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More could have been done to protect insulation workers: coroner

More could have been done to protect insulation workers: coroner | The OHS Encounters in the Australian Workforce | Scoop.it
A coroner slams the Federal and Queensland governments over the deaths of three tradesmen.
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This strikes a sobering chord with me. To me, it is not fair that, through no fault of your own, your life is taken away from you. I think that to this day, there is not enough in place to deter employers from insufficiently training their workers.

 

Working in the construction industry, reading this article made me realise that I am putting my life in the hands of my supervisor more often than I'd like to imagine. Has my supervisor told me everything I need to know? Am I performing these tasks correctly? Perhaps that won't become clear until it is too late.

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Confined spaces on construction sites - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Confined spaces on construction sites - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | The OHS Encounters in the Australian Workforce | Scoop.it
Confined spaces that may be found on a construction site include some types of excavations or trenches, drainage or sewerage pipes, and crawl spaces.
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This brings back many memories. Although I'm in the final stages of achieving a Bachelor of Communication, most of my previous work experience is as a builder's labourer. The builder's labourer is pretty close to the bottom of the food chain in the construction ecosystem. This often results in acquiring jobs that others do not wish to complete. There are a number of reasons certain tasks may be palmed off to someone else and one of those reasons revolve around being as comfortable as possible in the work place. It is by no means comfortable in a crawl space or wedged under a low block house.

 

I understand why and how workers use their superiority to pull rank over the poor builder's laborer but, does it make sense to send an often inexperienced member of the workforce into dangerous areas that are not designed to be occupied by humans?

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Computing Health and Safety - YouTube

This video explains common computer-related health and safety issues and how to avoid them. It can be used to help educate employees and other users about current European Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations.

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OHS is around us everyday. It is not too hard to see it as the fabric of the workplace in everything we do at work. In some of the environments this video goes through, we often don't think of how they can cause us injury until it is too late and we are only reflecting on what went wrong.

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Brendan Maher's curator insight, June 9, 2014 1:08 AM

As someone who sits and works at a computer for upto 14 hours a day for work and uni, I find this health and safety issue very close to my heart. I know the affects that brightness of computers and office lights, and uncomfortable office furniture can cause to the body.

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▶ Beijing worker risks his life to demolish part of a building - YouTube

This demolition project is 200m away from the tallest building in Beijing in the heart of the CBD. As you will see the developer who has bought the land, Soho China, is knocking down the existing building while trying to save as much money as possible and with little regard to the safety of the workers. They need to get the job down as quick as they can with very few men and machines. The only way is to risk their lives as shown in this video.

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This is some pretty gripping footage. Would a blind eye been turned if these practices occurred in Australia? Health and Safety by no means have an unblemished history in Australia but improvements to legislation and conscious decisions within the workplace can still continue to change things for the better and maybe one day dangerous behaviors like this will be unheard of the world over. 

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What is OHS?

What is OHS? | The OHS Encounters in the Australian Workforce | Scoop.it

Workplace injury and disease destroys quality of life, social and family activities, affects job prospects and career advancementAn Australian worker is seriously injured every 2-3 minutesIn 2009/10, 567 500 workers were injured while at work but only 38% received workers' compensationIt is estimated that around 7000 deaths each year are related to work-related diseases. This is four times the annual national road toll

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This article highlights some key facts surrounding the current health and safety in the Australian workforce. To me, this article really makes you sit up and take notice that more really must be done to combat these alarming statistics surrounding OHS in Australia. After all, we are not just talking about statistics, we are talking about careers and lives.

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Managing fatigue - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Fatigue management is a shared responsibility between management and workers as it involves factors both inside and outside of work. Employers and persons conducting a business or undertaking are responsible for using a risk management approach to manage fatigue.

Via Jenny Olmos
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Fatigue is a huge workplace issue. I was born and raised in a mining town and have seen first hand the affect of fatigue on friends and family. Many mine sites have stronger and stronger policies and procedures involving fatigue on site but, many other industries aren't as lucky to have this luxury. I know first hand fatigue can lead to silly mistakes. Some people argue that being heavily fatigued can be just as inflicting on the body as being intoxicated. 

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Jenny Olmos's curator insight, March 3, 2014 5:25 AM

In this scoop WHS Qld offers plenty of advice on fatigue managment, which will be essential to the career emergency responder or to anyone who has particularly demanding work environment. 

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Queensland regulators - Safe Work Australia

Queensland regulators - Safe Work Australia | The OHS Encounters in the Australian Workforce | 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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This site provides information on safe work right across Australia but more relevant to me, this site lists bodies and organisations that are associated with Health and safety right here in Queensland along with a description and contact details.

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Brendan Maher's curator insight, June 9, 2014 1:12 AM

This is probably the most important part of workplace health and safety. The legal side to WHS is very important, it not only sets the rules and laws for someone to follow to maintain a safe workplace, but also explains the consequences one may face if not followed correctly

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Right to Safe Workplace 1980 USOSHA - YouTube

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I think that looking to past health and safety practices is a good way to reflect on the journey that OHS has taken. This video shows a few things that have changed from the early 80's. Apart from just the haircuts, an example of a change has been the way we work with asbestos fibers.

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▶ A Toolkit for Newcomers on Occupational Health & Safety and Workers' Compensation - YouTube

Introduction of an on-line toolkit (www.iwh.on.ca/pbm) that informs newcomers to Canada about their rights and responsibilities in the area of occupational h...
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The role of the employee in OHS  is discussed in this video which provides a look at the rights of the worker and the importance of knowing one's rights in the workplace. This is a unique look from the other side of the fence on OHS as usually the focus is on the employer's responsibility to maintain a safe workplace.

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Women bear more verbal abuse at workplace: study - Taipei Times

Women bear more verbal abuse at workplace: study - Taipei Times | The OHS Encounters in the Australian Workforce | Scoop.it
Women bear more verbal abuse at workplace: study
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Cheng suggested that workplace psychological abuse is associated with office culture, and can result in long-term stress that can greatly affect employees' physical and mental health.
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No matter what the workplace, OHS is important and it is easy to forget that OHS is not limited to things such as trip hazards and physical conditions. I'm studying a Bachelor of Professional Communication and therefore, in theory, fully aware of the power of words. Things such as harassment and bullying have no place in the workplace and can cripple a workers ability to perform just as significantly as any physical injury.

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