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UTS crane collapse was 'an accident waiting to happen'

UTS crane collapse was 'an accident waiting to happen' | OHS Quest 1 | Scoop.it

On a construction site in inner Sydney, a crane caught fire and its jib collapsed. Prior to the accident, the site was shut down over concerns diesel was leaking from the crane's cabin. However management ignored recommendations made to have the crane maintained and an accident occurred. 

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It's disappointing to see large companies put the lives of their employees and other civilians at risk over the cost of safety.

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S06E07 Runaway Train: Amagasaki Rail Crash

S06E07 Runaway Train: Amagasaki Rail Crash | OHS Quest 1 | Scoop.it

The Amagasaki rail crash  was a fatal railway accident which occurred on 25 April 2005 at 09:19 local time just after the local rush hour. A seven-car commuter train came off the tracks on the JR West Fukuchiyama Line in Amagasaki, Hyogo, near Osaka. The front two carriages rammed into an apartment building. The first carriage slid into the first floor parking garage and as a result took days to remove. 106 passengers, in addition to the driver, were killed and 562 others injured. 

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Speed set off a catastrophic chain of events to this accident. However why the train was speeding in the first place was a hazard brewing. In a strict culture where punctuality is imperative the driver was speeding to 'make up lost time' after an incident he had earlier. The fear of facing harsh punishment and disciplinary action caused the driver to loose focus, stress and make mistakes. Providing an ideal foundation to ignore safe operating procedures.

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Report into Australian rail disaster shows government decisions undermined safety - World Socialist Web Site

Report into Australian rail disaster shows government decisions undermined safety - World Socialist Web Site | OHS Quest 1 | Scoop.it
The final section of a three-part report by a judicial inquiry into the Glenbrook rail disaster in New South Wales was brought down in April, nearly 16 months after the accident claimed the lives of seven people and injured 51 others.
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The investigation into the disaster found a number of safety issues within the rail system. Staff were inadequately trained. Procedures for trains passing through a 'stop' signal were not clear. Signalling and communication devices were inadequate, and The priority of 'running on time' disregarded safety. Additionally cost cutting resulted in the reduction of rail maintenance to sections of poor or damaged tracks and regular checks of signalling systems.

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hse.nigc.ir/utils/getFile.aspx?Idn=9040 - Google Search

hse.nigc.ir/utils/getFile.aspx?Idn=9040 - Google Search | OHS Quest 1 | Scoop.it

Learning from Accidents - Third edition - by Trevor Kletz

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This book is an interesting collection of accidents. It illustrates how by analysing accidents which have occurred they can teach us valuable lessons in the prevention of an accident reoccurring. Each accident demonstrates that there is no single cause rather a collection or series of events and failures that when combined lead to the occurrence. By identifying each failure changes and recommendations can be made to amend current procedures, design modification, plant design, working methods and procedures and training. To provide a safer working system and to prevent future failure.

A chapter in this book examines the Bophal disaster which we looked at in Introduction to OHS.

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Malaysia Airlines Crash: The Investigation

Malaysia Airlines Crash: The Investigation | OHS Quest 1 | Scoop.it
The recent disappearance, and presumed crash, of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft over the South China Sea has set in motion an investigation even before the plane has been found. Globally investigat...
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The intriguing mystery into the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines  MH370 still remains and has many on the edge of their seats wondering why? Until the wreckage has been found nobody will really know what has happened? While accidents are a tragic event they are also fundamental in making changes to improve safety and to prevent their reoccurrence. This article gives a little insight into the investigation process.

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Scooter falls into well after crashing 4 times, China. Un homme sur le scooter tombe dans un trou - YouTube

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I don't think these barriers would pass Australian Safety Standards!! :) 

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6 Disasters Caused by Poorly Designed User Interfaces

6 Disasters Caused by Poorly Designed User Interfaces | OHS Quest 1 | Scoop.it
Until humans learn how to command machines with their minds (or vice versa), we're always going to need some sort of menu, control panel or whatever to interact with our machines and tell them to do our jobs for us. And while most are incredibly easy, some are just plain ridiculous.
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A humorous article which lightly sums up poor human interaction with technical or not so technical systems. 

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Charges laid against driver in fiery tanker crash

Charges laid against driver in fiery tanker crash | OHS Quest 1 | Scoop.it
A Cootes truck driver is charged over the fiery petrol tanker crash that killed two people in Sydney's north last year.
Michele Whillock's insight:

This accident revealed a number of safety defects with in the dilapidated Cootes transport fleet. Unfortunately it took a tragic event to expose failures caused by poor maintenance. Combined with driver negligence this was a recipe for disaster. Subsequently all tankers transporting dangerous goods are now fitted with compulsory Anti- roll technology.

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Driver shaken after out of control truck heads his way

Driver shaken after out of control truck heads his way | OHS Quest 1 | Scoop.it
A DRIVER'S heart was in his mouth when he saw a massive truck and trailer heading his way, obviously out of control on the Dawson Hwy on Friday.
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After driving past the aftermath of this incident, I was curious to know what had happened..?? Allegedly mechanical failure led to the driver jumping out of his moving heavy vehicle to avoid the possibility of going over a very steep edge into a gully. I've seen this gully and I wouldn't like to go over it! but, Jumping out at the top and sending a multi- tonne vehicle down a luge track for vehicles with oncoming traffic as obstacles seemed like a very gutsy and somewhat negligent decision to me? It was lucky that this incident wasn't more serious.

This makes me think about the training which drivers are given to control an out of control vehicle due to mechanical failure or if faced with a life or death situation, would training be forgotten in the act of survival?

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