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Renovation surprise for cerebral palsy sufferer

Renovation surprise for cerebral palsy sufferer | Introduction to OHS - Safety First | Scoop.it
Daniel Clarke is an impressive young man who's determined to meet life's challenges head on. He suffers from cerebral palsy and even the simplest tasks are extremely difficult for him. But A Current Affair has a surprise that will change Daniel's life forever.
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A heartfelt story about a community who came together to help a family cope with life’s challenges associated with their son who suffers from cerebral palsy.  Touching and inspiring to think that there are indeed people in this world who are selfless and caring.  However, was disappointing to see that PPE was not worn.  Surely, whether you are in the workplace or at home, the importance of wearing PPE should have been the priority.  Especially that it was aired on TV.  The reporter on this story was perilously close to dangers such as falling from heights, eye damage and foot damage.  What message is that giving the viewers? There are certain basic provisions you can and should do that guarantees your safety at home.  What may seem like an unnecessary expenditure could be the difference between going home at the end of a day or going to the emergency room.  Every task that you do is worth looking at for safety purposes.  You should then prioritise getting these items, use them and take steps to keep yourself safe. 

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Queensland construction industry rife with drug abuse, mandatory testing considered

THE Queensland Government is considering compulsory drug tests for construction workers on taxpayer-funded projects to tackle widespread substance misuse in the industry.
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Substance abuse is well known in workplaces within Australia.  The consequences of that substance abuse with productivity in the workplace, however, are more startling. Studies have shown that it is more epidemic and not limited to just the construction industry; industries such as manufacturing, wholesale, food services, entertainment/arts, and mining are also in the mix.  So my question is - If safety is to become a political hot spot, then perhaps safety professionals should ask that the government explain why such evaluation measures only apply to the construction sector.

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Solutions will take years, plenty of money

Solutions will take years, plenty of money | Introduction to OHS - Safety First | Scoop.it
Healing Delaware's troubled waters after centuries of abuse will take hundreds of millions of dollars to cut off poll...
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Long term economic development and environmental sustainability are vital in addressing what seem to be insurmountable challenges with water shortages and pollution in Delaware.  The drive for economic growth has placed water management as a secondary priority.  The political, economical, social and health disparities will require a change in approach.  Unless Delaware prioritises environmental policy to restore natural ecosystems from eutrophication and reduce inefficient uses of water as well as clean up pollution in order to develop sustainable sources of supply, then environmental and human tragedies will most likely continue. Environmental protection is as important as economic development. Environmental justice and social equity needs to be put first as people and places should not be sacrificed in the name of development.   

 

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Bangladeshi garment factory owners charged in fatal Tazreen Fashions Ltd. fire | Toronto Star

Bangladeshi garment factory owners charged in fatal Tazreen Fashions Ltd. fire | Toronto Star | Introduction to OHS - Safety First | Scoop.it
Police have charged 13 people with culpable homicide for alleged negligence in the fire that killed 112 workers last year
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This is indeed a sad case of multinational organisations taking advantage of free-trade indemnity. What a sad world we live in when these corporations are more interested in taking advantage of free-trade privileges where low wages are the norm, nonexistence of union involvement and the apathy and exploitation of unstable and distracted governments override the basic requirements in the health and safety of the people.
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Google Glass wearer gets driving ticket

Google Glass wearer gets driving ticket | Introduction to OHS - Safety First | Scoop.it
Woman pleads not guilty to traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving.
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I can't even imagine how this would be safe whilst driving.  To have an object, namely "wearable computer" which is voice activated to take videos and pictures, in your line of vision would certainly pose huge risks to yourself and other motorists on the road.   

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Vonny~'s comment, February 28, 2014 7:13 AM
Yep .. this is exactly what I am looking for!!! :)
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Ausgrid Stayin Alive safety video - YouTube

Safety Message to Staying Alive.
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What a great video!!  Ausgrid is a NSW state owned electricity infrastructure network company that distributes electrical energy to millions of consumers.  This video was a great way to express a positive safety culture.  It reminds us that it’s not just one group – like managers or front line employees – who sustain an organisations safety culture.  It’s the mutual efforts of all the people supporting the mission.  Whatever ones position, he or she impacts the health and safety and fundamental culture.  Personal liability means that every member takes ownership for their job and values the role they play in supporting the overall safety mission.  And a positive safety culture means a safer environment for all of us.

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Texas Explosion Seen as Sign of Weak U.S. Oversight

Texas Explosion Seen as Sign of Weak U.S. Oversight | Introduction to OHS - Safety First | Scoop.it
The Texas plant that was the scene of a deadly explosion this week was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1985. The risk plan it filed with regulators listed no flammable chemicals. And it was cleared to hold many times the ammonium nitrate that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
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There seems to be a common theme emerging within the world of OHS – dependence on regulators and other third parties for safety at our place of work. Regulatory agencies were never intended to be, “our protectors”. They implement rules that symbolize minimal defense permissible by law. They are far from perfect and may be missing in situations where protection is only required. We ALL have a role to play.  A quality manager is not expected to deliver perfect products without support of those working on the assembly line. So why do we suppose that a watchdog, that is not usually onsite, to make our workplaces safe? Safety is everyone’s duty, but then again I have seen “everyone’s responsibility” becoming “no-one’s responsibility” when the buck gets passed.  When accountabilities are clearly known and properly dispersed, only then can we guarantee and not pay lip service to the adage that “safety is everyone’s responsibility”.  By measuring and rewarding accomplishments based on leading indicators rather than pinning prevention failures on “scapegoats”,  only then we can establish a more optimistic and hands-on safety culture.

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Lana Watmough and Layni Cameron face court over Gold Coast bus bashing

Lana Watmough and Layni Cameron face court over Gold Coast bus bashing | Introduction to OHS - Safety First | Scoop.it
Two young women charged with the serious assault of a vision-impaired 77-year-old on a Gold Coast bus have faced court.
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Shameful and disgusting behaviour.    I tend to wonder - what if everyone on that bus had stood up and walked down to the front of the bus to confront the two women?  Or, even better, surround the man so they couldn't attack him anymore. No violence - just a show of numbers. And what if, as a caring society, we did this whenever we saw something similar happen? We come up with a name for it and an advertising campaign to spread the word. Would the violence decline?  The old adage comes to mind:  Safety in numbers.

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Finnish spraying reindeer antlers with glow-in-the-dark paint to curb ...

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Finland is painting its reindeer in reflective paint to make them more visible and safer in case of auto accidents.
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At the site where I am located we have cattle which make its way onto the roads at night.  A major hazard for night shift workers.  In European countries it’s common for wildlife to cross the roads and end up being killed by a car, however, Finland have come up with an innovative solution to a common problem.  This glow-in-the-dark paint has been reported by the Finnish Reindeer Herder’s Association to be safe to paint on fur of dogs and horses as well as reindeer antlers, however I feel that more research and studies need to be conducted for long and short term benefits and limitations for the Australian cattle industry. 

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Truck rollover prevention program - YouTube

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Not a week goes by without hearing about a major truck incident or rollover where the main contributor is an association of load height and center of gravity.  Not only does this cause considerable loss of life and injuries, it is also the cause of damage to vehicles, goods and property.   VicRoads, in conjunction with the Victorian Road Freight Advisory Council, have implemented the “Heavy Vehicle Rollover Prevention Program” as a preventative measure in response to the amount of truck rollovers per year. This program provides guidance to the transport industry that enables them to facilitate their own awareness presentation to employees and contractors as to what causes crashes and how they can be stopped.

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Vonny~'s comment, February 28, 2014 6:45 AM
Great Anna .. keep going, now add your insights :)