Construction workers in high demand

Christchurch has become a major hub for jobs growth, particularly for those with construction-related skills, despite a real start to the earthquake rebuild remaining months away, recruitment agencies say. Quantity surveyors, commercial and residential project managers plus machine operators with drainage and roading experience were topping a list of skills in high demand in Christchurch's civil construction market, said Jason Walker, managing director of recruitment firm Hays. "Demand is so high that [some] skilled professionals are offered jobs within 48 hours [...]

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Fire-stopping mortar failure causes fatal fall

File PhotoA fire alarm technician died from head injuries after falling 10 metres when a section of a floor he was walking on collapsed under him. The section of floor that collapsed was made from a fire-stopping mortar. The technician was working in a plant room on the second level of a multi-storey commercial building under construction. A space had been boxed out in the floor of the plant room when the slab was poured to accommodate [...]

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