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Silicosis deaths on the rise, state still inactive - The Times of India

Silicosis deaths on the rise, state still inactive - The Times of India | OHS, Is It Worth The Risk? | Scoop.it
Despite the state government's claims that the State Action Plan for Prevention and Mitigation of Silicosis is functioning effectively, there's no stopping the deaths caused owing to the disease.
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Safety measures that are in place throughout India are being overlooked as the rates of death due to Silicosis is still on the rise and does not seem to be stopping.


In the past 10 months, six silicosis patients have died in East Singhbhum alone while over 136 silica dust affected workers are waiting for diagnosis of the ailment. "There are about 25 lakh workers in Jharkhand suffering from silicosis," said Carr.

 

This extract from the article shows the alarming amount of people affected by this disease. The failed following of health regulations from these Indian factories and workers is outrageous and should not be practiced in this modern day society. There are Government 'claims' to have a Site Action Plan for Prevention of this disease but by the rates of workers suffering from it, it proves little action is being taken by those involved in the industries. 

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Workplace Health and Safety in Australia - YouTube

Workplace Health and Safety obligations have changed. Watch this short video to see how you could be impacted and the systems that are necessary to proactive...
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"getting people home safely is the most important job of all"

 

This video shows shocking statistics of the accidents that occur every year across Australia which show just how important it is to be involved in a safe work environment to reduce these numbers.

In the video it discusses the importance of the individuals in the workplace and why everyone's own safety matters, which I think is a really important point because sometimes others get caught up in the legal factors and forget to focus on their workers actual well-being.

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Parents say PM didn't apologise for their son's death in pink batts scheme

Parents say PM didn't apologise for their son's death in pink batts scheme | OHS, Is It Worth The Risk? | Scoop.it
Matthew Fuller died after being electrocuted while working on the Federal Government's home insulation program and, after a Queensland coroner found there was inadequate training of workers, his parents, Kevin and Christine, say they haven't had an appropriate apology over their loss.
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Their 25 year old son was electrocuted while working on a home, the coroner states that he was using a practice that had already been banned in New Zealand. Matthew Fuller was said to have been given inadequate training in his field which lead to this accident. The fact that he was allowed to practice as an electrician without proper training or qualifications and this accident even occurred is an alarming story. What safety precautions are/ should be in place to prevent uneducated workers from entering a site and causing injury or worse on themselves or others?

3 cases identical to this one have been reported in the past 4 years. The health and safety risks of young tradies seem to be less important than making fast money for these training companies.

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Tyseley-based Kalsi Plastics (UK) fined after worker's fingers severed

Tyseley-based Kalsi Plastics (UK) fined after worker's fingers severed | OHS, Is It Worth The Risk? | Scoop.it
Health and safety investigators found machine involved in horrific incident had not been fitted with a brake
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This article discusses the court case of a man suing $8,000 from having his fingers severed from a circular saw incident. It is acknowledged in the article that several other employes knew about the saw not being able to stop for numerous seconds after being discharged. The awareness of this safety risk was known to some; but neither Mr Sandu (the injured man), head management or the company's safety consultant were alerted of this error.

Something as simple as alerting a supervisor or putting up a sign could have easily prevented this mans injuries which have now changed his life. This article just shows the importance that every person has in affecting the safety of others.

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Paramedic refused to carry dying girl over safety fears - Telegraph

Paramedic refused to carry dying girl over safety fears - Telegraph | OHS, Is It Worth The Risk? | Scoop.it
Shannon Powell, a paramedic, refused to carry a dying 14-year-old girl from a cross-country race course because of health and safety fears for herself, a coroner heard.
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This article is all about the blame game and 'whos life is more important'.

Is it fair to say that the paramedics health and safety is more important than a dying girl?

or that a dying girls safety is more important than some paramedics?

 

OHS is a very complicated field and in times of stress, panic and chaos it can get overlooked which never results positively.

I think in this particular situation; the paramedics COULD have done more, it seemed that the first response help was a bit selfish of herself as her workplace health and safety was not at a near- death level whereas the little girls was.

In the heat of the moment it is hard to make clear and justified decisions and although this paramedic woman's is being negatively responded to; she did all she could to help the girl within her own safety standards.

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Bangladeshi garment factory owners charged in fatal Tazreen Fashions Ltd. fire | Toronto Star

Bangladeshi garment factory owners charged in fatal Tazreen Fashions Ltd. fire | Toronto Star | OHS, Is It Worth The Risk? | Scoop.it
Police have charged 13 people with culpable homicide for alleged negligence in the fire that killed 112 workers last year
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It seems that after numerous accidents due to negligence, it is only now through extensive media coverage of the incident that police are stepping in to make a change. Health and safety in the workplace is  something that shouldn't be considered as an option or taken lightly as it is what makes possible for workers to come to work and be productive without certain risks on their health and well-being.

Here in Australia to have in place health and regulation standards within an industry, workplace or office is an absolute. To think that other Countries don't have in place the same safety systems or are uneducated in the area is shocking and should be thoroughly addressed.  Maybe if Bangladeshi gained some education and experience within OHS these problems would stop reoccurring. 

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