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Construction Management and Project Management | EP Risk Management

Construction Management and Project Management | EP Risk Management | Environmental Hazards of Friends and Family | Scoop.it
Project and Construction management to help deliver your project on time and on budget
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Sometimes it pays to get things done by the professionals. Some organisations have a particular person in a role which specialises in workplace health and safety but for small businesses it may be in their best interest for them to retain a professional to do all the hard work for them. Here is an example of a risk management firm who looks after projects involving workplace health and safety guides.

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Construction industry - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Information useful for construction trade services, general building and non-building construction, electricity and gas supply, water supply, sewerage and drainage services.
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The Queensland Government is certainly a stand out in terms of risk management and prevention advice for businesses, they even have a tailored section for the construction industry. Each of there publications are very informative. There are a broad range of resources including, documents identifying particular tasks in the construction area and then there are also diet and exercise tips. A particularly good document talks about the total costs associated with an employee having an accident in the construction industry. This is a big picture document, because it outlines each and every type of cost associated with the accident. Ultimately, this should address concerns that businesses may have and in turn make them put more effort into risk management. If an accident occurs, the business will have a significant reduction in revenue for that period and this can be a scary thing for all business.

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Safety training - Master Builders

Safety training - Master Builders | Environmental Hazards of Friends and Family | Scoop.it
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This website provides advice in relation to the current legislation surrounding health and safety for Master Builders in the construction industry. It is interesting to note that, site specific inductions are no longer mandatory under the current legislation. The Master Builders Association does however, recommend continuing this practice even though it is not legally required. This is a significant consideration for Brian, because he works in a number of different types of work sites as an excavator operator. It is probably in his best interest as a subcontractor to contact the site manager to request a site specific induction. 

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Kerrin - Combat Medic

Kerrin - Combat Medic | Environmental Hazards of Friends and Family | Scoop.it

Kerrin (not pictured) serves in the Australian Army Reserves as a Combat Medic. Kerrin’s role as a Combat Medic involves providing an infantry unit with medical assistance. Kerrin provides medical assistance in combat, during training exercises and when back in barracks she conducts medical assessments and assists doing other activities that the infantry unit is involved in. Kerrin’s job is considered to be relatively dangerous due to her involvement in combat related activities with the use of a variety of weapons systems. The initial and ongoing training in weapons systems are quite extensive and training is constant. There are a number of safety checks, which must be done each time the weapon is used to reduce the occurrence of injuries and deaths. A high level of psychological hazards exists in this workplace and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be the result of a traumatic experience. PTSD is seen a lot in Defence Force personnel mostly when posted on difficult assignments overseas. The Australian Defence Force has been working tirelessly and has increased the amount of awareness towards psychological hazards. There is a large amount of gear issued by the defence force to all personnel, which is used to protect them against the severe external environments along with enemy fire. 

 

 

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Army Life n.d, digital image, Australian Army, viewed 1 August 2014, http://www.army.gov.au/Army-life

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Debbie - Landscape Gardener

Debbie - Landscape Gardener | Environmental Hazards of Friends and Family | Scoop.it

Debbie is a self-employed landscape gardener. Debbie works on an array of projects, which are mostly conducted outside, where she is exposed to a variety of elements on a daily basis. An important consideration for Debbie when working in conditions such as the sun and heat in the summer months is the associated harmful hazards such as sunburn that has the potential to turn into skin cancer and also heatstroke and sunstroke.

Debbie uses an assortment of electrical and non-electrical landscaping equipment including whipper snippers, lawnmowers, chainsaws, blower vacuums, sharp objects, and hoses. It is important for Debbie to use the equipment in a safe manner as the equipment has the potential to harm herself and others by causing serious injuries and which may even cause a fatality.

Animals, insects and noxious plants and weeds can be particularly nasty if bitten, stung, punctured or ingested.  Debbie was recently moving a Pachypodium Lamerei (commonly known as a Madagascan Palm) when the palm fell on her hand and a number of small thorns punctured her thumb. At the time it happened, Debbie did not think it was a problem and then weeks afterwards her hand and thumb was severely swollen and very sore. It ended up requiring medication and multiple surgeries. 

In Debbie’s line of work, she is also exposed to chemical hazards when using insecticides, pesticides, sprays, potting mixes and fertilisers. When Debbie is working in this external working environment, she can minimise the risk of these hazards occurring by wearing a hat, gloves, protective glasses, earmuffs, boots and a helmet if necessary. 

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"Missing" - YouTube

The CFMEU will always stand up for a safer workplace so that you can come home to what matters most.
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This video forms part of an online campaign (http://www.standupspeakoutcomehome.org.au) which is currently being run by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. This video delivers a strong emotional message to all individuals. It makes you understand that a workplace injury serious or fatal, has major implications for the family and in particular wife and child/children. Hopefully this campaign has a strong outcome and that the working environments of the people working in these industries continues to be heavily regulated and always improved to ensure that individuals are as safe as possible so they can return home to their loved ones.

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Online safety benchmarking tool - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

If you are a business owner, manager or safety professional, this self-assessment tool will allow you to identify areas of safety which are being managed well and those which may require further action. The tool is free, confidential, easy to use and will take about 20 minutes to complete.
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This Queensland Government website provides a great number of tools for all types of businesses. This tool in particular, assesses the health and safety activity within the business and provides advice in relation to reducing injuries and increase the overall performance of the business. I believe it should be a mandatory activity for all businesses (big and small), to undertake a review of their current health and safety procedures and policies that are in place. This tool could make a big difference for Brian by educating the business and Brian to enable safer working practices in his working environment. 

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Shaun - AFL Goal Umpire

Shaun - AFL Goal Umpire | Environmental Hazards of Friends and Family | Scoop.it

Shaun enjoys working part time umpiring AFL.  Most of the AFL stadiums in Australia are out in the open, which means he is being exposed to all types of weather conditions. A hat and sunglasses (if necessary) form part of the uniform that must be worn. Other hazards for Shaun include the high demands on his body during training and at games where injuries may occur.

All AFL umpires are put under a high amount of fitness testing and as a result Shaun must attend training sessions twice per week whilst also maintaining his own fitness outside the mandatory training sessions. To minimise the occurrence of injuries, Shaun and his fellow umpires are guided by strength and conditioning coaches through fitness and skills programs that have been designed and rigorously tested by the AFL. Whilst the strength and conditioning coaches, fitness trainers and physiotherapists attend training sessions, they are always required at games in the event of an injury to an umpire. Whilst some injuries can be prevented, other injuries such as a collision with a player or other umpire are hard to be minimised due to the contact aspect and also the speed at which the game is being played.

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Brian - Excavator Operator

Brian - Excavator Operator | Environmental Hazards of Friends and Family | Scoop.it

Brian is a very experienced excavator operator who has been working in this role on and off for approximately 20 years. Brian works for a local earthmoving company who is contracted to work for individuals, companies and government agencies.

The use of heavy earthmoving machinery has the potential to incur serious injuries and even fatalities to the operator and other individuals. When working in the external environment, it is important for sun protection to be worn.

Brian discussed with me that the earthmoving and construction industries are very heavily regulated in terms of occupational health and safety and there is a lot of site inductions and a great deal of risk management paraphernalia within the workplace including posters, pamphlets, stickers and even t-shirts. Brian also indicated that he considers mobile devices on the worksite to be a contributing risk factor as he has recently experienced other staff on a worksite using their mobile devices and not realising that they are in the excavator operation area. This is important to note, because Brian uses earmuffs to reduce the noise of the excavator and in turn reducing the risk of industrial deafness.

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Sophie - Restaurant Waitress

Sophie - Restaurant Waitress | Environmental Hazards of Friends and Family | Scoop.it

Sophie works at a local tavern and works shifts in different sections of the tavern as either a restaurant waitress, bar attendant or kitchen hand. Sophie has worked in a number of different establishments for approximately 5 years.  Working in this environment, Sophie has the potential to be exposed to a number of hazards such as slips, oil and chemical spills, fatigue, cuts, back pain, alcohol induced violence and deafness.

The majority of the listed hazards can be minimised by the organisation by taking the right steps such as:

-       Adhering to and policing the Responsible Service of Alcohol in order to minimise the risk of alcohol induced violence;

-       Ensuring that absorbent mats are installed in areas of the venue where staff may stand for long periods of time or where slips may occur; and

-       Keeping the noise of live bands to the recommended decibel level.

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