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Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

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This page provides Queensland electricians with the relevant and applicable legislation regarding facets of the electrical trade. It provides a comprehensive list of issues that relate to their tools, negating risks and identifying hazard and training. Pages like this, where information about a broad range of subjects is accessible, are important so new and old contractors can stay up to day with what is required from them from a legislative point of view.  

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DISCRETION IS ADVISED!! 4 men bodies are burned by ((10K)) Volts shock!! while moving Scaffold.flv - YouTube

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This goes to show that its not only electricians who are at risk of electrocution. 

 

The men in with clip are painters, who were moving a 9m high scaffolding structure. They were electrocuted after the structure hit the 10,000volt wires overhead. 

 

I think it is safe to say that they were pretty relaxed about what they were doing and not conscious about the over-head wires or the safety implications or the potential injury that they could be exposed too. 

 

This kind of accident is preventable through hazard assessments, correct PPE and workers and managers being aware of their workplace settings, both on the ground and above. 

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Relevant legislation

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Electricians have one of the most dangerous jobs, dealing with live wires and high currents of electricity. 

 

The legislation above is for Queensland. While it is technical and heavy reading, it states the necessary requirements for licensing and ensuring correct equipment testing. Protocols for documentation is also outlined. This gives contractors no room for movement as the standards set out is law. 

 

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Heat in the kitchen

Heat in the kitchen | OH&S-Quest - 3 | Scoop.it

At home, our kitchen is at the back of the house and looks out onto our back yard. Because of this, in the morning, the sun shines directly into it, which causes glare and can limit eye-sight. Obviously in a kitchen, there is always the risk of sharp knives being left exposed and hot surfaces, steam and liquids. As you can see from the photo, there is only 1 access point into the kitchen. This can cause problems as the family members make their way in and out of the kitchen, often carrying plates, glasses and kitchen utensils. The fridge door opens to the right (towards the camera), which means that if you are coming from the left of the picture (where the light switches are), around the blind corner, there is a very high chance of an accident occurring.

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Side-walk along a busy road

Side-walk along a busy road | OH&S-Quest - 3 | Scoop.it

My friend goes running (walking and bike riding) along main roads. Some of the risks that they encounter frequently is the other people who use the pathway. These are mainly people walking their dogs and cyclists and mothers with their prams (as pictured). These groups of users can cause problems regarding to sharing the path. As the path runs beside a busy road, the fact the pathway sits right on the shoulder of the road also causes a potential hazard. Road users speed past which can startle pedestrians, when accompanied with multiple people on a narrow pathway, can be quite problematic. The final hazard she identified was the overgrowth from the vegetation beside the walkway. 

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Electrical Safety Accident Video - YouTube

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This video I think is particular interesting because of the diversity of issues that arise from it. 

 

Listed are just some of the safety issues that have arise from this clip.

 

1) no PPE for man in red hat

2) trip hazards of bucket and hose on floor

3) Man in red hat bending over while on truck tank

4) the apparent lack of a fire blanket/extinguisher

5) the possibility of further explosions from the truck - no hose system within the roof

 

While this is not strictly an electrical accident clip, it goes to show how quickly something can go wrong and how the unexpected can happen. Workers should follow safety procedures and wear ppe regardless of how confident they are.  

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Basic Info

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This document gives electricians a practical document to help them in addressing safety issues.  There are step-by-step procedures from the beginning on the job through to the end, reporting and dealing with hazards, as well as addressing PPE requirements and recommendations. Listing these in an easy to read format allows the reader to understand what is being addressed, and allows them to employ the relevant  information.

 

 

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Sarah at work

Sarah at work | OH&S-Quest - 3 | Scoop.it

A friend of mine works for a mining and equipment company up in North Queensland. Some of the OH&S issues that arise at a large mine site is the visibility of workers. While all employees must wear high visibility gear and safety equipment, people are very small compared to the massive machinery that mine sites operate with. Additionally, fatigue is a major problem for employees as many of them are on FIFO or DIDO rosters. This means that they work 12hour shifts for long time periods (eg. 8days working, 6 days off). The nature of mining is being outside (all while inside a operation cabin). Workers are continually exposed to all elements – wind, heat, sun – and these can have major repercussions for staff who are not used to working in those condition or who fail to respect the safety procedures that are put in place. 

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Office Environment

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My working environment is at an office. I spoke to my co-worker, who has been here longer than me and asked her what her OH&S concerns were. Some points identified within this office is that the only 1 lift servicing the offices in the whole building, although there is a fire stair escape. The office is located on the 3 floor which provides a problem for people who have walking difficulties. The windows in this office do not open, which means that employees rely on the air-conditioning and ventilation system for oxygen. The risk of this system failing is temperature rising to an uncomfortable level, lack of oxygen, and that the air could be polluted with toxins and bacteria. There are economic risk factors that involved with long hours sitting at a computer as well as document control. Mental health of office employees is also a major issue. 

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My father - Electrician

My father - Electrician | OH&S-Quest - 3 | Scoop.it

My father owns and runs his own electrical business from home. Because there is only him, he uses a van to transport. His van is also his work station, everything he needs for a job must be in the van.

Some of the risk factors that are involved with the van is the confined space within it. When in the van, he must be hunched over. This can cause muscle and spinal problems. Within the van, there are many sharp corners (containers), structures and equipment. The van is desgined to be opened via a sliding door on the side and a lifting door at the back, from the outside. The risk here is that a passer-by could shut the doors and lock them, trapping him inside. The last risk I identified was when he is coming out of the van, other cars and people might not be expecting that, and the risk is that he could be hit.

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