Quest 1: Occupational Health and Safety
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Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland - YouTube

A trailer showing how Workplace Health and Safety Queensland assists industry in reducing injuries and fatalities in the workplace.
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Another great video on Workplace Health and Safety. It explains how accidents don't just happen, how they can be prevented and how to make an industry safer. I found it a very educational video and was an interesting little clip to watch. I like how it showed at the start real life people who have been involved in workplace accidents and shares their stories. This is relevant to me because in 5 years time I want to have a successful career in OH&S and prevent horrible events from happening.

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Worker killed in accident at Fortescue's Christmas Creek mine

Worker killed in accident at Fortescue's Christmas Creek mine | Quest 1: Occupational Health and Safety | Scoop.it
A 23-year-old has died in the second fatal incident within four months at a mine owned by Fortescue Metals.
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An interesting read on a death and injury related accident at this mine, which appears to be an unsafe mine to work at. This was the second death in 4 months at this mine which begs the question, what is going wrong at this mine to result in common deaths? It doesn't give to much information on the accident that occurred but the bit that caught my eye was that this was the second death at this mine in four months and there was also other people injured in this time period. Which again, really makes me wonder, what went wrong, could it have been prevented?

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Work-related Accidents - YouTube

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This video is a must watch!! It proves just easy it is for there to be a work related accident. Whether its the worker at fault, the company at fault for not following rules and regulations or just simply and accident. This video is a massive eye opener and shows just how important it is to follow all rules and regulations in any workplace!

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Kaitlin Darrach's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:21 PM

I believe this video should be played in every workplace to raise awareness of potential hazards and how they could have been avoided. This video shows how most accidents happen for a reason rather it being the companies negligence or the workers personal fault.

 

Employers are required to provide and maintain a safe workplace, as well as providing information, instruction, training and supervision so that employees can work without being exposed to hazards. Employees also have a general duty of care to ensure their own safety and health at work, including removing or reporting any unsafe conditions they see in the workplace.

 

 

 

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Workplace Health and Safety - YouTube

Informative video on examples of hazards from a variety of work place settings and tips for identifying potential problems as part of your workplace OH&S. Pu...
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A great overview of Occupational Health and Safety and how it relates to all the workplaces, not just the ones you would generally suspect to require occupational health and safety. Every person in the workplace needs to consider occupational health and safety and what their job might be doing to their body or health.

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Teenage Plane Crash Victim Was Run Over Twice

Teenage Plane Crash Victim Was Run Over Twice | Quest 1: Occupational Health and Safety | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A teenage girl who survived the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet in San Francisco only to be fatally struck by a fire truck on the runway was actually run over by two rescue vehicles in the accident's chaotic aftermath, according to documents released Wednesday at a National Transportation Safety Board hearing. Authorities in California confirmed months ago that 16-year-old Chinese student Ye Meng Yuan was alive on the runway and covered in firefighting foam when she was hit by an emergency vehicle at San Francisco International Airport and suffered the multiple blunt injuries that killed her.
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This was a very interesting read about a young Asian girl who survived a horrific plane crash only to be hit twice by firefighter’s cars rushing to the crash. She was killed from the hit of the cars. It is interesting to read and think about who was actually at fault. The firefighters didn’t intentionally hit her, they were just in a rush to get to the crash to save the people inside. She was reportedly laying in the fetus position on the ground. In all the chaos going on around her it is easy to imagine how she could have been hit. But the fact that she survived a plane crash only to be killed by the rescuers calls the question to mind, should the rescue team have better training? Were they really focused on the job at hand? How do they simply miss a person lying on the road and run them over? Is this a matter of occupational health and safety? I believe that yes this is a very important matter of occupational health and safety, the rescue teams were in a rush to get to the airplane but they should have been more cautious driving towards the airplane knowing that there may be people running or lying around that have already escaped out of the plane. It makes me wonder, accidents like this can occur anywhere and at any time. Something like this could easily happen in the mines with a truck, or on a highway with a car accident. OH&S would hold a massive part in this investigation. Safety officers would be continuously trying to work out what went wrong on this plane to cause it to crash in the first place. Was it a mechanical error that was missed by the ground crew? Or was it something else completely different?

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Mine worker dies in underground mud rush, the third death at Tasmanian mine

Mine worker dies in underground mud rush, the third death at Tasmanian mine | Quest 1: Occupational Health and Safety | Scoop.it
Tasmania's west coast communities are dealing with the third fatality at the Mt Lyell mine in six weeks.
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Third death at this mine within in 6 weeks! I would really like to know how this is possible, what went wrong at this mine site to result in three deaths in only 6 weeks. One death was a result of a mud slide and the other two deaths were two men who plunged 35m down a mine shaft while doing maintenance work. The mine has had to suspend work yet again while workplace safety officers investigate the deaths on the mine site. This is relevant to me as it holds a very strong interest to me; investigating what went wrong and how it could have been prevented from happening. 

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Melissa Grieve's curator insight, March 14, 2014 12:20 AM

This is a very interesting and suspicious article due the fact that there have been three deaths at the Tasmanian mine, in only the past six weeks!! Only last month two men had died after falling from a platform in the main shaft, whilst completing maintenance work. This time the third man had died from a mud rush, which is a sudden inflow of mud from underground openings. The numerous deaths at the mine have caused a great concern to the workplace safety officers; as a result it has been investigated into very thoroughly. This incident and investigation interests me in my future career, as I would love to be able to find the main cause of the accident and how to prevent it from occurring again. Sometimes new Health and Safety laws may need to be created for future prevention, as the previous laws may not have been followed correctly, taken seriously, or, there already were limited safety regulations in the first place.

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Mining Fatalities

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There is way to many to read, but considering this is where I want to end up when I finish uni (mines) it is actually quite scary just how many accidents and injuries occur in a mine site. This site gives unlimited documents of incident reports which resulted in death or serious injury. I wonder if more care was taken or more safety officers were on site if half of these incidents would have occurred?

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Official: No quick fix for West Virginia water woes

Official: No quick fix for West Virginia water woes | Quest 1: Occupational Health and Safety | Scoop.it
The level of chemical in West Virginians' water dropped Friday, but not enough for authorities to lift a warning to avoid drinking, cooking or bathing with it.
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Another perfect example of how more care needs to be taken in the workplace. Having 7500 gallons of a chemical that is used to clean coal leaked into the water system that supplies 9 countries is a harmful thing to happen. Not only can this chemical cause harm to any individual that drinks it or has contact with it, it also causes an increase in the spread of germs. People are unable to wash their hands due to not being able to find uncontaminated water and spread their germs unknowingly. Water is such a necessity to the human race that a tragedy like this is a major event. How did such a thing even happen? Was not enough care being taken in the factory when the chemical was leaked into the water supply? Perhaps if there had been more safety officers involved with the coal or even more care taken by the workers then maybe such an event would have never occurred. This is relevant as coal mines would be the source of the chemical that was leaked into the water systems. It makes me think, did something go wrong at the mine which caused the leak into water systems? In 5 years time I want to be preventing things like this from happening.

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CN fuel cars derail, explode west of Edmonton

CN fuel cars derail, explode west of Edmonton | Quest 1: Occupational Health and Safety | Scoop.it
A CN Rail train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil has derailed and exploded west of Edmonton, prompting an evacuation in the tiny community of Gainford.
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Such a good read about a train that was derailed for an unknown reason. The train was carrying 134 mixed cars where 13 of the cars left the railroad tracks mysteriously.  Four of these cars were carrying petroleum crude oil and the other nine were pressurized containers carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This derailment caused an explosion which than trigged an evacuation for any nearby towns. People were forced to leave their houses, pets and belongings for around 72 hours. The company of the train claim they ran a very safe organization and have never had an issue like this before. Blames began to be thrown at federal government by Greenpeace spokesmen. Greenpeace spokesmen claim that the federal government needs to take more measures and ensure that oil is transported safely and effectively at all times for the safety of everyone. My opinion is that there needs to be more Safety Officers involved in all work areas. Maybe if there had been more safety officers before this train departed then maybe one of these officers might have detected the issue and solved it which in turn would have prevented the whole derailment and explosion from happening. Not with just this train, but trains, boat, plain and truck companies all over the world that carry harmful chemicals need more safety officers to create better inspections which will result in far less accidents everywhere.

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Safety and health at work

Safety and health at work | Quest 1: Occupational Health and Safety | Scoop.it
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An article like this one is one of the main reasons I became interested in Occupational Health and Safety. It is almost unbelievable that the world we have created has resulted in horrific numbers of death daily just from people going to work. The world human beings have created is a world where it is a necessity to earn money, as without money we would literally have nothing. So everyday people all over the world go out to work to earn their money to survive. Many of us believe that the work we go to is safe and that no harm will come our way while we are there, but we are sadly wrong. As in this article it states that every 15 seconds someone in the world dies from a work related accident or disease and that every 15 seconds a worker has a work related accident. This is exactly why I want to pursue a career in occupational health and safety, to help prevent and lower the risk of accidents and death in a workplace. This article answers the question ‘is the workplace safe’? I believe this article proves that all over the world we have very dangerous workplaces and action needs to be taken to create a safer place for every worker.

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