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Dogging & Rigging FAQ – Info Sheet

What is Dogging?
What is Rigging?
Who needs a Dogging or Rigging licence?

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Safety Handbook for the Building and Construction Industry 2013

A informative safety handbook from Incolink (Victoria) is available here.

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Crane (EWP) falls on Brisbane construction site

Last December, a pair of Brisbane father and son were in the basket of an elevated work platform taking photos of a vacant site when the machine collapsed, killing the 41 year old man and critically injuring his 17 year old son.

For the full story, click here

Reported incidents 22 October 2015 – 3 November 2015

Reported incidents Oct – Nov 2015

From Worksafe Victoria

STES Newsletter 1

STES Newsletter 001 September 2015

Our first newsletter is available for download now!

New Worksafe fee from 1 July 2015



– FROM 1 JULY 2015 –



Unique Student Identifier (USI)


Just a short article to let you know that the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Registry System is live now! You are more than welcome to create a USI for yourself and/or your employees upon their consents. The link is You only need to apply once and use it for your life time. It is important to note that while USI Registry System is available now, the scheme comes into effect from 1 Jan 2015. So you are encouraged to complete the USI processes and reduce workloads in early 2015.

Starting next year 1 Jan 2015, students undertaking VET nationally accredited courses with STES are required to provide their USI number before they can collect their Statement of Attainments or qualifications. Under legislation, we cannot issue a SOA or a qualification to a student without a verified USI.

If you wish to know more about USI, the below video can help you to have a better idea on what it is about!

If you find any difficulty in creating the USI, or any concerns regarding the USI, feel free to contact us and we are more than happy to help.


STES Contact:

Ph: 08 9331 6019
Mobile: 0427 089 714

Worksafe is moving – 15 Aug 2014



From West Perth Office to:

Mason Bird Building

303 Sevenoaks Street Cannington WA 6107

New Postal Address is:

Locked Bag 14

Cloisters Square Perth WA 6850


For OHS enquiries  please contact 1300 307 877 or email


How and why do construction plant-related fatalities occur?

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There are an average of 41 construction worker deaths per year, yet they are rarely reported in public. .

While you hear about fatal incidents in the news all the time – shootings, fatal car accidents, knife attacks, construction work-related deaths are more rarely reported.

According to Safe Work Australia, 123 construction workers died and 13,640 were seriously injured because of work related causes from 2008-9 to 2010-11. This is on average 41 deaths and 4,546 injuries per year. A considerable proportion of these deaths were related to mobile plants.

81 cases were plant related deaths in the Australian construction industry

A study found that in more than 50% of cases, the decedent was not the operator of the plant. Further, as expected, 79 out of 81 of them were male.

The number of cases peaked between 10.00 and 10.59 am, with nine cases (11.1%) occurring in this time frame. A further 13 cases (16.1%) occurred between three and five o’clock in the afternoon. These peaks coincide with the period immediately prior to the mid-morning break and end of the workday, suggesting that fatigue may be a causal issue.

Most of these people – 27 out of 81 – were run over by a construction plant while working on site. 23 of them were struck by a moving object and the rest were either in a plant overturning, electrocuted, fallen from plant, been crushed between mobile plant and another object, entangled or engulfed.

Although the immediate circumstances around the incidents are usually the focal points of investigations, these circumstances have underlying causes that if not properly addressed, the incidents would be inevitable. Causes such as site constraints (19 cases), inadequate supervision (18 cases), plant design (17 cases), safety culture (13 cases) and construction process design (13 cases).

We also found that the frequency of the incidents varied by the type of plant. The most frequent items of plant involved in these incidents were trucks and excavators/backhoes. Crane fatalities were also quite frequent accounting for 15 deaths.

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Discussion: Why hasn’t plant and people interaction with construction been given the same focus as it has in mining?