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Man whose son died on construction site pleas for better safety rules

Man whose son died on construction site pleas for better safety rules | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
Rocky Tallent, a retired construction worker from Knoxville, buried his 27-year-old son, Michael, after a work-related accident claimed his life on New Year's Eve in 2012.
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This ties into the comments I made before about not only making construction workplaces safer but also educating people about the risks in their environment as well as tracking population statistics to find the actual cause so it can be addressed. I realize the laws are different here in Australia but if that had happened here and someone died, the regulator would be looking to have someone do time. I think from an OHS point of view we want to move forward not backwards. I see issues like this starting to arise in Australia more frequently if we say go backwards with out safety standards.

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Lyle Dighton's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:17 AM

Deaths due to occupational related duties can be avoided if effective safety guidelines and education are implemented within companies and businesses.

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Injury rates higher among First Nations people

Injury rates higher among First Nations people | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
TORONTO – A new study shows unintentional injury rates are higher in remote and low-income neighbourhoods with a high percentage of First Nations residents. The study, from Statistics Canada, shows the differences were particularly acute for women aged 20 to 44.
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One of the areas that I am also interested in is epidemiology. I think that it can show great insight into injury and its prevention. I applaud the study for gathering information but I have found through experience that data without context can lead to isms and possible mis-interpretation. From an OHS point of view we need the answers to why this is happening so we can start to fix the cause.

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Safety Apparel for Construction Workers Invented by InventHelp Client (WGH-4342) | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Safety Apparel for Construction Workers Invented by InventHelp Client (WGH-4342) | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
InventHelp, founded in Pittsburgh in 1984, is submitting the Be Seen Hard Hat to applicable companies in the hopes of a good faith review. | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
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Sometimes it is something simple that turns the tide. I like particularly the inventor having experience in the area and using it to come up with a practical solution. One of the best sources of information on realistic risk controls I have found in OHS is the end users and their supervisory staff. This is close in that the individual was an employee but the shoe still fits. It uses industry experience to make safer industry as well as legislation and effective management.

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What is OHS?

What is OHS? | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
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Interesting to note the we kill 4 times more people from workplace disease  in this country than we do on the roads. More food for thought is the 215650 people that received workers compensation in the period 2009/10 due to illness or injury. If you track these figures back mining, construction and heavy industry take the lions share of these cases. That alone is cause for change. From an OHS point of view, this is one of the things I am passionate about changing. I think it will be is a true mark of success when the higher risk activities start to have similar figures to more sedentary jobs. We are a long way off but it is again something to strive for.

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Asbestos Management

Asbestos Management | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
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Quite a dark day for the country in general when you consider how long the risk was known about before action began to happen. At at least the information is out there instead of being ignored or shoved under the carpet to be dealt with later or by someone else. It does however beg the question to the extent of the problem. I have been involved in the OHS risk management of Asbestos in sensitive environments such as kindergartens. I have found that education of staff, parents (users) as well as maintenance  staff to the location of the asbestos as well as how to deal with it very effective. This then carries over to upgrades of the facilities as it was then easier to control risks to health and safety as well as remain legally compliant.

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red boss tree spade 102 inch truck mounted- from Tree Equipment Design

Join us for digging with 102 inch Red Boss truck mounted tree spade. As we begin this introduction with showing 44 feet tall tree been prepared for transport...
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There are a couple of issues in the video with people at height and manual handling, however this video is an example of what I hope to achieve in my future career by removing considerable risk to people through smarter design and also making the once impossible possible. From an OHS point of view it removes the team of guys attitude that would otherwise put a bunch of workers in possible unsafe situations through hazardous manual tasks. I believe this is paramount especially in heavy industry as the work has significant risk associated with it anyway.

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SA suspends construction safety codes - National Safety Council of Australia

SA suspends construction safety codes - National Safety Council of Australia | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
South Australia has suspended three construction codes of practice in response to a review by the state’s Small Business Commissioner. The South Australian Minister for Industrial Relations, John Rau suspended the Construction Work Code of Practice; Preventing Falls in Housing Construction Code of Practice; and Safe Design of Structures Code of Practice.
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Firstly, When the code was being developed, weren't all stake holders invited to be involved in its' development? If not then the fact the code was in draft for nearly six months and open for pubic comment prior to being published as a final should have warranted action at that point. I think the Sinjunas's quote is a bit naive and counterproductive to a safe working environment:

 

"Many [participants] do not have the time, skills, or even inclination to read and digest the voluminous amounts of information and associated paperwork that is seen as ambiguous, confusing and not really relevant to their situation."

 

I was in the construction industry in the early 90's and what is being proposed here reminds me of a reversion back to that environment. This is not a good thing. 

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Health News - Forty Percent of Job-Related Eye Injuries Occur in Growing Fields of Manufacturing, Construction and Mining

Health News - Forty Percent of Job-Related Eye Injuries Occur in Growing Fields of Manufacturing, Construction and Mining | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
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The Ben Franklin comment says it all for me:

 

'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'

 

It is a pity that they are talking about wearing eye protection though instead of making the workplace somewhere eye protection isn't needed. Engineering controls in the short term and Elimination as the end goal would be excellent OHS  risk management strategies to employ here. I realize this is still pie in the sky stuff in reality however it is something to strive for.

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Millennials Will Change the Workplace Culture, Here’s how Employers Can Adapt

Millennials Will Change the Workplace Culture, Here’s how Employers Can Adapt | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
Millennials are poised to change the culture of work in America.
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This is an excellent step forward. The challenge I feel is getting business to adapt to the workforce needs. Integrating health and well being into the workplace can go along way to dropping absences and improve moral. This in turn can add an ownership of the employee to the  job. This can have very positive OHS outcomes as in my experience the employees then look after one another like a surrogate family.  it is all about providing the right environment.  I would like to be involved in this culture shift as I move forward post study.

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Home - Safe Work Australia

Home - Safe Work Australia | Safety in construction, mining and industry | 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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I have found this site considerably easier to use than its predecessors. It also helps that the law has changed as well as the codes. I also like the fact the HSIS is attached to this site as well as providing a one stop shop for finding regulators, general information and the like.  From an OHS point of view even though not all states are following the same act, the fact that we have some form of standardized place to gain information that is considerably more user friendly is a huge step in the right direction. 

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Jamis Brooks's curator insight, March 14, 2014 7:34 AM

This is like my holy bible within my field of Occupational Health and Safety.

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New forkift truck mast design delivers visible productivity improvements

New forkift truck mast design delivers visible productivity improvements | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
A series of product upgrades on Yale counterbalance lift trucks have been introduced offering exceptional operator visibility, promoting higher produc (RT @ToyotaEquipment: "New #forkift truck mast design delivers visible productivity improvements"...
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An excellent example of engineering that works for people instead of forcing them to adapt to poor design. How many backs will be spared from bending while adjusting tynes. This practice as a result generally also is time consuming depending on the model. I think this is a good example also of how through smarter design both OHS  and productivity can be achieved at the same time. The end result being the human asset is better protected and the picking or dispatch time drops. 

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New Mexico nuclear plant workers exposed to radiation — RT USA

New Mexico nuclear plant workers exposed to radiation — RT USA | Safety in construction, mining and industry | Scoop.it
The US Department of Energy and the Nuclear Waste Partnership, which manages the plant's daily operations, are expected to hold a press conference on Thursday to discuss the test results. "It is important to note that these ...
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Regardless of the outcome, once is too many times for this to happen. This from an OHS point of view would surely have been considered as a risk? That being the case what was the treatment used and why was it considered an acceptable risk when exposure can still happen? In higher risk areas or areas of storage where leaks can occur, shouldn't we  be looking to automate thus removing the risk to people?

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