 – 2pm to 4pm

    13 May 2021 – 2pm to 4pm


  • 8 Apr 2021 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    New 'Knowledge pages', resources and useful links have been added to the FIA Knowledge Channel, including 'working safely at heights, 'dust control' and 'useful links'.

    The FIA is specifically focused on Formwork and as part of your membership benefits provides the one place to get industry resources and material. (i.e. information and programs to help you meet industry standards).

    The FIA sorts through many online articles and trade publications and brings you the most relevant news and insights for improving your business. Furthermore, the FIA brings you workshops and learning events for your workers to improve knowledge, improve safety awareness and gain certification, accreditation and recognition of prior learning.

    Access the new resources below as well as our regular pages to help you keep on top of industry legislation changes, best practice and insights to keep you one step ahead of your competitors.

    FIA KNOWLEDGE CHANNEL

    FIA SAFETY CHANNEL

    WORKING SAFELY AT HEIGHTS

    DUST CONTROL

    USEFUL LINKS

    CODES OF PRACTICE

    FIA BUSINESS CHANNEL

    TRAINEE & APPRENTICESHIPS

    Please note you will need to be logged in as a member to view specific articles and content.

    You can also keep up to date with news items and join our social communities here.

    FACEBOOK

    LINKED IN

    YOU TUBE

    NEWS

  • 8 Apr 2021 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Understand the risks of dust exposure in construction and the solutions to prevent them, from FIA Partner Hilti.

    Dust is perhaps the most significant threat that workers face on a construction site. SafeWork Australia reports that 69 per cent of reported hazards are airborne irritants and well over half of these reports are directly related to dust. The dangers of dust may not be immediately apparent but after long-term exposure it can have serious negative impacts on health.

    Hilti have designed this resource to help construction professionals like you understand the risks of dust exposure, what the limits are and some of the ways in which you can significantly reduce dust emission from drilling, breaking, grinding, chasing and cutting tasks. We also have some alternative fastening systems to eliminate dust at source.

    ACCESS ALL INFORMATION HERE.

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