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Quest 3 - Ground Jet Blast Hazard

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When working in close proximity to aircraft powered by jet engines, extreme care must be taken.  Both the intake and the exhaust of a jet engine is hazardous, the intake posing the threat of ingesting any objects which get to close, and the exhaust giving off significant thrust that could push a person or object over, or burn personnel due to the air leaving being heated to around 300 degrees.  This resource provides critical safety information regarding safe operations around jet aircraft on the ground, highlighting correct positioning of equipment and personnel as not to cause harm to either. 

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Quest 3 - Lifting Safety: Tips to Help Prevent Back Injuries -- FamilyDoctor.org

Quest 3 - Lifting Safety: Tips to Help Prevent Back Injuries -- FamilyDoctor.org | Interests | Scoop.it
Learn how to avoid back injuries by learning how to properly lift heavy objects.
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In an environment which requires the manipulation of heavy cargo, baggage and equipment, the hazard of these heavy objects must be taken into serious consideration.  Not only can unsafe lifting practices do damage to material goods, but it can also cause injury to personnel.  The quick turnaround time that is expected by the airline can put pressure on the airside contractor, causing an increase in the rate which work is carried out.  This can cause significant issues when a person is lifting a heavy load, meaning that they must carry out this process in a short space of time and safe practices may not be adhered to.  This resource provides information that is vital to safe lifting procedures, in-order so that the worker does not injure themselves or damage goods while performing lifting tasks. 

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Quest 3 - ▶ ▶ Airport Signs, Markings And Procedures Your Guide To Avoiding Runway Incursions (2007) - YouTube

Courtesy FAA Airport Signs, Markings and Procedures Your Guide to Avoiding Runway Incursions Click to subscribe! http://bit.ly/subAIRBOYD
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One of the more significant hazards in an airside operations environment is a lack of understanding of tarmac and area markings by ground service personnel, boarding marshals, pilots and other individuals who may be present within the environment.  This particular resource provides the view with an in-depth overview of tarmac markings, taxiway signage, obtaining clearance to cross active taxiways and runways and also avoiding runway incursions.  The video is presented by John and Martha King, who are two of the top flight instructors in the United States of America. 

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Quest 2: Barista and Personal Trainer

Quest 2: Barista and Personal Trainer | Interests | Scoop.it

Due to the un-certain nature of when work would occur, I was unable to obtain a photo of Hayley in this workplace, but she provided me with photos she had taken at an earlier date of one of her clients. 

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Hayley Butler

 

Hayley has previously worked at The Good Company, (a job that her friend helped encouraged her to apply for); Gloria Jean’s Coffee and currently works at Café Bliss, where she works as a trained barista, a kitchen staff member and also in the serving of food and beverages.  In addition to her work in the food industry, Hayley is also a qualified personal trainer, and hold training sessions with clients in an indoor environment (gym), as well as in an outside environment. 

In both of these work-environments, there is a significant level of risk involved.  These risks and hazards include;

Food Preparation and Serving

Burn (Caused by hot milk when steaming coffee and boiling water)Trip hazards (Chairs, tables, electrical cables)Slip hazards (water, food, cleaning agents on floor)Electrical hazards (cables, equipment, etc.)

Personal Training Environment

Trip hazards (Gym equipment, fallen branches, electrical cables, carpet)Park BenchesSlip hazards (Wet grass, pavement, etc.)Lack of trainingUn-even groundOver-exertion

In order to attempt to prevent and reduce the chances as well as the level of injury in these workplaces, a strict set of rules and regulations must be adhered to when business is being conducted.  This not only protects the employees in a workplace but also other that may be present.  These are;

Food Preparation and Serving

Cleaning of work areas daily (messes must be cleaned up immediately after they are caused)Electrical hazards must be fixed immediately (For example, if a power cord has loss lost its insulation, electrical tape must be used to fix the problem in a safe manner)Correct training of staff in the working environment.

Personal Training Environment

Park benches are checked before use to ensure they are bolted-down correctly and have no structural faults.Training must take place on level ground to avoid injuriesEquipment must be cleaned and also put away immediately after use within the gym.Proper training of staff
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Quest 2: Mechanical Workshop

Quest 2: Mechanical Workshop | Interests | Scoop.it
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Adam Vycke

 

Adam has been working for his father’s business in airside operations for Airline Handline Agency at Rockhampton Airport.  In this area of work, his primary duties are staff training, ground crew work, and also as a qualified vehicle mechanic.  As a mechanic, Adam carries out maintenance of GSE (Ground Services Equipment) such as Tugs, air-stairs, belt-loaders, cargo lifts and he also fabricates various devices for use with this equipment in-order to increase the safety and uses of the implement. 

In an airside environment, particularly in a workshop area, where most of the mechanical tasks are completed, there are many risks and hazards that may be present.  These include;

Heavy objects/ EquipmentVehicle interactionElectrical hazardsVision damage as a result of metal filings, splinters, welding flash, etc. Hearing damage as a result of equipment being used.Crush hazards from moving vehicle parts.BurnsChemicals (Spilt solvents, Petroleum, Kerosene, etc.)Falling from heights.Dangerous goods (Explosives, biological, dangerous live animals, etc.)

In order to help mitigate the effects of risks and hazards, and to reduce the likelihood of an incident occurring, there are a number of methods which are employed in this place of work.  These include;

Training programsUse of PPE (Welding masks, eye protection, hearing protection, gloves, etc.)Use of harnesses/safety railing when working at heights.Vehicle operating procedures in-order to reduce the risk of vehicle related injury/death.

 

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F-111s retire

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Australia's most recognisable fighter jets put on a show at Amberley RAAF Base in south-east Queensland as pilots and engineers prepare for the famous planes to be replaced by the next generation.
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The recent retirement of one of the most iconic aircraft to be fielded by the Royal Australian Airforce, came about with great controversy.  It was originally introduced in the 1960's as a bomber, and Australia adopting it as it's primary defence aircraft not long after.  I was lucky enough to witness its final ever flight.  It is to be replaced by the next generation Joint Strike Fighter. 

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Air Crash Investigation: How the Search for Flight MH370 is Run (Op-Ed)

Air Crash Investigation: How the Search for Flight MH370 is Run (Op-Ed) | Interests | Scoop.it
The longer it takes, the harder it gets to find the lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
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It is intruiging how such a large search effort is co-ordinated.  With around 40 ships and 34 aircraft in the search area, it is no simple feat.  Although in the instance of this flight, it is incredibly difficult to run a successful search effort when the last known location of the missing aircraft was being debated. 

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X-1 Rocketplane "Glamorus Glennis" - YouTube

Bell X-1 was the first manned aircraft that oficially broke the sound barrier in 1947. Although there are many earlier reports from various sources, includin...
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High-speed flight at this time was incredibly dangerous.  Aircraft often broke apart in flight and the pilot killed.  It wasn't until the American Bell X-1, piloted by Chuck Yeager was built that man could fly faster that sound. 

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What went wrong with flight QF32?

What went wrong with flight QF32? | Interests | Scoop.it
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One of the concerns that I have with the increase in size of aircraft, as evident on the Airbus A380, is that with increased passenger carrying capabilities, the fatalities and injuries are also increased when something does go wrong with an aircraft. 

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There have been investigations as to why engine 2 blew up on flight QF32. these investigation have been undertaken by a team of skilled accident forensics mixed with engineers and specified aircraft mechanics. These types of investigations is something i look forward to in 5 years time. Mysteries can arise at the most unexpected times. this flight could have resulted in a complete disaster although the pilot was sure enough that they would return safely to ground. 

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▶ B-17 Bombing Missions in Color: "The Memphis Belle" 1944 US Army Air Forces in World War II - YouTube

more at http://scitech.quickfound.net/aviatio... "MEMPHIS BELLETHIS IS THE STORY OF THE B-17 FLYING FORTRESS "MEMPHIS BELLE," HER CREW AND THEIR 25 SUCCESSFU...
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I've always had a great interest in aviation, especially around the aircraft of World War Two.  The Memphis Belle is the most famous Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress,, being the first our of the 8th Airforce to successfully complete 25 missions over Europe. 

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Quest 3 - ▶ ▶ GreenSorb absorbs Jet-A Fuel & caustic Skydrol Hydraulic Fluid for Jets & Turbo-Props - YouTube

Need to absorb tough, hazardous liquid spills? We all like to think that spills don't happen, but when they do - you need GreenSorb on hand just in case! We ...
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In the ground handling environment, a hazard which is always present is the volatile and highly toxic aviation fuel which is either being carried in a fuel service vehicle, being pumped into the aircraft’s tanks or already been loaded into the aircraft.  With such large quantities of the fuel usually being present in a small area, the hazard is even greater.  A worker may be covered in Jet A-1 or Avgas if they walk under an aircraft which has had an excessive volume of fuel on loaded.  This may lead to an aircraft with the particular feature, to vent fuel from overfill ports onto the ground and anyone situated below.  This resource provides useful information on the correct procedures and response that must be adhered to in the event of a fuel spill on the tarmac, on machinery, or on a person.

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Quest 3 - ▶ ▶ FAA - Safe Tug and Tow Operations - YouTube

We developed and produced this comprehensive Tug and Tow Operations safety video for the FAA. Originally developed for tug operators, this program has been s...
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In the case of ground handling operations, where Lyle Vycke carries out his contracting work, the handling of cargo is one of the major aspects of the loading and unloading of aircraft, as well as once it has been removed from the aircraft, where it is then dispatched by delivery personnel.  The transportation of this cargo is an area where a hazard is likely to be present.  This hazard exists in the form of airside tug operations, tugs being small tractor like vehicles which are used to pull baggage, goods and Ground Power Unit trolleys, provide transport for personnel on tarmac and also to manoeuvre aircraft on the ramp.  The safe operation of these vehicles is paramount in controlling hazards and preventing injury to persons, or damage to an aircraft.  This resource provides a valuable source of information regarding the safe operation of airside vehicles including tarmac speed limits, positioning of vehicles in the proximity of aircraft and the safe manoeuvring of aircraft using these vehicles.

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Quest 2: Mining Plant Operator

Due to the nature of the workplace, I was unable to obtain a photo of Ed in his workplace. 

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Ed Butler

 

Ed began work as a tradesperson 33 years ago, and soon after, applied to a job as a fitter in a prep plant for BMA mining.  After working as a fitter for 5 years, due to his extensive mechanical background, he for a position as a plant operator, where he operates heavy equipment, primarily caterpillar dozers, as well as end-loaders. 

A mining environment is perhaps one of the most dangerous in a peace-time context, and due to the large scale operations that typically take place in these environments, many hazards and risks exist as a result.  These include;

Slumping (the collapsing of a coal stockpile after it has been bulldozed into a mound)Vehicle interaction (collisions or incidents between vehicles present on-site)Dust, which may cause respiratory issues, as well as leading to failures within vehicles and other systems in operation.Falling from heightsElectrical hazards (Exposed wiring, electrocution etc.)Vehicle and human interactionRotating/ moving parts within systemsConfined Spaces

With the number of hazards and risks that are associated within this working environment, it is imperative that measures be taken in-order to minimise the chances of an accident occurring.  These measures include;

SOPS (Safe Operating Procedures)Machinery IsolationMine rules and regulationsProper training in safe operation of machinery and other equipmentRisk management for every task, e.g. ‘Check Five’JSA ( Job Safety Analysis)SLAM ()Implementation of controls to control hazards.Safety harnesses must be used when working above 2.4 metres above ground level.
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Quest 2: Abandoned Mines Inspector/ Rehabilitation Scientist

Quest 2: Abandoned Mines Inspector/ Rehabilitation Scientist | Interests | Scoop.it
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Sam Foster

Sam always loved chemistry and geography and always wanted a job where outdoor work was featured.  She has qualifications including; a Bachelor of Science; as well as majors in Environmental Science, Hydrology and also water resources.  Sam currently holds a position in the Queensland Government in the Abandoned Mines department working as a Rehabilitation Scientist.  In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of practical solution to address public safety risks that are posed by abandoned mines in Queensland.  As part of this, she conducts desktop assessments and ground truth through site inspections, as well as co-ordinate remedial works and consults with the public as well as stakeholders. 

There are a variety of risks and hazards associated with work in this field, these include;

Field Work

Travel- Fatigue, unexpected occurrence, mechanical failure, other drivers disobeying road rules, adverse conditions and speedSite Inspection- Heat, wildlife, extreme weather, fatigue, remote areas, uneven ground, water bodies, edges, gases, heights exposure to contaminated substances and dangerous substances and ignition of unexploded ordinance.

Office Work

Trip hazards including desks, chairs, carpet, etc.)Electrical hazardsFalls (stairs)Burns (hot drinks and electrical components)

In-order to prevent injury or death due to an incident in this line of work, a series of regulations and rules have been put in place.  These include;

Field Work

Fatigue management policy- 10 hour break and stop every 2 hours, avoid driving after a full day of work and don’t drive after 6:30pm if possible. Must comply with traffic acts, legislation, regulation and rules when driving.Vehicles must be serviced regularly.Drive to conditions and plan route considering conditions.Defensive driving. First aid kits must be carried.Water sufficient for 2 days survival must be carried.Gas reading must be taken around abandoned mine shafts.Snake deterrence (Heavy foot falls when walking)

 

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Quest 2: Aviation Industry

Quest 2: Aviation Industry | Interests | Scoop.it
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Lyle Vycke

 

Lyle has been working within the aviation industry since 1973.  Since then, he has covered all departments including; traffic, flight bookings, reservations, sales, as well as ground handling, which he has been involved in for the past 13 years.  Today he is the director of Airline Handling Agency, which is at this time, a contractor for Virgin Australia, providing ground-operations services, including ground handlers, checking staff and services, as well as GSE (Ground Services Equipment).

The Aviation industry can be a very hazardous and dangerous workplace if correct operation procedures are not properly followed, and there are a number of risks that are present in this work environment. 

Untrained StaffMechanical FaultsIncorrect marking on tarmac for aircraft placementOther operators on tarmacWeather conditionsAircraft hazards, including jet blast, jet ingestion, propeller blades and confined operating spaces.Noise levelsHeavy equipmentDangerous goods and cargo, e.g. explosives, inflammable and infectious diseases.Damage to aircraft airframes

Due to the safety requirements that are present within the aviation industry, many guidelines and regulations have been enforced in-order to prevent and minimise the likelihood to an incident occurring in this environment.  Some of these preventative measures include;

Detailed training for staff in compliance with operations manualHigh visibility clothingClear and correct tarmac markingsCorrect signage, speed limits.PPE- Hearing protection, steel-capped boots, plastic lined caps for work inside aircraft with cramped cargo compartments, e.g. Embraer 190.Safe cargo handling practicesCushioning on contact areas, e.g. air-stairs

 

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Chernobyl - Bing Videos

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Chernobyl was a perfect example of how neglect to correct procedures can lead to disaster.  With the recent meltdown at Fukishima, I have seen that although nuclear power is effective in reducing greehouse gas emissions, it still produces radioactive by-products and is extremely deadly if handled incorrectly. 

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It has been nearly 30 years since this horrific disaster although it is still seen to one of the best examples of how incorrect procedures can result in death. This factory was built to fail in the case of an emergency. It resulted to be one of the biggest gas leaks  of this time which is still effecting the environment 30 years on. This is a great representation of how my job in 5 years time can be implemented into solving accidents like this. Although this particular case could have been stopped it wouldn't have been known until after the gas leak that water came into contact with the chemicals. Or that the back up systems would fail in any case of leak. This also relates to my line of study at the moment due to the Occupation Health and safety issues that where disregarded. 

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Bhopal - Bing Videos

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The Bhopal disaster is one that I find particularly interesting.  The gross negligence shown regarding almost every saftey feature was astounding, and unfortunately, this negligence cost several thousand people their lives. 

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planecrash - Bing Videos

planecrash - Bing Videos | Interests | Scoop.it
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I found this video particularly interesting.  A team of investigators purposely crashed an aircraft in order to test currently employed saftey features with great evidence, as well as suggest possible improvements in order to increase aircraft safety.  It was the first successful test of its type. 

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Woodpecker's head inspires shock absorbers - tech - 04 February 2011 - New Scientist#.UyKCc0l-_IU

Woodpecker's head inspires shock absorbers - tech - 04 February 2011 - New Scientist#.UyKCc0l-_IU | Interests | Scoop.it
The bird's ability to survive decelerations of 1200g has been mimicked to protect microelectronics
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The Cockpit Voice Recorder and Flight Data Recoders are vital pieces of the puzzle when it comes to investigating an air accident.  Their destruction would take away the advantage that they give investigators, leading to a longer investigations and possibly endangering lives in the process. 

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9 Passenger Planes That Have Gone Missing Without Explanation - The Epoch Times

9 Passenger Planes That Have Gone Missing Without Explanation - The Epoch Times | Interests | Scoop.it
9 Passenger Planes That Have Gone Missing Without Explanation
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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), which went missing somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam on March 8 at 2:40 a.m., local time, continues.
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It is very strange that in this day and age, with all the safety systems that this day-and-age have allowed us to implement, that a 200 ton aircraft just vanishes, leaving little if any trace.  This will definitely be an interesing story to watch unfold. 

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