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WA launches crackdown on mine site bullying

WA launches crackdown on mine site bullying | MY INSIGHT INTO OHS- Quest 1 | Scoop.it
The Department of Mines and Petroleum have seen bullying reports triple in Western Australia’s south west mines over the last two years, compared to the previous three years.
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I think nearly all of us will witness or experience workplace  bullying at least once in our working lives and it's then how the workplace deals with it that can make all the difference. Although the prevention of bullying between workers is key, once an incident has occurred I think letting the 'bully' know that any form of harassment or bullying will not be tolerated and deserves severe punishment and/or their dismissal. As I am wanting to work in the mines, which is seen as a primarily man driven workforce, I will be sure to stand up against any harassment or bullying, especially sexual.  

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What Does an Occupational Health and Safety Officer Do?

What Does an Occupational Health and Safety Officer Do? | MY INSIGHT INTO OHS- Quest 1 | Scoop.it
An occupational health and safety officer designs and maintains health and safety regulations in a company. This includes things...
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I find myself often wondering what the "real world" will involve after I complete my Bachelor of OHS. This is a short but detailed article outlining some of the job tasks safety officers may encounter and what might be expected.  It helped answer a lot of my queries, and it's a scary yet exciting thought that someday this is what I will be doing. I am looking forward to putting all my studies to use!

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Callum Dunlop's curator insight, March 28, 2015 8:36 PM

I like this article because it speaks directly to what I believe the role of an OHS officer does.  It is never as clear cut as we like it to be, develop a set of guidelines to follow, implement some training and then that’s it: you’re done! One of my current functions within Defence is the local Hazchem officer,  I find myself becoming very frustrated with my higher management because I am unable to attain time in our busy routine to provide further training and training of new employees.  It is an ever evolving beast OHS and our guidelines for procedures seem to change quite regularly.  My understanding of being an OHS officer is it something that you need to fully understand and be comfortable with so you can teach and train others the correct procedure to minimise risk and fatality.  Great article.

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Fatigue causes more accidents than alcohol: INFOGRAPHIC

Fatigue causes more accidents than alcohol: INFOGRAPHIC | MY INSIGHT INTO OHS- Quest 1 | Scoop.it
Fatigue increases the risk of accidents on mine sites and its management is imperative for both operational safety and employee wellbeing.
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This is a great article assisted with some scary statistics! I'm a very night orientated person and believe I actually work better at night (this has probably stemmed from cramming in uni assignments at midnight and now being borderline insomniac), which makes me look forward to the prospect of working night shifts in my future jobs. Unfortunately the risks of fatigue and night shifts are vast and in reality your body has to be trained to manage both night shifts and day shifts.  Effectively controlling my fatigue and improving my body clock will be a huge importance to me. Delayed reactions, drowsiness and poor cognitive ability really are a recipe to disaster! 

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Perisher Groups Planner

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"Under the present ownership and management, the resort has made major improvements to safety in order to meet or exceed regulatory guidelines. The resort is at the forefront of ski industry policy making to remove or minimise risks for our guests. It is important to note that there are inherent risks in all snow sports activities that common sense, preparation and planning can reduce."

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The best part about OHS as an occupation is that it can take you into any job field, anywhere in the world. I ultimately want to work in the mining sector, but I would one day love to be able to work at a snow and ski resort as an experience. I love the snow, and from previous ski trips I have realised just how much health and safety would go into keeping a ski field running and safe. 

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Female contractor killed at Ravensworth coal mine

Female contractor killed at Ravensworth coal mine | MY INSIGHT INTO OHS- Quest 1 | Scoop.it
A female contractor has been killed in an accident on Saturday night at GlencoreXstrata’s Ravensworth open cut coal mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.
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From 2007–08 to 2011–12, 36 mining workers died from work-related injuries, with 21 of them involving a vehicle. These figures are something I strongly believe need to change. We put so much importance, resources, time and money on regular road campaigns,  research and repairs,  why should the roads around a mine site be any different? This young lady could have been spared her life if she had been correctly trained about driving on mine roads and the danger of sharing the road with several trucks, if there had been better lighting, more signs and more road signals. Should we enforce a special license requirement for driving on mine roads, that would require several hours of training and practice?  Either way, it's shocking figures that I hope to see decrease by the time I enter the mining workforce. 

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Australian Mining Safety Excellence Award Winner - Lake Vermont - YouTube

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Lake Vermont seems like it would be a great place and atmosphere to someday work for. I enjoyed hearing the many safety solutions the operators come up with as a team during the video. Sometimes the safety officers just don't see, hear and experience the workplace as the operators do, and safety suggestions from the employees are essential.  It's a great award to be given, and something all mine sites should be striving for. Being one of the safest mines does allow some pretty good "bragging" rights. 

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Judge orders retrial of miner's death

Judge orders retrial of miner's death | MY INSIGHT INTO OHS- Quest 1 | Scoop.it
Prosecutors have successfully appealed for the 2008 death of an apprentice on BHP Billiton’s Yandi mine to be retried.
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In my 5 year working future, a question that I can imagine coming up a lot will be, but who is to blame? In this article it outlines just how devastating mines can be when little things start to go wrong. Was it the young boy at fault for not concentrating? Or operating the vehicle without due care? Or was it the company at fault, failing to ensure the road where the collision occurred was sufficiently designed and signposted. Had they taken every step necessary to ensure the accident wouldn't happen?  I am passionate about companies taking some responsibility towards any accident, and making sure there is no chance it can happen again in the future.  It also raises questions when only ten days prior a 29 year old man  also lost his life at the same mine.  No matter what the court outcome is, two young men lost their life dramatically close together, and major safety reviews need to take place throughout the mine. As sad as the outcome was here, I can look forward to working towards much safer workplaces in the future. 

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Thank God you're here - safety officers - YouTube

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 I chose this video as a comical look at what NOT to do when it comes to OHS, and an insight into what workplaces would be like without any safety standards. I can only hope I never have to come across a workplace or manager like this in my future careers. 

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Safety Trumps Production at STP Nuclear Operating Co. | America’s Safest Companies | EHS Today | Safety content from EHS Today

Safety Trumps Production at STP Nuclear Operating Co. | America’s Safest Companies | EHS Today | Safety content from EHS Today | MY INSIGHT INTO OHS- Quest 1 | Scoop.it
When it comes to safety, STP is the shining example other nuclear stations look up to.
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This South Texas nuclear power plant is proof that safety should always prioritise over production, and that when it does, the benefits are huge. Sadly I think too many companies today are completely profit driven, and place their production targets over safety.  What most of them fail to realise, is by safety being the number one priority in every situation, it will save money in many ways, and will actually increase production. The safety training enforced here at STP is how every workplace should be. The safety supervisor, John Castaneda says “We don't only talk about safety, we live it, and safety is always first here, always.”   And that is exactly how I would like to lead workplaces in the future, by making sure managers, supervisors, and every employee in the workplace sets a good safety standard for one another. Because I believe our actions often stem from what we see others doing, especially in our jobs. 

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Increase in mine deaths prompts safety alerts - Queensland Mining & Energy Bulletin

Increase in mine deaths prompts safety alerts - Queensland Mining & Energy Bulletin | MY INSIGHT INTO OHS- Quest 1 | Scoop.it
An open letter from Stewart Bell, Queensland Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health
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In 2015, after nearly 100 years in modern accident prevention, i'd like to someday understand why there is still a steady increase in mine deaths. With eight people being killed in Australian mining operations in the last seven months, is it not obvious the current safety procedures in place aren't effectively working? Where will these statistics end up in five or ten years time?  Instead of safety being seen as a "hassle" and "effort" to employees, OHS officers should be doing everything they can to make it the uttermost importance, and employees and employers should be living and breathing safety in everything they do. After all, it is a matter of life and death, and something I am strongly passionate about.

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Robyn Tigerbite Dent's curator insight, March 18, 2014 12:07 AM

My husband is a contractor in the mining industry and has been at sites where there has been a death. I have seen the impact this has had on him. It makes me want to make his workplace a safer place.