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Work-related Accidents - YouTube

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Via Gemma Ellaway
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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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Gemma Ellaway's curator insight, March 5, 2014 1:19 AM

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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Double mining fatality investigation continues

Double mining fatality investigation continues | Occupational Health and Safey | Scoop.it
Investigations into the death of two miners at Vedanta’s Tasmanian copper mine will focus on the types of safety gear the men were equipped with.
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This article can't stress enough how important it is to wear your personal protective equipment. Unfortunately the two men involved in this accident were not wearing the assigned PPE for the underground job. It seems like a never ending battle to get workers to wear their protective equipment, all equipment has its disadvantages, discomforts or can restrict working ability. Although workers don't realise the significance of PPE as it teaches the value of self importance and the value of safeguarding one’s health at all times in various conditions.

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▶ Fun Manual Handling Safety Training Video! - Child's Play - Safetycare OHS DVD - YouTube

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This is a great little video demonstrating the correct lifting techniques. For children, correct lifting and carrying comes naturally. It’s only as we get older and become lazy that we begin to adopt unnatural and potentially injurious lifting and carrying techniques. Bending over and lifting without the correct posture can cause a lot of strain on our back and lead to future spinal injures. Although many of us know that incorrect posture plays a major role in workplace injuries, these problems or bad habits still represent one of the largest problems in Health and Safety.

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At least eight dead in South African gold mine accident

At least eight dead in South African gold mine accident | Occupational Health and Safey | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rescuers recovered eight bodies and continued to search for another missing worker on Thursday after a fire and rock-fall at a Harmony Gold mine near Johannesburg, the worst accident
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This is only a recent article of an accident that occurred at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine near Johannesburg in South Africa. Rescuers recovered eight bodies after a 2.4 magnitude earthquake caused rocks to fall and a fire to break out several meters below the surface.

Whilst reading this article I discovered that one of the main safety divides had failed to reach safety standards, rescued miners reported that the ventilation system in one of the refuge chambers was letting in fumes. South Africa has some of the deepest mines in the world, with this one in particular extending approximately two kilometers (1.2 miles) below ground. I would assume that regular safety checks would need to be in place whilst working in such a high risk environment. Implementing something as simple as a weekly or monthly inspection may have resulted in a positive outcome for the workers. 

 

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Health & Safety - Funny - YouTube

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I wouldn't exactly call this a funny video as the figures of fatalities that are mentioned are shockingly high for the construction industry alone. These statistics include;

 

- 2800 deaths in construction over the past 25 years      

- 75 deaths a year on a construction site.

- 33 are caused from falling from heights.

- 12 are struck by an object.

- 7 are run over. 

- 7 deaths from structure collapse.

- 6 are electrocuted.

- 10 die in various ways etc. fire, impact, cuts.

 

The construction industry is a major part of the Australian economy. Construction sites are everywhere. Some of them are recognisable from kilometres away due to their impressive tower cranes. We all have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace, as well as being your job it also becomes a personal goal as a health and safety officer to reduce these figures and make working in construction safer for everyone. 

 

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S.African rescuers try to reach over 200 illegal miners | Reuters

S.African rescuers try to reach over 200 illegal miners | Reuters | Occupational Health and Safey | Scoop.it
BENONI, South Africa (Reuters) - South African rescuers were trying to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in a suburb just east of Johannesburg on
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It truly amazes me what lengths people will go through to have access to shutdown mining sites. Not even the concrete slabs were stopping the 200 illegal miners from being trapped after commencing work in a abandoned gold shaft. Illegal activity is quite common over in South Africa and becomes extremely dangerous when the miners start to create their own tunnels and access ways. As a safety precaution the previous owner of the mine should have cordoned off the entire area blocking all entries. Not only were the illegal workers breaking just about every safety law, but they were also putting the lives of 200 people at risk as well as the endangering the lives of the rescuers that freed the group. 

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New mining health and safety centre launching

New mining health and safety centre launching | Occupational Health and Safey | Scoop.it
The Newcastle Institute of Energy and Resources (NIER) has launched a new Centre of Resources Health and Safety.
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I think this is exactly what the mining industry needs at this point in time. The fatality rate is constantly increasing, "In the past six months seven people have been killed on mine sites around the country. Five of these mine workers were contractors." This figure is far to high and I am glad something is finally being done to assist with reducing the personal toll of illness and injury. The centre will be focussing more on the research and administrative side of safety, providing important information and updates to the communities and workplaces that rely on mining and resources.

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CDC - Eye Safety - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic

CDC - Eye Safety - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic | Occupational Health and Safey | Scoop.it
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There’s no doubt that your eyes are one of your most important possessions. In fact, research suggest that as much as 80% of the information we receive from the world around us comes through vision. Working in a heavy industry such as construction or mining sites can put your eyes at a higher risk of injury. These injuries include, small particles or objects striking they eye, penetration of they eyeball, heavy impacts or trauma and chemical/ thermal burns. Each injury varies depending on the area or field of work. It is a minimum requirement for a workplace to provide personal protective equipment to reduce any potential eye injuries. Some examples of this equipment include, goggles, face shields, safety glasses and full face respirators. Although Occupational health and safety officers coordinate health and safety systems in an workplace, they also have the responsibility to provide the appropriate PPE for a particular job.

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QAL fined after caustic slurry leak

QAL fined after caustic slurry leak | Occupational Health and Safey | Scoop.it
Queensland Alumina Limited has been fined $125 000 after it pled guilty to a caustic slurry leak last year.
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This is a perfect example of how a problem from a plant or refinery can spread and effect the public and surrounding neighbours. One of Gladstone major alumina refineries has been handed a $125,000 fine in Gladstone Magistrates Court. This was after the company had pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawfully causing serious environmental harm, in relation to a caustic steam leak in November 2012. After investigation the root case was narrowed down to failure of two gaskets. The article does not mention the exact reason why the gaskets failed, but some potential known factors for failing gaskets include overheating and lack of maintenance/inspections. From the small photo you will notice that QAL is also surrounded by the Gladstone harbour, which raises the question of how badly are the chemicals from the caustic slurry going to impact our harbour and marine life?

 

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Asbestos at Thetford Mines, Quebec Canada

Asbestos at Thetford Mines, Quebec Canada | Occupational Health and Safey | Scoop.it
After being the focal point for the economies of nations such as Canada for a century, the asbestos industry looks to be all but dead. The health hazards that this silky-white product presents are now seen to outweigh the benefits of its fire, rust, and rot resistance, tensile strength, and sound absorption.
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This article raises awareness of the "miracle fibre" asbestos and just how dangerous it can be to the human body, particularly the respiratory system. The Thetford Mine were one of many to start utalising asbestos for its unique fire, rust and rot resistance, as well as its tensile strength and sound absorption. Unfortunately like most new products, their was an insufficient amount of research done to allow them to identify the major health risks that came with the hazardous silky-white fibre.

Asbestos is most dangerous when it becomes crushed or when the fibres have been broken up, this allows the fibres to enter the body through your respiratory system. Once inhaled the fibres get caught in your air passages and travel to your lungs, resulting in server health risks such as lung cancer. 

Rules and regulations have been implemented to minimise the health risks of asbestos including; an asbestos removalist must provide all workers with PPE that is suitable for asbestos removal work and RPE conforming to the requirements of AS/NZS 1716:2012 Respiratory Protective Devices or its equivalent. 

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