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Malika - Dancer and Entertainer

Malika - Dancer and Entertainer | OH&S, Mining & Construction Industries- Relevant to me, my Scoop it & my future career | Scoop.it

Malika is a family friend working in the entertainment industry as a dancer and performer. This requires her to dance in 6” stiletto's on stage, whilst moving at fast speeds. There are four scenes to each of her shows and in the transitioning of each scene, she needs to make quick costume changes. The transition between scenes leaves her with a mere 60 seconds to change her outfits.

 

Malika performs all her shows solo, and has no assistants to assist her with her changes. This means that she is rushing back out on stage almost immediately after she has switched costumes.

 

Speaking with Malika it's clear she loves what she does."I was born for this", she proclaimed proudly, taking a seat after her performance.

Edwin Whaites's insight:

 The most obvious potential hazard in Malika's job, is that she wears stiletto heels (stiletto's) whilst dancing. I believe that this will leave her open to slips, trips and falls.

 

“There are various factors that contribute to the risk of slips and trips. Slips usually occur when

there is a loss of grip between the shoe and the floor”(Department of Employment and Industrial Relations 2007, p.1)

 

Stiletto's elevate her feet at an angle, this places additional stress on her ankles. Stiletto heels can also have a smaller centre of gravity, as they predominantly have minimal support under the heel of the shoe.

 

This leaves Malika with less traction on the floor and makes her more vulnerable to rolling her ankles and slipping on polished stages. Because Malika is constantly rushing in and out of her scenes, this further increases the likelihood that she may slip.

 

Some of the more serious injuries Malika faces if she slips are:

 

• sprains or strains

• broken bones if she falls off stage

• back and neck injuries are also a possibility

 

 

http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/resources/pdfs/slips_trips_falls_guide2007.pdf

 

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Chantel - Promotions Model

Chantel - Promotions Model | OH&S, Mining & Construction Industries- Relevant to me, my Scoop it & my future career | Scoop.it

 

Chantel is my cousin, and has been working as a promotional model for the last few years. She walks around venues advertising alcoholic beverages and mingling with intoxicated patrons.

 

Dealing with intoxicated people can be challenging. A person is considered intoxicated on alcohol or other drugs when their functioning is significantly affected or impaired (Drug and Alcohol Office 2013)

 

Her job requires her to wear revealing outfits to attract male customers to try her company's products. She says she is required to flirt with male patrons in order to attract more attention to her company's goods, however a great deal of this attention is in the form of sexual harassment. She also carries alcohol around venues in sample sized shot glasses on trays.

 

 

Chantel indicated that there  have been instances in which patrons have  acted inappropriately, become aggressive, assault or sexually harass her. She noted that there have also been incidents which have escalated to the point where  police have been called to the venue to remove patrons.

 

 

Chantel: "I get hassled almost every shift. I was promoting a new drink at a nightclub last week and a drunk patron came up to me and inappropriately touched me. I had to radio for security to remove the guy from the venue, but it's nothing out of the ordinary."

 

Edwin Whaites's insight:

Depending on the venue she is working in, I would also factor stairs as a potential hazard. Carrying a tray full of alcoholic shots are also a potential hazard as people can bump Chantel causing her to drop the tray to the floor, leaving the surface wet. This makes everyone in the venue exposed to slipping on the surface. Dropping a tray of shot glasses will obviously also leave broken glass on the floor. This leaves patrons and staff vulnerable to cuts.

 

Comparing notes with Chantel:

 

Chantel and I together identified the following potential hazards in her workplace:

 

* Intoxicated Patrons

* Carrying trays of shotglasses

* Wet Surfaces

* Broken Glass

* Stairs (dependant on venue)

 

http://www.dao.health.wa.gov.au/vsu/pages/Intoxication.htm

 

 

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10 killed in construction-site collapse - The Nation

10 killed in construction-site collapse - The Nation | OH&S, Mining & Construction Industries- Relevant to me, my Scoop it & my future career | Scoop.it
10 killed in construction-site collapse The Nation A CONCRETE structure at a medical institute's construction site partially collapsed in Samut Prakan's Bang Phli district yesterday,...
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This article really upset me. Due to incorrect OH&S practices, there were ten people who did not make it home to their families.

 

The main thing about this story that really hit me, was that one of the victims was only fifteen years of age. I could only imagine how his family feel knowing they have lost one so young.

 

You can tell just by this article's image, the poor conditions these people were working in. There aren't even any safety barriers preventing a worker from falling over the edge and from what I can see there are no safety harnesses either.


This article further outlines the need for solid OH&S practices in all construction projects. It also highlights the need for improved working conditions in third world countries.

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Health & Safety - Funny - YouTube

Something a little different. Here's an animated Health & Safety video. It's funny. But with a serious point. The humour is quite dark. The film uses a combi...
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It's absolutely astounding the number of deaths the construction industry has seen in the past 25 years. According to this video 2800 people have died in that time period.

 

Even more astounding is that 33 people die each year falling from heights. If these figures are true, one would think a simple safety harness would reduce this number of fatalities. 

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Construction company fined $23K after employee death

Construction company fined $23K after employee death | OH&S, Mining & Construction Industries- Relevant to me, my Scoop it & my future career | Scoop.it
A Cal/OSHA inspector speaks with members of the Berkeley Police Department and Berkeley Unified School District during a fatality investigation involving a construction worker at Martin Luther...
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Is a man's life really worth a measly $23,000.00 fine? This man worked with this company for 25 years. After reading this article it's very apparent to me, that this company did not have the adequate safety protocols in place required by legislation. Obviously if the company had, they wouldn't have received a fine.

 

My argument is that this company's negligence caused a man to die and I believe that a $23,000.00 fine, (A little more than a university student's annual income)  is not a suitable punishment for the cost of a man's life.

 

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What is Occupational Health?

Some examples of occupational health brought to you by www.working-well-solutions.com - created at http://animoto.com.
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This clip is great for anyone in search of topics or the industries Occupational Health and Safety applies to. I would like to note however, that  a person looking for in-depth information find an alternative source.

 

This video was the first upload I made to my Scoop it site. I included it to my site, because it outlines the complexity of Occupational Health and Safety and shows that there are a lot of different disciplines within this field.

 

Although I am directing my studies towards the Construction and Mining Industries, I am excited that a degree in OH&S will provide me with the opportunity to potentially explore different industries.

 

 

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Federal investigators issue ‘scathing’ report on Indiana OSHA

Federal investigators issue ‘scathing’ report on Indiana OSHA | OH&S, Mining & Construction Industries- Relevant to me, my Scoop it & my future career | Scoop.it
Edwin Whaites's insight:

I can't believe that a state run OH&S department can treat the subject of OH&S so lightly, especially in a first world country. The most disturbing thing about this article is that OH&S workers were given inspection quotas to meet and as a result this caused workplace inspections to be less in-depth. 

 

My perception is that a Workplace Health and Safety Officer should delve as deep into a company's OH&S systems and workplace as possible. It is apparent to me that an officer going through a simple checklist, is more likely to miss potential risks which are out of the ordinary. In the Construction or Mining Industries, these "out of the ordinary" type risks, can prove life threatening to workers.

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Ash - Glassy at a pub

Ash - Glassy at a pub | OH&S, Mining & Construction Industries- Relevant to me, my Scoop it & my future career | Scoop.it

My buddy Ash is a glassy at a local hotel. This role sees Ash lifting heavy objects ranging from bags of ice through to kegs full of beer. There are other heavy objects Ash needs to carry through the venue, these include racks full of empty glasses which can often weight up to 30kgs.

 

Whilst carrying the glasses through the venue, he needs to hold the rack above his head in order to manoeuvre around the bar. There are also several large flights of stairs which he needs to climb whilst simultaneously holding the rack of glasses.

 

Whilst discussing the topic of potential hazards in his working environment, Ash identified the following hazards:

 

*Staircases:

Walking up and down the stairs with heavy objects, puts more strain on Ashes body meaning he is less stable whilst walking up and down the stairs. This increases the chance of an incident happening as he is more likely to trip and fall.

 

*Lifting Kegs:

Kegs weigh around 70kg and when lifted incorrectly can put excessive stress on Ash's Lower body. This can lead to severe back injuries, ranging from sprains to fractures. Getting out of position during lifting can put a great deal of stress on the lower back muscles (Miller 2003)

 

*Intoxicated Patrons: Having intoxicated patrons unaware of their surroundings makes it more likely that they will bump in to Ash whilst he is carrying a heavy object.

 

*Lifting racks of glasses above head height:

Lifting heavy objects with one hand above head height for long periods of time, means there is a possibility due to fatigue of his muscles, that he could drop the object. Intoxicated customers can also cause Ash to drop the object, by unwittingly moving in to his path of movement. Once the object is dropped there is a risk of injury to both Ash and patrons.

Edwin Whaites's insight:

Having personal experience working at the Hotel with Ash, I agree with the range of potential hazards he has identified. The venue is renowned for intoxicated people dropping their beverages, and it happens dozens of times every night. When patrons drop their drinks the glass shatters, leaving broken glass and a wet surface. These are both potential hazards, as a person can either stand on the broken glass or slip on the wet surface, causing injury to themselves.

 

Comparing notes with Ash:

 

Sharing each other's working experience Ash and I have identified the following potential hazards:

 

*Staircases

*Lifting Kegs

*Intoxicated Patrons

*Lifting racks of glasses above head height

*Broken Glass

* Wet Surfaces

 

 http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sports-and-spine-injuries/avoid-back-injury-right-lifting-techniques 

 

 

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Casey and Lauren - Bartenders at the Normanby

Casey and Lauren - Bartenders at the Normanby | OH&S, Mining & Construction Industries- Relevant to me, my Scoop it & my future career | Scoop.it

Casey and Lauren are bartenders at a local hotel. They serve drinks and are responsible for delivering food to tables. The venue has four different bars and the girls are often switching between the bars to cover breaks. This hotel  also has a number of large staircases, which the girls need to go up and down in order to relieve breaks in the different bars. Casey and Lauren informed me that they have both slipped on these stairs previously, as they can get a little wet from spilt beverages. Casey recently had a fall receiving two stitches in her right knee.

 

The girls transport food to the table of patron's via trays, and all drinks are served in glass. It can get extremely busy at times. This means that the girls are often pressured to get drinks to patrons as soon as possible. They work 12 hour shifts, so by the end of the night both girls can be very fatigued. This often results in broken glasses and more accidents, Lauren recently dropped an entire bottle of alcohol due to fatigue.

 

 

The girls identified the following as potential hazards:

*Broken glass

*Wet surfaces

*Staircases

 

 

Edwin Whaites's insight:

Taking a look at the workplace for the girls, I feel that there are a few other potential hazards they are exposed to. Working in a bar intoxicated patrons are prevalent. As they are not able to clearly analyse situations their behaviour is unpredictable (Drug and alcohol Office 2013).The possibility that they can get aggressive or act inappropriately towards the girls whilst awaiting service, means that this is a potential hazard.

 

I believe fatigue is another potential hazard, as the long hours they work and the short breaks they have is likely to effect their functioning. Inadequate rest breaks cause fatigue (Department of Employment and Industry Relations 2013).

 

 Comparing notes with Casey and Lauren:

 * Wet Surfaces

* Broken Glass

* Stairs

 *Intoxicated Patrons

* Fatigue

 

 

 http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/hazards/fatigue/index.htm#.U2XFalWSzfJ

 

http://www.dao.health.wa.gov.au/vsu/pages/Intoxication.htm

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How to Apply The Six Basic Safety Management Systems - YouTube

http://www.safetycultureplus.com In today's video I want to discuss "how to" briefly apply the six basic management elements. The nature of the game is to ac...
Edwin Whaites's insight:

What's great about this video is that it outlines the fact that safety management systems are not, "one size fits all". This means that every organisation should have a tailored safety management system.

 

This will ensure that the individual safety needs of each organisation are not only identified, but that the systems put in place also encourage compliance by workers.

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Spindle Moulder Incident Leads to $51,000 Fine | OHS News

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When I finished reading this article the first thing I thought to myself was, "What sort of construction company operates with incomplete OH&S systems." I believe that working in such a high risk industry, companies should at least have protocols in place to prevent injuries of this nature happening. 

 

This article  highlights the fact that simple maintenance on equipment can not only save a man three of his fingers, but also also save a company $51,000.00.

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Abu Dhabi to Host First Occupational Safety and Health Middle East Exhibition in April 2014

Event to be held in Partnership with Abu Dhabi EHS Centre Abu Dhabi-UAE: 27 January, 2014
Edwin Whaites's insight:

An avenue that I am interested in exploring, is the possibility of working within the Construction Industry in the Middle East.

 

This article was particularly interesting to me, as it outlines the potential market for my services in that part of the world.

 

Once I gain my Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, my goal is to become one of the leaders in my field and work on construction or mining sites throughout the Middle East.

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Fun Manual Handling Safety Training Video! - Child's Play - Safetycare OHS DVD - YouTube

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Edwin Whaites's insight:

I thoroughly enjoyed this video. I was really impressed by how it outlined the fact that children instinctively know how to correctly lift objects. This video talks you through the various stages of lifting and why children lift the way they do.

 

I also noticed at a 1:35 in the video, an old guy lifting incorrectly in the background. I am not sure if this is intentional, but I found the irony quite funny.

 

In the future, I plan to work as a Workplace Health and Safety Manager in either the Mining or Construction Industries. In both industries, workers will be lifting heavy tools. By monitoring correct lifting practices in the workplace, we can help minimize lifting related injuries on site.

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Occupational Health and Safety investigates Edmonton warehouse slayings

Occupational Health and Safety investigates Edmonton warehouse slayings | OH&S, Mining & Construction Industries- Relevant to me, my Scoop it & my future career | Scoop.it
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has begun its investigation into the stabbing rampage in which two men died and four others were injured at a west-end food warehouse last week.
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I had no idea that Occupational Health and Safety professionals conducted investigations into workplace violence. I think it is something that many of us don't even consider happening at our place of work. This article outlines not only that possibility, but also the fact that this risk should be added to any company's Occupational Health and Safety System.

 

I could only imagine the devastation a person could cause in the Construction or Mining Industries, if they went "postal". The large selection of heavy machinery and workers on site could be catastrophic.

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Ines Martin's curator insight, August 2, 2015 10:53 AM

People don’t often think of OHS in regards to violence in the workplace. When you mention OHS to most people psychosocial and biological hazards are probably the least thought of.

This article is a good reminder for me in my 5 year journey to always consider all aspects of OHS not just workplace accidents or injuries.