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These Photos Show Why Britain's Small Military Is So Powerful - Business Insider

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These Photos Show Why Britain's Small Military Is So Powerful
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The British Forces is now helping the US mentor the Afghan National Army and Police.
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This is where it all started for me, I spent 23 years of my life with this lot doing great things...most of it against current WHSE regulations but had a great time doing it and survived :-)

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NEBOSH International General Certificate

The NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC) is the most popular NEBOSH qualification worldwide and a mark of international excellence.
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NEBOSH was where I gained my first formal qualification in WH&S I gained this certificate and I guess this is where my interest in WH&S and incident investigation began

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WHS Act and Reg Amendments are now in force. | DRA Safety

WHS Act and Reg Amendments are now in force. | DRA Safety | Keith Clark My OH&S Journey | Scoop.it
Amendments to Queensland's Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws commenced today. The amendments implement findings from the Queensland Government's review of national model WHS laws which commenced in ...
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About time Australia harmonised WH&S, the idea of the different states being able to change their policies laws and regulations to suit the large organisations that are the major employers of that state are ridiculous. There should be one consolidated act and set of regulations, for the entire country, that are governed and enforced by one regulatory body in order to ensure all workers in all areas receive the same benefits and protection that they deserve

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Workplace Health and Safety in Australia

Workplace Health and Safety obligations have changed. Watch this short video to see how you could be impacted and the systems that are necessary to proactive...
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Harmonisation is the way

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East Yorkshire firm to pay £100000 over worker's tragic death - Health and Safety Executive (press release)

East Yorkshire firm to pay £100000 over worker's tragic death - Health and Safety Executive (press release) | Keith Clark My OH&S Journey | Scoop.it
The Press, York East Yorkshire firm to pay £100000 over worker's tragic death Health and Safety Executive (press release) The incident, on 20 September 2011, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which prosecuted Turfgrass...
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Although this is from a UK site I chose this because it highlighted the the investigation side of WH&S, ideally I would love to get involved with the enforcement, Inspection Investigation and prevention side of the industry. Perhaps with an emphasis on Logistics and Transport as that is where my current expertise lies.

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Store Person- Risk Management & Prevention Guidance- Fatigue management - a worker's guide - Safe Work Australia

Store Person- Risk Management & Prevention Guidance- Fatigue management - a worker's guide - Safe Work Australia | Keith Clark My OH&S Journey | 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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Fatigue is more than just a feeling of being tired and drowsy. Different workers will suffer from fatigue in different ways and because of different reasons. Fatigue reduces a workers ability to perform tasks safely and effectively.

Because of the intense concentration levels, disrupted sleep pattern due to shifts work and therefore disruption of the internal body clock fatigue can be closely associated with driving tasks.

The ability of fatigue to reduced hand-eye coordination and slow reflexes, blur vision and perception and affect the workers (drivers) ability to concentrate means that fatigue in the workplace is a  WH&S incident waiting to happen.The attached site describes fatigue management from a workers perceptive

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Nick Maidment's OHS Quest's curator insight, May 2, 2014 10:31 PM

Earlier in my OHS quest we visited the career of a Store Person/ Union Delegate Shane Brown. Shane’s job entails a number of factors that expose him and other employees to multiple safety risks.

 

Fatigue can affect individuals in a variety of circumstances and reduction in fatigue is required for operations relating to a Store Persons activities, as it can have severe impacts upon other individuals and the environment .

People can suffer from fatigue day in, day out, despite the amount of sleep or rest they have. The causes of this problem vary from the physical to the psychological, and both aspects need to be considered in the majority of those suffering with significant fatigue. Generally fatigue is caused by dehydration, a lack of sleep, stress or overwork, lack of physical fitness, poor quality diet, physical illness (e.g. heart, liver or kidney disease), after viral or other infection (e.g. glandular fever or flu), depression, a continuing infection (e.g. tropical disease). Due to many influences that contribute to fatigue in a workplace it is hard to determine underlying causes and is generally a reactive approach to the underlying risk rather than a proactive approach. Guidance formed under legislation and guidance from industry practice should provide additional information that reduces the risks associated with fatigue.

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Study Shows Drivers Fight Fatigue With Dangerous Strategies

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With millions of Americans getting behind the wheel for long road trips this summer, driving while fatigued is a given. According to a news survey, drivers are combating the issue in the wrong ways.
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As I said more dangerous than drink driving...

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How Author Beckie Butcher Deals With the Struggles of Chronic Fatigue...

How Author Beckie Butcher Deals With the Struggles of Chronic Fatigue... | Keith Clark My OH&S Journey | Scoop.it
New book provides first hand look at a fairly unknown autoimmune disease.
People need to not only learn that the disease is real and serious, but also know there is hope.
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Although this is a recognised syndrome and not directly linked to work it would be an interesting read. It is important for PCBU to understand what affects fatigue and medical conditions have on their workers in order to ensure their safety (AFARP) but also to ensure they get the best from them, after all our people are our greatest resource

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Truck rollover prevention program - YouTube


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Education and training is the best tool available 

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Vonny~'s curator insight, February 22, 2014 6:36 AM

Thanks for you suggesting the site Jenni :)

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SafeWork reports lowest number of work-related deaths in 11 years | Transport & Logistics News

SafeWork reports lowest number of work-related deaths in 11 years | Transport & Logistics News | Keith Clark My OH&S Journey | Scoop.it
Australian workplaces have recorded the lowest number of fatalities in 11 years.
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Good to see that the figures are moving in the right direction, but it's worrying to note that self employed workers are still experiencing more deaths and injuries than employees. I think this primarily financially driven but can also be attributed to a lack of  supervision and education

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OHS OHS's curator insight, July 18, 2014 6:53 AM

Although many would claim OHS is over the top and a waste of red tape the fact remains that there is still room for improvement. The areas where the most improvement is needed is Self-Employed Workers, by nature this is the hardest area to introduce and implement safer work practices. I very much doubt that there will ever be a year with no work related deaths however I am sure in time the number will be reduced to what will be classed as a reasonable level.

 

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Australia's big miners add more driverless trucks | MINING.com

Australia's big miners add more driverless trucks | MINING.com | Keith Clark My OH&S Journey | Scoop.it
Companies want to reduce costs and protect profits against future price dips.

 

by Kerry Hall:

 

Australia's biggest mining companies plan to add more driverless trucks to their operations in the western Pilbara region to reduce costs and protect profits against future price dips, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO, LSE: RIO) said its program for autonomous — a.k.a. driverless — trucks was well advanced and it has three mines deploying them.

 

The company said its mine automation is focused on improving cost competitiveness and efficiency.

 

At the Yandicoogina open-pit mine, Rio has 10 driverless trucks in full operation. ...


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Removes the need to monitor driver fatigue levels but also removes the need for drivers and must increase the safety risks. Sometimes a set of eyes is needed!!!

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Alex North's curator insight, March 24, 2015 1:11 AM

I understand how it is important for companies to reduce costs. However I am uncertain of the safety factors revolving around driverless trucks. Although human error is commonly the cause of an accident I believe on mine sites it is important for humans to be in those positions in order to react quickly to changing environments and situations. 

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Take a Trip to Queensland Australia

Just in case you need a motive to experience the wonders of Queensland, let this brief film give you a taste of the beaches, islands and natural beauty of th...
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Beautiful one day perfect the next..... why would you live anywhere else

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CQU - All Campuses

Central Queensland University.
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a bit of a cheesy video but CQU is a major part of my journey and has certainly taken up a huge chunk of my time over the last 2 and a bit years 

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Top 10 funniest Health & Safety Pictures you will ever see!

Some days we all do stupid things at work, but these pictures take the stupid to a whole new level.
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Although posted for laughs and in my opinion titled wrongly, this short presentation highlights the complacency of people and their inability to see the dangers of their actions if it is always they way things have been done and it works!!!

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Home - Safe Work Australia

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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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A great site full of useful references and information :-)

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Highway 101 to Shut Down for Accident Investigation

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Highway 101 to Shut Down for Accident Investigation .. A portion of Highway 101 will be shut down late Wednesday night to allow for follow-up investigation of a series of accidents that sent four people to the hospital and led to one...


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Thanks for the link Vonny; Accident investigation and the subsequent improvements to safety would be a really interesting arm to a WH&S career

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Hannah Lynch's curator insight, July 29, 2016 12:44 AM
This is heartbreaking to see, although I wish I could investigate an accident like this one day and find out every possible answer to how this has happened.
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Fatigue management - a worker's guide - Safe Work Australia

Fatigue management - a worker's guide - Safe Work Australia | Keith Clark My OH&S Journey | 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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more on the dangers of fatigue and its management

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Lachlan James's curator insight, April 26, 2014 1:35 AM

One of the critical health & safety hazards associated with working as a Driver at Puffing Billy is the extremely long days that are often worked by locomotive crews – with 10-hour-shifts considered normal, and 12-hour-shifts not unheard of. This is a significant risk, for it assumes that the crew member is sufficiently rested before the shift. However, when considering that Chris has a 60-minute drive each way to get to Puffing Billy, he may be very tired by the time he eventually gets home.

 

To put into perspective: if a person has been awake, their reaction levels are equivalent to an individual whose Blood Alcohol Concentration is 0.05 – the legal limit for private vehicles (and 0.05 above the legal limit for train drivers!). Factoring in the time between waking up and eventually getting home, and the longest permissible shift to be worked, it is possible that Chris is "On the go" for up to 15-hours.

 

This website links to a document, demonstrating the issues regarding Fatigue Management, and exactly what Chris can do to mitigate the issues in this regard.

Keith Clark's curator insight, July 31, 2014 10:35 PM

 

Fatigue management is a very important process that needs to be considered in all aspects of life whether that is in your working life where fatigue can influence productivity and concentration levels increasing the risk of an incident taking place or in your private life and recreational past times where fatigue can again affect concentration and judgement levels meaning that injuries are more likely.

Traceyanne Stevens's curator insight, March 24, 2017 8:13 AM
This guidance note is a convenient reference point for the worker who wants to proactively manage the signs and effects of fatigue. In the real-time work environment, each person has work and lifestyle commitments which may impact on the individual. As the Guidance Note states, the worker has a duty of care to manage their fatigue levels however, from a work perspective, fatigue may also result from the type of work the employee is required to undertake. For example, operating plant for long periods of time without taking regular rest breaks may result in the onset of fatigue even though there may be controls in place to minimise this risk. Consider the hours of work together with ‘normal duties’ (operating plant) in combination with shift roster patterns (i.e. day, afternoon and night shift) will result in higher levels of fatigue more quickly than say, an employee who undertakes office duties and works Monday to Friday (8am to 5pm). Other variables such as prescription medications, other drugs, alcohol, poor diet, family commitments, unhealthy lifestyle, travel time to and from work, untreated/undiagnosed medical conditions (i.e. sleep aopnea) may also affect the worker’s fatigue levels. I scooped this article due to my work experience in fatigue management and looking to expand my knowledge of this subject. Link: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/826/Fatigue-Management-A-Workers-Guide.pdf
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Tracy Morgan Accident Investigation: Wal-Mart at Fault? [Video] - Guardian Liberty Voice

Tracy Morgan Accident Investigation: Wal-Mart at Fault? [Video] - Guardian Liberty Voice | Keith Clark My OH&S Journey | Scoop.it
Guardian Liberty Voice
Tracy Morgan Accident Investigation: Wal-Mart at Fault?
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It looks like this is highlighted because of the celebrity status of one of the victims and the american culture for suing, but in reality maintaing drivers hours and the need to enforce the correct rest periods are essential. Driving fatigued has been proven to be more dangerous than driving under the influence and can be attributed to many road fatalities

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Truckers Resist Rules on Sleep, Despite Risks of Drowsy Driving

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Drowsy driving, a leading cause of crashes and highway fatalities, has come to the fore after an accident involving the comedian Tracy Morgan on a stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike.

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G. L. Taylor's curator insight, June 17, 2014 6:38 PM

The Road Transport industry is a worldwide industry that must come under fare greater international control and rigorous enforcement of driving times and others issues.  It cannot be allowed to continue with indiscriminate slaughter simply because it is a modern, powerful and essential industry.  Governments would not allow transport unions to prevent the introduction or enforcement of laws in the interest of trade union yet they are happy to cave in to industries cry for less and less regulations and enforcement.

OHS OHS's curator insight, July 18, 2014 8:54 AM

Work related deaths involving vehicles account for over half of all work related deaths, even with this being the case the trucking industry (although not in our country) is still fighting against night time trucking regulations. I am sure they take safety seriously however the fact that businesses exist to make money means that safety is often overlooked for the end profit. It is an unfortunate fact but something that needs to be taken into account when implementing any safety strategies.

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Hollywood's health and safety nightmare - Telegraph.co.uk

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Telegraph.co.uk Hollywood's health and safety nightmare Telegraph.co.uk Statistics are hard to collate because most health and safety executives don't file incidents under “film industry”, but it appears that between 20 and 40 people worldwide are...
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Proving the well know fact that statistics and incident figures are only acurate if people report incidents and near misses and these reports are followed up and investigated

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Army gets remote controlled diggers

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The British Army takes delivery of a batch of remote controlled armoured diggers, built in Newcastle by BAE Systems.

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An example of saving lives and still carrying out the job

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