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The DuPont Bradley Curve Infographic | DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS)

The DuPont Bradley Curve Infographic provides an overview of the proven, proprietary system that has helped enable safety success for DuPont and clients around the world.
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This article shows the the importance of working as a team and genuinely caring for others. It also addresses direct and indirect costs to companies. 

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App disables drivers’ mobile phones

App disables drivers’ mobile phones | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it
A new app has been unveiled which automatically disables a mobile phone when the user starts to drive.
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similar technology would be interesting for mining companies to  look at and implement for machinery operators, 12 hour shifts I imagine it would get tempting to play with your phone whilst operating. Unfortunately by the article it seems you have to make the conscious decision yourself to download the app which would be unappealing to most?

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Water trucks are used as a control measure for minimising dust on the haul roads; the dust reduces visibility to other operators. By controlling one hazard, if roads are over watered, creates another hazard of slippery roads. The mining pits and ramps change occasionally making it unpractical to put permanent roads in as another option. I wonder if they could use chemicals similar to what we spray on coal wagons to reduce the dust? I have no idea if this is harmful to the environment or cost effective.

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No Sprains, big gains - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

No Sprains, big gains - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it
Taking unnecessary risks in manual handling at your workplace today can impact on you for the rest of your life.

A film by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland about applying the new PErforM tool and its beneficial impact in the workplace.
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One of the most common injuries on a mine site. These injuries can be easily avoided.

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Human factors | Mining and safety | Queensland Government

Human factors | Mining and safety | Queensland Government | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it
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Human factors seem to be the most difficult issues to control and monitor but when done correctly can be the most effective, contributing to a positive work culture.

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▶ Fatal Mistakes (1999) - YouTube

An huge blast in an open-pit mine. Note: Compare the size of the explosion to the huge bulldozer, which has wheels as tall as a human. Filmed this during a u...
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Although an old video it is still very relevant and has a good overview of light and heavy vehicle interaction on a mine site. It also proves that even though you may follow safety rules and procedures every day you need to remind yourself not to be complacent.

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Miners' Claims of Black Lung Disease Denied by Johns Hopkins Unit

Miners' Claims of Black Lung Disease Denied by Johns Hopkins Unit | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions received millions of dollars from coal companies for reading chest X-rays yet rarely confirming that miners are suffering from black lung disease. This famed teac...
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An interesting piece. I find the picture of the miners lung compared to the healthy lung alarming. It seems over the top for mining companies to cover up the disease since dust masks are available whenever you wish to wear them, but it would be good to know the truth about the effects on our body so we can make educated decisions on when to wear the masks.

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Rightened Rear-Dumper

A poorly-executed rightening of a rear-dumper which had rolled over.
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Obviously not a well thought out plan

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For the Love of Zero, Human Fallibility and Risk - Safety and Risk Management

For the Love of Zero, Human Fallibility and Risk - Safety and Risk Management | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it
Dr Rob Long’s New Book “For the Love of Zero” is hot off the the Press and I cannot wait to read it. It seems that, finally, the thinkers amongst us are realising the danger and absurdity of using impossible and negative terminology in programs and slogans aimed at motivating human behaviour, improving workplace culture… Read more
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This article and book discuss’ zero harm and how unrealistic it is to aim for but I argue how do you accept that some of your workers will be harmed? The goal of zero harm can be broken down into baby steps if that is considered a more realistic approach, you take things day by day ‘‘today we will aim for zero harm’’ and if you are unsuccessful you learn from your mistakes and start again.

 

It is great companies are promoting safety especially in potentially high risk industries I know I would rather work somewhere that promotes safety rather than a company who accepts you might hurt yourself one day. My positive view is that the slogan zero harm sends the message that companies will do what it takes to send you home safely. Nobody intentionally hurts themself at work and with improving systems, technology and laws why can’t we aim for zero harm?

 

Let’s look at the mining industry, who would have thought you could eliminate human error in operating machinery now they are introducing automated machines! Just because you cant see the solutions yet doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Not aiming for zero harm in my opinion means you’re living in the past.

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Coal mining in Ukraine [images]

Coal mining in Ukraine [images] | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it
As Britain makes claims for Ukraine's coal mining region, we show you what life is like working in Ukrainian coal mines.
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This shows how lucky we are in Australia to have high safety standards compared to Ukrainian coal mines. 

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R U OK? Mining fatigue initiative

R U OK? Mining fatigue initiative | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it

AIn the small Hunter Valley township of Broke, at about 4.30am a group of about six mining stalwarts are making an effort to combat the ill effects mining has had on the region’s tired employees.

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People are recognising the effects of fatigue in the mining industry and doing what they can. Companies are educating employees and providing free services such as fatigue management, counselling and physiotherapy sessions. At what point will people take responsibility for themselves and manage their own fatigue, they have been given  the information on how to manage it. Maybe this issue goes deeper than first glance?

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Dozens of crush injuries prompts call for vigilance

Dozens of crush injuries prompts call for vigilance | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it
Almost four dozen people have suffered crush injuries at work, WorkCover NSW research has revealed.
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Has multiple links to recent stories of accidents resulting in death or serious injuries.

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Managing FIFO fatigue in mining

Managing FIFO fatigue in mining | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | 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.
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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.

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Owen Prosser's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:29 AM

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.

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?
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Overburden Blast - YouTube

An huge blast in an open-pit mine. Note: Compare the size of the explosion to the huge bulldozer, which has wheels as tall as a human. Filmed this during a u...
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I'm sure you can see why safety is paramount while doing jobs like this - no second chances!

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Dominic Carswell's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:55 AM

This video shows how important safety is. One false move and somebody could potentially be history!

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What Is Black Lung?

What Is Black Lung? | OHS 11026 Mining Quests | Scoop.it
Although not known to many, black lung is a serious disease that affects a large part of the mining community around the world - past and present. Serious? Like any other life-threatening disease that affect the lungs.
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Something I think that needs to be addressed, I find it strange that I work on one of the safest mine sites in the world and have not heard much about this disease. I would like to research this more, as I work in this exact environment getting covered from top to toe in coal dust.

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Fatigue management pilot under way at Kolomela mine

Mining giant Kumba Iron Ore (Kumba) is implementing a fatigue management system pilot project at its Kolomela mine, near Postmasburg, in the Northern Cape.
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Definitely an issue in the mining industry, although workers may question the systems accuracy since no two people are the same. I believe in the coal mining industry the HSMS is voted in by employees therefore making this an unlikely system to be introduced in Australia's coal mining industry but an interesting system to look at in other mining sectors.

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