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World's First Electric Wakeboard Means You Can Take This Sport Anywhere

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Wakeboarding, a combination of water skiing and surfing, is generally one of those sports that you can’t do just anywhere. It takes a large enough body of water and powerful waves to really have a good time. Luckily, Swedish wakeboarder Philip Werner has solved this problem. He created the Radinn Electric Wakeboard - the world’s first.
The board is composed of lightweight carbon fiber and comes equipped with a silent, efficient, and powerful jet propulsion system. It’s small enough to carry around or to easily transport from your car to the water, and it even includes a handheld remote for configuration and control. You might think that with these features, the Radinn would seem clunky, but that’s not the case. The sleek design means that it doesn't look all that different from a conventional board.
Werner came up with the electric wakeboard while he was studying at Lund University. Today, his team has grown to include people passionate about watersports, engineers, marketing pros,…

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This is an incredible step forward for a sport i am both obsessed and passionate about. The possibilities that this puts forward are endless, you have only ever been able to really ride a wake board behind a boat, cable park or kite. Looking into my 5 year future i have no doubt that wake boarding will play a vital role in shaping who i am. 

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Five Potential Welding Safety Hazards to Avoid - Occupational Health and Safety

Five Potential Welding Safety Hazards to Avoid - Occupational Health and Safety | OHS - Safety and risk management | Scoop.it

To help keep welders safe, organizations such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and OSHA offer safety guidelines to help control, minimize, or to help employers and workers avoid welding hazards. Employers should ensure that all workers have an opportunity to comply with the following important guidelines in the workplace:


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Electrical Currents play a large part in the boiler maker industry. So it is important that employees know the safety concerns that are involved when completing their daily routines.  The main safety hazards that surround electrical currents are to do with improper insulation and grounding. Below I have listed prevention methods that are used by welders to ensure that they are not injured through electrical currents.

 

- Before starting a welder must check his protective insulation equipment for holes or tears where they may be susceptible to currents. This insulation equipment includes glove, boots and electrode holders. It is also important to keep the electrode holder dry as water is a large conductor of electricity.

- A welding machine is fitted with a negative clamp. This clamp enables the current that is flowing through the metal to be rerouted back into the electrode holder which then completes the circuit.

 

 

Safe Work Australia, 2012, ‘Welding processes code of practice’, Safe Work Australia, Australia

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Murry Shohat's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:20 AM


I'll add my own safety warning to these excellent guidelines: haste in welding is a fool's approach.

Tony R Faint's curator insight, April 21, 2015 5:28 AM

Electricity would have to be the major hazard (Safework Australia, 2010) whilst conducting welding. If you aren't using a home welder with 240 volts, you will be using an industrial type welder with 415volts. It is essential that the operator fully understands the inherent danger that electricity provides whilst conducting the task (You make the call, 2012). The worker should conduct a pre-start inspection of all electrical leads before commencing welding and be aware of any sparks or slag(molten metal) that could undermine the integrity of the electrical leads. The operator should also be aware that touching the metal parts of the electrode holder will allow the electrical current to make a circuit through his body and in the process electrocuting the operator. Other controls to be used include full training of the equipment and awareness of other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the welding activity.

 

 

References:

Safework Australia. 2010. Code of practice: How to manage work health and safety risks, (draft). Canberra

'You Make the Call' 2012, Safety Compliance Letter, 2536, p. 3, Business Source Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 21 April 2015.

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Thinking Of Doing Your Own Welding?

Thinking Of Doing Your Own Welding? | OHS - Safety and risk management | Scoop.it
Hazards Of Aluminum Welding Done By Amateurs
Aluminum welding gases and fumes can be hazardous to your health, should you not have the correct protective clothing.

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Metal Fume fever is an illness that some Boiler Makers may feel from too much exposure to certain chemical fumes; some examples of these are zinc oxide (ZnO) & magnesium oxide (MgO).  Below I have listed some prevention methods that are used in a boiler maker’s day to day routine to help combat Metal Fume Fever.

 

Substitution: Because certain ingredients that are used when creating welding electrodes actually contribute to fuming and gases a business operator may look to buy from certain manufacturers that substitute the hazardous ingredients from their product.

 

Engineering controls: There is a method that is used to help prevent ultraviolet radiation from coming into contact with oxygen and creating ozone. In this method a mesh shroud is attached around the welding flame with a small viewing hole for the boiler maker. By making this shroud out of stainless steel it creates a barrier against the ultraviolet radiation. Furthermore adding extra layers to the shroud strengthens the barrier.  

 

National Health and occupational Safety Commission, 1990, ‘Welding fumes and gases’, viewed 28/04/2015, http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/162/WeldingFumesGases_1990_PDF.pdf

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School Teacher - Lacey

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- Being a Physical Education teacher holds a lot of risk and safety concerns that need to be reviewed. When creating curriculum activities for students you need to ensure that they will still have fun whilst optimizing safety and minimizing risk. Certain sports such as soccer or touch (non-contact) are highly recommended and used in comparison to NRL or AFL (heavy contact). This is due to the physical nature of the games.

- In the classroom kids often has scissors or pencils in there pencil case. It is important that the teacher stays alert to ensure the kids do not accidentally use these to cause bodily harm.

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Boiler Maker - Rhys

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With being a boiler maker there are various OHS requirements that must be followed in order to keep the work place safe and risk free for its employees. Below you will find only some of the safety issues he may come across day to day.

- Closed in steel cap boots – to help prevent damage or injury to the foot

- Earmuffs – to prevent industrial Deafness

- Protective clothing – to help prevent sun damage or chemical spill on the skin

- Protective eye wear eg. welders mask – to help prevent injury to the eyes from loose debris or welders flash

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Body found in Arkansas believed to be that of missing Omahan who was ... - Omaha World-Herald

Body found in Arkansas believed to be that of missing Omahan who was ... - Omaha World-Herald | OHS - Safety and risk management | Scoop.it
Body found in Arkansas believed to be that of missing Omahan who was ...
Omaha World-Herald
Michael C. Burton is believed to have drowned July 27 while spearfishing with a friend at Beaver Lake in Arkansas.
Matthew Petersen's insight:

An unfortunate mishap to what would have been a great dive. Looking into this story for myself and my personal experiences in depth dive training the man was not equipped with the necessary protocol that comes from completing training exercises for these types of dives.

 

When completing deep dives it is essential that:

1) You have a partner who can replicate or go deeper to your dives that way if you have any trouble or blackout he can release your weight belt and assist you to the surface.

2) You have a wetsuit on that provides you with positive buoyancy therefore if you release your weight belt you will automatically be ascending towards the surface

3) Listen to your body it will give you the clearest indication of your potential. If you can feel that your body is struggling for air start leveling out at that depth and prepare for ascent as the deeper you go the further you have to ascend with less oxygen.

 

It is unfortunate that this incident has happened and it should urge any beginner diver wanting to go deep the incentive to learn the safety precautions  first from an experienced diver. This way you are able to organise and prepare yourself accordingly

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Hunting at dusk sparks shark fear - The Sunshine Coast Daily

Hunting at dusk sparks shark fear - The Sunshine Coast Daily | OHS - Safety and risk management | Scoop.it
Hunting at dusk sparks shark fear The Sunshine Coast Daily DANGEROUS WATERS: Marine educator Tony Isaacson believes it is only a matter of time before a bull shark attacks someone illegally spearfishing at dusk in off-limits sections of the...
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Being an experienced free diver myself I have previously (in my early days of diving) dived in illegal areas just for the hope of landing that illusive fish. However what I failed to see is the reasoning behind the laws which included hazardous boat traffic and the potential of harming other citizens.

 

I do believe that these laws are adequate enough to stop someone from continuing however the enforcement from the governing bodies needs to be increased as these people are not only putting themselves at risk but safety of others who use these water ways.

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Best Welding Helmet for the Money - Choosing Guide - Mr Welder Reviews

Best Welding Helmet for the Money - Choosing Guide - Mr Welder Reviews | OHS - Safety and risk management | Scoop.it
Choosing the best welding helmet for the money can be quite a daunting task. While there are different needs for different metal fabricators, anyone can be spoilt for choice when it comes to purchasing the best welding helmet for the money.

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The correct helmet is an essential part of all forms of welding. It has an inbuilt lens that darkens to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet rays the electrode emits. Certain helmets have varying shades that lighten and darken pending on the form of welding.

 

When metal is heated to a certain point it starts to spit and shoot hot metal debris. The welder is commonly in range of this so the helmet works as a protector for the face

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Hartford welding company fined for uncorrected safety hazards:

https://twitter.com/Law_CT/status/414889330553782272/


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Direct Link Here: http://www.connecticutpersonalinjurylawblog.com/2013/12/hartford-welding-company-fined-for-uncorrected-safety-hazards.shtml?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter 

 

When working in any environment it is of up most importance to ensure the safety and protection of your employees. So when you have an environment where naked flames and ultraviolet light are involved the correct equipment is vital to ensure the safety and health of your employees.

 

Major injuries that could happen to employees who are exposed to these hazards include:

- Burning to the human skin

- Welders flash (exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet light)

- Inability to contain a small fire resulting in the possibility of burning down the complex.

 

Each of these can be prevented through two simple steps:

1) The installation of fire extinguishers where designated by a fire safety regulator.

2) The installation of welding screens around the boiler makers work site. 

 

State Government of Australia, June 2014, ‘Eyes - flash burns’, 28/04/2015, http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Eyes_-_flash_burns

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Wake Park Operator - Brent

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- New Patrons to riding the park have very little board control and even though the rails/kickers are put out to the side of the park there is still a high chance of them losing control and possibly running into them.

- Ensuring all riding patrons is wearing the correct safety gear. This includes making sure they have the necessary life jacket that is PFD 3 approved and a safety helmet that is clipped up.

- The staff must always be checking their riders on the water as there is a chance for a rider to knock themselves unconscious. Even though the rider is wearing a PFD3 Jacket if they are face down they could drown themselves making it of most importance to reach them ASAP.

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Hairdresser - Ellie

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- When mixing chemicals for the colour of hair this inc. (Peroxide, Bleach) must use the safety equipment that is provided which inc. Mask, safety glasses, gloves & apron.

- With completing hair extension application it is a requirement that once the colour has been applied that the hair be rinsed/washed and then dried using a hair dryer. When completing this task it is common practice for the employees of the salon to have the hair dryers within dropping distance of the hair basin in which the extensions overhang the basin. A simple slip from an employee could land the dryer in the water.

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Commercial Management - Brad

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- As a manager of commercial buildings you have a duty of care to ensure the safety of customers, tenants or even any contractors that may enter/utilise the building. This may involve taking steps to check the structural soundness or wiring throughout the property.

- In the management of older buildings you will often come across asbestos in the walls or ceilings. It is important to have an asbestos register completed which outlines what walls or parts of the ceiling are contaminated. This is then kept onsite for any contractors to view before carrying out work on the premise.

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Diver critical after propeller accident - Cyprus Mail

Diver critical after propeller accident - Cyprus Mail | OHS - Safety and risk management | Scoop.it
Diver critical after propeller accident
Cyprus Mail
The incident happened at around 6.40pm on Tuesday, while the man was spearfishing around 30 metres outside the swimming area near the Anassa hotel, the Cyprus Mail has learned.
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Being in and around the water my entire life i know the risks some people pose when driving a boat, however in this case the fault lies purely and solely on the divers inability to abide by the laws that have been implemented to protect him. It is law that if you are diving you must have a marker or buoy with a blue and white flag attached to indicate to all boats that you are there and you are diving. It is then the captains responsibility of that boat to give that buoy a berth of 30 meters to prevent a situation like this from happening.


These laws are taught to every person who holds a marine license and yet it is still the captain of this boat who is arrested and held for two days due to him hitting an unmarked & illegal diver.

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Grant Sheean's curator insight, March 27, 2016 4:47 AM

As a keen "spearo" I read this with great interest. I was surprised at the reaction of the Cyprus Police, holding the operator of the boat. I can't think of a similar incident in Australia where the authorities reacted the same way. We do seem a little behind the world-wide norm when it comes to marine qualifications and safety.

Although this article is light on specific details, it displays that even in the most unique environments, the relationship between safety and inattention is apparent, and that the worse CAN happen. Easily.

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Forklift accident at Stump Pass Marina damages 6 boats - Wink News

Forklift accident at Stump Pass Marina damages 6 boats - Wink News | OHS - Safety and risk management | Scoop.it
Forklift accident at Stump Pass Marina damages 6 boats
Wink News
"We had a mechanical failure on our forklift, and it was coming in to pick up a boat up on the top, and one of the boats that actually holds the carriage on it broke," said Rikeurd.
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There does appear to be a problem with the previous owners procedures on how they completed routine checks and maintenance on items such as the forklift. It is possible that the forklift was neglected by the owners hence the new management ordering a new one after just one week.

 

When you look this story is it possible that even with the previous managements poor organizational skills to complete general maintenance that maybe the new owners should have assessed the situation  and made the decision that the forklift was unsafe to use in case of accidents like this happening.

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