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Go-kart firm fined after scarf death

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The company and manager in charge of a raceway where a teenager died in a go-karting accident are fined more than £10,000 for safety breaches. (RT @simplycomply: A tragic reminder of why health and safety is so important...

Via Griffin Safety
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This type of accident shouldn't have happened... but it did. The duty of care of the company and the manager, to keep safe the patrons failed. Dress regulations and best practices are developed for a reason. The fatality was so preventable. One can only hope that the severity of the occurrence will prevent a tragedy like this happening again.

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This is precisely why fit for purpose risk assessments should be completed by all organisations.

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Home - Safe Work Australia

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This site contains materials supporting the WHS laws including; the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model Codes of Practice. Analysis of data and research relating to work health and safety and workers’ compensation is available from this site.
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Safe Work Australia pertains to, as its name states, all things safety related to work in Australia. It is an excellent website for all material relating to legislation, regulations, codes of practice along with links to other useful websites and contacts. Utilise the search box or follow the tab menus to relevant material. Risk management and guidance on go karting OHS issues can be found here.

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Go_Karting_Coronial_Inquest_2012.pdf

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Above are the findings of a Go Karting Coronial Inquest. It was a fatal go karting accident which could have been avoided. Whether you own your own go kart or hire from an amusement facility, it is paramount you understand the OHS parameters. If you don't, it essential you speak with someone that does. As the representative of a go karting facility, complacency towards OHS legislation, regulations, and codes of practice plays no part.  Go karting is a dangerous sport even when guidelines are followed. Awareness and attentiveness to all safety legislation, policy and procedure is mandatory.  This fatality should never have occurred. Hopefully learning what has happened here will prevent a reoccurrence of such an ill fated event.

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Karting Australia #RacingStartsHere

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Formed in 1966 the Australian Karting Association (AKA) is the association appointed by the Federation Internationale de I'Automobile (FIA) and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) to administer and control the sport of karting in Australia.
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The Australian Karting Association (AKA) website is a one stop shop for everything karting. Apart from the latest news and racing dates, the website provides a wealth of information for cadets through to  senior karters in regards to licencing, policies and procedures, safety, regulations and restrictions. If you are into Go Karts, this site provides guidance on everything you need to know.

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Following regulations and best work practices goes a long way to ensuring the well being of beloved pets.

Following regulations and best work practices goes a long way to ensuring the well being of beloved pets. | Quest into OHS | Scoop.it
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Stef is passionate about her career as a Veterinary Nurse. Aside from her love of all living creatures, she understands the importance of adhering to all OHS requirements to keep herself, her fellow workers and all the animals safe and promote wellness. Risk and hazard minimisation is crucial in such a vulnerable environment. A number of OHS items were identified through our conversation. They included:

 

Knowledge of lifting techniques  -    heavy things/animals

Proper handling of chemicals and drugs

Infection/Disease control

Waste disposal (bodies, sharps, etc)

Parasite/Pesticide control (fleas especially)

Animal handling and restraint

Anaesthetic gas control

Proper housing of animals

Temperature control

Proper care and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Prompt reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses.

Emergency and evacuation procedures.

Bite and scratch wounds should receive immediate medical evaluation and care due to risks of infection

Barking dogs in kennels and other confined spaces – cover animals cage to try to stop barking

Personal Protective Equipment is supplied

Plus the usual of keeping things out of walkways, extension leads not in inappropriate areas, computer OH&S, etc

Appropriate signage

Current liability insurance

Regulation drug and chemical logging/storage

 

Stef makes a point of conducting herself professionally and doing everything by the book. When it comes to OHS requirements, she knows there is too much at stake to disregard regulations and best work practices.

 

 

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Risks minimised by simple measures in rowing.

Risks minimised by simple measures in rowing. | Quest into OHS | Scoop.it
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Courtney's passion is rowing. She loves everything it offers, from being outdoors, on the water, making friends, enjoying teammanship, setting goals, achieving personal bests, making new friends, keeping fit, and visiting new places. Without realising it, being involved with rowing you are also involved with risk minimisation by simply following the guidelines and participating in the directed manner. Through our discussion we unveiled many OHS aspects involved with rowing.

 

Firstly, for students, adequate adult supervision is required. There is a child to adult ratio restriction. Blue cards are compulsory, as is a current coaching qualification.  Furthermore, a boat license is required if driving a tinny to help with instruction and rescue. A first aid certificate (including CPR) is also essential for supervisors and coaches.

 

Emergency and evacuation procedures are established and relayed to all involved. Practicing the procedures is required for exposure and experience.

 

Equipment required includes row boats that meet all regulations i.e. safety, industry, and specific rowing classifications; a tinny (small motor boat) for assistance with instruction and rescue; first aid kits (regularly checked and restocked, personal sun safety items like hat, sunscreen, shirt, etc. Additionally, relevant signage to indicate rules, regulations and procedures are displayed. Maintenance of equipment is also essential to keep in good, safe operational order.

 

Drinking water should be accessible for all, and should be with a person throughout the session.

 

Communication systems are required to be in place. Loud speaker, mobile phone, messenger, electronic device and/or any other means or format is acceptable to relay information.

 

Awareness of current weather conditions and surrounds is essential, as is knowledge of lifting/carrying techniques for posture and minimisation of injury. Regular exercise is recommended for endurance, cardio, physical strength, flexibility and correct posture building.

 

First aid and incident registers are compulsory, as is registration to a rowing club and current liability insurance held by the club for protection of both members, club and patrons against injury and liability.

 

For Courtney, all OHS related items are part and parcel of the sport and are present to protect all involved. The items are not hard to adhere to, and  combined, provide a sense of security knowing everyone's safety and best interests are being looked after. The many preventative measures limit the risks.

 

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Contractor mine deaths prompt safety alert

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Queensland's Mines Safety Commissioner has issued an alert about the number of contractors killed on Australian mine sites in the last six months and called on the industry to look after its workers.
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'A single site specific safety and health management system (SHMS) is used for employees and contractors to ensure that risks are controlled on any given site; however, a contractors company has its own safety and health management systems. Do these always correlate?

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Poor Diet in Shift Workers: A New Occupational Health Hazard?

Poor Diet in Shift Workers: A New Occupational Health Hazard? | Quest into OHS | Scoop.it
PLOS Medicine is an open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal that publishes outstanding human studies that substantially enhance the understanding of human health and disease.
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Food for thought! Shift workers, working long hours or simply leading busy lives quite often goes hand in hand with grabbing a quick fix for food. Could random eating habits be described as an occupational health hazard? I believe so. Australian obesity and diabetes 2 statistics certainly tell a story on eating/fitness habits. Education is working - but not quick enough. Some form of incentive to regulate could be a possibility.

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Making fly-in, fly-out a women's game

Making fly-in, fly-out a women's game | Quest into OHS | Scoop.it
This single mum on a four on - three off roster says fly-in, fly-out means more stability and time with the kids.
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On the flip side of the coin, here is a positive angle on 'FIFO'. As with all topics, facts need to be weighed up as to the effects of a situation, or impacts of an event or arrangement. What works for some, does not work for others. Companies being accessible to their employees is the bridge to a healthy, harmonious, productive, safe,  workplace.

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China's Gold hub hit by ethnic unrest

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China has encouraged massive investment in the region that has produced double-digit economic growth in the province over the years.
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I would ask to what degree does OHS get involved in a situation such as this? Civil unrest to an organisation most certainly puts at risk the well being of its employees. Does management work 'alongside' OHS? What does take precedence, the socio - or political?

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Stress takes toll on worker health - Safety Institute of Australia

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As the article says, there is no one easy fix for stress; however, communication between an organisation and its employees would go a long way to remedying the problem. Flexible work hours and addressing the size of work loads would go a long way to alleviating part of the problem.

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Kart Oz Magazine

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Kart-Oz Magazine is a renowned  monthly karting magazine full of sport specific information on karting. More specifically, it has an excellent regular feature, 'Tech Talk', which pertains to maintaining go karts.  As much as it is a glossy magazine full of paid advertising, it does keep karters up with current information and issues, and provides technical support and guidance on maintaining go karts to a safe standard.

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CIRCUIT-CONSTRUCTION-AND-SAFETY-STANDARDS-VERSION-3.pdf

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Attached is an excellent document for any go kart enthusiast to be familiar with. Whether driver, office barer, helper or track overseer, the standards familiarise the reader with all requirements pertaining to safety and the track. This document allows the reader to know their environment and its boundaries.

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Dynamic-2014-KA-Manual-15042014.pdf

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2014 Karting Australia Manual. This is the bible of karting. It will provide information on everything you need to know in regards to rules, regulations, technical information, personal protective clothing requirements, and kart specifications; everything to stay safe whilst trackside. The manual is an excellent resource that addresses many known OHS issues.

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Nursing relies on OHS management to provide a safe and healthy working environment.

Nursing relies on OHS management to provide a safe and healthy working environment. | Quest into OHS | Scoop.it
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Donna's career is nursing; a field well entrenched in OHS issues. All  are implemented for the well being of staff, patients and all other persons connected in the medicinal environment.

 

Firstly, being covered by OHS legislation and having representation is mandatory. As is being provided with a safe and healthy working environment which includes buildings, equipment and systems to perform work without risk to physical or psychological health or safety.

 

Having safe methods of storing, transporting and utilising medical substances is essential, as is providing personal protective equipment.

 

Providing adequate information, education, training and instruction at all levels is another issue, and so too is having communication systems in place. i.e signage, meeting, registers etc.

 

Continually monitoring risk management is another issue. Registers for monitoring work related injury, illness or hazards are all in place.

 

Manual handling is to be minimised, with aids available where possible and environments permitted to be changed to accommodate. Training in manual handling is given.

 

Systems and mechanisms are required to be in place for infectious disease and blood borne pathogens. Vaccinations and needleless systems used where possible. Furthermore, voluntary testing and immunisation is offered to staff. Systems, equipment, education and training should also be in place for hazardous substances.

 

Emergency and evacuation procedures should be documented, communicated and practiced.

 

Donna notes OHS issues listed here are not exhaustive as they continue through various levels of nursing and in different departments. OHS has many complex issues; however, it protects both the staff and the patients and it enables the environment to function smoothly  and safely. Change and improvement are possible due to the accessibility and communicative manner of the representatives involved in OHS and their management of the systems.

 

 

 

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Office related occupations are not without hazards or risks but can be easily managed.

Office related occupations are not without hazards or risks but can be easily managed. | Quest into OHS | Scoop.it
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Mitchell advises his loan management role within the banking sector is relatively straight forward; however, there are underpinning OHS issues  imminent but procedures are in place to keep him and his colleagues healthy and protected from the occupational hazards and risks.

 

Monitors and seating require being set at correct levels to eliminate strains and posture related problems.  Correct lighting is  important to eliminate eye strain and wrist rest assist in eliminating repetitive  strain injury (RSI).

 

Closed in footwear is recommended for protection against anything landing on feet i.e. weight/chemical.  To further eliminate injury, cupboard doors and drawers are required to be closed. Regular breaks are suggested for stretching and resting the body, brain and eyes. Where lifting and carrying is involved, correct techniques are taught, trolleys are used, and ladders are required for activities at height.  Incident registers are maintained.

 

Electrical points are required to be covered and  cables tied back. Cleaning & office chemicals need to be stored correctly in a safe and secure location and material safety data sheets are required to be stored together with and also in a seperate identified location. Emergency and evacuation procedures are in place, meeting places are identified and made known to all staff. Evacuations are practiced.

 

His office does have regularly checked first aid kit, a First Aid Officer and OHS Officer. First aid and incident registers are present and communication systems are known to all staff.

 

Appropriate signage is located around the offices in relation to procedures and relevant information.  Drinking water has also been made available to encourage individuals to stay hydrated.

 

Liability insurance is also current, building and industry standards met.

 

Although relatively inconspicuous, OHS issues are present in Mitchell's office but with an OHS officer present, the issues are addressed and communicated to all staff with the minimum amount of office related injury experienced.

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Go karting: the fun of it outweighs the risk if safety precautions are followed.

Go karting: the fun of it outweighs the risk if safety precautions are followed. | Quest into OHS | Scoop.it
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Through Sam's eyes, go karting equals speed; it pushes the boundaries and is adrenalin pumping fun. With it, however, he realises danger is synonymous. Risk of injury to self and others, damage to karts, fire, death; the list goes on. To minimise the risks and ensure maximum protection to health and safety for all involved in the sport, there are a number of occupational health and safety issues that are addressed.

 

Track licenses, registrations and insurances are compulsory and required to be up to date. Licensing ensures all drivers know the rules. Registration covers the driver for, amongst other things, insurance purposes, and the insurance covers the driver and club for injury and liability.

Awareness and adherence of government acts, regulations and procedures that govern the sport are required by all persons. The level of knowledge pertains to the role of the person involved with go karting, i.e., driver, committee member, club office bearer or state or federal association member or legislator.

Safety systems must be known for the experienced and inexperienced so visual and verbal aids are used. Upkeep and monitoring of the systems must be maintained. Driving in one direction and entering pit in a certain manner are good examples.

Emergency, evacuation procedures must be in place, known to all, practiced and maintained.

Guarding around the track is essential for both driver, spectator and officials. This could be in the form of fencing, tyres, hay bails, dirt mounds.

Karts must be maintained to a safe standard.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing must be worn when driving – suit, gloves, closed shoes, helmet, neck brace etc. Closed in shoes are mandatory for any involvement with the karts.

First aid kits must be available. First aid and OHS officers need to be known. An identified location for kits and persons is the accepted procedure.

Plenty of drinking water is essential as the climate is hot and dehydration is common, especially when perspiring so much in all the protective clothing whilst on the very hot bitumen track

Appropriate signage is mandatory. Its also an excellent way to communicate rules and regulations.

Other communication mechanisms are used i.e. loud speakers, two ways, electronic devices and phones.

 

Sam loves the thrill that go karting gives him and at the same time he knows its essential to adhere to the rules and regulations implemented by the sport. He knows they are in place not only for his own health and safety but to allow all go karters to enjoy the sport simultaneously with minimum fear of injury or incident.

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Fake mine training qualifications prompts safety alert

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A number of Queensland mine workers could be operating under false qualifications, forcing the Department of Natural Mines and Resources to issue a safety warning to mining companies.
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Whose responsibility is it to ascertain currency/authenticity of a training provider? The employer or the worker? Either way, the ramifications of fraudulent qualifications are immense. As an individual, it would be work smart to verify your own training arrangements. Clear guidelines on responsibility should be in place.

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▶ chilling video highlights fatigue danger - YouTube

This driver fatigue safety training video is available in Australian and UK versions. This safety video is also available as a multimedia e-learning course. ...
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Driving when fatigued is a very real danger on our roads. Driving when tired you endanger others as well as yourself. Are we doing all we can to eliminate this all too real problem? What is being done? What more could be done?

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Fly-in, fly-out jobs strain families and work loyalty

Fly-in, fly-out jobs strain families and work loyalty | Quest into OHS | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA'S growing army of fly-in, fly-out workers - which now numbers around 200,000 people in the mining sector - suffer from severe stress on their family relationships, and many believe their companies don't care about them, new research has found.
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FIFO is not a 'one shoe fits all' situation. It's true the financial gains are great for the employee and the company receives its allocated hours/days productivity from each individual but the impacts on personal/family life can be great. For both the employee and families involved , making the physical and psychological shift is, in many cases, an ongoing challenge.  Recognising this fact, support from companies to assist in the constant transition is fundamental in the FIFO arrangement. Are there systems, arrangements or conditions built into FIFO contracts to address the transitional issue and to provide support to the employee and their family?

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CAT Creates Technology To Detect If Drivers Are Fatigued Or Sleeping

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CAT are developing new technology that will detect if its machinery drivers are becoming tired or sleeping on the job, in an attempt to curtail workplace accidents.

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If this technology works, it has many welcome applications in a multitude of industries. Fatigue in the workplace, especially in the mining industry requires constant monitoring.

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Changing her Tune - BCIT Occupational Health & Safety Grad Changes Careers

Dailaan Shaffer was forced to make a career change in mid-life, so she headed straight to BCIT and enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety program: ht...
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Change and adaptability is a part of life. Embrace it. The rewards can often be meaningful and many.

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