Sometimes things line up for a good purpose.

Sometimes things line up for a good purpose.

Just over a week ago I wrote concerning the danger that large gum trees pose in suburbia. Link to article. Over the weekend, I noticed an arborist in our street and approached him for a price to remove the ‘widow maker’ limb. I explained the old couple could not afford to get it removed and that council refused to help even though it posed a […]

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Falling Tools a risk that can be greatly reduced

Falling Tools a risk that can be greatly reduced

Yesterday on the news, one of the reports was the tragic death of a 38 year old construction worker who fell from a 7 storey building. With harnesses, safety railings, safety officers and more you have to ask how can this still be happening. What is not reported on as much is tools, bolts and building materials being dropped by workers while working at elevation. […]

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Large gum trees in residential areas pose a threat to life and property

Large gum trees in residential areas pose a threat to life and property

Like most people I am all for protecting the environment and greening our towns and cities but we do need to balance this with the risk to life and property. Today in much of South East Australia strong winds are again forecast. As a child growing up in Brisbane I always thought of August as Kite month. While the weather is great for kites it […]

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Australian Government ‘Stay Safe Online’ Alert Service

Australian Government ‘Stay Safe Online’ Alert Service

I wanted to share with readers a free service that is offered by the Australian Government and the Australian Cyber Security Centre which I think is fantastic to assist internet users. This is a free service for Australian internet users, to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed.  Stay Smart Online Alerts provide easy to understand online safety and security information and […]

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Why insurance will not meet the cost of removing and replacing non-conforming building materials

Why insurance will not meet the cost of removing and replacing non-conforming building materials

The vast majority of insurance policies that insure buildings and or the liability that may arise from owning or occupying one, contain a number of standard exclusions found across the entire market that specifically exclude claims arising from faulty workmanship, faulty materials and or faulty design. These policies include but are not limited to residential home, residential and commercial strata, contract works, industrial special risks […]

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CCTV as a risk management tool – A case study

CCTV as a risk management tool – A case study

On Monday morning, 15th July, we arrived at work to find that part of our signage had been stolen off the front of our building. It was not only the loss of the sign that frustrated me but as so often happens the cost of repairing the damage, here the wiring to the led lights that back lit the sign would be more than the […]

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An Enquiry into the construction industry is long overdue

An Enquiry into the construction industry is long overdue

The long list of failures to deliver safe buildings continues to grow following the fires in high rise buildings with non conforming building materials, the walkway collapse between the Alluvian building and West Australia Square in Perth and the severe cracking in several buildings in New South Wales. Add to this the ever increasing list of faulty products being imported into Australia including electrical wiring […]

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Product Recalls Australia – 5 June 2019

Product Recalls Australia – 5 June 2019

This week’s product recalls includes: Mahindra Automotive Australia — Mahindra XUV500 MY2018-2019 Suzuki Australia — Suzuki Burgman 200 (UH200/A) Motorcycle MY2017-2019 FCA Australia Pty Ltd — Fiat 500 1.2 8V MY2018-2019 Audi Australia Pty Ltd — Audi A3 Sedan (8V) MY2018 and MY2019 HB Commerce Pty Ltd — 2-in-1 Baby Stroller / Pram Aluminium Red and Black Target Australia Pty Ltd — Baby/Toddler Fleece Letterman […]

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Electric Scooters – Are they too dangerous?

Electric Scooters – Are they too dangerous?

You may have read that a 50 year old man has died in hospital after coming off a lime hire scooter at Brisbane’s Southbank on Wednesday. The man was wearing a helmet, the quality I am not sure of. In any event, he suffered a traumatic head injury and went into cardiac arrest as a result of the injuries. I know that there is a […]

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Product Recalls Australia – 23 April 2019

Product Recalls Australia – 23 April 2019

This week’s product recalls includes: Hyundai Motor Company Aust Pty Ltd — Hyundai i30 (PD) MY2018 Schulz Organic Farms Pty Ltd t/as Timboon Dairy/Timboon Cheesery — Timboon Dairy Farm Brie Cheese Epson Australia Pty Ltd — All Epson Projectors apart from the L, Z, LS and EV Series Spotlight Pty Ltd — Various Poufs Decathlon Australia Pty Ltd — Adult Rings Nabaiji by Decathlon Decathlon […]

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