OPINION

Should we have legally enforced maximum working temperatures?

Should we have legally enforced maximum working temperatures?

Implementing a maximum temperature at which work should stop because of heat stress and dehydration risks is not a suitable control measure, according to Australia's national safety body.

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Friction: the key to safe and competent haul road operations

Friction: the key to safe and competent haul road operations

When the lifeblood of a mine is an ever-changing and potentially hazardous network of unsealed haul roads, how do you provide a safe working environment and maintain an efficient and prosperous haul road circuit operation? Here are my thoughts on why friction is important to a mining operation from safety and operating cost perspectives.

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There is no apprenticeships 'crisis' in Australia

There is no apprenticeships 'crisis' in Australia

It's rare to find an issue that unites both sides of politics, employers and trade unions, yet these unlikely allies have all claimed there is an apprenticeships "crisis".

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Cat 988k XE wheel loader increases overall efficiency by 25%

Cat 988k XE wheel loader increases overall efficiency by 25%

The 988K XE has an electric drive system that uses the company's switched reluctance technology.

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What does Facebook have to do with infrastructure? Everything it would seem!

What does Facebook have to do with infrastructure? Everything it would seem!

Today, everyone knows that an idea isn't a good one until it 'trends'.

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Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement

Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement

Cement is the world's most widely used material apart from water, largely because it is the key ingredient in concrete, the world's favourite building material.

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The Buy Queensland strategy breaks international trade deals

The Buy Queensland strategy breaks international trade deals

The Queensland government's new controversial procurement strategy stacks the deck of public tenders against interstate and international suppliers, and is illegitimate under Australia's free trade agreements.

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The developing nations don't need more handouts, they need roads!

The developing nations don't need more handouts, they need roads!

"If you build it, they will come". These were the illustrious words on the wind that inspired an Iowa farmer in the 1989 blockbuster, Field of Dreams, to level corn and plant a baseball diamond for resurrected legends in its stead. But the words that brought a Chicago White Sox team back from the dead are not only good for a night of 'Totally 80s: Trivial Pursuit'. They're just as handy in the boardrooms of world economic development.

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The government is backing the wrong industries as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

The government is backing the wrong industries as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

The Australian government is still protecting industries that employ a small number of people. This is while the largest employer, the services sector, is subject to the largest tariffs, a recent Productivity Commission report demonstrates.

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Construction cop back on the beat

Construction cop back on the beat

The construction watchdog is back, but the industry is in no better shape than it was a decade ago, says Australian Building and Construction Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss.

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