Construction Sites Top Employee Mental Health Study
They might look rough and ready but construction sites are among Australia's most caring places to work, according to a major national survey conducted by the mental health charity beyondblue.
It found construction workers are the most likely to say they work in a mentally healthy environment, while agriculture and public administration workers were least likely to do so.
Geographically, workplaces in Western Australia are the most mentally healthy and those in Queensland the least.
The research was released on Monday to mark the launch of headsup.org.au, a free online guide businesses can use to create their own mental health plan.
It also found that around 50 percent of employees do not believe they work in a mentally healthy environment and one in five had taken time off work in the past 12 months because they felt mentally unwell.
Supportive and caring managers and flexible working hours are important attributes of a mentally healthy workplace, according to beyondblue.
These organisations also encourage workers to take lunch breaks, prevent discrimination and have support programs.
Beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett said many employers don't realise they can reduce absenteeism and improve productivity by improving mental health.
"Employers not only have a health and safety obligation to deliver good mental health in the workplace but also a moral obligation to support their workers who often spend more time at work than anywhere else,” he said.
Kennett added that the online guide could help businesses of all sizes with practical guidance on how to set up a mental health plan.
China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours
The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”.
A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.
Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce.
Broad Group’s “Living Building” system
Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said.
As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption.
Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness.
Other Broad Group projects
Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built.
In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days.