$166,000 in fines after wall collapses on man

$166,000 in fines after wall collapses on man

Contractors and sub-contractors associated with the Kiama Blue project were fined a total of $166,000 after a wall collapsed on a 24-year-old labourer.Egyptian worker Mohammed El Gendy suffered serious injuries including multiple skull fractures, when an unstable, 1.6m by 2.7m brick wall weighing 450kg fell on him on November 18, 2006.Mr El Gendy had been in Australia about two months and had only been working on the Kiama Blue project six days when the collapse occurred.He had not learned to speak English and had no experience as a labourer when he began working on the multi-storey hotel and convention centre project.In November 2006, stage two of the project was underway and worth about $12 million.According to the Industrial Court of NSW, labour hire company O&H Construction hired Mr El Gendy without a working visa and did not assess his experience.In the days leading up to the incident, a freestanding, double brick wall had been constructed.No warning signs or barriers had been erected to prevent workers going near the wall which was described by the court as "inherently unstable".About 8.10am on the day of the accident, Mr El Gendy was standing about 3m from the wall which had formwork frames propped up against it. Two other men were next to the wall and, when it began to move, one pulled the other away from the falling wall to safety.However a falling block struck Mr El Gendy on the head and he fell with concrete blocks on top of him as well as some of the steel formwork frames.The court heard workers on the construction site were not adequately supervised by Romeo Ibrahim, a director of concrete sub-contracting company REI Construction, and Yassir Hussein a director of O&H Constructions.Earlier this month, Mr Ibrahim and Mr Hussein were fined $13,000 each while O&H Constructions was fined $130,000.In a separate judgment, Darren Mercer - the sole director of Colmerc, the principal contractor on the site - was fined $10,000 with the court finding his culpability was less than that of the first three defendants.
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Thriller: Port Kembla show resolve three times over

Thriller: Port Kembla show resolve three times over

Tarrawanna's Paul Robaard lies in the net after Port Kembla scores the winning goal in the dying seconds of the match at Wetherall Park. Picture: DAVE TEASEDefending champions Dandaloo returned to the top of the tree, Bulli dropped points after an injury-time equaliser and Port Kembla went behind three times before snatching a thrilling win in a dramatic day of football yesterday.Dandaloo reclaimed first place with three rounds remaining when they conquered Wollongong United 4-2, while Bulli conceded in the last minute of injury time to finish with a 2-2 draw against South Coast United.However, Wetherall Park was the venue for the the round's most thrilling affair, where Port Kembla prevailed 4-3 against Tarrawanna.Substitute Peter Richardson headed home a corner in the second minute of stoppage time to put the black and whites into second spot by virtue of a better goal difference than Albion Park, who started the weekend as competition leaders.That moment was an appropriate climax to a match that featured a hat-trick by Tarrawanna golden boot leader Ricky Zucco and clutch double by Port talisman Matt O'Shea.Zucco drew first blood - and submitted his entry for goal of the year - when he drove a free kick into the top right corner of the net from 25m in the 33rd minute.O'Shea equalised eight minutes later when he was first to the ball after Blueys custodian Christian Pretto parried a goal-bound shot by Peter Gaffney.Zucco bent in another free kick five minutes after the restart and the visitors seemed certain to claim all three points until Jonathon Ramos tapped in after another Pretto save in the 76th minute.However, Zucco completed his hat-trick two minutes later when he outpaced the defence and produced a sublime finish for 3-2.O'Shea then turned the game on its head - again - when he bent a shot around Pretto eight minutes from time.Port Kembla coach Stuart Beedie declared the grit his side displayed yesterday could prove telling in the premiership scramble."Massive win, to come from behind three times shows the character of the side," Beedie said."We conceded two free kicks and a breakaway, you can only defend them so well."If we keep producing 90-minute efforts like this, we'll be a chance, it's totally in our own hands."At Macedonia Park, Dandaloo came from two goals down to defeat top-five aspirants Wollongong United.The hosts looked good things thanks to goals by Jacob Miller (12th minute) and Save Treneski (30th), but the visitors pulled a goal back through Chris Jackson two minutes before half-time.Dandaloo kicked on in the second period, with Jason Kencevski (57th minute), Ilija Prenzoski (63rd) and David Reid (78th) hitting the target to deliver a famous - and vital - win.Pave Corak's 92-minute equaliser secured South Coast a point against Bulli at McLennan Park.The 2009 league and grand final runners-up looked like leaping to second spot when Matt Naylor and Ben McDonald struck within 60 seconds of each other in the 79th minute to trump Julian Minutillo's 12th-minute goal for South Coast.However, Corak got a telling toe to the ball in a goal-mouth scramble to snatch an all-important stalemate for the hosts, who moved two points above the drop zone.Bulli remain in fourth place after Tarrawanna's thrilling, but unprevailing effort kept them fifth.
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Sergeant thanked for rescuing runaway woman

Sergeant thanked for rescuing runaway woman

Sgt WestMany men would struggle to stay afloat after taking a kick to the groin, but Sergeant Graham West not only continued swimming, he managed to rescue a woman determined to fight off his assistance 400m out to sea.Today his efforts will be recognised with an Australian Commendation for Brave Conduct.It was April 16, 2007, when a woman escaped police custody and attempted to take her own life by jumping into Wollongong Harbour and swimming out to sea.The then Leading Senior Constable West was known for competing in Iron Man races and was called to help in the rescue."She ended up with the tide going out and went 400m off the harbour," he said.A fishing trawler which was pulling into the harbour took police officers out to the woman and Sgt West dived in.However the woman violently resisted his attempts to rescue her."She fought me for probably 20 minutes," he said. "I was more worried about getting bitten by a shark."I paddle out there quite a bit and I know there's a big shark population out there."When she kicked me the first time I actually thought that was a shark."Despite his fear about what swam beneath, Sgt West continued to struggle with the woman."I got kicked a few times in the groin which slowed me down a bit," he said.After repeated attempts to load her on to a lifeguard's jetski, the exhausted woman was restrained from leaping back into the ocean and taken ashore."I was exhausted by then and I couldn't pull myself into the fishing trawler," he said.His fellow officers hauled him, slightly embarrassed, from the water: during the struggle, Sgt West had lost his clothing.A few days later, the woman's husband came to the police station to thank Sgt West for saving his wife."She was obviously someone's mum, someone's wife," he said. "You don't really think with stuff like this you just go and do it."I made sure we got her back that's the best thing about it, she's home."Sgt West's bravery that day has also been recognised with a police award and a Royal Humane Society bronze medal."Police do things like this a lot and don't get recognised," he said. "I worked in the tactical unit and did dangerous things a lot."For information on mental illness call Lifeline on 131 114 or log on to www.beyondblue南京夜网.au.
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Dragons target Manly rookies

Dragons target Manly rookies

Trent HodkinsonSt George Illawarra are ready to turn up the heat on Manly's rookie halves combination in tonight's crucial NRL clash at Kogarah's WIN Jubilee Oval.The Sea Eagles have been a regular fixture in the finals for the past five years, and went on to claim the 2008 premiership.They have a wealth of players with play-offs, State of Origin and international experience, but second-rower Ben Creagh yesterday revealed the Dragons would target young playmakers Kieran Foran and Trent Hodkinson. Full coverage of the Dragons Hodkinson has played 19 NRL games since debuting this year, while Foran is in his second season with just 27 games under his belt.Creagh said the Dragons were determined to exploit their lack of experience in tonight's game, expected to be played in a finals atmosphere."It's definitely a key to winning," Creagh acknowledged. "Earlier in the season they played really well against us, they had a great combination going."But the more pressure you put on young halves, hopefully it will come up with a few errors or bad passes."It's always important to try and limit their time with the ball."The young Manly halves duo will square off against Dragons pairing Jamie Soward and captain Ben Hornby, who have played every game for the past two years together.Soward has played 101 games in his NRL career, while Hornby is a 221-game veteran.Creagh is adamant the regular Soward-Hornby combination will prove to be a major asset in this year's finals series."Sowie has been going great and they've been combining better and better for everyone else around them," he said.Manly toppled the Dragons 24-6 the day after the Australia-New Zealand Test and Country-City Origin clash earlier this season.It is the most points St George Illawarra have conceded this year, having averaged just 10.75 points against all teams after 20 rounds."We can take a bit of motivation from the points they scored on us earlier in the season and stop it happening again," Creagh said."That's definitely what we've been training to do all week and we will be backing our defence [tonight] and hopefully hold them to as least tries as possible."
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First glimpse: next stage of Blue Mile

First glimpse: next stage of Blue Mile

Preparations for the next stage of the Blue Mile are being finalised by Wollongong City Council, with construction to begin next month.After the opening of the second stage of work on the Cliff Rd promenade a week ago, and the unveiling last month of a walkway around Flagstaff Hill, the focus is now shifting to the area around the Wollongong Fishermen's Co-operative.Landscape designs show the route of the new pathway, which will follow the wall that separates the co-op car park from the grassy reserve between Cliff Rd and Endeavour Dr.Project manager Lance Hazell said the promenade would be a link between the new paved area surrounding Levendi cafe and the footbridge from the upper level of the co-op building."It will be an improved footpath with improved lighting," he said.A railing will be installed along the northern side of the new promenade, with extensive new garden beds proposed behind the fence.Three distinctive black and white rows of paving along the length of the pathway will reflect the historical alignment of the tramway.Mr Hazell said the type of construction would be similar to recent work along Cliff Rd.The Federal Government is contributing $200,000 towards the heritage trail project through its Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, with the remaining funds coming from the council's capital works budget."We are looking to start in September and be done before the end of the year and the busy summer period," Mr Hazell said.The project will leave just two links remaining in the Flagstaff Hill precinct. The first is a new footpath along Endeavour Dr between the co-op ramp and the footpath in front of Flagstaff Hill. The other piece will be the second stage of the walk around Flagstaff Hill, which is an extension of the recently completed walkway and viewing platform on the southern side of Flagstaff Hill.The timing of both projects will depend on funding.Mr Hazell said the council hoped to start work on a new retaining wall at North Beach early in the new year. The replacement of the wall in front of Diggies and the North Beach Bathers' Pavilion will be staged, but Mr Hazell said designs for the full length of the wall were being prepared.
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