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City report: Close to half of all construction sites raise safety concerns 

City report: Close to half of all construction sites raise safety concerns  | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
Close to half of the city’s construction sites are unsafe at any given time, a new city survey reveals.
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Once again, employees are noted being scared to speak up about health and safety issues at work. Each and every employee should feel safe going to work, and safe to speak up if it is otherwise. How will companies ever learn if nobody stands up to them? The more people speak up, the more progress on the matter can be made.

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Construction workers down tools over safety concerns

Construction workers down tools over safety concerns | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
More than 100 people have protested at Kappelle's Northbourne Avenue site at Braddon citing concerns over safety.
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This is a prime example of how a body of people can create a safety culture in order to protect themselves from workplace harm. By protecting the staff, the company protects its future. Learning and improving safety culture, empowers leadership for health and safety. When will companies learn that cutting corners on health and safety will usually end in a much more undesirable outcome?

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Mother demands answers over Pilbara mine deaths

Mother demands answers over Pilbara mine deaths | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
The mother of a man killed in a WA mine last year is horrified to learn of another death at the same mine.
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It is of large concern that a company can continue their business when injury/death isn't uncommon in their work place. Safety culture in the workplace is vital to the health and safety of the people and environment around you. This story begs the question of, how many other companies run their business by instilling fear into their workers to not speak up?

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NSW trucking firm is neglecting drivers' safety: whistleblower

NSW trucking firm is neglecting drivers' safety: whistleblower | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
A former employee of McCabe Transport says the NSW trucking firm is neglecting drivers safety.
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It is essential that persons who operate machinery should always be alert. In the case of a tired and fatigued truck driver, this could lead to the harm of both the individual and those around them. By creating a safety culture in the workplace, this can empower others to stand up for health and safety risks which may become apparent. Not only has this truck driver taken a stand for himself, he has set an example for others in his position to do the same. For in the workplace, we can protect by learning and leading.
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Nuclear waste in limbo after accident at New Mexico plant

Nuclear waste in limbo after accident at New Mexico plant | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
“ As operations at the United States’ first nuclear waste repository remain on hold due to a radiation leak that worked its way above ground, concerns are being raised about the wisdom of expanding such an initiative.”
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How can you "design a facility to look at these types of accidents" and continue to say "our system worked as planned", when 13 confirmed employees have tested positive to radiation exposure? These employees are not just a staff number, nor a science experiment, they are people with family's and friend's who have the right to go to a safe work environment so they can return to what they dear most. Don Hancock hit the nail on the head stating "the push for expansion is part of the declining safety culture" and "we all can get a little complacent when we think we know what we're doing and everything is just fine". To progress as a company, the health and safety of their employees must be a priority as they are the foundation.
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Out of site: worker who raised safety issues loses his job

Out of site: worker who raised safety issues loses his job | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
Construction companies talk about safety but few take kindly to workers who raise safety concerns on the job, Sydney sprinkler-pipe-fitter and plumber Dean Mileham says.
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It is disappointing that those who take interest in the health and safety of others, are punished for their efforts. How is it fair that people who stand up to concerning health and safety standards get labelled as a "trouble maker"?  

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Official who raised safety concerns at Hanford nuclear site is fired

Official who raised safety concerns at Hanford nuclear site is fired | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
The head of nuclear safety for the cleanup of the former nuclear weapons site at Hanford, Wash., was fired Tuesday after allegations she made over several years that the construction project was ignoring serious safety problems.
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Looks like another case of a business too concerned in their profit, and forgets about the health and safety. Health and safety initiatives are introduced to protect, not to hinder. It would be in the best interest of the company to embrace those who highlight issues early, as they can stop a issue before it become a large problem. When will companies learn that health and safety is only instilled to help?

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Company fined over death of sewerage worker

Company fined over death of sewerage worker | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
Melbourne Water has been fined $400,000 over the death of a worker at a sewerage plant.
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In failing to keep a safe workplace, Melbourne Water has lost a member of its team. If the company had acted on the information they had supposedly received three years prior to the incident about the loose grates, this incident could have likely been prevented. A health and safety check could have prevented the a loss of $400,000, 1.5 million litres of sewage pumping and most importantly, a death. Another case where prevention coincides with health and safety.
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Rail industry seeks delay for automated safety system - Los Angeles Times

Rail industry seeks delay for automated safety system - Los Angeles Times | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
“Rail industry seeks delay for automated safety system Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry pressed lawmakers Thursday to extend a deadline for installing safety measures that were proposed after a 2008 collision involving a Los...”
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With pressure being added for the establishment of the automated safety system for the rail industry, it would be interesting to see the overall health and safety culture of the employees assembling these structures. With this article being centred around such large pushes and strict deadlines for the project, it begs the question 'are the construction workers of this rail project going to be over worked? Could there be an increase in construction errors due to the rush that they face?' A quest for safety should not risk health and safety.
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TEPCO reveals record cesium level in Fukushima No. 1 well

TEPCO reveals record cesium level in Fukushima No. 1 well | OHS - Protecting by preventing, learning and leading | Scoop.it
“ A record high level of radioactive cesium has been found in groundwater beneath the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, it operator TEPCO revealed.”
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How can measurement errors be made on readings of radiation after the events of Fukushima three years ago? If policy has not improved this puts staff at risk, because without proper measurements nobody really knows what they are actually dealing with.
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