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Avoiding falling objects

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Falling or flying objects on a worksite can expose workers to relatively minor injuries, such as cuts and abrasions, as well as more serious injuries, such as concussions or blindness.
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This article is about preventing the injuries that may occur from falling objects. Some of these injuries include, cuts, abrasions or bruising as well as concussion and/or blindness.

The article details a few ways for those walking around site to prevent themselves from being injured from falling objects such as always wearing hard hats, etc. 

 

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Welding Processes Code of Practice 2013

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http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/resources/pdfs/welding-processes-cop-2013.pdf

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The above link is the revised version of the Welding Processes Code of Practice 2013, Queensland.

The Code of practice is a report that compiles information on all welding processes. This includes understanding what welding is, health and safety obligations, managing risks, identifying, assessing and controlling hazards; as well as information about, airborne contaminants, radiation, electrical risks, fires and explosions, burns and heat exposure, compressed and liquefied gases, noise, lead and other hazards. 


Furthermore, the document also details information on ventilation, PPE and the maintenance of welding equipment.

This report would be an excellent 'go to' for Dan as it would answer any questions he has about welding processes.  

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Construction - Injury Prevention

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WorkSafeBC is a website dedicated to finding resources that will assist in the prevention of injuries in construction. 

The information compiled on this website will help Dan Gulev (Exotic Pipe Welder) to work intelligently and safely on a construction site. With materials sourced from WorkSafeBC Dan can now accurately read, use and implement safety information and prevention materials for all types of jobs. 

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Daniel - Exotic Pipe Welder - GLNG

Daniel - Exotic Pipe Welder - GLNG | OHS Everywhere | Scoop.it

Daniel works as an exotic pipe welder on the GLNG Construction Site on Curtis Island off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland. During Daniel's daily duties he may be faced with a number of hazards. These include: uneven ground which can be cause for trips and falls, lifting heavy objects such as welders and pipes and some of the more dangerous hazards such as falling tools and welding sparks. 

As many people on the LNG project may need to work at heights it is of the utmost importance of everyone on site to wear a hard hat.  IN the instance that a tool is set down on a scaffold and accidentally knocked off with someones foot, not wearing a hard hat can mean the difference between life and death.

Moreover, as Daniel spends a lot of time welding it is important that he wears a welding helmet. This protects his face from welding flash (somewhat like sunburn) and welding burns but particularly it protects his eyes from any metal pieces getting in there.

Finally, another hazard on Curtis Island that workers like Daniel may be exposed to is extreme weather conditions. It is important that an emergency plan is in place in the event of storms or cyclones to protect the workers from unexpected harm.  

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Rhys - BOXER

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Rhys boxes in Gladstone as an amateur boxer and is currently training for the upcoming Australian Titles in Perth.

During training and competitive fights it is of the utmost importance to Rhys to wear the proper PPE. This includes a mouth guard, wraps to protect the hands and head gear (if he wishes).  

Not only this but before competitive fighting Rhys must ensure that he is free from any infectious diseases that can be easily spread through body fluids and blood. To check this Rhys must have a blood test and then the results sent away to be reviewed before the fight. 

Furthermore, as boxers all fight in certain weight categories they must first 'weigh in' before a fight. If they do not meet the weight of their particular category they may not be allowed to fight at all. This is to protect other boxers from injury.  

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Disaster Planning: Don’t Let Severe Weather Wash Your Association Away

Disaster Planning: Don’t Let Severe Weather Wash Your Association Away | OHS Everywhere | Scoop.it
Recent severe weather events remind us why it’s best to be prepared for the worst. One risk management expert offers tips.
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This article written by Rob Stott compiles a few tips to remember when disaster planning. Disaster plans are particularly important to have in place on a construction site, as they are usually not close to hospitals or emergency facilities. In Dan's case, the construction site that he works on is on an island so to get to a hospital you must either travel by barge or helicopter which can be costly but most importantly, timely. That is where a solid weather contingency plan comes in. 

Having a disaster plan in place, to follow in the event of a natural disaster will save lives, prevent injury and potentially in construction save millions of dollars. 

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Understanding Welding Hazards - YouTube

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Safetycare, are a YouTube channel specifically dedicated to creating and sharing videos regarding the safe use and operation of many different tools and appliances.

In this particular case, Safetycare have created a video all about the hazards to be mindful of when welding and how to prevent injury from those hazards.

This video would help Dan to be more mindful of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect himself and to consider others around him before he begins welding. 

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Alicia - Pharmacy Assistant - BLOOMS

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Alicia works as a pharmacy assistant at Blooms the Chemist in Gladstone. 

During Alicia's daily duties she may be subject to hazards such as lifting heavy boxes and opening and unpacking orders (using sharp instruments).

When lifting heavy boxes it is important for Alicia to remember to bend at her knees as to not injure her back.

 

When opening orders with sharp instruments Alicia should cut away from herself with the scissors/stanley knife. When unpacking the orders Alicia should be mindful of what she is carrying. She should not carry too much as she may drop something which may cause it to smash and break. In the instance that she did drop and break something, Alicia should tend to it immediately by sectioning off the area and putting up a CAUTION sign.

 

The biggest hazard in pharmacy is germs. It is important for Alicia to wash her hands regularly as well as disinfect the counters, benches, phones, EFTPOS machines and anything else that customers use/touch regularly. Doing so will prevent/stop the spread of germs.  

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Dermot (Dad) - Reporting Engineer - KBR

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My dad works as a reporting engineer for KBR on the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin. Even though he works on site most of his days are spent in the office.

Although an office may seem harmless in comparison to a construction site there are still a number of  hazards that can take place simply due to human error. 

It is important to remember to close all drawers and cabinets. This prevents others from walking into them and/or tripping or stumbling over them. Next, it is essential that all spills whether tea, coffee or something more harmful are cleaned up right away. If they cannot be cleaned immediately section off the area and put up a CAUTION sign to prevent others from slipping on the spill. 

When lifting heavy items it is vital to remember to bend your knees and not your back. Bending at your back can cause serious life-long damage.
When storing sharp instruments such as scissors or letter openers, do so in area different from other items. Doing so will prevent cuts and wounds.

Be alert for electrical hazards, it is important to check all plugs for frayed wires regularly and if the wire is frayed make sure you make this known. Remove it from the area and organise an electrician as soon as possible.  

Repetitive strain injuries are increasingly common in offices. When doing work such as computer keyboarding, keep your hands and wrists straight and relaxed. 

Additionally, when reaching up to get objects from high shelves etc, don't stand on a chair or a make-shift scaffold. Take your time and retrieve a step ladder, this may save your life.   

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Simone - ACTROL

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Simone works as a store person at Actrol, who are wholesalers of HVAC & R and associated mechanical services and building products.

During her daily duties she is surrounded by dangerous gases and may be required to operate a forklift, work at heights and lift heavy objects.

As an OHS generalist, it is important to follow the correct procedures to ensure everyone in the area is safe from exposure to the harmful gases as well as implementing a safety procedure in the unfortunate event that someone is exposed.

It is also important to implement safety procedures and train staff regarding the correct operation of a forklift and of the safest way to work at heights and to lift objects to prevent injury. 



 

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