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Family of nurse killed in car crash say hospital 'worked her to death'

Family of nurse killed in car crash say hospital 'worked her to death' | My OHS insight into my friends & colleagues work & play environment | Scoop.it
Beth Jasper died last March 16 after falling asleep behind the wheel while driving home from a 12-hour night shift at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Although this article is about a nurse, it demonstrates a tragic outcome that is associated with shift workers. My friend, Ali the barmaid usually works 10-12 hour shifts & back to back shifts with sometimes only 6 hours between change overs, due to staffing issues. It is estimated that 20-30% of all deaths on the road are due to fatigue, that means it is on par with speeding & drink driving, both of which illustrate irresponsible conduct on the part of the driver. Workers employed for longer than the average 8 hour shift, need adequate breaks during their working week in order to avoid putting them in a potentially hazardous position.  Reference:

http://www.police.qld.gov.au/Resources/Internet/news%20and%20alerts/campaigns/fatalfive/documents/fatigue_fs.pdf

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Lifting-and-carrying-loads.pdf

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This link provides details on the correct & incorrect procedures for lifting heavy objects. This is very important information due to the high risk of back injury within the bar industry. Bartenders are often required to lift heavy objects, whether it is beer or wine cartons, empting bins, or the stacking of chairs & tables at close. I believe this information should be prominently displayed in the work place so all members of staff are aware of the correct lifting & carrying guidelines.

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SHOES FOR CREWS - The Shoe That Grips : Slip-Resistant Footwear, Mats and Overshoes

Shoes For Crews – The Shoe That Grips. #1 rated slip resistant technology, factory direct prices, & free exchanges. Slip resistant shoes, boots and overshoes.
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Shoes-for-crews is a website that specialises in the supply of non-slip soled shoes for the work environment. It is vital to have the correct footwear when working within a bar environment. Not only are the workers on their feet for long periods of time but slip & trip hazards are common. Their logo is ‘we deliver safety’. Finding appropriate footwear for a bar can be hard, many shops stock work boots for construction workers, & shoes for chefs but nothing for bar workers. Many employers do not allow runners as appropriate footwear, as these are not appropriate under WH&S safety standards, however, fully enclosed footwear is essential. This doesn’t leave many options. Shoes-for-crews also sell orthotic insoles which would be very helpful when standing or walking for 12hours or more.

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safe-night-out-strategy.pdf

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The Queensland government have released the ‘late night out strategy’ where the objective is to instil responsible behaviour and respect, stamp out alcohol and drug-related violence and ensure Queensland’s nightlife is safe for all.

“The Safe Night out Strategy is about preserving all that is unique and wonderful about Queensland’s nightlife and making sure that everyone can enjoy a safe night out in this great State.”

Quote; Campbell Newman MP Queensland Premier.

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OHS - Showjumping

OHS - Showjumping | My OHS insight into my friends & colleagues work & play environment | Scoop.it

Mikayla Dunn - Horse trainer/competitor - 15Years

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My 1st insight is that of the equestrian world. My friend Mikayla trains horses & also competes in dressage & showjumping. A rider involved in the demanding sport will need items of PPE (personal protection equipment) in order to protet the rider not only while training & competing, but to minimize physical harm in the event of any injury. From observation of riders engaged in this sport, I note that they always wear head protection & strong shoes. In any sport involving speed and where a fall is a possibliity it would be expected that these two items of PPE would be obligatory. Miki is equipped with leather riding boots, helmet, jodhpers & gloves. The jodhpers, she explained were to protect her legs from being pinched by the saddle & the gloves provide better grip of the reins.

The horse is also equipped with safety gear; padded booties to protect the shins from being cut by the hooves, or striking the rails of the jumps.

Miki informed me she needs to train very long hours in order to compete in showjumping competitions as it is a very physically demanding sport with a number of dangers involved. It is important to be in good physical condition to be able to control a large strong horse. It is also critical to be experienced with horses in order to make them feel confident in following your lead. Miki's biggest fear is falling from the horse or the horse falling on top of her. Muscle strains from holding the reins are a hazard along with being stood on by a horse. Another hazard involved is being injured by coming into contact with a fence or jump. Showjumping involves high speed which reduces the rider's reaction times.

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OHS - Butcher

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John Chapel - Local butcher - 17Years

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John is the owner & operator of my local butcher shop.  I would expect John would have to be exceptionally alert to the dangers of using sharp knives in his job enviroment. Other than that the most dangerous aspect of a butcher's place of work would be similiar to many other work places, that being slips & falls and muscular strains. John informed me he has been subject to an OHS incident using a bandsaw. He partially amputated his finger when distracted by a story on the radio. John has since banned the radio. He confirmed that there are many hazards in a butcher shop, handling of sharp objects being the biggest hazard, electrocution, frostbite, slipping/tripping, hazardous chemicals, lifting heavy objects & issues involving poor hygiene. Proper cleaning & safe food handling practices are paramount for the prevention of food contamination. Butchers are equipped with rubber soled non-slip gumboots, chain-mesh gloves & insulated jackets for maintaining body temperature while working in the cold-room.

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OHS - Mechanic

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Jay Windle - Mechanic - Local Council Depot - 3Years

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Jay is a mechanic for the local Council. His job is to service & repair council vehicles in the form of tractors, mowers, trucks, rollers, excavators & the list goes on. I would anticipate that his job is similar to many job environments where physical harm is a risk & strict guidelines are in place to prevent falls & muscular skeletal injuries.

He informed me that because he works for the Council there is no budget limit for safety equipment. Whatever is needed is supplied. The Council is very strict on maintaining safety equipment & enforcing safety measures. These measures  he assured me would be far & beyond the safety measures observed (or enforced) by the operators of privately owned car service businesses.

Jay encounters many hazards & safety issues throughout his shift. In paticular, issues of which he has to be aware are; oil spills, debris in eyes, tripping hazards, noise hazards, hazardous chemicals & dangerous machinery. All these hazards have safety measures in place & regular training is provided to educate all personal working in the mechanical environment. PPE(personal protective equipment) is of vital importance & all Council employees are supplied with gloves, goggles, steelcap boots with non-slip soles, training manuals & regular breaks to avoid fatigue.

 

 

 

 

  

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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.
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This Qld Government website provides comprehensive information to both the employer & employee on how to better manage fatigue. The site is user friendly and tabulates factors to consider as well as listing recommended control measures to ensure the safety of workers. It further offers recommendations regarding Roster design, appropriate breaks, Occupational exposure levels and repetitive manual tasks.  It is very important that both parties follow regulations to ensure safety to all.

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Labelling and safety data sheets - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

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Within a bar environment many chemicals are used to clean & disinfect the working environment.  It is very important that all bar staff are aware of the SDS (safety data sheet)  in order to have the knowledge of the dangers involved with the chemical they are using. Ali developed a rash & blisters to her hands when using a newly introduced chemical cleaning agent, after reading the SDS; she learnt that gloves are to be worn as skin irritation can occur. It is recommended that SDS for all chemicals in use in the work place is available for the perusal of all staff members.

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Fact sheet: Responsible service of alcohol training (RSA) - OLGR

Fact sheet: Responsible service of alcohol training (RSA)
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Having an RSA is mandatory for selling or supplying alcohol. An RSA not only educates the employee about rules & regulations it also provides valuable information on how to deal with conflict. As a barmaid it is a common occurrence dealing with intoxicated & sometimes violent patrons. Having an RSA improves the ability to recognise intoxication & provides strategies to use when service should be refused.

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Camera shy

Camera shy | My OHS insight into my friends & colleagues work & play environment | Scoop.it

Google Images

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So Mission 1 was to take photos of 5 colleagues/friends & discuss their work/recreational activities.... Luckily they were happy enough to discuss this subject with me; however they were all a little camera shy; therefor I have uploaded images from google that illustrate them in their work/recreational environment.

 

Images can be found at: www.google.com Images -showjumping, butcher, mechanic, barmaid, hairdresser, camera shy

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OHS - Barmaid

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Ali May - Barmaid - 2Years

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My friend Ali works as a Barmaid at a very busy Pub in Cairns.

The hazards in that particular job environment which she encounters on a daily basis are; Slipping/tripping, dull lighting, noise hazards, bar rot, dermatitis, lifting heavy objects, electrocution & cutting hazards. On a Friday & Saturday night the lights are turned down to create an intimate atmosphere for the patrons which inhibits eyesight & therefor makes accidents much more likely. Eye strain results in headaches which makes the work enviroment stressful. Loud music also contributes to headaches & hearing damage. Ali is constantly on her feet for long periods of time which is why she has chosen DC's(Skate shoes) for her choice of footwear & although comfy they have no grip on the soles & she frequently slips. The manager placed rubber matting on the floors of the bar, however when they become wet they become a slipping hazard. Another hazard is replacing the spirit bottles on the top dispenser which could cause back injuries, strains &/or falling hazards.

Ali mentions her most disliked hazard is intoxicated patrons who can sometimes become aggressive. To become a barmaid you are legally required to complete an RSA & usually an RSG which further ensures the safety & comfort of patrons & barmaids.

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OHS - Hairdresser

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Kasie McCooe - Hairdresser - Self employed - 10Years

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Kasie has been my hairdresser for many years and I am aware of the number of chemicals she comes in contact with in the performance of her job & the fact she is required to stand for long periods of time. I recently questioned the hazards involved with hair dyes. Sometimes my eyes burn when she applies dye to my hair & I wondered why she needed gloves when it was being applied  directly onto my scalp. Kasie explained to me that the product advises use of safety gloves but it is safe to apply directly to the scalp, however leaving the product on for too long will cause burning to the scalp & loss of hair. Hairdressing has many hazards from dermatitis, hazardous substances, slipping hazards, electrocution hazards & ventilation hazards. To avoid these hazards, Kasie has a large well ventilated room for her studio & minimises tripping hazards by placing most items in a cupboard when not needed. She also uses latex gloves to protect her hands from the chemicals & keeps all electrical equipment away from sources of water. Kasie also ensures she limits time spent standing in an effort to reduce fatigue & varicose veins.

Because Kasie works from home, she has to be extra vigilant because her children are very young. She always locks the door to her studio when exiting & also keeps a lock on the cupboard containing chemicals & dyes.

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