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NSW OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING TAKING OVER HOME WARRANTY INSURANCE IN 2010

Sunday, December 13, 2009
The NSW Office of Fair Trading is taking charge of Home Warranty Insurance in NSW on 1 July 2010.

The NSW Government will underwrite and capitalise the Home Warranty Insurance Scheme which will be fully funded by premiums.

MyBuildingSite will post any new details regarding Home Warranty Insurance on this  Builders Blog as they are made public.

For more detailed infromation go to:

http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/Tradespeople/Home_warranty_insurance.html

DECEMBER PROMOTION

Friday, December 11, 2009
Anyone purchasing CPD online courses from us in December can enter our competition for a chance to win a $50 Visa Credit Card.

Look for our Santa and follow the prompts to enter.

$50 FUEL VOUCHER WINNER

Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Colin Clarke, a builder from Nelson Bay, has won a $50 Fuel Voucher from MyBuildingSite in our October 2009 promotion.
Congratulations to Colin.
Thankyou to everyone for you input and also for earning your CPD points through this website. 

MOVEMBER PROMOTION

Monday, December 07, 2009
Thank you to all those builders who purchased CPD online courses from us during November 2009.
As a result of your purchases, MyBuildingSite Pty Ltd will be sending a donation toward improving men's health.

NSW OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING AUDITS

Sunday, October 04, 2009

I have had several phone calls from NSW Builders and Pool Builders recently, advising me that they had each received a letter from the NSW Office of Fair Trading, auditing their CPD records. Every call has uncovered confusion surrounding compliance so we have included some information for you on the Q&A page of our website. If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you get your points within your required time frame!

HOW INSURANCE

Saturday, October 03, 2009

It has come to our attention that Lumley and General Insurers will NOT be providing HOW Insurance beyond the end of 2009. Policy holders may want to start looking elsewhere sooner rather than later. Remember the HIH collapse?

INJURY OF THE MONTH

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Imagine a cold winter’s morning around 7.00am, you’ve just started work, there’s 2 hours before coffee and you give your left thumb a little tap with a 24 ounce Estwing. Now you’re fully awake!

We have all had injuries on a work site, some more serious than others. By letting others know of our experiences, hopefully they take note, and avoid making similar mistakes.

If you would like to contribute your story, send an email to trev@mybuildingsite.com.au . You may remain anonymous, just let me know. If we post your story on this page, you will have the gratitude of anyone who reads your story and avoids a similar fate! Others may wish to offer suggestions on what they might have done differently.

I’ll start the ball rolling with my own experience.

Quite a few years ago, I was building a new two storey brick and concrete cottage at The Spit in Sydney. It was just after 3.00 pm. The brickies had packed up and driven down the street to turn their ute around. I was wearing gum boots as we had poured concrete earlier in the day. I should have changed my boots but I was too busy (that was my first mistake). The site ‘phone rang and I hurried to answer it (second mistake). To get to the ‘phone on the second floor I stepped over a gap from the garden to a door opening. Outside the door opening we had FL62 mesh set up to pour a suspended landing slab. As I jumped the gap (third mistake), my boots got stuck in the mesh. I desperately tried to grab the metal door frame but couldn’t. With both feet locked in the mesh, I fell backwards across a small garden rockery. I broke three ribs. The wind was knocked out of me and somehow I crawled out of the garden and rolled on the ground. I was alone on the site. But, remember the brickies? As they drove past the site (having turned their ute around) they spotted me rolling on the ground trying to breath. They used the ‘phone I never got to answer, and called my wife and an ambulance.

I was very lucky. When I fell, my head missed a jackhammer point, left lying in the garden by inches (fourth mistake). If the brickies hadn’t come by, I could have been in more trouble.

Recommendations

  • Don’t work alone.
  • Don’t wear gumboots unless you’re standing in wet ‘crete.
  • Don’t jump across gaps, build a ramp and fix handrails.
  • Don’t leave “sharps” lying around.
  • Carry your mobile ‘phone on you, don’t leave it out of reach.

I hope this helps someone else.

Stay Safe,
Cheers Trev.