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David Davison - Crane Operator

David Davison - Crane Operator | OHS in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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David works as a Crane operator for a leading crane business in Gladstone. Although most of his day is confined to a cab there are still hazards he needs to be aware of. The first hazard would be while constructing the setup of the crane and the location. The ground could be uneven, sloppy, wet or there could be underground services. Also the size of area the crane needs to operate in, there must be sufficient room to move. He needs to know what type of crane he working with, whether it be electrical or hydraulic systems, the moving parts, load carrying capacity. The picture taken was on a site, so another hazard is other persons working in the area, he needs to be aware of what they are doing and how long they will be there. In addition, the structural integrity of the crane. It could suffer structural failure at any time, so pre start checks are essential. Along with knowing the maximum weight limit, weather conditions and correct installation of the crane. Falling objects is a big hazard, not only for himself but to others in the vicinity. The correct marking and bunting needs to be visibly setup around his work area to prevent unauthorised persons walking under or near the load. There also lies a hazard while the crane is being driven to and from its destination, the correct road rules need to be adhered to, to ensure the safety of all pedestrians and drivers. 

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Krystal Brown - Inventory Specialist

Krystal Brown - Inventory Specialist | OHS in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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Krystal’s job is also in office, although it does require some outdoors work too. Her job consists of identifying and resolving discrepancies in the inventory for Bechtel. Some of the same hazards that are found in Natalie’s office exist here too. Those being slips, trips and falls from electrical leads/cords, eye strain from looking at the computer all day and contagious airborne illnesses through little ventilation as it only a large room with a dozen people working in it. You can see Krystal is sitting at her desk which sometimes can be very chaotic, lots of paperwork piled up, this is a hazard when her desk is this situation. Sometimes it is required that she go out to the yard to view items. Hazards that exist outside are, Falling objects - which is why a hard hat is needed when going outside, Krystal’s is located on her desk as you can see. Heat/Sun, the hard hat helps with sun protection, and the long sleeved/collared shirt helps protect her skin. Slips, trips and falls, there is many objects outside that can be a hazard. There is also forklifts/cars driving around the yard, so good use of communication, via hand signals is needed. Before entering the yard, risk assessments are to be completed to ensure the safety of all employees. 


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Natalie Vickers - Medical Receptionist

Natalie Vickers - Medical Receptionist | OHS in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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Natalie works as Medical Receptionist for two doctors in Rockhampton. Since being an office, there are not the same hazards involved with her job compared to industrial jobs. How ever, offices have their own hazards that need to be made apparent.  

 

Natalie is sitting at the front desk, she is to greet the patients as they arrive and let the Doctor know they are here. The first hazard is catching infectious viruses from sick patients. All staff are advised to keep up to date with their flu, tetnis etc vaccinations. Sometimes doctors need hazardous substances dealt with, this can be human excretions, drugs, medical products, swabs, dressings, or instruments cleaned, there is hazard here with contamination, cuts etc. Another hazard is violence/visitor aggression, in some cases unstable patients are awaiting a script, while the doctor can not see them at that time, it can cause disturbances. Another being ventilation, the spread of bacteria, contagious diseases can be spread through the air conditioning, proper cleaning of air conditioning vents is required. Working in a office, there is many phones, computers, printers, filing cabinets. There is a hazard of slips trips and falls, by cords/leads on the floor or from the waiting room, consisting of many chairs, magazine racks etc.. Also from looking at the computer for long periods of time can cause eye strain resulting in headaches. As Natalie is aware of these hazards the correct measures are put in place while working as medical receptionist. 

 

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Ken Crozier - Mowing/Lawn Business

Ken Crozier - Mowing/Lawn Business | OHS in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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Ken is my father, he is supposed to be retired, although he has recently started his own mowing business. This picture is not the best, as he is only at home and you can see he has no eye or ear protection on. In the picture he is using a pole saw while standing on the ladder, as this is only at home I can only assume he has slacked off concerning safety.


The biggest hazard I find in this industry is noise and hand/arm vibration (HAV). Although it is not pictured, when he is out and about doing jobs, he does wear hearing protection and gloves to reduce HAV. Another hazard is dust/objects in his eyes, eye protection needs to be worn as lots of dust particles become airborne while mowing/blowing down areas/chainsawing. Sometimes it may be required to spray chemicals, the correct eye protection, breathing respirators and gloves need to worn. Falling objects is a hazard not only to himself but also to persons passing by that area. Correct bunting off of areas where he is chopping down trees/limbs needs to be carried out. There is also slips, trips and falls to consider with this type of work. Grass can be slippery when wet/damp or sometimes holes in the ground can be hard to see and he could trip over in them. Along with falls, from a ladder or tree if the incorrect harnessing is used. In addition there is a heat/sun hazard. Working in the direct sun can cause sunburn, heat stress, dehydration. Correct sun protection such as a wide brim hat, long sleeve shirt and pants and steel cap shoes, applying sunscreen and always taking a water bottle with him to jobs helps prevent this. By wearing long sleeve shirts and pants it also helps protect the skin from tiny rocks/debris that fly up when mowing/chainsawing that can cause harm or damage. 

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Mark Davison - Recreational Pilot

Mark Davison - Recreational Pilot | OHS in the Workplace | Scoop.it
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Mark is my husband, he holds a recreational pilots licence and likes to fly on his days off. A recreational licence only allows him to fly a plane with a maximum weight of 600kg. In addition he can only fly between first and last light and can only fly in uncontrolled airspace at a minimum of 1000 feet. Before going for a fly he needs to check the weather and make a flight plan, and also have a backup flight plan incase weather conditions change. It is required by law to carry an En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) and topographical maps, which he checks he has onboard every time before he leaves. He does a pre start check over the whole plane before leaving, some things he is checking are the tyres, prop, any abnormal markings on outside etc. If he is taking a passenger he needs to give a safety rundown on what happens incase of emergency. A four point harness needs to be worn when flying and the pilot head set always needs to be worn, as the sound inside the cab is 95DB, this helps protect his hearing and allows him to have open communication with other pilots. If he intends on flying over water, a lifejacket also needs to be already on ready to go incase of emergency. Sun protection is limited so he also needs to wear  long sleeve shirts, sunglasses and a hat or applies sunscreen before leaving.

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