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Improving Vehicle Safety on Mine Sites - YouTube

Road networks on mine sites can be extremely dangerous. They are widely used by vehicles of extraordinary sizes, 24 hours a day, and often in total darkness....
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As stated in this video mine sites add danger to any situation. This means that everyone on site including electricians like Steven have to be mindful on site especially when on the move between jobs.

 

This video shows that visibility is an important factor on site but with shift work and 24 hour continual operational periods everyday, work must continue on through the night when visibility is poor. Even large machinery such as trucks can blend into their environment once they become dirty and things such as headlights and reflective body work become less effective. 

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Fatigue in the Workplace - Safety Training Video - Safetycare Fatigue at Work free preview - YouTube

Feeling tired or drowsy after prolonged mental or physical effort at work is normal. Fatigue, however is more than just feeling tired. Fatigue is an acute an...
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Steven could benefit from this video because it shows how fatigue can be brought on and may give him a better understanding of some of the warning signs to look out for if he were to become fatigued. Fatigue can be brought on from many things as described in this video so it is important to be mindful and acknowledge if you think that you might be at risk of having an accident due to fatigue.

 

Steven is especially prone to fatigue because he is subject to long consecutive shifts which may also be at irregular times of day. Not only could this bring on fatigue through over stimulation or physical activity that is experienced at work, Steven's kind of shift work also allows a 12 hour window from leaving to returning to work. If this time happens to fall during daylight hours, it can become increasingly difficult to achieve a suitable amount and quality of sleep.

 

In the short term fatigue can affect decision making, risk perception, memory and communication skills. Prolonged exposure to fatigue can increase the risk of things such as heart disease and depression.

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Electrical Safety for Industrial Facilities | Part 1 | - YouTube

Electrical Safety for Industrial Facilities | Part 1 | - YouTube | OHS in Different Roles Around the Workforce | Scoop.it
http://www.gulfpub.com - One of the most comprehensive videotape training programs on electrical safety is ready to be put to use in your organization. In pa...
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This video is a summarised version of a much longer series of videos. This video explains the lengths that can be taken to prevent electrocution and also how electrocution can affect the human body. the use of rubber in a number of ways is outlined in the video and it is warned that this material should not be used as a way to permanently protect the user or act as an insulator.

 

Although rubber, and the products made of rubber such as gloves, blankets and protective sleeves are designed to protect the user against electricity, this video warns that other measures should be taken to ensure the safety of the worker and that this rubber equipment should only become necessary if something were to go wrong.

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Electrical Safety - OHS Training Courses

http://alertforce.com.au/ohs-training-courses/electrical-safety/ Electrical safety training online. Book your course today with AlertForce.
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Because Steven is almost a certified electrician much of the information around safety while working with electricity should be second nature to him. This short video shows how easy it is to become complacent and really be at the mercy of electricity in the workplace.

 

No matter how much experience you have working with electricity, even only a single, brief exposure can have significant implications. For Steven, he can expect to be within arms reach of potential electrical hazards for the majority of his working day. This can occur in the most obvious of ways such as working on live wires. What Steven may also need to be mindful of is that it is not only the most obvious risks that can cause damage. live wires can be hidden behind walls and also connected to some of the tools that an electrician may regularly use.

 

If Steven watches this clip he should get a little reminder of how important it is to be alert in the workplace and be aware of and take the necessary precautions to ensure electrical safety each and every time.

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A Cashier's Thoughts on OHS

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Kelsey works at Woolworths and spends most of her time on the check-outs but has experience right around the store.

 

Kelsey went on to explain how the check-outs are a thankless task saying one thing that a lot of people don’t realise is that you can injure yourself on packaging easily.

 

‘If you grab certain items wrong because you’re in a hurry, they are sharp so of course you’re going to cut yourself,’ she said.

 

Many of Kelsey’s problems at work revolve around time constraints and stated that the express aisles are a special kind of evil. Customers in a hurry can heave many items onto the conveyor belt and go a long way towards making the worker feel rushed. In the process of overloading the conveyor belt customers also put items that are better left in the trolley such as large packs of water and other bulky items.

 

As these items can carry significant weight, their position on the conveyor belt means the worker must reach for the item without a proper lifting technique such as a straight back or bent knees. Kelsey says that it is not uncommon to end up with a sore back because of this after any given shift.

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A Cricketer's Thoughts on OHS

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This is Craig. Craig loves his cricket but knows all too well that the sport is well entwined with a few dangers.

 

Recently Craig suffered a blow to the head while batting and required several stitches to his eyebrow. It’s sickening to think that the ball could have just as easily struck his eye. Since that incident Craig has sworn by his helmet but beforehand he had rarely worn one. It is standard that players wear equipment to protect their legs, hands and thighs but to not wear a helmet, Craig says this is something that is common place.

 

‘Helmets just weren't around when some of us were growing up so we've just never worn them,’ he said.

 

Being struck by the ball is the major issue cricketers face but there are less obvious dangers at play. Craig said heat exhaustion and dehydration can creep up on players, especially those who often substitute water for something a little heavier. Craig said this is most prominent during long sessions of fielding and concentration.

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An Electrician's Thoughts on OHS

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Steve is almost a fully-fledged electrician as he is in the final stages of his apprenticeship at Curragh Mine in Blackwater and was kind enough to walk me through some of the dangers of electrical work on a mine site.

As soon as ‘safety’ was mentioned, the conversation moved to one thing, Electrocution. Steve says that with some of the high voltage lines at the mine, there is no coming back from a shock like that. Either way, dealing with ‘live’ wiring mandates rubber gloves being worn while the work is carried out.

 

Driving accidents are also common but roll cages in all mine site vehicles reduces the damage of some incidences especially when combined with a light beacon and flag for visibility. Steve points out that the main concern in this matter is the interaction with heavy mobile equipment such as dump trucks which simply dwarf service vehicles on site.

 

Being an open cut mine there is a lot of dust meaning not only are safety glasses a constantly worn item but also the dust means visibility is poor meaning high visibility clothing, helmet and safety boots are all ways to minimise risk at work.

 

Lastly, the fatigue felt through night shift is a dangerous force. Steve exclaims that at 3 am you hit a wall, eight hours into a 12 hour shifts. He said that other than coffee, there is not much you can do apart from carry on in a fatigued state. He said there were rest programs in place for other roles on site such as truck drivers but the tradespeople as he says are left to carry on.

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NSW Mining OHS: What does health & safety mean to me? - YouTube

There's nothing more important to come out of a mine than our miners. That's why health and safety is the top priority in NSW Mining, which has a world class...
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Steven could get a lot out of this video as it outlines the importance of safety at the workplace. Although the video is quite general, this video sums up what safety is all about. If Steven were to watch this video it would really hit home and remind him why certain practices are in place and that safety and being able to go home at the end of the day in the same way as you arrived is the number 1 priority.

 

This video is important because it shows that safety at work really matters and that it is important to asses the activities that you take part in in an effort to minimise your risk of an incident at work.

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The risks of falling asleep on the job - PersonnelToday.com

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The risks of falling asleep on the job PersonnelToday.com But sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality, and the resulting fatigue, can have serious consequences in any workplace by undermining employee productivity and workplace efficiency - and...

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Falling asleep on the job can cause many accidents and just being tired at work can see decline in productivity and proper decision making.

 

This article contains a section that is directed towards workers what they need to know or do to limit their exposure to fatigue in the workplace.


The elements discussed are, the negative relationship between fatigue and workplace accidents, lack of productivity and personal health. Sleep hygiene, that is, techniques that can be used to get a better sleep. The suggestion that if an employee is suspected of suffering from sleep deprivation keeping a “sleep log” to identify if there is a lack of sleep quantity or quality. Making workloads known among employees to try spread workplace stress evenly across a group rather than one worker bearing the load. Avoid encouraging employees to overwork or rewarding long working hours only for the sake of working. Ensure there is proper lighting when on shift work.

 

Steven would be wise to take this information in to see the implications that can come from falling asleep on the job and ways to help him through a grueling set of night-shifts, when fatigue is at its highest. 

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One-third of all respondents had a "high-risk" sleep profile. Those sleeping poorly were more likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs, suffer higher rates of depression and feel they have little personal control over their work. Moreover, they state they have little energy when working, report they are less effective and productive, and have an absenteeism rate 10-times higher than those who report sleeping well.


Dr Tony Massey does not suggest offering employees nap times as others do. I agree with Dr Massey. It is not the employers job to absorb the consequences of a dangerous life style.  Instead, Dr Massey suggests employee monitoring and awareness education.

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Slips Trips and Falls - Preventing Falls Workplace Safety Video - Safetycare OHS DVD

Slips, trips and falls are a major category of workplace accidents and result in a significant number of injuries. The three most important factors contribut...
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There could be any number of objects to trip, fall or run into on a mine site. This video provides tips on some of the main causes of trips and falls in the workplace

This lists includes items such as; mats, clutter and slippery surfaces.


Steven could benefit from watching this because this video outlines how important to be mindful of others in the workplace. He would also understand that this works both ways because somethings you do may be fine for you to operate around but can still impact others. An example of which is leaving a wet or slippery surface unsigned. The person responsible for causing the slippery or wet area knows the area is wet and does not need a sign to tell them so. However if you are mindful of others, you will notify them of the hazard.

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A Carpenter's Thoughts of OHS

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Rodney is a carpenter by trade and was almost reluctant to talk to me about health and safety in his workplace as he feels he’s spent enough time doing instructions and the like to think about health and safety outside of the work environment.

 

Rodney explained that personal protection equipment (PPE) is something that he and others in the industry are forever mindful of. A variety of tools require a variety of PPE ranging from dust masks and safety glasses for airborne particles like dust to ear muffs to reduce noise levels from tools like circular saws and jackhammers.

   

Asbestos is another huge health and safety issue. Not only does Rodney need to be mindful of his own safety when handling materials containing asbestos, legislation demands that an exclusion zone be set up so that others are not brought into direct contact with any asbestos fibres. This also includes treating any removed or damaged asbestos making it suitable for disposal which is done through notifying the dump site.

 

Aside from PPE and asbestos, Rodney deals with heat exhaustion, dehydration and mental fatigue in the workplace. Many environments are stressful as a carpenter such as a tin roof on a hot day, cramped conditions under a low block house to even changing locks on houses where the tenant has been informed to move on but will not leave without a fight.

 

Lastly, Rodney was keen to stress the safety required when working from heights stating that one of the most common legislation breaches he sees is people working from heights without the right safety precautions in place. These can include harnesses and scaffolding being absent, depending on the job and the distance from the work station to the ground.

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A Mail-Sorter's Thoughts on OHS

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Lynda works as a mail sorter at Australia Post.

 

Lynda sorts mail and parcels of all shapes and sizes. At work they have a saying that you never know what’s in the mail and so leather gloves are a mandatory piece of equipment as well as steel capped boots. The gloves protect against items that may be dangerous such as syringes or knives while steel caps guard against dropping a heavy package or having a heavy package falling on your feet.

 

The uniform is also fluorescent yellow as high visibility adds increased safety when working in the truck bays especially when working at night and visibility is at a low level.

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A Yogurtlander's Thoughts on OHS

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Chloe is a year 12 student who works part-time at a frozen yogurt store.

Chloe says sanitation is the one big deal when it comes to OHS, especially with the self-serve nature of her store. When asked what would happen if the machines were cleaned less regularly she replied that the profits would be carried away by ants.

 

Chloe falls into a position where she is maintaining an environment that is safe for customers. Her main tasks include; cutting up toppings, washing utensils and containers that hold the ingredients and serving customers at the check-out.

 

It’s important to realise that all staff at the store are trained to cut up/clean properly. With the self-serve nature of the store lending itself to customers handling the toppings and pouring their own yoghurt from the dispensers it’s important that the staff are constantly cleaning components which come into contact with customers. Customers are an identified hazard and can bring in any number of foreign matters that could find its way into food. To limit the spread of things like dirt and also diseases, sanitary hand wash is supplied to customers.

 

When cleaning the customer side of the machines, plastic gloves are worn. Plastic gloves are also worn along with a mesh glove when cutting toppings to avoid cuts and other injuries to the hands. Sanitation even comes down to handling money as staff are asked to wash their hands in the transition of going from serving back to another task. 

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