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Just owning the safety equipment is not enough to save you :: SafetySolutions

Just owning the safety equipment is not enough to save you :: SafetySolutions | People At Work - OSH issues | Scoop.it
People are injured and killed when working in confined spaces, despite all of the warning, detection and protection equipment available. Safety regulators all around the world can accurately pinpoint how people are injured or die and the most common environments in which injuries and deaths occur. So with all those statistics about working in confined spaces and control measures, why do injuries and deaths still occur?
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It’s very interesting to see how worker complacency or inadequate knowledge of confined space hazards can easily equate into fatality statistics! It drives home the importance of electricians managing this risk with well-established administrational procedures, training and use of exceptional quality monitoring devices in which they can trust.

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Electrician's Insulated Tools - YouTube

Klein Tools Electrician's Insulated Tools are 1000V rated and VDE certified for safety on the job. The multi-color, sleek design with small thumbguards make ...
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Insulated tool provides a physical barrier between a potentially deadly electrical current and a worker. Though, not all tools manufactured for electricians would necessarily be made equal in their quality. The designers of these tools have placed much emphasis in the design process to produce a product with even greater preventative design factors to manage the risk of working with electricity.

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My good friend Kyle has let me know how vital it is that the tool he is using is sufficiently insulated and safe before using. These Klein Insulated tools go through many tests and trials to confirm the durability and reliability of their products. These tools in particular can help prevent shocks and power outages due to incorrect electrical handling. 

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Industrial Safety 101 (Part 1) - WESCO "Never Assume" Electrical Safety Series - YouTube

Produced by WESCO and ESFi, the Industrial Safety 101 video provides safety awareness for individuals qualified to repair or maintain electrical equipment an...
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This video provides really good description of the dangers that electrical shock, arc flash and arc blast pose to electrical workers. In managing these risks, the concept of an electrician “never assuming” is at the forefront of prevention; likewise, an electrician carrying out tasks in accordance with their level of capability is also of upmost importance.

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Getting dirty everyday....

Getting dirty everyday.... | People At Work - OSH issues | Scoop.it
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Davin works as a shot firer in a Central Queensland open pit coal mine. Davin says that blast crew employees are susceptible to fatigue and injury because of the great physical demand on their bodies in conjunction with long working days. Similarly, heat exposure can adversely affect an employees’ wellness; whilst, slips and trips are common due to the uneven ground in the pit. Furthermore, the products used in the blasting process, a mixture of emulsion, ammonium nitrate and other gasses, can produce a deadly by-product gas known as Nox. Davin says that Nox has the potential to not only be a threat to blast crew in the immediate vicinity, but to all mine employees and nearby townships depending on the amount of Nox released and the wind direction. What is more, during the priming of blast holes, a possibility exists for the blasting products to ignite which would result in an unescapable explosion. Likewise, even during a normal blast event, equipment can be damaged and people killed due to fly rock. On the other hand, when a shot does not perform properly, an overpressure can cause excess noise and ground movement, causing ill effects to all employees and nearby townships. In the situation of a misfire, shot firers need to enter the pit to recover uncontrolled product still in the ground; thus, placing themselves in a vulnerable situation. Moreover, Davin theorises that depression, excessive alcohol, gambling and drug use amongst some mine workers is evident, possibly because of workers feeling isolated in remote mine locations away from their loved ones, or from the pressure of coping with nightshift. In brief, shot firers need to be pre-emptive in managing OHS issues for the safety of themselves, their crew, other mine employees and local townships.

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Electrifying our community...

Electrifying our community... | People At Work - OSH issues | Scoop.it
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Louis is not only an electrician, but also my brother. Considering I have had a sparky in my family for so long, it was strange that I have never stopped to consider the occupational health and safety issues which he faces daily; talking with him gave me a new appreciation of the work that he does. Firstly, Louis confirmed that electrocution from a live board is a hazard; this can be isolated by turning off the board, tagging it, and locking access to the board so it cannot be turned back on while the circuit is being worked on. Moreover, another danger can be found in working at heights; which requires the use of a harness and fiberglass platform ladders. In addition, working in a confined space leaves an electrician more likely to be susceptible from glue fumes, or from oxygen removing gasses. Further, gas burners which are used on cabling, and the arcing of circuits can be the source of bodily burns. Louis added that many electricians aren’t adequately trained in asbestos identification; therefore a risk of unknowingly disturbing asbestos material may occur.

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Keeping our accommodation comfortable...

Keeping our accommodation comfortable... | People At Work - OSH issues | Scoop.it
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Danny works as a cleaner in a family owned motel. She said that her job can be physically demanding with an array of OHS issues; therefore, she is active in not treating safety complacently. A large majority of the duties that she undertakes requires the use of chemicals; thus, chemical exposure through skin absorption, inhalation or ingestion is a major risk. Also, Danny identified that her job requires a great deal of repetitive movements, which can cause mild strains or serious overuse injuries. In additions, trips and slips are of concern; such as when hotel cleaners work on wet floors or have to manoeuvre over electrical cords on floors. Similarly, working at height is also an OHS issue when the hotel cleaners need to climb ladders in order to clean walls, fans and air-conditioner vents.

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Elliotts News

Elliotts News | People At Work - OSH issues | Scoop.it
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Take note electrical employers and workers!!

Does your personal protective equipment meet Australian Standards? With the possibility PPE not meeting the right standard for a particular duty,  it might be time to spend a few minutes and make sure that your PPE is up to scratch for the task at hand.

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OSHA Hazards: Fall Protection - YouTube

WxTV will set its sights on the number one cause of fatalities on the job site, falls, and what OSHA requirements you need to know to protect yourself. Tune ...
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Fall protections systems are a necessary component for anyone working at heights. For electricians who regularly work at heights, taking the time to understand, maintain and correctly fit fall protection systems should be an integral part of the job. These systems mean the difference between a simpler slip, or serious injury and death.

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Voltage Detector Comparisons (non contact voltage testers) - YouTube

Fluke voltage detector: http://amzn.to/13Tw7CY Greenlee voltage detector: http://amzn.to/ZNKyTL Amazon.com: Sperry voltage detector:http://amzn.to/19Sq9ao Kl...
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A non-contact voltage detector is a diagnostic tool which helps an electrician to determine if a current is live, and at what level of voltage. In the tool preforming the way it does, electricians can use the detector to remove the risk of electrocution because they do not have to touch live currents to make these determinations.

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Risking her own safety to keep our kids safe...

Risking her own safety to keep our kids safe... | People At Work - OSH issues | Scoop.it
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Mandy had a very interesting job as a psychologist for a government child protection department (note: recently has changed positions). Office work consumed a large portion of her day; and she reports that inadequate lighting or prolonged computer use can cause eye strain, or incorrect posture and manual handling can cause back injuries. Mandy added that some of the more serious OHS issues are likely to occur when protection officers are visiting people’s houses. Some parents and children respond to the presence of child protection workers with hostility, and a small portion will respond with physical assault. Mandy recalled that she has been pushed to the ground by a parent on one occasion. Similarly, some of the houses which protection officers enter pose a health risk because of hygiene problems and the potential for needle stick injuries. In addition, being a child protection officer requires lots of driving, sometimes into rural areas; and as a result, fatigue can become a danger. Overall, Mandy suggests that the high stress work environment can lead to mental health issues in workers and cause a generalised ‘burn out’.

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Helping our furry mates...

Helping our furry mates... | People At Work - OSH issues | Scoop.it
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Kyam has been working as a vet nurse for the past 18 months. She remarks that ‘a vet surgery is a dangerous workplace if new employees aren’t properly educated to identify hazards or if machinery isn’t maintained accordingly’. Employees are at risk of needle stick injuries and infectious diseases whilst treating the animals. Furthermore, daily radiation exposure from x-ray machinery presents a significant OHS concern which needs to be controlled by limiting the exposure time, getting as much distance as possible from the radiation source, shielding the body with lead barriers, and monitoring the total radiation exposure with film badges. Similarly, leaking gasses pose a threat to employee’s safety, such as those that can escape from the surgery anaesthetic machine.

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