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Matt- IT

Matt- IT | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
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Matt is training in a degree of IT. He is currently undertaking placement. He has told me about the hazards he has noticed in his work environment.

 

- incorrect posture while at work station

- occasional heavy lift of office equipment/utensils

- no sufficient breaks from the workstation (computer)

 

Training in sitting and holding oneself correctly at the work station can prevent many long-term injuries. The correct seat height, feet placement, and screen placement (directly in front and level with head) is a must.

Training in heavy lifting should usually occur in most work environments.

Breaks every 2 hours to relieve concentration and to reduce stress for the worker has proven to work well in the office environment.

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Chris - Groundskeeper

Chris - Groundskeeper | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
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Chris is working as a  groundskeeper while studying environmental science. There are several hazardous  issues to list that have to do with the environment Chris is working in.

 

- Operating a tractor on uneven grounds

- Heavy lifting of bins and other objects

- Dehydration

- Clearing spiked palm fronds

 

Training in the area of tractor operation is vital. There are a few slopes on the grounds that require correct tractor positioning and approach to the  angle. If this is not taught, there is a risk of rolling the tractor. Correct instruction on how to lift heavy bins on to tractor trailer should be acknowledged and learned well. Dehydration is an issue in most outside jobs. There are water fountains readily available throughout the grounds. However, good promotion of hydration is in order. Additionally, clearing sharp/spiked branches etc requires the correct PPE, and in this case, thick gloves.

 

 

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Morgan - Hospitality

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Morgan works in the hospitality industry. She works at a pub that includes bar work, waitressing and kitchen duties.

There is an extensive amount of issues to list that could without proper health and safety awareness/training/prevention lead to injury.

 

- lifting cartons to restock the fridge

- using a knife to cut the lemons and limes,

- using boiling water to polish glasses and cutlery

- slipping on bottle tops when they are just thrown onto the ground.

- touching hot glass straight after it has been in the dishwasher.

- taking out rubbish with broken glass which can be heavy

 

In order to prevent these hazards, proper training methods must be applied. Training in how to lift heavy objects properly, and if too heavy, to get assistance. Training on how to cut condiments properly and safely. The need to place emphasis on making sure rubbish is put into bins, which cancels out trip hazards. Maybe incorporating a sticker system on racks of hot cutlery/glasses. Labeling that the rack is hot, and that the person who washed them knows how long it has been. And puts them away themselves.

 

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Owen Prosser's curator insight, May 18, 2014 9:50 PM

Morgan works in the hospitality industry. She works at a pub that includes bar work, waitressing and kitchen duties.

There is an extensive amount of issues to list that could without proper health and safety awareness/training/prevention lead to injury.

 

1. Lifting cartons to restock the fridge

2.  Using a knife to cut the lemons and limes,

3. Handling hot items, serving food, reaching over stove tops etc.

4. Slipping on bottle tops when they are just thrown onto the ground.

5. Dealing with intoxicated persons.

 

 

In order to prevent these hazards, proper training methods must be applied. Training in how to lift heavy objects properly, and if too heavy, to get assistance. Training on how to cut condiments properly and safely. The need to place emphasis on making sure rubbish is put into bins, which cancels out trip hazards. Maybe incorporating a sticker system on racks of hot cutlery/glasses. Labeling that the rack is hot, and that the person who washed them knows how long it has been. And puts them away themselves.

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Preventing serious hand injuries in mines - Safety Institute of Australia

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Hand injuries are the 2nd most common injury on Australian mine sites. 50% of those injuries are related to crush, fracture  or amputations. This asks the question; what protection other than gloves which protects from lacerations, burns and chemical exposure, can we use to reduce this percentage? The answer is unclear.

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Shari Winter's comment, April 27, 2014 11:08 PM
correct use of isolation procedures?
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Mining Truck Accident - YouTube

Probably the mining truck is komatsu..
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This short video displays the unattention of the 830E's operator. The lack of attention could be due to several reasons; fatigue, being under-trained and mis-communication. The stretch of road that the truck is on looks as if it is generally used by it. Fatigue, a lack of training and communication  could also be on the ute operators side. They are powerful machines and the utmost care should be taken around them!

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Miners Face Health Risks, Even on Good Days

Miners Face Health Risks, Even on Good Days | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
Dust, radon and mercury impact miners' health.
Owen Prosser's insight:

It is good to see that statistics on miner death's show a vast improvement since the  1990's. It indicates that health and safety in the workplace is working. However, there is still a lot to be done in regards to the severe health effects produced from mine sites.

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Estimated 3,800 deaths by suicide could be work-related | OHS News

Estimated 3,800 deaths by suicide could be work-related | OHS News | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
Owen Prosser's insight:

The impact that suicide and suicide related behaviours costs the nation  17.5 Billion. Unemployment is the greatest contribution to this  statistic with the stress it produces from the heavily reliant need for income in today's society.

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Noel Arnold & Associates - Industry News

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Personally, I think having the same OH&S legislation and law spread over the states and territories would be an excellent decision.

How can we as a nation lead in Workplace H&S, when we don't even have the same laws across the country? The current  compliance can

be said to be confusing because of the differences.

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Dominic Carswell's curator insight, March 13, 2014 12:22 PM

Although OH&S legislation is fairly similar in most states and territories of Australia. I believe the legislation should be the same across the nation, this would eliminate the confusion from different states legislation. I know this wouldn't be easy to just do but I think it would be better for the country if it were to happen.

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Andrew - Paramedic

Andrew - Paramedic | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
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Andrew is a training paramedic and has spent a little time in the field. He mentioned to me three main things that he had found were a hazard. 

 

- Manual handling of patients in excess of 100kgs

- Blood-borne pathogens

- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

Injuries are more likely to occur if lifting technique is unknown. Therefore training in lifting correctly needs to occur and is an essential part of training during placement.

Blood-borne pathogens can cause disease. Again training/equipment  is implemented in this area i.e. sharp bins, PPE and correct hygiene (washing of hands regularly)

PTSD is a a reoccurring problem for paramedics. Due to severity of incidents, it is extremely hard to prevent this from happening. However, debriefs, interventions and therapy are offered to reduce the likelihood of people affected by this disorder.

 

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Luke - Civil Engineer

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Luke is a civil engineer in the making. He has experienced some placement on  construction sites.

There are various issues that inflict on Civil Engineers safety:

 

- Machinery & site traffic

- UN-reenforced structures

- Fatigue & damaged structures

- Dehydration

 

A solution around being run over by heavy machinery is to have clearly signed/marked/flagged/designated walkways around site - to every building.

UN-reenforced structures should always be re-enforced.

no matter what.The OHS officers should be enforcing on workers this from day 1.

If structure has to be this way, it must be clearly indicated so. Easily visible signage and barricades a safe distance around the perimeter of the unsafe area must be implemented.

Fatigued structures - this goes the same from previous mention.

Dehydration stations could be an option to keep hydration levels up. Signage around work site promoting hydration etc.

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Industry leaders call for improved mine safety - ABC Online

Industry leaders call for improved mine safety - ABC Online | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
Industry leaders call for improved mine safety ABC Online "One fatality is too many, so I'm just focused on the fact that mostly contractors seem to be dying, because they may not have the same level of training as people actually working at the...
Owen Prosser's insight:

This articles gives statistics that supports  injury or death on mine sites  is decreasing. Even though Australia's health and safety laws in mining are  excellent in comparison to other countries. There  are still critics that believe it can be improved. Which it can.  Once procedures are put in place,  How do we enforce them?

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Half of workers killed on WA mine sites had inexperienced bosses

Half of workers killed on WA mine sites had inexperienced bosses | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
ONE in two workers killed on WA mine sites is under the supervision of inexperienced bosses in the job for less than a year.
Owen Prosser's insight:

 We all have to get the experience somehow. This articles portrays that inexperience and high staff turn-over is half the cause  of deaths on WA mine sites, if not all. What can we do with this infomation? Propose better safety instructions.

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Dominic Carswell's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:13 AM

This article seems to portray inexperience as a bad thing. People only gain experience from doing something over a period of time. Everyone today wants to employ someone with experience, but how is someone with minmal experience get the opportunity to gain experience if there not given a chance.

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Another crush injury at Fortescue mine site, two other serious incidents

Another crush injury at Fortescue mine site, two other serious incidents | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
A worker has been involved in a forklift accident at Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon Hub in a week that also saw two other serious incidents occur on site.
Owen Prosser's insight:

This mine site has had an extremely large amount of incidents in recent times. Deaths, amputations and months of lost work time has resulted from the lack of communication in the work place.  A serious look into the way health and safety operates on this site is needed here!

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Skurla study's 'mining boom' would be due almost entirely to taconite

Skurla study's 'mining boom' would be due almost entirely to taconite | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
How many permanent new mining jobs does Jim Skurla project in the copper-nickel sector, by 2016? A total of 427.
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Taconite Iron poses serious health effects not only on workers but on the surrounding community as well. The processing of the ore leaves traces of Arsenic, Lead and Mercury. All of which are lethal when generally consumed through either inhalation or drinking water. This leaves the question of; are we really outweighing the need for money over the health of thousands?'

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Managing FIFO fatigue in mining

Managing FIFO fatigue in mining | OH&S and Australia's most Valuable Commodity (Mining) | Scoop.it
With 24/7 operations, heavy machinery, demanding rosters, intensive commutes, disruptive sleep environments and inexperienced workers, FIFO based working environments were always going to be a recipe for serious fatigue risk in Australian mining.

Via Shari Winter
Owen Prosser's insight:

Fatigue is a major issue in the mining industry. This is due to the large amounts of FIFO employees. I think that Australian mining industries are doing well in training workers in fatigue management and introducing fitness requirements etc. However there is still more to be done to reduce miner FIFO fatigue.

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Shari Winter's curator insight, March 3, 2014 3:56 AM

Covers a broad range of key points that are contributing factors to fatigue in FIFO workers. This article also has suggestions on how to manage some of the causes.

Dominic Carswell's curator insight, March 13, 2014 12:16 PM

Fatigue is a major problem in any industry. 

Shari Winter's comment, April 11, 2014 12:30 AM
A good point Owen, yes FIFO workers complete medicals before they are employed but do you think their health and fitness levels are monitored enough during employment, although workers should take some responsibility for their own health, maybe companies should make it a condition of employment?