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OLGR > Handling glassing incidents in your venue > Handling glassing incidents in your venue

OLGR > Handling glassing incidents in your venue > Handling glassing incidents in your venue | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
OLGR - The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing serves the NSW government and community by regulating the liquor, gaming, racing and charities sectors.
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Many restaurants (including the one in which Emily work at) tend to serve alcohol to patrons. On occasion, things may get out of hand, and some intoxicated patrons may get into violent altercations. In some instances, this may lead to what is known as 'glassing', an event in a piece of glass (usually a glass cup or mug) is used as a weapon. This can pose a intentional risk to not only other customers, but also employees. The link provided discusses the issue of 'glassing', methods to prevent attacks from occurring in the first place and what to do in the event of a 'glassing'. While not as common as a simply slip or burn hazard, 'glassing' can be considered a rather dangerous occupational health and safety issue and therefore, this article provides valuable information that can be used by Emily and her co-workers. 

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Slip and Fall Hazards in the Commercial Kitchen

Slip and Fall Hazards in the Commercial Kitchen | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
Read more about Slip and Fall Hazards in the Commercial Kitchen in the FSW Foodservice Education Center
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Anyone familiar with the hospitality industry is aware of just how many injuries are caused by slip and fall hazards. Whether it's a spilled drink, overflowing sink or something as simple as a chair at a table sticking slightly too far out - slip hazards are a common yet preventable source of injury. This link provides a number of examples as to how these injuries are caused, as well as a number of methods that employees can utilise in order to ensure they are not injured. Not only that, but the link also provides a number of recommendations for employers in regards to what they can do to make the work environment safer for their employees, making it both a valuable and useful piece of information for Emily and her co-workers.

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Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
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The data shown in this link shows a number of injuries that occur to hospitality workers, as well as what body part they generally affect. How does this help Emily and her co-workers manage the OHS issues in their environment? Simple, it gives them a rough idea as to what injury are the most common and allows them to focus efforts into what hazards they believe are the most important. They may see that lacerations take up 30% of total workplace injuries in hospitality, leading them to run through proper cutting methods or utensil handling. Or perhaps they may see that a common factor associated with knee, shoulder, wrist and ankle injuries is slipping; causing them to focus their efforts on becoming quicker in regards to spillage and slip hazard identification.

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Michael U - Retail Assistant

Unfortunately, due to privacy circumstances I was unable to provide a photo of Michael in his workplace.

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Michael works as a retail assistant in a local pet store. Generally, his tasks range from stacking goods, cleaning animal cages as well as the animals themselves, quarantining and looking after new or sick animals. However, no job is without its risks and hazards.

 

As previously mentioned, even working as a retail assistant in a pet store can allow for a number of injuries to occur. Take stacking shelves for example. There are quite a lot of cages, bowls and bags of food that must be moved and stocked on a regular basis. Lifting one of these items incorrectly may cause an injury, such as a stained back. To ensure that this is avoided, it is advised that all employees are properly trained and taught how to handle the stores stock. It doesn't end there, occasionally; Michael may need to clean the animals, move them or feed them, which opens up the risk of being bitten. While usually harmless, it is recommended that employees who are bitten or scratched by store animals immediately wash the area that was bitten/scratched with hot water and disinfectant, as these injuries may lead sickness or infections. One may also want to take into consideration the possibility of escaped animals, some who have the potential to(such as snakes, lizards or spiders) as well the possibility of spillages that may cause slip hazards (urinating animals, spilled water, etc). In the event that there is a spillage, a sign should be erected in order to let customers know that there is a possible slip hazard before cleaning it up as soon as possible.

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Megan B - Rowing

Megan B - Rowing | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
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Megan attends rowing every week as a part of a sport program set up by her school. Rowing often consists rowing in singles, pairs or quads (four to a boat). Certain days are dedicated to physical training, in which all the participants perform sprints, use training equipment and perform other exercises. The sport requires a large amount of team work, as well as the physical ability to keep up with each other. Like many sports, there are many hazards associated with rowing that have the ability to cause harm. However, unlock other sports, some of these hazards are rather unique and out of the ordinary.

 

Before Megan can go rowing, she and the other participants must transport the boats from a shed on shore, down a sloped hill and into the river bank. Right away, they must take into account the environment in which they’re carrying the boats. Is it slippery? Are there many trip hazards? How muddy is the ground? If none of these factors are taken into consideration, then it is entirely possible for one or more of the participants to get injured due to slipping, tripping, getting stuck in the mud and twisting an ankle, lifting the boat wrong and injuring and cause a back injury, etc. Obviously, many of these risks can be eliminated with the use of a cement walkway or ramp to the shore. Trip hazards may also be a prominent cause of injury when participants are doing sprinting exercises. To ensure that there are no trip hazards, the area that the sprinting takes place needs to be in an area that is seemingly flat and devoid of bumps, tree roots, rocks, etc. In the event it rains and the ground becomes muddy, it is advised that sprinting exercises are cancelled altogether in order to avoid the possible risks of slipping and fall hazards. When participants are around the bank of the river, they should pay attention to any parts of the environment that look as if they are loose or could give way, as well as paying attention for any sharp objects that may possibly be hidden beneath the water. One hazard that is rather unique to rowing is that of the possibility of near-by crocodiles. Crocodiles have been seen in the past near the area in which Megan and the other participants row. Despite the fact no crocodiles have been seen recently, if one is spotted while the participants are rowing, it is advised that they avoid it, call everybody back to shore and cancel the training until it is safe to return to the water (this may possible take a few days, as it needs to be clear that the crocodile is gone). Participants may also wish to call the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection as they will help relocate the crocodile. 

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Liam K - Karate Instructor

Liam K - Karate Instructor | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
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Liam has been partaking in karate for twelve years and instructing for two. Being a karate instructor, it is Liam’s job to properly teach students basic fundamentals, specific training exercises and sparring techniques.

 

Given the nature of Liam’s work, one could easily assume that there are a number of things that may cause injury. After speaking with Liam, quite a bit of information has been gathered in regards how he deals with hazards as well as what can be done in order to prevent them. To begin, many injuries sustained during training is often caused by overexertion, self inflicted injuries or sparring accidents. Given the hands-on nature of karate, it’s understandable that such risks are present. Even while being practiced in a controlled training environment, a stray kick or twisted ankle is always possible. However, that’s not to say that precautions are not taken. Going through sparring routines before hand or practicing with a partner will allow for someone to prepare themselves and understand the physical demands of different exercises and techniques. In the event where a student is injured, first aid should be applied when necessary and the student instructed to rest. Obviously the amount of first aid and recovery time varies from injury to injury and usually these injuries are often not of a severe nature. However, in the event that a student is injured badly, an ambulance should be called immediately. Luckily, Liam has stated that as of now he has never had to call an ambulance or have anyone visit the hospital due to their injuries.

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Hand injury of accident at work

Hand injury of accident at work | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
Subject: Accident at work claims advice Keywords: Accident at work claims, Accident at work solicitors A man suffered injury to his fingers after having an accident at work. The man was using an ov...
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A nice and short little article on a work place incident involving hands and just how much the damages may cost. Fun fact - the loss of a thumb totals to roughly $80,000 in damages. The thought of loosing function to one hand, or even both rather frightening. Still, it's obvious that the company was in the wrong here. What do you expect will happen when an employee is asked to work around possibly dangerous machinery and they aren't even trained to use it?

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Most Common Accidents At Work | CAREEREALISM

Most Common Accidents At Work | CAREEREALISM | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
It certainly makes sense to design your office to be as safe as it can be. But what are the most common accidents at work? Here's some insight.
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Agree with this 100%. I've met my fair share of people who believe that they're invincible when it comes to workplace incidents, only to be injured by the little things like wet floors or loose wires.

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How safety barriers are reducing workplace accidents easily and effectively | Health and Safety News

How safety barriers are reducing workplace accidents easily and effectively | Health and Safety News | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
Safety barriers serve an extremely valuable function as they can be set up in different places and for different reasons. The barriers carry out numerous purposes such as blocking-off restricted areas to conducting safe traffic flow.
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It's odd to think that something as cheap and simple as a safety barrier can prevent workplace injuries. However, just because they are simple and cheap does not mean that they're useless. This article gives many good example as to how these pieces of yellow and orange plastic can save lives.

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6 Strategic Steps to Accident Investigation | Safety Daily Advisor

6 Strategic Steps to Accident Investigation | Safety Daily Advisor | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
Accident investigations are an opportunity to uncover safety problems and correct them. But you have to take the right steps to get the right result. The
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Accident investigation will always play a large roll in occupational health and safety. Determining the cause of a workplace accident will almost always lead to precautions being taken in order to prevent something from happening again. While this article doesn't delve to deep into how the investigation process occurs, it does offer a few details on the steps taken in order to identify and rectify safety issues. Definitely an interesting article.

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3D Laser Survey & Accident Reconstruction Simulation 2012 - YouTube

This simulation was very cost effective because the scene had been "scanned" by our 3-D Imaging ScanStation Surveyor. All of the dimensions and the roadway, ...
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This video showcases some absolutely amazing technology. While i'll admit that it relates to my program (accident forensics) more than occupational health and safety, I can definitely see how it could play a role in OHS at some point in the future. While this video may be showcasing the use of this technology in accidents such as car crashes, I fail to see how it can't be used to determine and later prevent incidents around the workplace. For example, using similar technology to recreate a person falling down a flight of stares and then using that obtained information to prevent further falls.

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Burn Prevention for Kitchen Workers

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Knowing Emily like I do, I've seen just how many times she has received burn injuries. Whether it be due to a piece of equipment, preparing the food or even the food itself, burn injuries happen rather often. The link provided tells the story of a 17 year old fast food worker who received a number of burn injuries while on the job and tells of a number of different burn causes, all of which are common place when working at a restaurant (things like steam, oil, grease, etc). Also provided in the article are a number of tips for avoiding burn injuries, simple things ranging from wearing correct PPE to keeping first aid kits nearby and readily available. While the link itself may seem rather simple, it is useful as it both identifies and provides solutions as to how Emily should deal with burn hazards in her work environment.

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Safe lifting tips - Live Well - NHS Choices

Safe lifting tips - Live Well - NHS Choices | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
A step-by-step guide to safe lifting and handling to avoid injuries at work.
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As previously mentioned in the interview with Emily, one of her tasks on occasion is to carry boxed inventory around the restaurant building. This often involves moving up and down flights of stairs for prolonged periods of time. Due to this, it is important that Emily knows the proper methods of lifting items. This link highlights a number of useful tips in regards to proper lifting procedure. Proper lifting is essential when carrying out tasks of this nature, as failing to do so has the potential to cause numerous back injuries that may range in severity. Ultimately, this article is valuable to Emily and her co-workers as it may help reduce the number of workplace injuries caused by improper handling and lifting.

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Air Crash Investigation - Air France Flight 447 Crash - YouTube

I DO NOT OWN THE COPYRIGHT FOR THIS VIDEO. Air Crash Investigation - Air France Flight 447 Crash Thanks for watching :)
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I remember hearing about this crash a few years ago. Remembered it recently because of all the comparisons being made between this accident and the recent accident involving Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. 

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Emily L-B - Kitchen Hand

Emily L-B - Kitchen Hand | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
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Emily works as a kitchen hand in a local restaurant that specialises in functions. Typically, Emily’s tasks involve cooking, cleaning, serving customers as well as lifting and moving certain items of stock. However, as is the case when it comes to hospitality, there are a number of risks and hazards that have the possibility to cause harm.

 

Given the nature of Emily’s work, there are quite a number of hazards that can be found in and around her workplace. While preparing meals, Emily may need to use either the deep fryer or the oven. When doing to, this opens up the chance for a burn hazard. More often than not, there burns are caused due to the lack of awareness of surrounding (caused by being in a hurry, tired, stressed). Some kitchens offer protective gloves that allow for proper handling when working around hot surfaces and in the event of a burn, it is recommended that the burnt area is placed under cold running water, seeking medical attention of needed. Cuts may also be caused by lack of awareness, similar to burns. They can be avoided by being taught how to properly cut as well as making sure the person using the knife is not to tired/stressed. Slip hazards are also a common workplace hazard. Liquid from foods or water from dishes may be spilt, causing a slip hazard in a confined workspace. In order to avoid injury, Emily and her co-workers must ensure that the spill is cleaned up immediately. When needed, Emily may be asked to help move boxes of stock around the building. Before doing so, she should have been taught how to properly handle and carry stock as well as maintain a correct posture. On occasion, she may need to carry boxes up a set of stairs. When doing so, these stairs are a possible trip hazard, so she should move slowly and if need be, have somebody aid her. Some nights, certain customers may have too much to drink and slowly become volatile. In instances like this, the best course of action is to stop selling them drinks entirely. In circumstances where the customer continues to cause a disruption, or poses a risk to Emily, her co-workers and the other customers, police or security should be called to escort them away.

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Janelle L - Head of Curriculum/Teacher Librarian

Janelle L - Head of Curriculum/Teacher Librarian | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
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Janelle works as the Head of Curriculum as well as a Teacher Librarian at a local primary school. Janelle’s job is to manage the assessment and curriculum at the school in which she works. She is also tasked with reporting, library collection for the students, teacher and community as well as managing the curriculum resources. While it may sound like a lot o paper work, there are a lot of aspects to Janelle’s job that allow for the presence of hazards and possible risks.

 

Aside from the paperwork, Janelle’s job also requires a lot of movement. Because of this, hazards such as uneven floors or carpet may quickly become a possible trip hazard. It is recommended that these uneven floors are brought to the attention of any maintenance workers at the school. However, given the nature of the work environment, there may not be the time or the resources to completely fix these hazards. Due to this, any loose or uneven pieces of floor need to be marked/covered with either a thin plastic mat (used to even out the floor) or marked with either bright coloured paint or duct tape (used to draw the attention of a person to the hazard, making them aware of it). Another known hazard are the shelfs, or more importantly, what’s on the shelfs. Resources such as computer monitors, stationary equipment and books, if stacked properly, may fall and injure someone nearby. Because of this, all shelfs must be stacked accordingly, meaning that they are not over-filled and that everything can fit with space to spare. Another method of preventing injury is to make sure that all shelfs are attached to walls, meaning that they cannot fall over and that all shelves have minimal items above storage height (e.g., no computer monitors on a shelf higher than a person’s shoulders). The use of storage containers may also help, as it’s spreading out items into smaller boxes instead of placing everything onto a large shelf. Janelle does however mention that despite having a school of roughly 400 students, there are not that many injuries. Most injuries that do occur are due to trips or falls thanks to trip hazards and the constantly changing environment (old wood sticking out of a balcony, tree roots upheaving cement). These trip hazards need to be highlighted (usually using a bright yellow spray paint) in order to identify them. 

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Work-related accidents - an infographic by EU-OSHA - YouTube

This infographic compares work-related accidents with the population of three European metropolis. What would happen if Brussels, Frankfurt and Rome (in tota...
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A quick video comparing a select number of work related incidents between three European cities. It should be noted that these numbers show the amount of injuries throughout Europe, not Australia. Still, it provides a good perspective on workplace incidents and just how common they are.

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Investigation continues into fatal Gatton plane crash

Investigation continues into fatal Gatton plane crash | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
A team of ATSB investigators are visiting the scene of a fatal plane crash in the Lockyer Valley.
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"Witnesses say the pilot was performing aerobatics when he crashed around 7:00am...". I'll have to keep up with this investigation. I'm rather curious to see if I'm right in believing that the aerobatics played a role in the crash. 

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Workplace Health and Safety in Australia - YouTube

Workplace Health and Safety obligations have changed. Watch this short video to see how you could be impacted and the systems that are necessary to proactive...
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127,000 work related injuries and over 200 deaths? If that isn't worry then i don't know what is. Throw in the fact that many of these injuries were most likely preventable and this becomes a real cause for concern.

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A Tragic Farm Accident: Death in the Silo - YouTube

The United States is producing more grain than ever, for food, feed, and commercial applications like ethanol. But as other farm work has gotten safer, grues...
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A very sad story indeed. It's shocking to believe that more precautions aren't taken to prevent accidents like this.

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Oil worker killed in maintenance accident, investigation shuts Taqa platform

Oil worker killed in maintenance accident, investigation shuts Taqa platform | OHS and Investigation | Scoop.it
An oil worker on Taqa's Harding platform fell into the sea during maintenance work just after 2 am Wednesday morning. The 62-year-old male was recovered from the water and airlifted to Gilbert Bain...
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I'm curious to see if the cause of this incident was due to the man, his work conditions or something else. Granted, I'm sure his work conditions did play a large role. Maintaining an oil rig at 2 am cannot be an easy or safe task. Still, i'll definitely keep up with this story to see what the exact cause of the accident was.

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