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Supervisor jailed 45 days for Occupational Health and Safety Act violation | Lexology

Supervisor jailed 45 days for Occupational Health and Safety Act violation | Lexology | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it

s An Ontario supervisor has been jailed for 45 days after a worker fell off a roof and suffered permanent paralysis. Are courts growing increasingly…

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This does sound like a very severe punishment for this man, but his actions (or lack of) resulted in permanent damage to someone. Consequences must be faced. If only OH&S rules and regulations were followed, the injured man would have never been in a position to suffer such a loss.

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Major Occupational Health Groups to Study Impact of Increased Use of Marijuana and Other Drugs on Workplace Health and Safety

Organizations representing workplace physicians and nurses say changing societal attitudes toward marijuana and its use for medicinal purposes make it important to study potential impact in the workforce.
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A difficult issue - how do you enforce OH&S policies and procedures while having to deal with employees that are on drugs? This is just ridiculous. If you are operating machinery or anything that has the potential to harm someone, drugs should not be involved in any shape or form - even if they are 'medicinal'! 

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A new sensor uses sound to diagnose faults in industrial machinery

A new sensor uses sound to diagnose faults in industrial machinery | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it

roResearchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) have developed wireless sensors able to detect minute fissures in industrial machinery by the ultrasonic sounds they emit, with which the fault can be located early before a serious breakdown occurs. The team is studying potential applications ...

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Progress! Any new breakthrough technology such as this is certainly worth a try, especially if is has the potential to make a workplace safer for the operators of dangerous, heavy machinery.

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Karnataka lost Rs 1 lakh cr from 2006-2010

Karnataka lost Rs 1 lakh cr from 2006-2010 | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it

hyThe epic proportions of the illegal mining scam that was uncovered by the Karnataka Lokayukta in its 2011 report may actually have been just one act of a much larger, ...

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Why was this not investigated/monitored before it got to this point?!

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Highway 1 closed near Swift Current after truck hauling farm machinery hits overpass

Highway 1 closed near Swift Current after truck hauling farm machinery hits overpass | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it

is is basic OH&A section of the Trans-Canada Highway was closed near Swift Current after a truck hauling farm machinery struck an overpass Thursday afternoon.

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This situation could have easily been avoided using basic OH&S procedures, not to mention common sense!

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Work-related injuries and fatalities on Australian farms - Safe Work Australia

Work-related injuries and fatalities on Australian farms - Safe Work Australia | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it
This site contains materials supporting the WHS laws including; the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model Codes of Practice. Analysis of data and research relating to work health and safety and workers’ compensation is available from this site.
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Farms will always be the most difficult workplaces to govern OH&S rules and regulations mainly due to the fact that most farmers' workplace is their home. Sure they will abide by the rules to some extent, but there are just times that they are deemed unnecessary and inconvenient (eg. wearing a helmet on a motorbike), and this is where the large majority of serious accidents happen. Growing up and living on farms my whole life I know first-hand the attitude farmers have towards OH&S.

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PolyMet copper mine in northeastern Minn. gets cautious EPA approval

PolyMet copper mine in northeastern Minn. gets cautious EPA approval | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it

ItAfter four years and $22 million, PolyMet Mining Corporation’s proposed copper mine in northeastern Minnesota cleared a major hurdle Thursday, when the U

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It's great to see such a large project considering environmental impacts and insisting on receiving data that they can utilise in a positive way.

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$20,000 Fine After HR Staff, Supervisor Fail to Immediately Report Injury to MOL | Canadian Occupational Health & Safety Law

$20,000 Fine After HR Staff, Supervisor Fail to Immediately Report Injury to MOL | Canadian Occupational Health & Safety Law | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it
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This man deserved to be fined. Incidents such as these NEED to be reported so preventative measures can be put in place. Even if it may be a freak accident or simply bad luck, the company needs to know when and how their equipment has injured someone in order to do something about it, or even just to document it!

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Senate Votes to Keep Farm Machinery Legally on road SB 509 | Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

Senate Votes to Keep Farm Machinery Legally on road SB 509 | Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it

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This is great. Providing that the area isn't overly busy and appropriate rules and regulations are put in place, this vote would make things so much easier for farmers. Particularly farmers that have multiple properties to transport machinery between, or contractors that constantly need to move their machinery from place to place.

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Iron sands mining hearing: a quick glance at the concerns - National - NZ Herald News

Iron sands mining hearing: a quick glance at the concerns - National - NZ Herald News | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it

If this project werFishing industry giants Sanford and Talley's Group are among thousands of opponents to a company's bid to mine a large block of sea floor off the South Taranaki coast. - New Zealand Herald

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If this project were to go ahead, correct OH&S practices and procedures would determine the effect the mine would have on the marine life in this area. By putting correct measures in place minimal damage could be mad to this area - however if any factors are overlooked significant damage could be done. The pros and cons would need to be deeply considered when working on this project; environment vs infrastructure.

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Why a Texas fertilizer plant explosion like the one in West could happen again - 2013-Sep-30

Why a Texas fertilizer plant explosion like the one in West could happen again - 2013-Sep-30 | OCHS11026 Quest 1 | Scoop.it
The explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, in April 2013 seemed like a freak accident. In reality, Texas has more than 100 similar facilities — and any one ...
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This incident is something that could probably have been prevented by implementing some OH&S guidelines. Surely it cannot be a coincidence that Texas is one of two states that has no fire code - and has the highest number of workplace fatalities in the nation.  

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