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Erecting concrete panels safely


WorkSafe Victoria Victoria recently released an alert regarding the use of pre-cast concrete panels.

WorkSafe construction manager Allan Beacom said that precast panels were used in many types of commercial and residential developments, such as shopping centres, warehouses, factories, and apartment complexes, but their size and weight made their use a high-risk operation.

“There have been several recent near misses from the collapse of precast panels,” Mr Beacom said. “Concrete panels can be over 12 metres high and weigh more than 15 tonnes, and they also require significant temporary bracing to keep them stable. So there is no margin for error when panels are used.”

WorkSafe Victoria which has begun a 10-week campaign to visit construction sites across the state to alert builders to their dangers. Read the full WorkSafe Victoria article here

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