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(Blog) Machine Safety: Proper Use of Machine Guards Reduces Risks

(Blog) Machine Safety: Proper Use of Machine Guards Reduces Risks | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
Proper Use of Machine Guards Reduces Risks and are essential for all workplace machine safety equipment as this recent prosecution highlights.

Via David Cant CMIOSH
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I was involved with an incident like this last year were a worker lost his arm doing the wrong thing. This incident happened at midnight,  didnt get home 19 hours later to sleep.


Very stressful time...

Since that incident, WHSQ put in placed a prohibition notice to fix up the guarding on the machinery and a internal safety audit of guarding to plant machinery and conveyors, including a external injury investigation was complete by both WHSQ and Head Office, Brisbane .

 

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Crushed in machine - National Safety Council of Australia

Crushed in machine - National Safety Council of Australia | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
A British company has been prosecuted after an employee was dragged into a machine and injured. The employee was standing on rollers, cleaning the inside of the machine, when it started unexpectedly. “His left leg was pulled in by the rollers … and he suffered broken bones in his left foot and ankle,” said the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
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I had something very similar happen at my place of work last year, were a worker lost his arm from not following safety procedures.

I can not stress how important safety mechanism and procedures are put in place for a reason and followed in order to safe guard our workers.

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Marines like ducks to water

Marines like ducks to water | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
ARMY marine soldiers are being trained to operate amphibious cargo vehicles in surf at Rainbow Beach and other parts of the Cooloola Coast.
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I like to share this with my followers and get you involved and test your minds of what kind of risk management and procedures that were put in place for this exercise which happened at Rainbow Beach, north of Noosa on the Sunshine coast in 2012?

Think about the logistics (ie stop overs and nearest medical facilities along the way and location) and support and maritime assets on standby, and any environmental issues (ie weather, surf, vehicle rollover in "surf", etc...).

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Vonny~'s comment, March 1, 2014 2:58 PM
Great! ... love your insights included here! :)
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Vehicle incidents and being struck by objects cause 14 deaths - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Vehicle incidents and being struck by objects cause 14 deaths - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
Recent statistics show that vehicle incidents and being hit by objects were the most common causes of workplace deaths in the first half of 2013. The January-June 2013 Notified Fatalities Report, published by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, records sixteen work related deaths over the six month period.
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This is an interesting read... I found surprisingly that a Sale Rep died after sweeping up gun powder at a gun range and used it to make a home made IED, which blew up when he ignited the device. Makes you wonder what goes through some peoples minds when they take risks in their own hands.

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National guidelines to promote recovery after trauma

National guidelines to promote recovery after trauma | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
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Being an Ex defence member, I have seen first hand of mates returning back home from deployment and being diagnosed too late with PTSD. I remember going through psychological debriefing after major event; However,  it was't until 2-3 years later when I saw the Psychological Unit. Its good to to see with the recent lessons learnt they are starting recognising mental health issues amongst our returning servicemen and women.  

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Vonny~'s comment, March 1, 2014 5:19 PM
Thank you for this personal insight Brett ... it really adds dimension to this scoop! :)
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Losing breath - The Adam Sager story - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Losing breath - The Adam Sager story - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
Losing breath tells the tragic story of Adam Sager who died with mesothelioma (an asbestos related disease) at the age of 25. (Have you seen the latest asbestos film Losing Breath – The Adam Sager story?

Via WS LIBRARY
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Vonny~'s comment, February 28, 2014 6:58 AM
great .. keep going, I would love to see your insights to this story! :)
Brett Radcliffe's comment, March 1, 2014 2:05 AM
Wow... I watched this video and found it very touching, heart felt, and sad for the Sager family and friends. Only 25 years old with his life cut short from something his family weren't aware of back then when they bought their kit home. I remember as kid, I used to play around with asbestos material and not knowing what it was. It really made me reflect how how lucky I am today (fingers crossed/ touch wood).
Vonny~'s comment, March 1, 2014 2:56 PM
Indeed .. very touching! :) ... my vintage all played with these materials and my parents had a garage where my Dad changed brake liners etc. ... Our vulnerability to exposures can seem very random
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Junior Inu - HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE.... | Facebook

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE.... http://t.co/obl5Nn2COl
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WARNING: Pretty graphic !!!
 

This is why eduction is important for our industry workers, so accidents don't happen like this... Four workers with families didn't go home that night :( 

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Builder fined after worker injured in roof fall – Media centre - HSE

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I have to totally agree that this incident could be avoided. 

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Wake-up call for drivers as scientists work on roadside test for tiredness

Wake-up call for drivers as scientists work on roadside test for tiredness | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
Monash researchers on $14.5m project to examine weays of improving alertness, safety and productivity
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With 26 University across Australian from multi-discipline roles, I think $14.5m over seven years wont be enough. The cost of all government led projects always seems to blowout or go over budget.

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Free Workplace Quit Smoking Program

Free Workplace Quit Smoking Program | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
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Like to see the stats of this program after it has been completed a few times. 

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Introduction of the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Introduction of the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OHS QUESTS | Scoop.it
The Bill implements findings from the Queensland Government's review of national model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws which commenced in Queensland on 1 January 2012.
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PCBUs and OHS delegates for businesses should take note of these new changes when they come into effect, especially increase of penalties units for non-compliancy. 

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