17 March 2020 / Safety Alert


COVID-19 which is also known as coronavirus has affected many around the world, including Australians both at home and overseas. It is a new viral infection that can give people flu or cold-like symptoms, including sore throat, fever, cough and shortness of breath. The World Health Organisation has declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.

Nobody really knows how long this pandemic will last but the Federal Government indicates that the contagion may not peak until June or July this year. Implementation of posters in all shared facilities (including toilets) and the roll out of our developed resources must be done by Teams as soon as possible – don’t wait for direction.

Coronavirus is most likely to spread by:

  • Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious
  • Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes
  • Touching objects or surfaces contaminated by a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection so focused hygiene has high priority in all of Hutchies’ planning

Considering all of the above circumstances, Hutchies believes it is prudent to implement a strategy that minimises people’s exposure to coronavirus whilst protecting the business from the impacts as best as we can.

Our objectives are:

  • Keeping our people safe and minimising the risk of exposure to coronavirus
  • Ensuring all of our construction projects remain open whilst observing the directions of the Federal Government and advice of Australia’s health authorities
  • Protecting Hutchies’ business operations
  • Maintaining Hutchies’ off-site functions during this pandemic in support of our overall construction operations

This plan is about being prepared for challenging times ahead and implementing preventative measures and flexible arrangements that reflect the seriousness of the coronavirus and the massive impact it is having at every level across the globe.

These are recommendations and guidelines for Teams to assess – adequate autonomy and flexibility exists for individual Teams to handle things differently and come up with alternative options.

However, Teams are advised not to underestimate the severity of the current situation gripping the world and to take preventative action now – doing nothing is not an option. It is the responsibility of Hutchies’ Teams to implement appropriate changes and act on all recommendations immediately.

Additionally, we have included Hutchies’ procedures on coronavirus (COVID-19) which is also available in poster form for display across all sites and offices.

Greg Quinn
Managing Director

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1 July / Notice

Starting 1 July 2024, Victoria is introducing a new operator licence for non-slewing telehandlers (capacity of more than 3 tonnes).

Previously, only a CN licence was required for mobile cranes.

There is now special training for safely operating non-slewing telehandlers with different tools attached.

If you already hold a crane licence (CN / C2 / C6 / C1 / C0), you don’t need to do anything unless you want to learn more about telehandler operation.

Effective 1 July 2024

If you don't currently hold one of these licences, and need to operate a non-slewing telehandler over 3 tonnes, from 1 July you must:

  • Complete and pass the non-slewing telehandlers training by an authorised registered training provider (Course 11249NAT)
  • Apply for the new licence
  • Provide a copy of the licence to Hutchies

The new licence is only for operating non-slewing telehandlers, not a non-slewing mobile crane or slewing telehandler.

To operate non-slewing telehandlers under 3 tonnes, there are no changes. Operators must still be trained in either THA Gold Card or RIIHAN309F.

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28 June / New

Hutchies has a new facilities management system to under pilot for our Toowong office.

The myBuildings tool aims to streamline work requests, quotes, communication, and invoicing for our on site contractors. 

Our plan is to extend the implementation of this system to our office at 31 Staple Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Reporting building maintenance

If you're in Toowong, and have an item to report, please send all maintenance requests to:


Contractors on site

All contractors performing works internally and externally at Hutchies' Toowong office (which includes ADG Engineers' buildings) must complete our induction process and sign in using the QR code located at reception.

More information

If you have any questions about the new system, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sarah Di Lorenzo in Hutchies' Property Team. 

Thank you in advance as we transition to this more efficient way of managing building maintenance.

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19 June / Training

This qualification applies to individuals working in, or wishing to transition into, a work health and safety (WHS) role who provide a broad range of technical knowledge and skills and have some limited responsibility for the output of others.

The qualification applies to those working as supervisors, WHS personnel, and workers in other WHS-related roles who manage risks effectively, apply relevant WHS laws, and contribute to WHS within the workplace in known or changing contexts with established parameters.

The specific nature of this course will include contextualisation of Hutchies’ Policies, Processes, Procedures, and Systems relating to on-site hazard identification, risk assessment and hierarchy of control measures within the scope of its operations.

Units of competency for the Cert IV WHS that we will cover are:

  • BSBHWS412 Assist with workplace compliance with WHS Laws
  • BSBWHS413 Contribute to Implement & Maintenance of WHS Consultation & Participation Processes
  • BSBWHS414 Contribute to Risk Management
  • BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS Management Systems
  • BSBWHS416 Contribute to Workplace Incident Response
  • BSBWHS417 Assist with Managing WHS Implication of Return to Work
  • BSBWHS418 Assist with Managing WHS Compliance of Contractors
  • BSBWHS431 Develop Processes and Procedures for controlling Hazardous Chemicals in the workplace
  • BSBCMM411 Make a Presentation
  • BSBWRT411 Write Complex Documents

Funding is available for eligible Queensland participants via CSQ.

For course inquiries call / email Warren Belford on 0427 337 379.

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