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Our Hands at Work! - Labour Program

Our Hands at Work! - Labour Program | OHS Issues in Working Environments | Scoop.it
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Labourers are particularly prone to hand injuries while working. This article explains the workplace hazards and injury prevention as your hands are subjected to many hazards. These hazards include:

- mechanical hazards

- heat and cold

- chemical hazards

- risk of infection

 

The types of injuries that can occur to the hands are:

- strains and sprains

- fractures

- crush injuries

- abrasions

- cuts and puncture wounds 

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Prevent the Most Common Workplace Injury

Prevent the Most Common Workplace Injury | OHS Issues in Working Environments | Scoop.it
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Whether your employees work in an office, on the road or outside, you need to make sure they stay safe.
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Labourers most common injuries are slips, trips and falls. This article explains the process employers must take in ensuring a safe environment for all employees. This process involves training employees so they can correctly handle a situation when an injury occurs in the workplace. It is essential that a first aid kit is always kept near by to help employees recover after an accident. Once employees know how to avoid slips, trips and falls, the risk of workplace injuries would be significantly cut down. 

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What temperature should your workplace be?

What temperature should your workplace be? | OHS Issues in Working Environments | Scoop.it
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What temperature should your workplace be?
It can't be said that the UK doesn't deserve the heatwave that we are currently in the middle of.
Maddi Cullen's insight:

Labourers are constantly working outdoors in the heat. No matter what the temperature is, whether it be cold, hot or a perfect day; safety measures must be taken into consideration to provide the best working environment for employees. For people working outdoors such as labours, there are steps that can be taken to provide a safer working environment such as:

1. Sufficient rest breaks

2. Mobile facilities for warming up/cooling down

3. Rescheduling work to warmer/cooler times of day

4. Free access to cool drinking water or warm drinks

 

Work cannot be cancelled purely because of the weather, however steps can be taken to minimise the hazards involved in extreme working temperatures.

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Labourer

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The labourers shown in this image are filling rock baskets which keep the ground from eroding. There are many occupational health and safety issues involved with labouring. Below are listed some of the hazards and risks involved.

Maddi Cullen's insight:

1. Heat exposure

Most labourers are out in the heat all day, every day. In order to protect their safety they are ordered to wear hats, sunscreen and protective clothing. They also wear steal cap boots incase a heavy object were to fall on them.

 

2. Manual handling

Labourer work can cause serious injuries to the body as you are constantly lifting, pulling, pushing or carrying heavy objects. In the picture shown above, the labourers are stacking the heave rocks which can cause back injuries from lifting and bending.

 

3. Hand injuries

Lifting and placing rocks all day can cause serious injuries to your hands such as cuts which can cause infections. In order to minimise this risk, labourers wear gloves to protect their hands from such risks.

 

4. Dust

Dust is a safety issue which can cause seriously damage such as eye irritation. When working in conditions such as these, labourers have the option to wear safety glasses in order to protect their eyes from dust or other fine materials.

 

6. Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are a common occurrence on sites such as this. In order for the labours to get where they are, they need to walk down a steep slope which is not stable. This is a seriously occupational health and safety risk which should be looked at more closely by contractors.

 

7. Wildlife

Wildlife possesses a threat to the labourers health and safety as the loud noises such as the machinery can cause a disturbance to their habitat which may cause them to get aggressive. 

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Bar/restaurant

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Ally Cullen is a bartender and waitress at a local bar/restaurant in Rockhampton. There are many occupational health and safety issues involved in a food and beverage industry. Below are listed some of the hazards and risks involved.

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1. Electrical safety

Electricity is a major cause of fatalities and serious injuries in an industry. Electricity can cause electrical shock resulting in death, burns and injury, fire and electrical explosion.

 

2. Environmental tobacco smoke

Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke can contribute to eye irritation, lung cancer, asthma and chest infections. In order to prevent these risks from occurring, employers at places such as bars and restaurants make rules such as a non-smoking policy indoors. They also designate areas for smokers so they are away from the general public.

 

3. Manual handling

Manual handling involves any activity that requires the use of force exerted by a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move any load. Manual handling can result in injuries to any part of the body.

 

4. Security issues

Customers and staff have the right to feel secure and safe at places of work. Employers and employees have a legal duty to see that everything possible is done to reduce the risks arising from the actions or activities of thieves, dishonest people and violent or aggressive people. Bars and or clubs hire security guards to ensure safety for patrons and employees.

 

5. Shift work

Due to working outside the normal hours, shift work may be stressful as it can interfere with health and safety, as well as family and social commitments. Health issues that can arise involve disturbed sleeping patterns and changes in dietary habits.

 

6. Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are a common occurrence in workplaces. People slip and trip on slippery, rough or uneven surfaces and may fall down stairs or off ladders. These risks can be caused by multiple hazards in a bar such as wet floors, spilt alcohol, stairs and poor lighting. 

 

7. Waste disposal and sanitation

Waste looks unattractive, smells unpleasant and is a health risk to workers and customers. One main occupational health and safety issue involved with waste disposal is the disposal of broken glass. The correct procedure is to wrap the bottles, broken glass or other sharp objects before disposal in order to minimise the risk of further injury.

 

 

 

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WorkSafe Injury Hotspot - Construction Industry – Labourers

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The most common injuries and hazards for people working as labourers in the construction industry are:

- Back (22%)

- Hands and fingers (11%)

- Knees (11%) 

The common cause for back injuries are slips, trips, falls and lifting, pushing, pulling and handling materials. Hand and finger injuries are often caused by using hand tools. Powered hand tools are especially dangerous as the vibrations can cause damage to the body. Knee injuries are often caused by slips, trips, falls and working at ground or floor level.

These injuries can be prevented through using correct Occupational Health and Safety procedures. 

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How Safety Signs Can Reduce Accidents in the Workplace

How Safety Signs Can Reduce Accidents in the Workplace | OHS Issues in Working Environments | Scoop.it
Resources and Articles from the Web's Leading Sign RetailerMain menuPost navigationHow Safety Signs Can Reduce Accidents in the WorkplaceOn Wednesday, two men were killed by a Ferris wheel .
Maddi Cullen's insight:

Labourers working on sight provide safety signs which protect them selves and any other people in the environment. In terms of the particular labourers filling rock baskets, the types of safety signs involved that would protect them and others are:

1. Road work signs to slow down oncoming traffic

2. PPE signs within their safety induction

3. Dangerous surface signs to prevent slips, trips and falls

 

Signs such as these can prevent multiple accidents in a workplace if they are followed. 

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Apprentice in workshop

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Cody Spivey is an apprentice diesel fitter working on a multi-tyred roller. There are many occupational health and safety issues involved and below are listed some of them.

Maddi Cullen's insight:

1. Injury to hands

 Serious injuries to the hands and forearms can occur from using straining tools if not used properly. Adequate training will prevent these injuries from occurring.

 

2. Manual handling

 Manual handling injuries are the most common type of injury occurring in workshops. The injuries occur from handling heavy or awkward objects, heavy lifting, and prolonged or sustained work in awkward postures. This injury trend occurs across all types of vehicle repair, maintenance or installation work.

 

3. Risk of objects falling

 Given the nature of the work there is always the risk of severe injury or fatality. Some risks are obvious, such as heavy machinery falling from the attached chains or heavy objects falling off pieces of machinery. Safety helmets are worn to minimise the potential risk of harm or injury.

 

4. Potential risk of eye injury

 Working on pieces of machinery such as the one pictured above can cause serious damage to the eyes if no care is taken. Safety glasses should be worn in order to protect the eyes from any fine particles or electrical sparks that could potentially damage the eye. 

 

5. Noise

Workers are provided with ear muffs in order to protect their ears from the loud surrounding sounds of machinery. 

 

6. Slips, trips and falls

Environmental factors such as oil spills in the workshop can cause harm through slipping, tripping or falling. These factors should be taken with care once noticed to prevent any future injuries.

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Grader operator

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Stephen Chapell is a grader operator and is responsible for operating the grader and other heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner in order to ensure the roadways are accessible, safe and in good operating condition. Below are listed some of the hazards and risks involved in this occupation.

Maddi Cullen's insight:

1. Injury

The constant vibration from heavy equipment such as graders can cause Whole Body Vibration (WBV), which is a transmission of mechanical vibration from vibrating equipment through a supporting surface to the body. A long-term exposure to this vibration can result in lower back disorders such as disc herniations, an acceleration of degenerative changes in the spine, abdominal pain and nausea.

 

2. Slips, trips, falls

Due to the machinery being oversized, precautions must be taken when entering or leaving. Handles and steps are provided in order to ensure a more safe and accessible.

 

3. Noise

Workers are provided with ear muffs in order to protect their ears from the loud surrounding sounds of machinery. 

4. Environmental conditions

The Grader Operator will have to work in all weather, and must be prepared for both extreme heat and cold. The Grader Operator must ensure that all activities are completed in a safe and efficient way. 

They may at times be exposed to dangerous and/or toxic substances and must take necessary precautions to protect eyes, nose and skin from irritation and infection. 

 

5. Limited visibility

Operators of heavy equipment must not only contend with maneuvering the equipment, they also have to be alert to watch out for other people, underground utilities, obstacles, overhead powerlines and site traffic. These workers also have to contend with poor visibility from the cab, rainy weather and glaring sunlight on excessively bright days which can consequently lead to mental and eye strain.

 

6. Manual handling

The Grader Operator has a physically strenuous and demanding job. They lift, pull and manage heavy equipment and objects such as the spare grader tyre found at the back of the machinery. If a tire were to go flat, the operator needs to manually move it and change it which can cause damage to the body.

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Food Retail Industry

Food Retail Industry | OHS Issues in Working Environments | Scoop.it

Shaye Blanchfield is an employee at Wendy's which is a food franchise in Rockhampton. There are many occupational health and safety issues involved in a food retail industry. Below are listed some of the hazards and risks involved.

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1. Hot liquids, surfaces or steam

Hazards such as these can cause serious injuries such as burns. At Wendy's spikes are heated to a temperature of 150 degrees celceus in order to toast the bun. If skin were to make contact with these spikes, serious damage can be caused if not careful. In order to minimise these risks, a dry cloth is used to pick up this utensil while cleaning in order to avoid contact with the hot surface. A first aid kit is kept accessible.

 

2. Chemicls

Cleaning products can be a high danger risk if not used correctly. In order to minimise the risk or harm or injury when using the cleaning products, Wendy's have labeled the containers to clearly identify the chemical and safety information (eg flammable, toxic if swallowed and avoid contact with skin).

 

3. Knives and sharp tools

Cuts from knives and sharp instruments are common in food retail industries and can cause serious injuries to workers. In order to minimise the risk of harm or injury while handling a knife, workers are trained to use knives and sharp tools safely.

 

4. Manual tasks

Any task that requires a worker to use force, lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move or restrain an object may cause an injury if the force is excessive. Wendy's employees carry soft serve containers which are approximately 9L. After further examination into this, Wendy's have decreased the size of the containers to 4.5L so they are easier to lift and carry.

 

5. Slips, falls, trips

Many injuries in the food retail industry are caused by slips, trips and falls. These are often due to poor housekeeping practices in the workplace such as water or oil spilt on the floor. These hazards are minimised by using appropriate floor cleaning products to clean floors and to also remove oil and grease. The floor cleaning agents used by Wendy's leave the floor in a non-slip condition.

 

 

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