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Lofty goals for safety campaign

A JOINT Australian and New Zealand safety campaign targeting the building and construction industry’s biggest killer was launched yesterday.

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Low awareness sparks warning

ELECTRICAL contractors, particularly smaller firms, and equipment vendors must raise their awareness of new minimum design safety and testing requirements or risk substantial penalties as well as accidents, according to a senior safety official.

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Steel industry calls for flexibility

LACK of skilled labour could hamper future development of Australia’s rich resources base if a desperate need for collaborative education is ignored, according to the country's peak steel industry body.

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Last chance for amnesty

Last chance for amnesty

MACHINE operators in New South Wales who believe they may have been improperly accredited with competency certificates have until April 30 to hand in their licences.

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Steel’s future in frame

Steel’s future in frame

DESPITE almost a decade of stagnant market performance, Australia’s steel-frame manufacturing industry is primed for steady growth over the next 5-10 years, according to the National Association of Steel-Framed Housing.

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More safety emphasis needed: expert

More safety emphasis needed: expert

THE USE of appropriate safety equipment may have prevented a more serious outcome in a recent New South Wales construction site incident in which a worker was injured in a 3m fall, according to a safety expert.

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Training made to order

Training made to order

AN increasing need for more structured training in the Australian manufacturing sector has led to the overhaul of a training package which aims to give employees much-needed specialised skills.

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Dealing the ACES

Dealing the ACES

A new scheme is tackling the shortage of industry apprentices at its source -- in the attitudes of schools, parents and the young people themselves. And now the Federal Government is getting into the act. John Feary reports.

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Skills shortage could hamper growth: Beattie

Skills shortage could hamper growth: Beattie

THE SUCCESS of a state government strategy designed to ensure the future of the manufacturing sector in central Queensland will depend on the ability of the industry to attract skilled employees, says premier Peter Beattie.

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Fighting for the future

THE civil construction industry is locked in battle with industries like building construction, mining, transport and agriculture for a diminishing pool of skilled workers, and is in imminent danger of losing, the Civil Contractors Federation national conference in Perth was warned last month.

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