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Teamster Nation: Walmart, 19 others refuse to compensate Bangladesh disaster victims

Teamster Nation: Walmart, 19 others refuse to compensate Bangladesh disaster victims | Sara's OHS Quest | Scoop.it
LabourStart is hosting an online campaign with IndustriALL, UNI Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign to pressure Walmart and others to pay compensation now to the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.
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How is this still happening in the world. I love low prices just as much as the next person but not to the detriment of other peoples lives. The western world needs to stop taking advantage of poorer countries that need these types of industry to live. If you wouldn't want your family working somewhere why is it OK for someone living on the poverty line to do so. Everyone is entitled to a safe work environment and compensation if something goes wrong. 

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Highest OHS fine in South Australian history to be paid by insurance company - Lexology (registration)

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Highest OHS fine in South Australian history to be paid by insurance company Lexology (registration) The death of one employee and a near miss for another at an Adelaide's desalination water plant has resulted in the highest Occupational Health and...
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Its great that fines of this magnitude are happening, but if people and companies are able to circumnavigate their way around it through insurance and other means how are they ever going to learn the lesson and properly enforce the rules that save lives. If you are fined for $200,000 you should pay $200,000 not $10,000. 

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Ensuring safety at workplaces - Arab News

Ensuring safety at workplaces Arab News These should include measures to deal with an emergency or disaster when an accident occurs; to minimize the loss of resources; a reporting and investigation system to determine the cause of the accident and...
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Right on. This article perfectly sums up what OHS is and should be about and how it relates to employees. 

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Knesset panel: Youth vulnerable to workplace exploitation, discrimination - Jerusalem Post

Knesset panel: Youth vulnerable to workplace exploitation, discrimination - Jerusalem Post | Sara's OHS Quest | Scoop.it
Knesset panel: Youth vulnerable to workplace exploitation, discrimination Jerusalem Post Liat Kablo, the temp agency representative who sent the boy to work at the plant, said the accident was being investigated but that the agency only employs...
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This is so sad and yet so true. I remember my first job and I was so intimidated and scared of being fired I never spoke up for myself even if I felt in danger. Luckily for me nothing ever happened but for so many others out there accidents and injuries occur which can have lasting effects for years or their entire life. The laws are there to protect the young but it doesn't help much if they are unaware of their rights. These really need to be taught in school so they can protect themselves from both injury and unfair dismissal .

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Vonny~'s comment, March 1, 2014 3:39 PM
Indeed! II have seen this first hand so many times but also been amazed hearing 'adults' advise kids not to 'rock the boat' when it comes to part time work.
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OHS and rope access systems

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Two OHS accidents on the Gold Coast have urged Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to put the risks associated with rope access systems into the spotlight. (#OHSnews: Australians Warned About The Dangers Of Industrial Rope Access.

Via WS LIBRARY
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People need to take a more active role in OHS practices. I don't know how many times I had to sit though boring fire presentations and drills but without them I wouldn't know what to do.

The guidelines are there so people can go home safe at the end of the day, they aren't there to annoy. People need to grow up and take the training seriously and employers need to make training a priority. 

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Thailand school bus crash east of Bangkok kills at least 15 people; police say ... - ABC Online

Thailand school bus crash east of Bangkok kills at least 15 people; police say ... - ABC Online | Sara's OHS Quest | Scoop.it
Thailand school bus crash east of Bangkok kills at least 15 people; police say ...
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... it cuts through a national park, Nuttapong Boontob, from the non-profit Thailand Accident Research Center, said.
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How very sad. Driving is a privilege not a right and road safety and maintenance is a right for all who use it. I'm so glad Australia has the standards they do when it comes to road maintenance, it sure is annoying when stuck at roadworks but at least they are maintained to a degree where accidents like these aren't as common. 

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Funny Accidents Construction Accident Workplace Safety Funny Clip

Funny Accidents.

Via Taylor Crawford
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After just watching the clip in about Bhopal this really hits home. Prevention is always better then cure and there are no accidents just unseen or unsafe practices that have not been acted upon. Human life should mean more then the company bottom line. If it is costing too much to keep open, then close it down safely before people die and are injured. 

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Taylor Crawford's curator insight, March 6, 2014 9:44 PM

Despite being named "funny accidents" the message in this short clip is very serious and even though it's portrayed in this light hearted manner, it highlights the importance of preventative methods being utilised to protect workers from accidents occurring in the first place .

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Sometimes health and safety failures can be a laughing matter

Sometimes health and safety failures can be a laughing matter | Sara's OHS Quest | Scoop.it
Related posts: New guidance published to help close the health and safety gap Don’t believe everything you read about health and safety, except this Don’t believe everything you read about health and safety, except this Over 40 percent of refurbishment projects fail September health and safety checks
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I really like this article because it is true. Many people think that OHS is a really dry and boring subject and for the most part it is because people don't try to make it fun or interesting.

And really no matter how many rules are in place if an idiot is going to hurt themselves they will find a way . 

People in charge need to lighten up and stop treating everyone like children who know no better and perhaps if they start treating people like adults who can and will think they will have a better outcome. Or maybe not seeing as the Darwin awards are still alive and well. 

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Police investigate horror Warrego crash that killed woman

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UPDATE: The Warrego Hwy remains heavily congested after a three-vehicle traffic crash that killed a 33-year-old woman this morning.
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I travel this road quite regularly and I'm shocked. The road works have been going on for so long now and everyone should be aware of them. I don't have anything against truck drivers, my dad being one of them and I know how important they are to our industry and economy, however I also know how much pressure they are under to get their targets met and it is so unhealthy. I have been told by other truck drivers that they don't even slow down during the road works at all unless there have been sightings of the police, which is just unacceptable and this poor women and her family have paid with her life. Things need to change in the trucking and transport industry and it needs to happen now. The accident happened at 8 am and yet the QLD Police didn't update that the site was clear until 4.30 pm that alone shows how horrendous this accident was. 

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Fun Manual Handling Safety Training Video! - Child's Play - Safetycare OHS DVD - YouTube

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OMG this is so true. While watching this I was thinking back to watching my son play and he does instinctively do all of these things.

There sure are a lot of things we can learn from children not only how to play and be happy but also how to be safe (to a degree of course ;))

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Welcome home parade marks end of Australia's active involvement in Afghanistan - ABC Local

Welcome home parade marks end of Australia's active involvement in Afghanistan - ABC Local | Sara's OHS Quest | Scoop.it
Sky News Australia Welcome home parade marks end of Australia's active involvement in Afghanistan ABC Local More than 250 Australian Defence Force personnel returned from Uruzgan Province in December, but today's parade marks the official end of...
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I hope that the "acknowledgment of unseen wounded" involves those who have come home with PTSD. While some great things have been achieved the job now is to help our soldiers get the help they need so they can be there for their families. Far too many have come home broken and  'help' has been few and far between for those I personally now. 

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Workers warn another blast may be coming - Newcastle Herald

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Workers warn another blast may be coming
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''The ongoing use of this explosive will be evaluated based on the outcomes of the investigation,'' the statement said.
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Companies need to be held accountable for the effect their work practices have on the people that surround their work sites as well as their workers. Without proper OHS guidelines and repercussions things like this will continue to happen. Their are more important things then the bottom line.  

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