Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Window Cleaning shocker


This Absolute Shocker is another in a long list of shockers, where window cleaners have climbed out onto an exposed ledge to clean the glass. Never take short cuts when working at height and always develop a safe system of work for the task. Always use fall protection appropriate to the location, or don’t do the work!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Safety footwear?

 
No, it’s not a joke photo - this young bricklayer was actually found onsite working in these disreputable boots. Needless to say he was booted off the job and told not to come back till he had appropriate footwear and the rest of his personal protective equipment (PPE). Remember safety footwear should be:

- suitable for the work
- maintained in good condition
- soles not worn out, split or cracked
- protective caps not showing
- uppers not ripped or cut
- worn correctly

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Brilliant mobile phone and driving advert



Kudos Volkswagen. What a brilliant way to communicate how risky it is to use mobile phones while driving.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Release DVD: Fire Safety Awareness



Fire awareness is an attitude, an attitude that incorporates the understanding of four basic areas which are:

• The Nature of Fire
• The Causes of Fire
• The Behavior of Fire
• Fire Safety Management

Included in the program:

• A simple scientific explanation of fire
• Identification of common workplace hazards associated with fires
• Fire behavior characteristics, which include the following five principles:

1. Fire must obey physical laws
2. Where there's fire there's smoke
3. It is the vapor that burns
4. Oxygen increases fire intensity
5. The principle of cooling, smothering and starving

New release DVD: Office Safety



This program has been produced to inform and educate on the safety issues that exist in the office environment. It looks at the common and often overlooked hazards that could exist in an average office, and how these hazards can be recognised and controlled to reduce the risks to individuals working in offices.

Monday, May 19, 2014

World's largest crane


Taisun is the world's strongest crane and has a safe working load of 20,000 metric tons. Taisun is designed and built for the installation of very large modules in semi submersibles and FPSO projects and located at Yantai Raffles Shipyard in Yantai, Shandong Province, China. The crane holds the three heaviest lifts of all time: 20,133 metric ton, 17,100 ton and 14,000 ton.

Click here to see a slide show showing a lift in progress: http://www.slideshare.net/nielshaakman/worlds-largest-crane-in-action-presentation

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Google's Self-Driving Car Test



Google announced a self-driving car project in 2010 to make driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient. Having safely completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, its first car hit the streets in California this week.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Powerful New Zealand road safety advert



This powerful advert entitled 'Mistakes' attempts to make drivers think twice about speeding.

Two drivers are seen on a path to collision when time slows down and stops, allowing them to get out of their vehicles and talk about the situation.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ladder shocker!

 
It looks like these workers have put themselves at high risk by using whatever step ladders and materials they have found in their vehicles or around site. There are many safer alternatives to this flimsy setup, including:
  • Properly building a scaffold from the landing to the balcony
  • Working from a boom lift
  • Using a scissor lift with an extending deck.  
Falls from height continue to be the biggest killer of construction workers so never take short cuts with height safety.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Engine failure test of Airbus A380 Rolls-Royce Trent 900



This video shows a planned engine failure of Airbus A380 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines in controlled conditions.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Squirrel fills huge 'empty drum type' antenna full of acorns!

In Bear Creek Pennsylvania, a telecommunication transmission antenna failed. Upon inspection it was found to be bulging full of acorns stored there by a squirrel, or most probably a woodpecker. Amazing footage!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Huge chainsaw powered by V8 engine!

These 2 guys from America have designed and built a working chainsaw from a 300 HP V8 engine. Technically, this piece of machinery is a marvel, but all we can think is . . . Guys, wear some PPE!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Full list of UN numbers


UN numbers are four digit numbers that identify hazardous substances, dangerous goods and articles (such as explosives, flammable liquids, toxic substances, etc.) in the framework of international transport.

Below is a great link to the entire list of UN numbers from Wikipedia, enjoy!

FULL LIST OF UN NUMBERS

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Free climbing Shanghai Tower (650 meters)



This video breaks every OHS law known to man! The description of this video is simple: "Today we will show you how to climb on second tallest building in the world. Shanghai Tower, China." Well, they certainly do that.....

Monday, February 10, 2014

New release DVD: Safety Data Sheets - Important Terms



The Safety Data Sheet is the internationally accepted basis for supplying sound written scientific information on hazardous substances.

Safety Data Sheets provide essential information that includes details on how to use substances safely without harmful effects to people or the environment. This program provides a more in depth explanation of some of the important terms you may come across in Safety Data Sheets including:

• LD50, & LC50
• PEL and TLV
• Vapor Pressure
• Vapor Density
• Flammability Limits
• Flashpoint and Fire Point, and
• pH

Safety Data Sheets can be very challenging to read and understand but they do contain a wealth of information.  Having an ability to properly interpret them will make it easier to arrive at informed decisions regarding the use of hazardous substances.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Release DVD: Safety Data Sheets - An Introduction



The Safety Data Sheet is the internationally accepted basis for supplying sound written scientific information on hazardous substances.

Safety Data Sheets provide essential information that includes details on how to use substances safely without harmful effects to people or the environment.

This program covers:
• The basic layout of Safety Data Sheets
• Why SDSs are commonly used
• A breakdown on the most important safety related sections found in most SDSs, including:
        Hazard Identification
        Exposure Controls and Personal Protection
        Physical and Chemical Properties
        Stability and Reactivity, and
        Toxicological Information.

Safety Data Sheets can be very challenging to read and understand but they do contain a wealth of information.  Having an ability to properly interpret them will make it easier to arrive at informed decisions regarding the use of hazardous substances.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This day in history: Challenger Explosion



Space Shuttle Challenger was NASA's second Space Shuttle orbiter to be put into service, Columbia having been the first. The shuttle was built by Rockwell International's Space Transportation Systems Division in Downey, California. Its maiden flight was on April 4, 1983, and it completed nine missions before breaking apart 73 seconds after the launch of its tenth mission, on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Close up of a match burning in ultra slow motion



This is a macro sequence of a match burning. It was shot at 4000 frames per second. As you can see this is an extremely tight shot. There was over 2000 watts of light within 4 inches (10 CM) of the match, with mirrors and reflectors too.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Amazing cantilever bridge in the Netherlands!

The Slauerhoff Bridge is a fully automatic tail bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. It uses two arms to swing a section of road in and out of place within the road itself. It is also known as the “Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge”. A tail bridge can quickly and efficiently be raised and lowered from one pylon (instead of hinges). This allows boats to pass quickly while only briefly interruppting the flow of traffic.



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy Holidays from Safetycare!



To all of our Blog readers, we wish you a happy (and most importantly safe!) holiday period. Thank you for your support in 2013 and we look forward to seeing you in 2014! From the team at Safetycare.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Amazing bicycle invention - The Copenhagen Wheel



The Copenhagen Wheel was initially developed at MIT's SENSEable City Lab as a research project, sponsored by the Mayor of Copenhagen. It has won multiple design awards and been reviewed in over 1,000 media publications, including BBC, Wired and the New York Times - not to mention a glamourous acting debut during a whole season of TV series Weeds. Most importantly, Superpedestrian has been receiving daily requests for pre-orders - over 14,000 messages to date.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

World's largest remote control airplane!



Amazing video showing the flight of an Airbus A380 model at the Albis Flugtag RC Show 2012 in Switzerland!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

EWP Shocker!


This week’s Absolute shocker is another example of a contractor cutting corners when working in the back blocks. This shocker was spotted by an inspector when he drove past on the way to a job. The inspector says ‘everyone knew it was not the way to do it, but they still did it’.

There is no excuse for not using purpose designed height access equipment as there’s a wide range of equipment now available to suit most applications. Proper planning will help ensure the right equipment is onsite when required.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Is this for reel?


This week’s Absolute shocker in Worksafe's Safety Soapbox was sent in by a health and safety professional who wrote to them saying that after 15 years in the OHS game, he’d seen a lot of unsafe things onsite… including a guy cutting the hose off a fire reel. ‘What are you doing?’ asked the health and safety professional to the hose cutter. ‘I can’t find a wash down hose’, hose guy replied.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

PetMan Military Robot



Darpa PetMan Military Robot. Also known as Atlas proto. This video covers the life of 'PetMan'. PetMan is being developed by Boston Dynamics for DARPA. This humanoid robot Walks, crawls, kneels, marches, running, jumping, climbs stairs and moves around obstacles.

Apparently designed for testing chemical suits, but it can perform various tasks dynamically, such as search and rescue operations in fire, nuclear and other hazardous conditions, without human exposure.

In April 2009, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $26.3m contract to the Midwest Research Institute (MRI) towards the development of IPE and the PETMAN.