RESEARCH & REPORTS

Construction leads US industries in struck-by deaths

According to a new report from the Centre for Construction Research (CPWR), more than 800 US construction workers died as the result of struck-by incidents from 2011 to 2015. That's more than any other industry.

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Construction workers have Australia's highest suicide rates

New data from the National Coronial Information System (NCIS) has again shown that construction workers, miners and tradies suffer the highest rates of suicide of any occupation in Australia.

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Australia's construction investment slips to seven-year low

The value of total capital investment projects in Australia has slid to a seven-year low despite a jump in profits over the last 12 months, with construction on major gas developments being completed and the mining sector shying away from fresh spending.

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Spotlight shone on Australian states' construction activity

The latest CommSec State of the States report found that in five of the eight Australian states and territories, construction work was higher than decade averages for the March 2017 quarter, with the Northern Territory showing the strongest levels of activity and Western Australia having the weakest.

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Building Queensland identifies priority infrastructure proposals

The Palaszczuk government has welcomed the release of Building Queensland's latest Infrastructure Pipeline Report, which identified 23 priority proposals for the Queensland state government to consider.

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Suicide a major issue with Queensland construction workers

Based on The Courier Mail's story, dozens of Queensland construction workers are dying or facing serious injury each year because of suicide attempts in a crisis causing emotional and financial turmoil across the state.

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Auditor-General finds Victorian roads are rapidly deteriorating

The condition of Victoria's roads have rapidly deteriorated as vehicle usage is on the rise and VicRoads' government funding and maintenance spending has fallen, according to the latest Victorian Auditory General's Office (VAGO) report.

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Strengthening STEM skills

Ai Group has released a report looking at ways to instil Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills and interests in students.

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Suppliers owed large sums of cash by large builders

According to the latest report by credit card reporting organisation Dunn & Bradstreet, large builders throughout Australia have been holding onto cash owed to suppliers and subcontractors, and are using muscle to pay invoices later than their smaller counterparts.

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Franchising public transport could deliver $15.5B in new services funding

New data from Infrastructure Australia shows that subjecting the operation of Australia's government-operated bus and rail services to competitive tender processes could save Australian taxpayers up to $15.5 billion by 2040, which would then be re-invested into new transport services.

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