The word ‘hard’ is on the lips of many workers in the construction industry.
It’s a term that means tough and rugged, but also a bit scary.
The hard hat is the new, highly-complicated construction material that can make workers feel like they’re working for hire, and the more it’s worn, the more likely it is they’ll fall ill or die.
The construction industry is a complex one.
In a lot of ways, the profession is almost like a family business, with people coming and going with varying levels of experience and experience-related health risks.
And while some of those risks are quite serious, the work that’s done at Volvo Cars Australia is nothing to laugh at.
Work at Volvo Construction is not for everyone, as Volvo Cars Queensland says many of its workers are exposed to dangerous working conditions, including:Working on the roof of a building that is prone to high winds, high temperatures and a lack of ventilationSource: Volvo Cars Australian NewsroomIt’s also a place where many people feel the strain of constant fatigue, a condition that can leave people suffering from headaches and sleep apnea, and can even cause respiratory issues.
But there’s another side to construction workers, too.
Many of the workers at Volvo are from overseas, and there are a number of conditions that the construction workforce are often exposed to at Volvo, including the following:It is estimated that as many as 15,000 people work in the industry.
Volvo Cars Queensland estimates that the number of construction workers who fall ill each year in Queensland is at least six times higher than the number who die in construction.
It is believed that construction workers are particularly susceptible to respiratory problems.
Workers in the Construction Industry is a dangerous and challenging industry that can cause respiratory problemsSource: SuppliedThis can be a problem that can have long-term repercussions for a person’s health, and it is for that reason that the Australian Construction Industry Union (ACIU) and the Construction Workers’ Union of Australia (CTWA) are campaigning to get the construction sector to take greater action to prevent construction workers from contracting respiratory diseases.
The ACIU is calling for the establishment of a national respiratory protection fund to support those workers who are affected by respiratory issues, and for the government to work with industry to raise standards and reduce the number and severity of illnesses.
The CTWA says that a common misconception is that construction work is only a ‘last resort’ for people with respiratory problems, and that workers need to work for a minimum of five hours a day, seven days a week.
It says the majority of construction work involves workers who have a low-risk occupation such as trades, manufacturing, mining or agriculture, but it also highlights the difficulty of working in the workplace when there is a risk of respiratory issues.
“People are still exposed to hazardous conditions and that can result in illness in workers who’ve had respiratory problems,” the CTWA’s secretary of manufacturing, Tony Smith, said.
“They’re still at risk of contracting illnesses like respiratory problems and infections.
And we’re asking for the construction unions to make sure that those workers get the support they need.”
To help, the union has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a study into the safety of working with a construction job, and also launched a petition to ask Volvo to put more protective gear on construction workers.
The campaign has already received over 2,000 signatures, with more than 500 people having pledged to donate.
Volvos safety measures to protect construction workersA Volvo construction worker wearing a construction hard hat, which is made from a mixture of foam and carbon fibre.
Source: Supplicant NewsVolvo has taken several steps to reduce the risk of developing respiratory issues in its workers, including reducing the number, intensity and frequency of respiratory tests.
In the past, the company has had to make changes to the way its workers wear construction hard hats, which were designed for workers who worked on the building that they were to walk into.
In December, Volvo introduced a new ventilation system for construction workers in Victoria, where the company’s facilities are located.
The new system allows workers to breathe in and out of the building through specially-designed ventilation ducts that have a clear view of the inside of the car.
The ducts allow for ventilation when the building is at its highest temperature, allowing the worker to breathe through the vents, which also allows the building to maintain a high temperature.
Volkswagen says it uses ventilation systems for other carmakers and other industries in the world as wellSource: News.co.ukVolvo also introduced an enhanced ventilation system in 2018 that includes a new ‘scent-free’ ventilation system, and has increased its wear-and-tear testing for construction work.
The company also developed a ventilation system that was designed specifically for Volvo Cars.
Volvens new Ventilator systemThe Ventilators are designed to provide a more comfortable working environment,