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Winter 2008

VIEW Submarine Facility is ship-shape Eastwood station runs on time for Pope Push the boundaries...anything is possible.

Contents Focussing on health and not just safety By Kari Rummukainen, Founder and Managing Director


Focussing on health and not just safety


Eastwood Station


New school for Coomera


Broad backs young people looking to build their futures


Newcastle News


Submarine maintenance facility handed over


James Cook University School of Creative Arts, Qld


Global Corporate Challenge


Fresh look for Newman properties


Sub-contractors recognised for site safety


HSE Focus: Building a Safety Culture?

Broad is committed to providing and promoting a sustained healthy workplace for its employees. While our lost time injury frequency rate has continued to decline in the past three years to its lowest level of three lost time injuries per million hours worked, there are always areas of improvement to be made. This is especially important as we work to our target of zero harm across all Broad workplaces.

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Our focus on the wellbeing of our staff extends beyond achieving required safety standards. Our staff deserve better than everyone else and we strive to do better. This includes the consideration of, and support for, their personal health. Health initiatives already supported by Broad include the participation of staff in community sports events such as the Perth BP Ultimate/ BRW Corporate Triathlon, City to Surf Fun Run, the City of Perth Bike Race and the recent Cyclo Sportif’s ‘Cicli a Swan Valley’. Additionally, Broad has 15 teams of seven members in the Global Corporate Challenge,

each recording their daily steps and travel across the globe on a virtual journey to improve their health and fitness and reduce carbon emissions. Male depression and prostate cancer were the focus of Movember, with more than 80 Broad employees raising $50,000 to support the initiatives. Ergonomics and skin cancer safety have also been a focus of ensure the ongoing health and safety of its workforce bother at work and home. In the interests of a holistic approach to health, Broad has also partnered with private health insurer, Medibank Private, to offer employees and their families access to corporate health cover. The arrangement is proving popular with 15 per cent of the company’s workforce taking advantage of the offer in the first five months.

Cyclo Sportif My passion for cycling and personal interest in the health of all Broad employees appears to be rubbing off around the WA office, with Broad supporting four teams in Cyclo Sportif’s ‘Cicli a Swan Valley’ on Sunday, June 29.

A total of 32 riders donned the Broad team uniforms, with the two ‘A’ teams covering 78km, the ‘B’ team tackling 62km and the ‘C’ team completing 31km. The prestigious event attracted a record number of participants, with more than 800 riders registering across the grades. Teams set off from the Midland Speed Dome, but there was an eight kilometre ride to the start line which provided a good early warm-up and cool-down for all the cyclists involved! Driving rain provided an additional challenge for the riders who completed a number of laps around the Swan Valley course before heading back to the Speed Dome for a well deserved lunch. Congratulations to all the Broad riders and a special thanks to the other sponsors – namely Pride Projects, Teen Challenge, ALTO Capital,

Action Interiors, Biosymm, TBE – The Bicycle Entrepreneur and Leighton - in helping make this a successful event.

Employee ‘Health and Well-Being’ Program Health and wellbeing is company value for Broad and we remain committed to promoting a sustained healthy lifestyle for our employees. In support of this, we are currently developing an employee ‘health and well-being’ program to build on existing health initiatives. The program will include: • health surveillance – eg. pre-employment and annual health-checks; • annual influenza injections; • health promotion, covering women and men’s health-related topics; • sponsorship of employees to participate in sporting events (eg City to Surf); • subsidised private medical cover; • and more!

While Broad hopes to enjoy the benefits of a healthy and vibrant workforce, more importantly our staff and their families will enjoy the biggest benefits of healthy and active lifestyles.

Tragic Loss – Ian Colley On a sad note, I would like to pass on my thoughts and prayers, and those of all Broad employees, to the family of the late Ian Colley.

Broad has already extended its hand of support to Ian’s family and assisted with the repatriation of Ian’s body to Australia and his Dubai medical expenses. Leighton International’s Dubai based operations liaised with local authorities.

Focussing on health and not just safety

Broad was extremely proud to sponsor the Australian Army’s SAS riders in the A grade race, in support and recognition of not only their work, but standard of fitness and aptitude to the task.

Free and confidential counselling and support services are available to all Broad staff and their families, should they need or wish to access the services.

Ian died following a tragic accident in Dubai in mid-June in which he was struck by a car and sustained devastating injuries. Ian was treated in intensive care in Dubai, but unfortunately despite our best hopes and strongest prayers, he succumbed to his injuries. As Estimating Manager for Broad Construction Services (NSW), Ian worked as an integral part of our team and played a strategic role in the growth, development and ultimately the success of Broad. He will be sadly missed by all who dealt with him. Ian Colley


Broad works around the clock at Eastwood Station to ensure trains are on time for the Pope The dedicated site team at Eastwood Station Easy Access upgrade have been working around the clock to finish the project prior to the Sydney arrival of Pope Benedict.

A major station on the North West line, Eastwood Station will be a critical part of the transportation of pilgrims to various World Youth Day and Papal events during the Pontiff’s Australian visit. Broad Construction Services NSW undertook the complete refurbishment of the station and surrounds, with work beginning in May 2007. The project included refurbishing the Station Master’s office, the installation of three new lifts and family access toilet facilities, plus the linking of the road to the subway tunnel and the tunnel to the platforms. New extended structural steel and roofing canopies, with extensive use of glass, were installed over the platforms. The platform areas were resurfaced and tactile indicators added, while improved closed circuit television and public address systems were installed. Additional upgrades were made to lighting, signage and ancillary items. New wall and floor tiling in subway was undertaken, while new landscapes were formed around the station. An average of 30 people per day worked on the site with practical completion achieved in early July. Only eight shut down possession weekends were possible on the project, so a lot of logistical and safety issues had to be managed around the station’s operations, not only for the construction team but also the general train travelling public. A major achievement on the project was the installation of the two steel platform canopies and three lift shafts which were erected in just two possession weekends (four days) using two 350t mobile cranes with extended jibs to lift the structures from the adjacent roadway.

New school for Coomera

New school for Coomera opens opportunities for Broad in Queensland Pupils of Coomera State School in Queensland will walk in to a new environment in 2009, with Broad Construction Services Qld set to start work on the new school.

The new school for Education Queensland comes with a very tight timeline of 34 weeks, providing a finished product in time for the new 2009 school year. Primarily a masonary construction, the Coomera works will include the construction of eight new buildings and the refurbishment of one existing structure. Walkways will link the buildings, in addition to covered areas, car parking for 140 cars, landscaping of the grounds and installation of play equipment. The school has been designed to incorporate the prospect of future expansion as required.

Queensland Business Development Manager Martin Henry said Coomera State School and its tight construction timeframe was a further demonstration of the growth of Broad’s capabilities. “We are not only looking at, but are attracting work from other areas. “The tight timeframes on this project, will help to highlight Broad’s key objective of delivering a quality result in a timely manner.”

The start of the 2009 school year will be an exciting milestone for both the new pupils and Broad.

“The start of the 2009 school year will be an exciting milestone for both the new pupils and Broad.”


Broad backs young people looking to build their futures Broad Construction Services WA is taking a proactive approach to helping address the skills shortage by providing 10 scholarships to Year 11’s who have committed to an Australian School-based Apprenticeship. The scholarships, for apprentices undertaking bricklaying or carpentry at the Armadale Campus of Australian Technical College – Perth South, will also enable the students to complete Year 11 and 12 and achieve their WA Certificate of Education. Broad Director and General Manager WA, Nick Cater presented the first six scholarships at a special ceremony at the City of Armadale offices on July 2. The six Broad Scholarship recipients were carpentery and joinery students Patrick Baula, Sean Callander, Mathew Depiazzi, Wesley Seward, Hayden Walker and Ben Crook.

Left to Right: Sean Callander, Hayden Walker, Broad WA General Manager Nick Cater, Australian Technical College Perth South CEO Treveor Williams, Mathew Depiazzi and Wesley Seward at the scholarship presentation.

Broad is committed to encouraging apprentices into building and construction trades and the scholarships are hoped to provide the financial support to young people looking to the industry for a career. “The skills shortage, not only in WA, but across the country has a direct impact on the way we do business,” Nick said.

“The skills shortage, not only in WA, but across the country has a direct impact on the way we do business”

“By helping young people into construction, Broad will hopefully provide lasting benefits for not only the individuals supported, but across the industry and ultimately our clients.” Broad’s commitment to the four remaining scholarships is hope to be filled through the mid-year enrolments at the ATC – Perth South.


Manning Mall Shopping Centre Taree, $12 million

Riverfront Plaza Shopping Centre, Kempsey $15 million

Maroba Manor Aged Care Facility Newcastle, $15 million

Morisset Square Shopping Centre, $20 million

The partial demolition of existing structures has been completed on the Manning Mall site and the team is well advanced with piers and foundations. Work in the next few months will include a 3,000sqm Target Store, a 3,500sqm Coles (converting a Bi-Lo Store), specialty shops and new car parking. The picture shows the existing structure supported by temporary ‘tri shores’ – during a break in the rain.

The pre-cast concrete wall panels are now complete with structural steel framing and metal roof cladding in progress on the Riverfront Plaza shopping Centre in Kempsey.

Stage 1 of the 100-bed, three storey Maroba Manor Aged Care Facility in Newcastle is nearing completion. The first stage of the works has included a commercial standard kitchen and laundry, landscaped courtyards and acoustic glazing due to the building’s location on a busy, arterial road.

Construction of the new 3,500sqm Coles supermarket and specialty shops including a two level car park at Morrisset Square Shopping Centre were completed at the beginning of May.

It is intend that parts of the building will be handed over to Coles (3,500sqm) and Target Country (1,200sqm) in late August for the start of their fit out work. The whole threestorey centre, including specialty shops and a covered car park, is due to be completed at the end of October. The picture shows the close proximity of the Pacific Highway to the site boundary which provided an extra challenge for management of the site.

The facades of the building are a combination of various face bricks with corbelled features, cement render and feature metal cladding. With landscaping and commissioning works in progress, patients and staff will move from their current 50-year old premises into the new facility during July. Stage 2 will commence following their move.

Newcastle News


Despite what has seemed like continuous rainfall across New South Wales in the last three months, construction of projects through the Newcastle office of Broad Construction Services (NSW) has been moving at a rapid rate. Sites in Taree, Kempsey, Newcastle and Morisset have made solid progress, continuing Broad’s commitment to deliver on each of its projects.

Work is underway to partially demolish the existing 1,500sqm Bi-Lo store adjacent to Stage 1, to allow the construction of a new 1,200sqm Target Country Store and specialty shops. This last stage of work is expected to open for Christmas trading.


Submarine maintenance facility handed over

Submarine maintenance facility

Broad has recently completed the construction of the new Submarine Maintenance Facility at the Australian Maritime Complex in Henderson WA.

Regarded as a specialist facility, and designed with security in mind, the submarine maintenance facility has emphasised Board’s attention to detail and capability to handle sensitive projects. The $32.5 million project was completed on a tight schedule, with sections progressively handed to the client ASC West as they were finished to shorten delivery times. The project comprised three buildings – the maintenance facility and adjoining office block, a separate warehouse and offices, and a guardhouse facility, in addition to staff and visitor car parking. The maintenance shed is approximately 115 metres in length and 25 metres high, providing undercover and secure areas for working on the Collins Class submarines. The two storey office facility included a full fit out and will house approximately 200 people when fully operational.

The gatehouse will provide an operational base for the 24 hour-a-day security presence on site, while the warehouse building will service the dock and hard stand areas. A bitumen hard stand area of 10,000 square metres was also prepared and includes 230 metres of rail track, laid as part of the facility’s slipway. Broad commenced the structural steel shop drawings for the project during the contract negotiation period to expedite the construction, while the structural steel for the job was sourced from South Australia. An average workforce of about 120 were on site during the project and can all be proud of their part in establishing a key aspect of Australia’s Defence maintenance. It was truly a fantastic effort by the Submariners.


James Cook University

School of Creative Arts, Qld

The talents of James Cook University students have been unleashed on the new School of Creative Arts facility in Townsville.

The new visual arts house, gallery house, digital sound house and amenities building were handed over to the University in June. The project consisted of four separate buildings designed in a complex to compliment the University Campus’ existing modern architecture. The quality of construction and the design itself are highlights of the project, with the new buildings forming an entry statement to the main gates of the university. Juggling study timetables can be hard enough for University students and access to buildings can sometimes be an issue, however the project team had to ensure the existing buildings on campus remained accessible to both students and staff, in addition to ensuring a functional environment for both study and work. Thankfully this never became an issue and the relationships with both students and staff were very good. Features involved in the construction included pre-cast concrete external walls, colour bond roofing, acoustically rated internal walls, aluminium cyclone proof windows and the installation of card readers to secure each room. Services

were to the highest standard throughout and of a quality befitting such a fantastic development. It was the first time that fully coloured concrete panels were used and Broad had to assist in the establishment of a new pre-cast facility to enable the panels to be made to the standard expected. None of the buildings had a right-angled wall and they were all formed in unusual shapes, while the digital sound rooms are acoustically rated and obtaining the quality and consistency in structure provided an ongoing challenge until final sign off. To ensure the buildings met the quality expected, minor wall detailing and sound barriers within the specialist recording studios were reworked to meet the final demands of the design. With up to 70 workers on the job, extensive rain on the project hampered construction of the facilities, however the end result is a state of the art facility that is ready to enhance students’ creative expression. Broad’s relationship with the James Cook University delivery team was very good throughout the project and close working relationships were formed, the results providing a environment that will certainly inspire the students.

Global Corporate Challenge at Parliament House

Kick Assests team members left to right: Trevor Stiles, Gavin Cruse, Libby White, Member for South Perth John McGrath, Melissah Clark and John Jackson.

The exotic sights of Spain, Puerto Rico and Jamaica are just some of the virtual highlights experienced so far as Broad employees walk their way around the world – or so to speak. This is even more astounding given it is all while still undertaking their daily tasks at home and work.

The Global Corporate Challenge is a worldwide health and fitness initiative encouraging participants to take 10,000 steps each day. Broad has 15 teams of seven members in the Global Corporate Challenge and the competition is already heating up. The challenge began on May 22 and will continue for 125 days, finishing on September 23. During this time all competitors wear a pedometer and log onto the GCC website each day to record their steps. As each teams’ steps add up, they are taken on a virtual tour of the global walking their way across the continents. The website is full of informative information about each destination as well as encouraging participant with health and wellbeing tips.

One of the teams, Kick Assets made a prestigious start to the challenge with a silver service lunch at Parliament House in Perth. Team members Trevor Stiles, Melissah Clark, Libby White, Gavin Cruse and John Jackson were hosted by the Member for South Perth John McGrath MLA. Before lunch, the team enjoyed a guided tour of Parliament House, with a highlight of visiting the Legislative Assembly and listening to how their tax dollars were really being spent. It was an experience greatly enjoyed by all. Already the pedometers are out in full force with daily comparisons of counter readings and the odd questioning of their reliability!

Global Corporate Challenge at Parliament House

Kick Assets launch their

At this stage of the race, team Ali Barba and the Bruiser is the leading the Broad team, closely followed by No Good with Numbers then the Cannemans. Although there are no official prizes for the event, Broad employees are definitely embracing the opportunity for a bit of intracompany rivalry. Well done to those who are participating thus far and keep up the walking!

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Fresh look for Newman properties Newman in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is starting to take on a refreshed look thanks to Broad Construction Services WA’s contract with BHP Billiton.

the refurbishment project has an agreed 50 per cent capping of the work crews coming from outside WA, supporting a ‘local where possible’ approach to the job. areas by removing walls and doorways. The houses have also had new patio and carport additions, plus new fencing.

Broad has been engaged to undertake a large housing project in Newman as part of BHP Billiton’s residential program, with work on the refurbishment of the first 27 houses well underway. The houses are either three or four bedroom, single bathroom, properties and were all constructed in the 1960s or 70s.

Removal of asbestos has been a big component of the job, with the teams also re-roofing each property with Colorbond and installing new solar hot water units. Project Manager Chris Owen said the works have also included gutting and rebuilding all laundries, kitchens and bathrooms, in addition to improving the open plan living

Chris said each house was taking between 6-8 weeks, with up to 15 properties at various stages of work at any one time. The project is expected to be completed this year. The project’s area supervisor Shayne Hammond and his family have become Newman locals, while labourers for the project work on a fly in – fly out roster of three weeks-on, one week–off. The crew fluctuates between 20 to 30 tradesmen and

they are accommodated at BHP Billiton’s facilities while in Newman. Chris said the refurbishment project has an agreed 50 per cent capping of the work crews coming from outside WA, supporting a ‘local where possible’ approach to the job. Early transport and logistical teething problems associated with building in the Pilbara have been ironed out, with the crew continuing to finesse the switch from house to house to keep the project moving.

all else’ and as a company we will continue to work together with all subcontractors to provide and maintain a safe workplace.

Sub-contractors recognised for site safety

The safe work practices of the Downer EDI Engineering team on the Victoria Park Train Station site in Perth were recently recognised by Broad.

Above: Subcontractors from Downer EDI on the Victoria Park Train Station site.

The crew’s good safety practices which aligned to Broad’s values and guiding behaviours, were brought to the attention of Broad management through the company’s Safety Recognition Program.

“While Broad will act to stop any individual unsafe act or behaviour, we believe it is equally important to recognise safe working behaviour which enables employees to return home safe each working day,” Ian said.

Downer EDI Supervisor Gary Beange and his team of Aaron Heaperman, Matt Kennedy, Stuart McInnes, Brendan Rinaldi, Eric Blacton and Mike Stratton conducted varied electrical installation work throughout the Victoria Park site, from underground cabling to fit out work. Each was presented with a letter of recognition and a small token of Broad’s appreciation in the form of a movie gift card.

“Broad’s safety value is ‘Safety above all else’ and as a company we will continue to work together with all subcontractors to provide and maintain a safe workplace.”

Sub-contractors recognised for site safety

Broad’s safety value is ‘Safety above

Additionally, Alluvion tower subcontractor Jim Argyropoulos from Downer EDI was similarly recognised for his continued support in maintaining safety on the Mounts Bay Road site in Perth. The recognition program is an opportunity for Broad to not only acknowledge the importance it places on health and safety across all its sites, but to also acknowledge the supporting behaviours of its subcontractors. Broad Group Holdings Manager of Corporate Services Ian Counsell said “Broad values its relationship with subcontractors who embrace our values and demonstrate continued safe behaviour.

Subcontractor Jim Argyropoulos on the Alluvion site.



Building a Safety Culture?


By Ian Counsell, Manager Corporate Services

Fatality rates in the building and construction industry are tragically still twice as high as the national average. From September 2006 to February 2008, there were 28 notified fatalities in the building and construction industry across Australia (ASCC, 2008). This number is simply unacceptable. Statistics like these really bring the message home that workers in our industry are at risk every day when they head off to work. Broad values safety in the work place as ‘Safety above all else’ and these construction death statistics should make us all reflect about our own safety behaviours and those of the people around us. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. Safety – how clients and designers can influence safety outcomes Safe design is everybody’s business - from clients to designers to constructors. A safe design process is important in building and construction to prevent the risk of injury during construction, facility use and the maintenance of a structure. Safe design is a process defined as the integration of hazard identification and risk assessment methods early in the design process to eliminate or minimise the risks of

injury throughout the life of a structure being designed. It encompasses all design including facilities, hardware, systems, equipment, products and layout. Improvements in occupational health and safety (OHS) in the construction industry will not occur unless the structural and cultural barriers to the adoption of safer working practices and behaviour are adopted. Traditionally, it has been the role of principal contractors, such as Broad, to manage all safety aspects of construction. However, the

In addition, the client has a responsibility to insist that safety be designed into the project and take greater initiative in managing OHS in projects they sponsor. This, of course, has a price. It may appear more expensive initially, but in the longterm if injury can be eliminated during construction and maintenance the costs savings can be enormous. Stimuli for change is to view safety as a social and moral responsibilities. Broad encourages the building and construction industry to strive for a higher level of safety and encourages clients to insist that safety be designed into the project. Further reading: • The Australian Safety and Compensation Council ( provides information and advice on safe design applicable to those involved in a range of industries, in its Guidance on Principles of Safe Design for Work. • Federal Safety Commissioner ( The Model Client: Promoting Safe Construction

Broad’s safety performance continuously improves It is unacceptable to assume Broad workplaces are safe because they are incident free. Construction projects are complex and embody a dynamic working environment.

The added prevalence of subcontracting also contributes to the challenge of maintaining a safe working environment at all times. All parties to a construction project have a role to play in ensuring health and safety risks are controlled, if unable to be eliminated. Although a lagging indicator of performance, Broad’s lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) has continued to improve in the past three years, declining to its lowest rate of three lost time injuries per million hours worked. This figure includes Broad and subcontractor workers. Broad’s strategic plan for health and safety 2008/11 identifies targets to reduce the current LTIFR of three by 50% for each of the next three years. This is designed to achieve zero lost time injuries in every workplace and ultimately achieve Zero Harm. Positive indicators and other key initiatives also identified in the 2008/11 plan to: • create a sustainable future; • provide industry leadership; • develop the behaviour and safe working culture that commits to the achievement of Zero Harm; and • provide an increased focus on leading – rather than lagging – performance indicators.

Fall from height – prominent risk factor Over the last three years, injuries to subcontractor workers at workplaces under Broad’s control have illustrated that falls from height continue to be a prominent

risk factor associated with serious injuries. Specific ‘working at height audits’ are completed across workplaces to assess both legal compliance with this high-risk activity and provide information and awareness to staff and subcontractor workers. Twenty project personnel from Broad Queensland operations were recently trained in ‘safe working at heights’ and eight project personnel from Broad WA have attended a scaffolding appreciation course in July, with more planned in August.

Leadership Visits Senior managers have the potential to encourage and affirm positive safety behaviour amongst individuals in the organisation. Since May 2006, Broad senior management have completed over 110 leadership visits to engage Broad employees and subcontractor workers at construction sites and share with them the importance of health and safety in the workplace.

HSE Focus: Building a Safety Culture?

client and designer also have a role to play in enhancing safety. It is important the designer is aware of the role it can play in more careful consideration of safety in the design phase.

These visits have proved a great success. These visits will continue and from July 2008 the number of senior management visits will increase to ensure continued leadership and increase visibility across Broad workplaces. Broad senior management will continue to work in partnership with companies and individuals within the industry, so that we can bring about sustainable cultural and behavioural change in the building and construction industry.


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