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May

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3 June / Public Holiday

Monday 3 June 2019 (WA only)

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31 May / Public Holiday

Friday 31 May 2019 (Sunshine Coast only)

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27 May / Public Holiday

Monday 27 May 2019 (ACT only)

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13 May / Quality

Understanding the Changes to Concrete & Earthquake Codes

An ADG guide has been produced to help everyone understand the changes to Concrete and Earthquake Codes which is now available on the Document Library here.

These changes affect all buildings in all areas. This may affect the costing of jobs due to the required changes.

Does this apply to me / my project?

YES, it applies to all projects nationally where the project is approved on NCC2019. This means any project with a building approval issued after 1 May 2019.

All current projects based on NCC2016 or earlier remain on the existing AS1170.

Please ensure all products/systems comply with this, including imported products and systems such as curtain walls.

Downloads

Click the below to download the ADG guide that explains the changes in detail. QMBA and QBCC provide additional information on their websites below.

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20 May / Meetings

Monday 20 May 2019

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if possible.

8.00am / Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices

Held in Toowong training room and video conference from offices via Surface Hubs and Polycoms.

3.00pm / All Project Managers and Contract Administrators

Regions to join via video conference in each office, individuals out of the various offices to join by the usual teleconference facilities (details can be downloaded below). All Hutchies’ project related people from office or site are encouraged to participate.

5.00pm Dumplings and a beer / Brisbane only

It would be great if all could participate.

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7 May / Quality

Temporary Fire Services including hydrants, fire hose reels and extinguishers are a requirement of the National Construction Code. They provide protection against the potential risk of fire on a building site during construction. Refer clause E1.9 below for specific details.

On building sites, there is risk of fire from construction activities, materials and fuel.

This may pose a significant risk not only to people and the project but also to neighbouring properties.

It’s important to remember that a building site does not have the permanent fire protection systems that protect people and property when the building is complete.

A summary of the requirements can be found here.

What do I need to do from here?

As always, careful planning of the works is necessary. Ensure that this requirement is managed through design.

Then, during construction, implement the requirement in a timely manner to ensure a compliant fire protection system is in place as soon as possible, and before the limits are reached during construction.

All projects need to have a programme that considers the activities and timing required to ensure compliance. Please ensure lead time works including boundary connections, procurement etc are included and a milestone linked to the E1.9 criteria are included.

Keep in mind boundary connections are usually a long process and may impact on permanent water sources for example, so temporary services may be necessary as an interim, where approved by the relevant authorities/designers.

Ensure consideration is given to any water tanks and fire pumps that are required to maintain the fire services protection at all times.

Please ensure safety audits include for regular checking for compliance of these requirements.

If there are any issues with achieving strict compliance, consult the Building Certifier/Building Surveyor/PCA, and any relevant Regulators and Fire Brigades to ensure the works don’t progress without suitable fire protection.

What are the consequences of non-compliance?

There are a number of devastating consequences for Hutchies if we are found to be non-compliant. These include:

Risk to people & property
Several fires on other builders’ construction sites have caused damage to cranes.
Recently, arson on a Hutchies site caused damage and delays to the project.
Regulators & associated penalties
It varies from state to state but essentially this is non-compliance to the NCC – which is failure to meet legislative requirements, and failure to adequately (competently) supervise our projects.
This will attract disciplinary action which could include the following:
Contract
The works will need to stop until they are compliant. This could create considerable time delays and result in delay costs.
Public record
Disciplinary action goes on our public record as a black mark against Hutchies, typically for 5 years after an issue is finalised.
Even if no financial penalty is issued – the fact that a regulator had to issue Hutchies a non-compliance notice and had to direct us to rectify is written up against our name publicly for 5 years.
Licence demerit points / suspension / cancellation / sanctions
All states have different systems but non-compliance can contribute to licence restrictions/validity.
Every state is reliant on every team and every project they have under construction being compliant.
The regulator involvement can range from an improvement notice, to a direction, to a Show Cause notice, all the way through to licence restriction/suspension/cancellation if repeated incidents occur.
Financial penalties
Fines range from $110,000 to over $150,000. This is added to by our collective management time, plus legal fees in some cases which can lead to over $200,000 for one incident. Incidents can easily cost $500,000 if we fail to comply!
Industrial manslaughter
In QLD & ACT at present, with VIC proposed and potentially federally in the future, the lack of fire safety systems under the NCC falls under HSE and could involve industrial manslaughter charges.
Reputational damage
All of the above have reputational impact to Hutchies at a professional level – with government, financial (banking) and institutional investors all having significant concerns with compliance, and media coverage potentially putting significant focus and pressure on Hutchies.
Any damage to our reputation puts our pipeline of work at significant risk!
Check the relevant state legislation for more information:
QBCC – 2018/19 Compliance and Enforcement Strategy
QBCC – 2017 Contractual Obligations, Demerit Points and Bans
QBCC – Defective Work & Disputes
VBA – Compliance & Enforcement
VBA – Performance Audits
NSW – Licence Holder Overview
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7 May / General

Guides to Standards & Tolerances for QLD, VIC and NSW have been added to the Document Library.

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1 May / General

The NCC 2019 has come into effect as of 1 May 2019, across all states and territories. It is now available on the Document Library. Team Leaders, Design Managers, Quality Managers and Cost Planning/Estimating Teams in particular should ensure they take the time to review the new NCC, making sure they are across the changes.  

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April

30 April / General

The ASAA (Australian Stone Advisory Association) Natural Stone Design Manual has been added to the Document Library. It's a good document to reference when it comes to natural stone installations on projects, with detailed information about design, selection, installation and quality expectations. 

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6 May / Public Holiday

May Day / Monday 6 May 2019 (NT only)

Labour Day / Monday 6 May 2019 (QLD only)

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3 May / Public Holiday

Friday 3 May 2019 (TAS only)

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22 April / Observation

Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection. 

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25 April / Public Holiday

Thursday 25 April 2019 (National)

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19 April / Public Holiday

Good Friday / Friday 19 April 2019 (National)

Day following Good Friday / Saturday 20 April 2019 (excludes TAS & WA)

Easter Sunday / Sunday 21 April 2019 (ACT, NSW, QLD & VIC only)

Easter Monday / Monday 22 April 2019 (National)

Easter Tuesday / Tuesday 23 April 2019 (TAS only)

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March

7 April / Observation

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am (which is 3am DST) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are turned back one hour. Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia. Please remember this time change when arranging travel etc.

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24 March / Weather Alert

Ex-tropical cyclone Trevor is forecast to move southeast from the Barkly district in the Northern Territory and into the Channel Country overnight Monday and into Tuesday. The vigorous low is expected to interact with an amplifying upper trough to produce bands of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Damaging, possibly destructive wind gusts are also expected to develop on the eastern flank of the low.

Widespread six-hourly rainfall totals between 50mm and 80mm are likely within the warning area from Monday afternoon or evening. Isolated heavier and intense rainfall totals up to 120mm are possible with thunderstorms between Urandangi and Bedourie.

Isolated damaging wind gusts up to 100km/h are possible for areas west of Boulia during Monday evening and early Tuesday morning. Locally destructive wind gusts in excess of 125km/h are possible with embedded thunderstorms.

A Flood Watch is current for the western Gulf Country, Channel Country and extending into the Warrego and Maranoa catchments

Locations which may be affected include Birdsville, Boulia, Bedourie, Urandangi, Glenormiston, Davenport Downs Station, Morney, Durrie and Brighton Downs.

Severe Thunderstorms have been detected on satellite over the Carpentaria and northern Barkly in Northern Territory.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Borroloola, Mallapunyah, McArthur River, Minyerri and Carpentaria District south of Ngukurr.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

General advice in weather events

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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28 March / Public Holiday

Thursday, 28 March 2019 (Toowoomba only)

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20 March / Weather Alert

Storms and heavy rainfall are developing over major parts of the East Coast, including Wollongong, Sydney, South East Queensland, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Townsville. Cairns is experiencing side effects to TC Trevor, which is battering the Cape.

In weather like this, please consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

Summary of weather

Storms are likely across Australia in several regions and cities. Please monitor the live radar below for a national summary.

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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20 March / Weather Alert

Tropical cyclone Trevor is expected to rapidly re-intensify as it moves over eastern Gulf of Carpentaria waters tonight.

Presently it remains located over land near Aurukun and is currently slow-moving.

The cyclone is expected to move offshore over eastern Gulf of Carpentaria waters tonight, where it is expected to rapidly re-intensify to a category 2 cyclone.

Tropical cyclone Trevor will intensify further as it adopts a more general west-southwest movement across the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is likely to cross the Northern Territory coast during Saturday as a category 4 severe tropical cyclone.

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

People in the path of the cyclone, in particular in the areas between Weipa and Aurukun, should remain inside until the cyclone has passed and listen to the next advice at 8 pm.

People elsewhere in western Cape York Peninsula, between Cape York and Pormpuraaw, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 8 pm.

People between Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

Hazards

GALES, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are occurring near the centre of the cyclone. GALES are expected to extend to areas between Cape York and Pormpuraaw tonight, including Aurukun and Weipa, as the cyclone moves offshore and intensifies.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, with gusts in excess of 130 km/h may develop between Weipa and Aurukun during tonight as the cyclone intensifies.

GALES may further extend south to Kowanyama on the western Cape York Peninsula coast during Thursday night as the cyclone intensifies.

As the cyclone intensifies, a STORM TIDE may occur between Mapoon and Aurukun on tomorrow morning's high tide. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

HEAVY RAINFALL, which may lead to flash flooding, and DAMAGING to LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE winds are occurring across parts of the Cape York Peninsula district.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for areas between Lockhart River and Laura.

A Flood Warning is current for the Daintree and Mossman rivers as well as a broader Flood Watch for catchments north of Innisfail to Kowanyama.

FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY COASTAL AREAS:

GALES, with gusts to 120 km/h are expected to develop on Groote Eylandt from Friday morning and extend to the mainland coast between Cape Shield and the Northern Territory Border later on Friday. GALES could also extend further north to Nhulunbuy on Friday if the cyclone takes a more northerly track.

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE core of Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor is forecast to cross the southern coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria between Groote Eylandt and Borroloola during Saturday.

VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, with gusts to 250 km/h, HEAVY RAINFALL and a VERY DANGEROUS STORM TIDE are expected near the cyclone centre as it approaches and crosses the coast.

Tides are expected to rise significantly above the normal high tide, with DAMAGING WAVES and VERY DANGEROUS FLOODING near the cyclone centre from Friday night into Saturday.

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19 March / Weather Alert

Severe Tropical Cyclone Trevor continues to move west-southwest towards the eastern Cape York Peninsula coast. It is expected to cross the coast just south of Lockhart River late this afternoon or early evening. The cyclone will most likely cross as a high end category 3 system, but further intensification to category 4 cannot be ruled out.

The cyclone will weaken as it crosses the northern Peninsula tonight and Wednesday, but is expected to remain a category 1 cyclone until it enters the Gulf of Carpentaria later on Wednesday. It is expected to reintensify rapidly once it enters the Gulf of Carpentaria and track towards the Northern Territory.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

People between Orford Ness and Cape Melville and adjacent inland areas (including Lockhart River and Coen), should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.

People in western Cape York Peninsula between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw (including Weipa and Aurukun) should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property, using available daylight hours.

Hazards

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of the cyclone, with extreme gusts up to 220 km/h, will make landfall near Lockhart River later this afternoon.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, with gusts in excess of 125 km/h are expected between Cape Grenville and Coen. These DESTRUCTIVE WINDS will move some way inland with the cyclone tonight.

GALES, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are expected in coastal areas between Orford Ness and Cape Melville today and tonight. These GALES are expected to extend inland over the Peninsula overnight and on Wednesday as the cyclone moves inland to include areas between Mapoon and Pormppuraaw during Wednesday. Gales are possible later Wednesday further north between Cape York and Mapoon if the cyclone takes a more northerly track than forecast.

As the cyclone crosses the coast, a STORM TIDE is expected between Lockhart River and Cape Melville, including Princess Charlotte Bay. During Wednesday, a STORM TIDE is also expected between Cape Keerweer and Mapoon on the western Peninsula Coast. LARGE WAVES may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in these areas are likely to be affected by flooding and should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES are also expected around the Wednesday morning high tide for the far northeast Queensland coast, north of Port Douglas.

HEAVY RAINFALL, which may lead to flash flooding, is forecast across far north Queensland today and continuing over the next few days. A Flood Warning is current for the Daintree and Mossman rivers as well as a broader Flood Watch for catchments north of Innisfail to Kowanyama.

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18 March / Weather Alert

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Coolangatta, Caboolture, Cleveland, Gatton and Jimboomba.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

Summary of weather

Storms are likely across Australia in several regions and cities. Please monitor the live radar below for a national summary.

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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15 March / Weather Alert

Severe thunderstorms are expected to become more extensive this afternoon and evening. Currently, the primary risks are damaging wind gusts and large hail, however this will transition to heavy rain later this afternoon and evening, particularly across the far southeast.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Kingaroy, Ipswich, Gatton, Jimboomba, Laidley, Lowood, Nanango and Tara.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

Summary of weather

Storms are likely across Australia in several regions and cities. Please monitor the live radar below for a national summary.

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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22 March / Event

The countdown is on! Our very own Matilda Fowke (COTY 2018) will be shaving off her blonde locks in support of the Leukaemia Foundation. After losing her mum, Margaret, to the blood disease Amyloidosis, Tilly has courageously put her efforts towards helping raise funds for research.

Her dream is for anyone faced with the diagnosis to have a better, longer and healthier life expectancy.

Tilly was 1 on the top shavers across Australia for a few weeks, having raised more than $20,000. Please help this great cause and our Tilly return to the top of the leaderboard by donating below.

The shaving and colouring event

Join us for a special celebration for the shaving occasion at 4pm Friday, 22 March 2019 on the terrace at Toowong office. Along with Matilda’s head shaving, Paul David has committed to dying his hair Hutchies Blue and the Payroll Ladies will go pink! Anyone else is also welcome to join the COLOUR MY HAIR. If you would like to participate, please let us know asap.

There is also a range of items up for grabs as part of raffles, donations and an auction, including:

  • $20 donation to scissor off some of Tilly’s hair
  • Auction for the first shave of Tilly’s hair
  • Prize draw for a getaway on Ocean Spirit kindly donated by Glenn Liebke


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12 March / Quality

Recently, some CodeMark Certifications for a number of widely-used ACP cladding products were withdrawn following an audit by JAS-ANZ. 

For further information on the withdrawal and why it came about, as well as the specific products affected, please see the links to the press releases at the end of this alert.  

How does this affect Hutchies?

Authorities/clients/consultants have already expressed confusion over the validity of the CodeMark Certificates on both past and current projects. 

In some cases, fire brigades have been resistant to CodeMark Certificates, so Hutchies has already been insisting on including ACP usage in a project Fire Engineering Report (FER) for some time.

The withdrawal of these CodeMark Certifications essentially makes it mandatory to do this now.

What do I need to do from here?

Please ensure your façade submissions to the Quality Team includes the FER without reference to the Codemark Certificates. 

Façade submissions to the Quality Team are mandatory for ALL projects, without exception.

Please ensure a fire engineer reviews and produces the FER for the use of ACP products. 

This needs to be backed by the Building Surveyor/Certifier and approved by the fire brigade as necessary. Performance solutions on life safety includes external walls and is a legislated requirement as noted in the Quality Handbook Topic 21.

What about existing projects which were covered by the withdrawn CodeMark Certifications?

CertMark International has advised that any projects completed prior to the withdrawal of the current certificates are still covered by the withdrawn certificate. More information on this is contained in the CertMark press release.

However, despite this, some authorities appear to be resisting acceptance of the CodeMark Certificate on projects commenced prior to the withdrawal that do not have final certification/occupancy certificates in place.

Please clarify with your consultants on any current projects to be certain there are no issues down the track at completion. It may be necessary to have the fire engineer amend the FER to avoid reliance on any CodeMark Certificate.

Don’t delay. 

Ensure this check is completed immediately and ensure the determination is provided unconditionally by the Building Surveyor/Certifier. Unconditionally means not subject to other conditions such as fire brigade acceptance. 

We need to be certain this will not delay completion on any current projects!

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11 - 14 March / Safety Alert

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued warnings for low to locally severe intensity heatwave conditions over southern QLD and northeastern NSW.

Please ensure you stay hydrated, wear appropriate protection (clothing, hats, sunscreen etc) and look out for your mates. 

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5 March / Update

Over the last two years, Hutchies has been subject to over 130 site visits, inspections and audits by ABCC inspectors. In each instance, we are confident that Hutchies’ Site Management Teams have demonstrated Hutchies’ compliance with the Building Code applying to each project.

Whilst evidence of compliance is encouraging, there is no sign that the volume of inspections and the focus on Hutchies’ projects is reducing. It is therefore essential that Hutchies’ teams remain vigilant in the area of Building Code compliance and that you contact Ben Young on 0400 577 953 if there is any aspect of the Code that requires clarification. Two particularly useful resources to refresh your understanding of the Code are Hutchies’ Site Management Industrial Relations Guides and the Building Code Self Audit.

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4 March / Update

Hutchies has updated its company policies in line with the expiration of our existing suite. These policies contain important standards that Hutchies has in place for our business – please take the time to refresh yourself on them.

Please also update any existing policies you may have:

  • Framed in offices and sites (at a minimum all offices and sites should have Work Health & Safety, Environmental & Quality)
  • In project Specific Management Plans, Manuals and / or Procedures 

We have sourced affordable standard clear frames if you would like to update yours. You can purchase them here.

The new policies can be downloaded below. They are also available on Hutchies' website (public) and the Doc Library.

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8 March / Observation

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world?
Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
Get everything you need to run a successful International Women's Day right here.

#BalanceforBetter

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11 March / Public Holiday

March Public Holiday / Monday 11 March 2019 (SA only)

Labour Day / Monday 11 March 2019 (VIC only)

Eight Hours Day / Monday 11 March 2019 (TAS only)

Canberra Day / Monday 11 March 2019 (ACT only)

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February

4 March / Public Holiday

Monday 4 March 2019 (WA only)

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21 February / General

HB-HSEQ-F-025-A HSE Induction Form has been updated to Version 10.2 and is effective as of today, 21 February 2019. 

A summary of the changes to the content and layout of V10.2 of the Induction Form follows:

  • There is no longer the requirement to photocopy Driver Licences; it is sufficient to record:
    • the Name on Drivers Licence,
    • the State of Issue,
    • the Class of Licence, and
    • the date of expiry.
  • The section related to the Next-of-kin has been removed.
  • The Section 6 in the previous versions, ‘the declaration and signature block’, now becomes Section 7 in Version 10.2.

Should clarification be required contact Ben Young 0400 577 953 or Danny O’Reilly 0408 920 496

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21 February / Weather Alert

Cyclone / Storm Warnings

All staff Rockhampton to Coolangatta

The map below describes the forecast track for Tropical Cyclone Oma based on information at 05:04 hrs AEST 21 February 2019. The forecast track for TC Oma presents a significant potential hazard for project locations within this path.



Hazards

Abnormally high tides are expected along the southern Queensland coast in the next few days. Seas and swell are also expected to increase well ahead of the approach of Oma. A Severe Weather Warning and Hazardous Surf Warning are current.

What do you need to do?

Please refer to the Hutchies instructions and resources outlined in the Site Shutdown & Storm Preparation Checklist (HB-HSEQ-F-084) and the Storm Preparation video (HE02) available below.

Storm preparedness is to be commenced at the earliest opportunity to ensure that our projects are secure quickly.

Particular attention is required for:

  • Cranes and masts 

  • Sheet fencing and hoardings 

  • Formwork decks and formwork componentry 

  • Erected scaffold and scaffold componentry 

  • Installation of temporary bracing or other means of securing partially completed structures 

  • Secure all loose material that could become airborne

Available resources to help you be prepared

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.


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27 February / Public Holiday

Wednesday 27 February 2019 (TAS only)

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25 February / Meetings

Monday 25 February 2019

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if possible. Times below are Queensland time (AEST).

Please note there is a new format of order for the day and new Macquarie Telecom Details available as below.

8.00am / Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices

Smoko will be served on the Terrace from 7.30am.

3.00pm / All Project Managers and Contract Administrators

Regions to join via video conference in each office (Skype), individuals out of the various offices to join by the usual teleconference facilities (details can be downloaded below). All Hutchies’ project related people from office or site are encouraged to participate.

5.00pm Toowong Office BBQ

It would be great if all could participate.

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12 February / Safety Alert

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued warnings for low intensity heatwave conditions through northern parts of the country including parts of WA's Gascoyne and northern districts, NT's Barkly to Tanami districts, lastly QLD's northeastern coastal to across southeastern areas where conditions grade locally to severe within the central east. Low intensity heatwave conditions extend across the border through northeastern NSW.

Please ensure you stay hydrated, wear appropriate protection (clothing, hats, sunscreen etc) and look out for your mates. 

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23 February / Event

Please join us
2019 Hutchies Training Awards 

Saturday 23 February 2019 4pm - 7pm (live band from 7.30pm
The Triffid / 9 Stratton Street, Newstead

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22 February / Event

Team Balladone & Team Crittall are hosting the EOM BBQ for February on Friday 22 Feb at 4pm on the Terrace! They have organised a range of Grill’d sliders, chips & salads. There will also be two frozen cocktails to choose from

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5 February / General

The NCC 2019 (Preview) has been added to the Document Library for review. Team Leaders, Design Managers, Quality Managers and Cost Planning/Estimating Teams in particular should ensure they are across changes for future tenders

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11 February / Public Holiday

Monday 11 February 2019 (TAS only)

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January

28 January / Public Holiday

National public holiday for Australia Day (Saturday 26 January 2019)

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10 January / General

On Friday 21 December 2018, Hutchies Toowong celebrated the end of year with our annual Christmas Break Up Party.

After an early finish from work, lunch and drinks were served outside and everyone later moved into the boardroom for the 2018 announcements and award recipients. 

Once it hit 3.30pm, everyone lined up for the buses and headed off to Triffid for the after party!

We hope everyone had a great time and we wish you well going into 2019. 

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9 January / Public Holiday

Wednesday 9 January 2019 (TAS only)

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December 2018

21 December 2018 / General

Congratulations to the winner of Constructor of the Year 2018!

Watch the video below to find out the winner!

Please note: You can now turn subtitles on if you don't have sound.

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19 December 2018 / Legislation Alert

AS4901 & AS4903 Subcontract Agreements

Please make yourself aware of the following changes:

  • QLD only – The Security of Payments act previously known as BCIPA has been replaced with the BIFA (Building Industry Fairness Act) and Chapter 3 of the Act was enacted 17 December 2018. Strict penalties apply around payment of subcontractors (both at a company and personal level). Teams are to familiarize themselves with BIFA https://www.legislation.qld.go... 
  • Safety Requirements and HSE Requirements Annexures removed in lieu of subcontractor link (refer clause 12.2) https://subbies.hutchies.com.a...
  • Timing for progress claims noted as last business day of the month.
  • Annexure for Programme added in.
  • Order of Annexures in line with HB order of precedence of these documents.
  • QLD only – Retention Release Notice (Annexure Q) added in in line with BIFA requirements.
  • All States – Subcontracts revised to reflect changes to state specific legislation updates.
  • Subcontract Conditions Clause order updated and expanded upon where required to reflect legislative updates.

Supply Agreements

Please make yourself aware of the following changes:

  • Multijurisdictional amendments: Supply agreement has been updated with a number of amendments to make this Agreement multijurisdictional. 
  • Security of Payment Legislation – Qld: Note that, this Agreement refers to the BIFA.
  • Clause selections: To keep the Agreement simple, we have not provided for options in the T&Cs but there is the option to select clauses in the Special Conditions depending upon whether or not they apply to the jurisdiction. 
  • Subcontractor’s website: New HB link provided as to the keeping of records (i.e. records and documents that the supplier is to maintain) - clause 2.1(f). 
  • Timing for supplier invoices is noted as the last business day of the month. 

More information

If you need additional support, please email Bree Hoek or Owen Valmadre. Alternatively phone +61 7 3859 6310 / +61 7 3335 5045.

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13 Dec - 30 Apr 2018 / Notice

We’re not the only ones who party over the break. Mother Nature is known for getting rowdy over Christmas, dishing out severe weather and environmental events.

These events, which range from cyclones, rain, hail, flooding, high winds and bushfires have the potential to cause damage to Hutchies' project sites, and adjacent properties and assets.

Since the beginning of Summer 2018 our Hutchies sites have braved floods, fires, high winds and are shaping up for the first cyclone of the season ‘TC Owen’ which is currently wreaking havoc in Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

So for us to be prepared for these weather events we need to make sure that our Site Shutdown and Storm Preparation is fully implemented prior to our holiday break.

This includes checking that the sediment and erosion controls are in place and effective for any projects where we have open ground and soil stockpiles that have the potential to cause negative environmental impact.

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5 December 2018 / Legislation Alert

Significant changes to the NCC are to be released next year.

In advance of the new year and the new NCC2019 release – there are ABCB seminars planned to provide advice on the changes to the NCC next year.

Hutchies' team quality champions, pre-construction teams, design managers and so on may benefit from attending.

Please consult with your team leaders to agree attendance etc – link below to seminars.

All subcontractors must also be across the changes to ensure works are priced / programmed accordingly.

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29 November 2018 / Safety Alert

Be prepared, listen to authorities and stay safe

As we head into the warmer months, fire safety should be at the front of everyone’s mind at home and on your projects. We’ve prepared a simple list of things to help you be prepared for fire threats.

Stay informed by following local news, listening to your local radio station or keep an eye on your state fire and emergency response services online (ie their website or social media) to stay up to date in what can be fast changing circumstances.

Things to consider and prepare for on your project before the Christmas break and at home

  • Have a fire safety survival plan in place, refer to it now and be ready to follow it (SES guides are available here).
  • If you don’t have a fire safety plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
  • Consider buying or making your own first aid kit with key essentials (a guide is available here).
  • Always follow instructions from authorities – it’s for your own safety.
  • Clean out and remove any dead leaves, branches and plants in your gutters, and around your property.
  • Move any flammable materials such as hazardous substances, doormats, wheelie bins and outdoor furniture away from your property.
  • Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
  • Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for a fire threat.
  • Consider finding your essential items (ie identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long sleeve cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave quickly.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and / or livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.
  • If you are in immediate danger, call 000. If your property is damaged and you need assistance, call SES on 132 500.

Local Emergency Services

ACT

ACT Fire & Rescue / www.esa.act.gov.au

NSW

NSW Fire & Rescue / www.fire.nsw.gov.au

NT

NT Fire & Rescue Service / www.pfes.nt.gov.au

QLD

QLD Fire & Emergency Service / www.qfes.qld.gov.au

TAS

TAS Fire Service / www.fire.tas.gov.au

VIC

Country Fire Authority / www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Other Monitoring Services

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

www.bom.gov.au

News

ABC / www.abc.net.au

News / www.news.com.au

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21 December 2018 / Event

Date: Friday 21 December, 12.30pm

Location: Hutchies' Toowong Terrace (584 Milton Road, Toowong)

On this day, Hutchies’ employees work until 12pm and then everyone can come along to the party starting at 12.30pm.

The break up party will be held on the terrace at Hutchies’ Toowong Office. A bus will depart Hutchies at 3.30pm to continue the festivities at The Triffid on Stratton St, Newstead.

Scott will be announcing the 2018 Constructor of the Year at the break up party. Also, for the first time ever, it will be announced in the COTY video!

REMEMBER: Unless you have made special arrangements with your Team Leader, sites and offices will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 and will reopen on Monday 7 January 2019. Please complete your annual leave forms and return to Payroll ASAP!

Please click the YES/NO buttons in your email invite to RSVP, or email brooke.wilson@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au to confirm your attendance! 

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28 November 2018 / Weather Alert

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gosford, Sydney, Parramatta, Wollongong, Nowra, Ulladulla and Katoomba. Some thunderstorms in the Greater Sydney area are likely to produce VERY HEAVY RAINFALL.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

Summary of weather

Storms are likely across Australia in several regions and cities. Please monitor the live radar below for a national summary.

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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26 November 2018 / General

Watch the full video of Hutchies' Managing Director, Greg Quinn, addressing QUT's Business Leaders Forum (BLF). GQ shared rare insights into his life, career and the major role Hutchinson Builders plays in Australia's construction industry.

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30 November 2018 / Event

The princess toadstool of the mushroom kingdom has been kidnapped by the notorious Chris Stevenson (King Koopa) and the toads of the mushroom kingdom have been held captive in the many castles of King Koopa. It's up to JB (Mario) and Luigi, two plumber brothers, to save the princess and defeat King Koopa and his minions.

When

Friday 30 November 2018 at 4pm

Where

The Terrace, Toowong

Food

Authentic Italian gnocchi on tap

RSVP

By clicking 'Yes' in your email invitation

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22 November 2018 / Weather Alert

Storm, wind and rain warnings across Australia

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

Summary of weather

Storms are likely across Australia in several regions and cities. Please monitor the live radar below for a national summary.

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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25 November 2018 / Observation

25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon Australia is a part of a global movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women. The aim is to create an Australian society where all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. #WhiteRibbonDay

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20 November 2018 / Safety Alert

Inhalable dust, respirable dust and Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS / Silica Dust) remains an important risk factor for respiratory disease amongst construction workers. 

The following information has been compiled in order to address some of the queries that arise on the topic of silica dust management.

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6 November 2018 / Safety Alert

Awareness, education and preparedness are the key factors in recognising and countering the potential risk to health of workers when working in hot environments.

What is Heat Related Illness?

Heat related illnesses occur when heat builds up in the body faster than the body can lose it. Excess body heat can occur when a person is exposed to extremes of temperature and humidity, and when generated from exertion or physical activity.

Factors that may contribute to heat related illnesses:

  • the temperature/humidity and movement of the surrounding air
  • the type and duration of work activity
  • an persons physical condition, in particular when not acclimatised to conditions and/or activity
  • insufficient hydration
  • medical conditions (hypertension, diabetes) and some medications and substances.

How do we recognise the symptoms?

Heat related illness can range from mild heat rash or cramps through to heat exhaustion.

Some of the key warning signs include:

  • muscles spasms or cramps
  • heavy sweating in the early stages, and in the latter stages no sweating at all
  • abnormal displays of confusion
  • slurred speech
  • blurred vision dizziness or fainting.

What can we do about it?

Reducing the onset of a heat related illness can be achieved by applying the following considerations;

  • rescheduling work so the hot tasks are performed during the cooler part of the day;
  • where possible, reducing the time spent doing hot tasks (for example, by job rotation);
  • where possible, arranging for more Workers to do the job;
  • providing extra rest breaks in a cool area;
  • providing cool drinking water and ice (machines) near the work site.
  • increasing air movement by fans or coolers
  • installing shade cloth to reduce radiant heat from the sun
  • giving consideration to working an eight hour day
  • Educating Workers with respect to hydration and heat and fatigue management.

The following ‘Hydration Chart’ is a quick and easy way for workers to monitor their hydration level as one process in the steps to avoiding heat related illness. These Hydration Charts should be placed in site toilet and other prominent locations as prompts for all workers.

Outcome

Through the application of this safety alert workers should be able to monitor themselves and their mates whilst working in hot conditions and avoid unnecessary injury or illness as a result of the hot weather conditions.

What do we do in Extreme Hot Weather

Where the temperature reaches 35oC there will be an orderly cessation of work and preparations for the safe completion of critical task that are underway and/or applicable modifications to the workload.

Where the temperature is 28oC and the relative humidity is 75% or more after three hours from the commencement of a shift there will be an orderly cessation of work and preparations for the safe completion of critical task that are underway and/or applicable modifications to the workload.

If there are areas of the workplace that are below these climatic conditions work shall continue as normal in those areas. Employees unable to work elsewhere may be transferred to these areas if work is available. Employees may walk a reasonable distance through the open to and from amenities, provided it does not pose an imminent risk to their health or safety. The primary objective is to ensure that there is no reasonable concern for risk to the health or safety of an Employee undertaking the work.

The onset of these climatic conditions is the trigger to implement Heat Management controls and to redeploy workers to other areas of the site that is not impacted to the extent of the temperature and humidity guidelines. Extreme hot weather shall be measured on site by a temperature gauge which is compliant to the relevant Australian Standards and shall be undertaken in accordance with the manufacturers operating instructions and/or BOM weather station. There are a number of appropriate temperature gauges that meet this criteria, of which the Wet Bulb device is one.

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5 - 20 November 2018 / Observation

Monday 12 to Sunday 18 November

In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 22nd year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives.

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5 November 2018 / Meetings

Monday 5 November 2018

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if possible. Times below are Queensland time (AEST).

8.00am / All Project Managers and Contract Administrators

Regions to join via video conference in each office, individuals out of the various offices to join by the usual teleconference facilities (details can be downloaded below). All Hutchies’ project related people from office or site are encouraged to participate.

4.00pm / Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices

Held in Toowong training room and video conference from offices via Surface Hubs and Polycoms.

5.00pm Dumplings and a beer / Brisbane only

It would be great if all could participate.

Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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6 November 2018 / Public Holiday

Tuesday 6 November (VIC only)

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26 October 2018 / Event

Where budget and quality meat...

Team Finance will be hosting this month's EOM BBQ on the terrace, Fri 26 Oct at 4pm.

Steak burgers, chip sandwiches and cups of chips will be served.

Please email Madeleine Kinnear for any dieting concerns.

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25 October 2018 / Public Holiday

Thursday October 25 (Hobart only)

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10 - 21 October 2018 / Weather Alert

Severe storm and rain warnings across parts of Australia

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

Summary of weather

  • Supercell storms are likely in north west NSW, south east and central QLD today
  • Large amounts of rain (up to 30mm today, 110mm for the next four days) in northern NSW and south east and central QLD
  • Rain in other parts of Australia including Hutchies' office areas of Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin (including vast areas across these states and territories)

General advice in storms

  • Move cars under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
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10 October 2018 / Observation

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.

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September 2018

7 October 2018 / Observation

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on the first Sunday in October, when clocks are put forward one hour. It ends at 2am (which is 3am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are put back one hour. Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia. Please remember this time change when arranging travel etc.

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7 October 2018 / Observation

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on the first Sunday in October, when clocks are put forward one hour. It ends at 2am (which is 3am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are put back one hour. Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia. Please remember this time change when arranging travel etc.

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29 September 2018 / Weather Alert

BOM TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for DAMAGING WINDS and LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in parts of Southeast Coast Forecast District and in Northern Rivers and parts of Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Keep an eye on the live radar.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Queensland locations which may be affected include Brisbane, Ipswich, Boonah, Beenleigh, Beaudesert, Esk, Jimboomba, Laidley, Lowood, Mount Tamborine and Springbrook. In NSW locations include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Yamba, Maclean and Woolgoolga.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees. 
  • Secure loose outdoor items. 
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm. 
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:30 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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11 October 2018 / Training

Hutchies' Training is seeking interest for participants for a 5 day HSR course from 11 October.

Please confirm your interest by 5.00pm, Tuesday 2nd October.

  • Cost: $530.00 per person (subject to meeting CSQ eligibility – please see below *). Without funding it costs $770.00 per person.
  • Days: Weekly on Thursday - 11 October, 18 October, 25 October, 1 November and 8 November 2018. It is a requirement to attend all of these days.
  • Venue: HB Toowong – Hutchinson Builders – 584 Milton Road Toowong QLD 4066
  • Time: 06.30am-2.30pm
  • RTO: CSTC
  • Trainer: Rai Malisauskas

Call Rai Malisauskas on 0427 339 795 or email for booking details.

* Eligibility for the funding will need to be established. To do this each person will need to provide Rai with a completed enrolment form, together with a copy of their driver’s licence and Medicare card. Plus an email / letter from their employer to confirm that they work in the Queensland Construction industry. These documents can be brought in with the participant on the first day of the course.

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21 September 2018 / Safety Alert

Health & Safety Alert 061 has been published relating to underground services identification below. Should further information or assistance be required please do not hesitate to contact Danny O’Reilly (danny.oreilly@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au / 0408 920 496).

This Alert has been updated to include a new version of SWMS 07 - Excvation, Trenching & Ground Penetration (Version 10 - September 2018) now available on the Hutchies Doc Library via the below download.

Background

A recent incident occurred on a Hutchinson Builders (HB) controlled project where underground High Voltage services were struck by an auger. Investigations into this incident have identified opportunities for improvement in the risk management processes and training requirements where excavations, trenching, and ground penetration activities are included in the HB scope of work.

The current process requires that ‘Dial Before You Dig’ (DBYD) resources are consulted to locate underground services prior to commencing excavation, trenching, and ground penetration activities. Past experience has demonstrated that the DBYD information has at times been incomplete or inaccurate and therefore unmapped underground services, and existing services locations have been found that were not included in the DBYD records.

Note DBYD does not claim that it is a complete register of all buried services as not all Local Authorities or service providers are contributors to the DBYD network; for example Gold Coast Council is not a contributor to DBYD therefore the water, sewage and other council assets in this location are not registered with DBYD.

Objective

To service the obligation that is owed by ‘a person with management or control of a workplace’ as described in the following extract from the Safe Work Australia Code of Practice for Excavation Work, and that is reflected in Legislation in all States and Territories in Australia;

Accordingly the following risk management instruments have been updated and will be released to the Toolbox when the document review and consultation process has been completed;

Current Instrument Title

Revised Instrument Title

Summary of Revision

SWMS 07 – Excavation & Trenching

Version 9 March 2016

SWMS 07 – Excavation, Trenching & Ground Penetration

Version 10
September 2018

**NEW SWMS AVAILABLE**

Content revised to more clearly reflect identification and documentation of underground service locations.

HB-HSEQ-F-078 Excavation & Penetration Permit

Version 9

HB-HSEQ-F-078 Excavation, Trenching & Ground Penetration Permit

Version 10

Title changed to include Excavation, Trenching & Ground Penetration.

Content revised to more clearly reflect identification and documentation of underground service locations.

2.0 Work Health and Safety Management Plan – Appendix 1

Version 10.2

2.0 Work Health and Safety Management Plan – Appendix 1

Version 10.3

Excavation Section content revised to more clearly reflect identification and documentation of underground service locations.

HB-HSEQ-F-023 Design Risk Assessment

Version 5

HB-HSEQ-F-023 Design Risk Assessment

Version 6

Section 5 expanded to include aspects related to Excavation, Trenching and Ground Penetration, with specific reference positive location of underground services, and the consideration of such services in design.

Intended Outcome

Effective 1 October 2018 all projects where the scope of works involves excavation, trenching, and ground penetration activities in areas under the control of Hutchinson Builders shall;

At Design Stage (where applicable):

  • Undertake a detailed survey and positive location of all underground services in the affected area and develop a detailed underground services plan that provides concise information as to the nature and location of all underground services
  • Utilise the information gained in the underground services survey to contribute to a design that addresses the risk associated with working in the vicinity of the services in question

At Construction Stage:

  • Utilise the detailed underground services plan, where available, that has been developed at design stage to manage the risk associated with working in the vicinity of underground services
  • Where such an plan is not available, undertake a detailed survey and positive location of all underground services in the affected area and develop a detailed underground services plan that provides concise information as to the nature and location of all underground services
  • Make available all information related to the nature and location of underground services to any party engaged by Hutchinson Builders to work in the vicinity of underground services.

The location of underground services can be achieved by all, or a combination of the following example activities;

  • Referencing ‘Dial Before You Dig’ records for the affected area
  • Referencing as installed drawing from existing owner/occupiers
  • Undertaking electromagnetic or other suitable scanning process to identify the presence of underground services
  • Conducting non-destructive pot-holing to establish concise location of services in question.

Electromagnetic scanning and potholing are cost effective means that can be utilised to achieve the intended objective.

Failure to effectively control the hazards related to striking underground services can lead to

  • risk to health and safety,
  • damage to asset integrity,
  • interruption to community facilities,
  • significant cost penalty,
  • damage to Company reputation and commercial relationships.

References

Safe Work Australia Code of Practice for Excavation Work – March 2015

State & Territory legislation relevant for the location of the works

More information

If you need additional support, please contact Danny O’Reilly

Phone 0408 920 496

Email danny.oreilly@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au

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24 September 2018 / Safety Alert

Another uncorefilled masonry wall is blown over on a construction site – as we move to the summer months, winds historically increase considerably and this is s timely reminder of the importance of temporary bracing to these walls.

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/construction-worker-crushed-by-falling-wall-at-capalaba/news-story/ca90f208c83588b836e944761364721a

Please ensure we comply with the engineer's requirements for maximum heights of wall construction before corefilling is required as well as temporary bracing required AND the below downloadable guide found in the Doc Library and the WH&S system risk assessment and SWMS.

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1 October 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 1 October (NSW / ACT / SA only)

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1 October 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 1 October (QLD / NSW / ACT / SA only)

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28 September 2017 / Public Holiday

Friday 28 September (VIC only)

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28 September 2018 / Event

The Washington Team will be putting on a Cowboy Cladding BBQ on the terrace at Toowong - Friday 28 September. 

There will also be a raffle to raise money for drought relief with all proceeds donated to Aussie Helpers. Tickets can be purchased from each office reception for $5 each.

Prize

2 night stay at the Casuarina Beach house*

Sleeps 14 people, 2 min walk to the beach / strict no party policy and no noise after 10pm under any circumstances

T&Cs apply

Food

Country style pulled pork, boneless beef short ribs, duck fat potatoes, country style slaw

Gluten free and vegetarian options available

Activities

Mechanical bucking bull

Attire

Wear your cowboy hat and best Hutchies flanno


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24 September 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 24 September (ACT only)

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24 September 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 24 September (WA only)

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13 September 2018 / Observation

Seeing who’s struggling isn’t always obvious. Chances are one of your three mates needs to talk. One simple question could change their life. 

Just ask R U OK?

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10 September 2018 / Meetings

Monday 10 September 2018

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if possible.

8.00am / All Project Managers and Contract Administrators

Regions to join via video conference in each office, individuals out of the various offices to join by the usual teleconference facilities (details can be downloaded below). All Hutchies’ project related people from office or site are encouraged to participate.

4.00pm / Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices

Held in Toowong training room and video conference from offices via Surface Hubs and Polycoms.

5.00pm Dumplings and a beer / Brisbane only

It would be great if all could participate.

Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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14 September 2018 / Event

Attention Brisbane Social Club members! Come along to our opinion trivia night and find out if you are more like the majority or the minority. There will be drinks, food and prizes!

With silly questions like 'would you rather pour concrete in 40 degree heat or pouring rain?', 'Jack’s Tequila or Craggy Range Wine?' and the choice to remain anonymous, it's sure to be a hilarious night.

Details as follows:

When Friday, 14 September 2018

Time Doors open at 6.30pm for pre-drinks and show starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm - open bar shuts at 11pm

Venue Lightspace / 2 Scanlan Street, Fortitude Valley

Parking The Valley (formerly Emporium) is a 3 minute walk from Lightspace.

Food & Drink There will be a spread of antipasto grazing boards, a delicious dessert tower, free beer, wine and spirits

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12 September 2018 / Event

The BUSSQ BBQ Bus will be visiting the Hutchinson Builders Toowong Office on Wednesday, 12 September from 7:30am cooking a BBQ breakfast for staff. BUSSQ's friendly staff will be on hand to help you ‘get your super sorted’, such as consolidating all your super funds, and other financial advice.

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1 September 2018 / Weather Alert

A trough has brought powerful wind across South East Queensland. 

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

, kicked up by a strong trough that moved through western on Friday, has made it all the way to on Saturday morning. is looking murky at the moment but it should gradually improve through the weekend. 

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August 2018

24 August 2018 / Weather Alert

Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are expected to hit Sydney and the South Coast this afternoon or later tonight. Keep an eye on the live radar.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

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24 - 26 August 2018 / Weather Alert

Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are expected to lash the Gold Coast this afternoon with some large rainfall figures already dropping in the hinterland. Keep an eye on the live radar.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

EARLIER

There is a high probability of a major rain deluge this weekend in the Northern NSW and across South East Queensland regions (as far out as Roma).  

The forecast estimates up to 30mm is expected around Roma, St George and along the NSW border. Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast could see falls up to 25mm on Sunday while Gold Coast would be 30mm.

Most of the rain is expected Saturday night / Sunday morning and there is a possible thunderstorm forecast for Sunday.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

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31 August 2018 / Event

Team Towill, together with Ben O’Donoghue’s BillyKart Kitchen, will be providing a selection of burgers (including catering for vegetarians) & craft beers on the terrace from 4pm, Fri 31 Aug. Some of Ben’s Cookbooks will be up for grabs! Please RSVP to Rachel Doherty by 24 Aug. 

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17 August 2018 / Event

Scott and Greg would like to invite you to a special event at our Toowong office at 11:45am on Friday 17 August. Preston Campbell will once again be our special guest and he will be giving a very special presentation in the Toowong reception area. Lunch will be provided on the Terrace for all those attending. 

For those holding meetings at this time, please be mindful that the reception area will be very busy. Your guests are of course welcome also.

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13 - 27 August 2018 / Observation

Monday 20 to Sunday 26 August 2018

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is all about cutting litter requires everybody to be involved; your local authority, waste contractors, shops, pubs, businesses and people all have a role to play. 

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9 - 26 August 2018 / Event

Hutchies are thrilled to be sponsoring Darwin Festival 2018 

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15 August 2018 / Public Holiday

Wednesday 15 August (Brisbane only)

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July 2018

6 August 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 6 August (NT only)

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27 July 2018 / Public Holiday

Friday 27 July (Darwin only)

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27 July 2018 / Event

You are invited to another monthly BBQ this Friday on the Toowong Terrace hosted by the Gangemi team from 4pm. There will be a MYO taco station, chips & dip as well as sangria and Coronas!

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16 July 2018 / Meetings

Monday 16 July 2018

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if possible.

8.00am All Project Managers and Administrators (Regions by teleconference) - all Hutchies' project related people from office or site are encouraged to participate.

4.00pm Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices (Brisbane only).

5.00pm Dumplings and a beer.

It would be great if all could participate.

Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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20 July 2018 / Public Holiday

Friday 20 July (Cairns only)

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9 - 16 July 2018 / Observation

Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 July 2018

This year's theme pays homage to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion that gives communities strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come. Because of her, we can! Read more.

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21 July 2018 / General

If your or someone you know – female or male – stands out as an individual that is great at their job or does a lot to support and empower women in construction, please nominate them now! Internal nominations close 21 July – get in quick!

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5 July 2018 / General

If you are expecting to receive it via email, please ensure to also check your junk mailbox.

If you are expecting to receive it in the post, ensure that it is not mistaken for a payslip or junk mail.

Please contact Payroll if you have any questions.

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3 July 2018 / General

‘2.0 Work Health and Safety Management Plan Appendix 1 (Project Risk Assessment) Version 10.2’ as part of Hutchies' Safety Management Plan has been updated on the Document Library. This update includes a section on dust to address aspects related to the management of silica and respirable dust.

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June 2018

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2 July 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 2 July (Townsville only)

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29 June 2018 / Event

The Workforce Development Team is hosting the June end of month BBQ and like the last couple of years it will have an Indigenous flavour (pardon the pun) in the lead-up to NAIDOC Week, with special guest Preston Campbell making an appearance. This year’s NAIDOC theme is celebrating the role women play in our lives – ‘Because of her, we can’. 

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18 June 2018 / Update

An important update about Code compliance is now available on the Document Library. It provides information about the transition from Code 2013 to Code 2016 along with areas of focus and the requirement for all sites to complete a self-audit. Please contact Ben Young to find out more or for clarification on any aspect of the Building Code.

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14 June 2018 / Public Holiday

Thursday 14 June (Rockhampton only)

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11 June 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 11 June (except QLD / WA)

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May 2018

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4 June 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 4 June (WA only)

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21 May - 4 Jun 2018 / Observation

27 May to 3 June 2018

Each year National Reconciliation Week (#NRW2018) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians (27 May - 3 June). 

This year’s campaign highlights some of the lesser known aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, histories, cultures, and achievements, to prompt Australians to ask themselves: what are some of the things I don’t know about our shared history? Read more.

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25 May 2018 / Event

The Operations Team (the professionals previously also known as the Cavalry, the power rangers and the attack dogs) will be putting on an 'Aussie AF' BBQ on the deck - Friday 25 May. 

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21 May 2018 / Meetings

Monday 21 May 2018

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if possible.

8.00am All Administrators (Regions by teleconference)

4.00pm Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices (Brisbane only).

5.00pm Dumplings and a beer.

It would be great if all could participate.

Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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18 May 2018 / General

Hutchies' Training Team is now able to conduct fit tests according to AS/NZS 1715:2009 on your sites when required. The testing is also available to the subcontractors working on your site. The alert for Control of Exposure to Silica Dust can be viewed on the document library, H&S Alert 60 - Control of Exposure to Silica Dust - 20180409

Please contact Michelle Buckland on 0447 758 566 or michelle.buckland@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au for further information.

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April 2018

7 May 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 7 May (QLD & NT only)

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25 April 2018 / Public Holiday

Wednesday 25 April

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18 April 2018 / Observation

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

Read more.

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12 April 2018 / Public Holiday

Thursday 12 April (Toowoomba only)

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9 April 2018 / Safety Alert

Safety Alert 060 - Inhalable dust, respirable dust and Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS / Silica Dust) remains an important risk factor for respiratory disease amongst construction workers. Prolonged exposure to RCS can lead to the disease called ‘Silicosis’, which is a loss of lung function due to permanent scarring as a result of inhalation of silica dust over time. Safety Alert 060 has been published to assist with the control of exposure. Should further information or assistance be required please do not hesitate to contact Danny O’Reilly (danny.oreilly@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au / 0408 920 496)

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March 2018

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3 April 2018 / Observation

Saturday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day. This is a day for promoting safety and health in the workplace and to honour those who have died from work-related injury or illness.

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7 October 2018 / Observation

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am (which is 3am DST) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are turned back one hour. Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia. Please remember this time change when arranging travel etc.

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23 Mar - 3 Apr 2018 / Public Holiday

Good Friday / 30 March & Easter Monday / 2 April

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23 March 2018 / Event

This Friday 23 March, the Milburn Team will be providing wood fire pizza and beers on the terrace from 4pm.

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13 - 15 March 2018 / Weather Alert

There is a possibility the tropical low pressure system in the Pacific Ocean will track towards Fraser and intensify as it gets closer to the coast. Keep an eye on BOM to stay informed.

We are expecting very strong wind developing from Wednesday. Please ensure you have a good site clean up by the end of today.

Consider all site housekeeping and remove loose waste and material from roofs, scaffold, balconies and open areas (hardstands / laydown) and ensure site fences are well supported with the minimum bracing (every second panel for scrim & every panel for hoarded).

Refer to Hutchies' Weather Preparation material on Doc Lib for more information

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12 March 2018 / Public Holiday

Monday 12 March (ACT, TAS, SA & VIC only)

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1 - 10 March 2018 / General

Hutchies partnered with Hilti last year to develop an industry leading training program for masonry fixing systems to ensure we are building to the highest quality and to meet the new code legislated in the NCC. We’ve held dozens of training sessions nationally and are continuing with these. The training notes are now available on the Doc Library here and we encourage all staff to ensure all project staff, design consultants, subbies and the workforce in general are provided with access to this document and complete the training. Please contact the quality team here if you have any queries.

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February 2018

24 February 2018 / Event

Saturday 24 February 2018 from 4.00pm to 7.00pm at The Triffid, 9 Stratton Street, Newstead QLD

Awards to be presented:  Apprentice of the Year | Encouragement Awards | Cadet of the Year | Future Leaders Award

RSVP on Eventbrite

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23 February 2018 / Event

This Friday, please join Team Balladone & Team Crittall on the terrace for an assortment of samurai snacks (sushi - including vegetarian options) from Sushi to the Max, as well as an icy cold beer fresh from the keg.

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9 February 2018 / Safety Alert

Safety Alert 059 - The weather forecast for large portions of Eastern and Northern Australia predict that extremes in temperature will occur for a period commencing 10 Feb and could persist for more than one week. It is prudent that we ensure that our operational workplaces are appropriately equipped and prepared to address this period of working in hot conditions. Safety Alert 059 has been published to assist with these preparations. Should further information or assistance be required please do not hesitate to contact Danny O’Reilly (danny.oreilly@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au / 0408 920 496)

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January 2018

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5 February 2018 / Meetings

Monday 5 February 2018

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if possible.

8.00am All Administrators (Regions by teleconference) – Queensland time.

4.00pm Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices (Brisbane only).

5.00pm Dumplings and a beer.

Download Macquarie Teleconference Details | Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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7 January 2018 / General

IT have been busy rolling out a brand new phone system over the break in the Toowong office. 

To find out more about your new desk phone and Skype for Business / Lync on your computer, please visit the guide

The latest list of direct lines for Toowong office can be downloaded here.

Training sessions will be coordinated over the coming weeks for those who would like to maximise the new system. In the meantime, if you have any issues, please contact IT Support.

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December 2017

22 December 2017 / General

Our Christmas break up party will be held on Friday, 22 December 2017. On this day, company members work until 12pm and then everyone can come along to the party starting at 12:30pm. The break up party will be held on the terrace at 584 Milton Rd, Toowong. A bus will depart Hutchies at 3:30pm to continue the festivities at The Triffid in Stratton St, Newstead. Scott will announce this year’s Constructor of the Year at the break up party. 

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18 December 2017 / Quality

ALL construction company members need to read and understand our ACP Handbook. ALL facades must have a submission to the Quality Team to approve the design and products before signing off. Team Leaders are to maintain a system to manage their projects to ensure submissions are made early enough with the right info. Submissions are required to include all relevant documents, with mark ups to identify the location, detailing and specification. Submissions that do not have adequate detail will be rejected. Ensure the External Wall & Cladding Selection Methodology is followed when preparing a submission.

If you have any questions, please make contact with our National Construction Manager, Chris Stevenson via email or phone 0402 780 498.

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8 December 2017 / General

Hutchies are rolling out our new online ordering system for site signage with our supplier Civic Media. This new system has a catalogue of more than 500 new signage options. There is also temp signage that you can download from the Hutchies Doc Library and make yourself in Microsoft Word if you need something urgently or temporarily. 

Register for the new system and view the new catalogue here to start ordering now

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6 December 2017 / General

The current Lloyd’s Register Certificates for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and AS/NZS 4801 are now available on our Document Library

Please dispose of all previous BSI Certificates that may be posted in offices and project locations, and retained in Tender and Construction Plan documents as a matter of urgency.

If you have any questions, please contact Danny O'Reilly.

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November 2017

28 November 2017 / General

Hutchies is now subscribed to Timber Queensland. To purchase products from the TQ online store, or register for any upcoming events - please click here and use the following details to login: Username: TS0139 / Password: hutch139

Please email Colin, TQ's Technical Consultant, at colin@timberqueensland.com.au for any technical assistance or advice. 

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23 November 2017 / General

Hola Senors and Senoritas, Payroll are hosting a Mexican feast this Friday on the terrace at 4pm - it’s the last BBQ of the year so come and enjoy a sangria or a corona!

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13 - 19 November 2017 / Observation

Monday 13 to Sunday 19 November 2017

In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 21st year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives. Read more.

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6 November 2017 / Safety Alert

Safety Alert 58 - Attention required - all scaffolded projects. Please refer to this alert for further information. 

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3 November 2017 / General

Hutchies has agreed to take part in a Bond University research project concerning attitudes towards stress in the construction industry. This aligns with our support of Mates in Construction, RUOK day, our EAP (Employee Assistance Program with Converge) and our close relationship with Bond University. To participate, please spare 10 minutes to take part in this confidential survey.

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2 November 2017 / General

Our latest suite of insurances are available on our Doc Library here: 2017-18 Insurances

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October 2017

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6 November 2017 / Meetings

Monday 6 November 2017 

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if applicable. Time below is Queensland time.

8.00am All Administrators (Regions by teleconference)

4.00pm Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices (Brisbane only)

Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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28 October 2017 / General

Team Finance is looking after this month’s BBQ this Friday (27/10/17), with the theme ‘Reef & Beef’. This will comprise of steak burgers and prawns! (and something for the vegetarians)

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13 October 2017 / Safety Alert

Safety Alert 57 - Please ensure that this information is presented at Toolbox Talks to all workers at Hutchies operational workplaces and yards and it is posted on Notice Boards. Records are to be maintained of Toolbox Talk attendees.

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10 October 2017 / Observation

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Read more.

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September 2017

25 October 2017 / Event

Wednesday 25 October 2017 5.30pm to 9.30pm at Hutchies' Future Hobart Office

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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26 October 2017 / Event

Thursday 26 October 2017 5.00pm to 10.00pm at Hutchies' Melbourne Office

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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4 October 2017 / Event

Wednesday 4 October 2017 5.30pm to 9.30pm at Youi Headquarters - Forecourt

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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20 October 2017 / Event

Friday 20 October 2017 6.00pm to 10.00pm at Hutchies' Sydney Office

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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29 September 2017 / General

This Friday (29/9/17) Team Gangemi has organised Fire ‘N’ Dough on site to cook their delizioso woofired pizzas on the Toowong Terrace from 4pm. Please drop by for your Pizzas, Peronis & Proseccos, bellissimo!

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15 September 2017 / Quality

A new quality handbook topic covering ACP / External Composite Wall Panel Systems is available to assist understanding the requirements for use and selection criteria. The draft is located here.

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14 September 2017 / Observation

Seeing who’s struggling isn’t always obvious. Chances are one of your three mates needs to talk. One simple question could change their life. Just ask R U OK? Read more.

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11 September 2017 / Meetings

Monday 11 September 2017 

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if applicable.

8.00am All Contracts Administrators (Regions by teleconference) – Greg Quinn to convene

4.00pm Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices (Brisbane only)

Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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20 September 2017 / Event

Wednesday 20 September 2017 6.00pm to 10.00pm at The Armitage Centre - Empire Theatre

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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22 September 2017 / Event

Friday 22 September 2017 5.30pm to 10.30pm at Hutchies' Yatala Yard

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

Remember parking is extremely limited. We are providing free shuttle buses too and from Brisbane and Gold Coast. All information is provided on the above Eventbrite page. 

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August 2017

26 August 2017 / Event

Team Brands invites you to the Terrace at 4pm on Friday 25 August for a gourmet Malaysian-Chinese fusion tastebud tantaliser.

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15 - 28 August 2017 / Observation

Monday 21 to Sunday 27 August 2017

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is all about cutting litter requires everybody to be involved; your local authority, waste contractors, shops, pubs, businesses and people all have a role to play. Read more.

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17 August 2017 / Event

Thursday 17 August 2017 6.30pm to 10.30pm at Lawns / Skycity Casino

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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10 August 2017 / Event

Thursday 10 August 2017 5.30pm to 10.00pm at Cairns School of Arts

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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2 August 2017 / Safety Alert

The latest version of the Work Health & Safety Management Plan is out now - available on our Document Library here!

WHSMP V10.0 will apply to all projects commencing 1 August 2017. Projects that are currently underway and are operating with previous versions of WHSMP will be required to upgrade to V10.0 at the next scheduled Project WHSMP three-monthly review. Details of the revision changes to WHSMP V10.0 are contained within an information document here.

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9 August 2017 / Event

Wednesday 9 August 2017 5.30pm to 10.00pm at The Ville / Hutchies' Job Site

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here. Map to venue.

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July 2017

28 July 2017 / Office Alert

We will be hosting the Brisbane 105 year party at the Toowong office this Friday – 28 July. There will be no parking available at the office OR St Osyth St on this date. Please also make a note in your calendars to arrange alternate meeting venues for this date as there will be no parking available for clients, consultants, etc. at the Toowong Office. There is a free Council car park located near the office – view map.

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28 July 2017 / Event

Friday 28 July 2017 5.00pm to 9.00pm at Hutchies' Yard - 584 Milton Road, Toowong (Hutchies' Office)

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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17 July 2017 / Meetings

Monday 17 July 2017 

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if applicable.

8.00am All Contracts Administrators (Regions by teleconference) – Greg Quinn to convene

4.00pm Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices (Brisbane only)

For this month only Tim McGregor will be hosting this meeting at the new Scaffold & Plant Yard, 12 Gebbie Street, Bowen Hills.

5.00pm Aussie BBQ and a beer at Tim's new Yard.

Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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13 July 2017 / Event

Thursday 13 July 2017 5.00pm to 9.00pm at The Upper Level - Headricks Lane, Rockhampton

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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3 July 2017 / Legislation Alert

As at July 1 2017 (QLD) if you don’t have a copy of the register for all essential fire services, special fire services and fire safety installations in full along with a mark-up plan showing the locations for ongoing future Building Owner Maintenance then the Building Certifier is not likely to issue the Form 11 Certificate of Classification in QLD. Certifiers not obtaining all documents from the Builder are open to prosecution by the QBCC as QFES notify the Commission of the Offence. Read more.

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June 2017

30 June 2017 / General

Any company members that sign off costs to OH17 please use OH18 from Monday 03/07/17 (start of the new financial year).

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30 Jun - 1 Jul 2017 / Observation

Annually, 3,200 Australian families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child. This has to stop. Through world-class research, advocacy and education we passionately believe we can put an end to this. Read more.

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26 Jun - 10 Jul 2017 / Observation

Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 July 2017

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017. Read more.

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14 June 2017 / General

Please note that Yasmine Dwyer is Hutchies’ new primary contact at Civic Media for all signage orders. For contact and signage information, please see our signage guide.
For any custom signage orders (outside our traditional catalogue) please request via email.

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14 June 2017 / General

Due to end of financial year processing, Payroll will be processing a double pay (i.e. 2 weeks) for W/E: 20/06/2017, this will cover the period 14 to 27 June 2017. For Salary Uploads please keep the Week Ending Date as 20/06/17 but you will need to ensure that you have a total of 80 hours included. This will be the last pay run for this financial year, any additional overtime or any leave adjustments will be corrected in the first pay in July W/E: 04/07/2017. 

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6 June 2017 / General

Please note that from 06/06/2017 anyone who still has their primary email address as FirstinitialLastname@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au (i.e. jbloggs@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au) will be changed to firstname.lastname@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au (i.e. joe.bloggs@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au).  The older format of email address will still be associated with your account and will still continue to receive email. This change will effect approximately half of our email users. If you have any issues, please notify IT Support.

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25 June 2018 / Sport

NSW wins the Origin series for 2018 / 18-14

Enjoy your Hutchies blue flannos today

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May 2017

27 May 2017 / Event

Saturday 27th May 2017 from 4.00pm to 7.00pm at The Triffid, 9 Stratton Street, Newstead QLD

Awards to be presented:  Apprentice of the Year | Encouragement Awards | Cadet of the Year | Future Leaders Award

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29 May 2017 / Meetings

Monday 29th May 2017 

Please participate in Monday’s meetings if applicable.

8.00am All Contracts Administrators (Regions by teleconference) – Greg Quinn to convene from Sydney office

4.00pm Site Managers / Foremen / Leading Hands / Apprentices (Brisbane only) – Ben Young to convene

Remember to mute your line by entering *6 - to unmute, enter #6

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1 June 2017 / Event

Thursday 1st June 2017 5.00pm to 9.00pm at 100 Griffith Street, Coolangatta (Hutchies' Office)

See the invitation here or register your attendance on Eventbrite here.

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25 May 2017 / General

Thursday 25th May 2017

Hutchies' photographer Angus Martin will be in the office to get new staff photos for use on LinkedIn, in submissions (CVs etc) and on the HB website. Please try and make yourself available for a photo. To see our people photography examples, check out the photography guide.

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26 May 2017 / Event

We will be hosting a farewell party at The Triffid on Friday, 26 May from 6pm for Jack Jnr and Jon Wood, after the monthly BBQ on the Terrace. Friday, 26 May is Jon’s last day with Hutchies and Jack will be off to London for 18 months!

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17 May 2017 / Office Alert

We will be hosting the NAWIC Crystal Vision Award Launch here at the Toowong office tonight (Tuesday) from 6pm. Please be aware that we will have around 70 people attending this event, so if you are able to remove your vehicle from the Toowong car park by 6pm, please do so. There is plenty of room down at St Osyth Street if you wish to avoid being parked in.

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17 - 25 May 2017 / General

We have a range of new HSEQ Policies that are now available to replace ones that have now expired. Please download them from our Doc Library.

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16 May 2017 / Safety Alert

Attention is required from Team Leaders and project leadership and safety teams to ensure that the objectives of this Safety Alert 56 are achieved. 

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April 2017

28 April 2017 / Observation

This is a day when we honour those who have died at work and think about how our actions can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses.

Read more on WorkSafe Australia's website.

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22 April 2017 / Observation

Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection. Read more.

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7 April 2017 / General

Hutchies is looking for people to relocate to Hayman Island to rebuild the island's resort. Contact Mark Phillips for more information.

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7 April 2017 / Event

Scott is hosting a bonfire at his Casuarina residence from 9pm on Friday 7th April. 

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4 - 6 April 2017 / Safety Alert

With the temperatures rising again please see the referenced alert and heat awareness posters. Hutchies' policy regarding the safe management of work in hot environments should be reiterated to all workers on all projects. Access more information in the Document Library.

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3 April 2017 / Safety Alert

Thunderstorms are forecast for Brisbane this afternoon. Stay safe.
Queensland Warnings Summary

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March 2017

28 Mar - 6 Apr 2017 / Public Holiday

Name of Public Holiday here.

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26 - 28 March 2017 / General

Come get them before they melt!

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1 March 2017 / General

The new Hutchies Toolbox is here to help you. For a quick run down, check out the guide or download the cheat sheet. For help and feedback, drop us an email.

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