Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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
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
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.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Every year, vast quantities of chemicals are sold and shipped, for use in workplaces around the world. And, with a global level of trade comes a need to ensure that the hazards pertaining to chemical products are clearly communicated - regardless of where in the world those products are being put to use.
While national laws and regulations relating to chemicals may be similar, they are often different enough to require multiple sets of Labels, Safety Data Sheets, and other information when being traded internationally.
All this creates the potential for confusion - which, when dealing with hazardous chemicals - could have disastrous consequences in the workplace.
Elevating Work Platforms are also referred to as EWPs or Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). The use of EWPs has been a major factor in the reduction of falls accidents in the workplace, and in many cases, the use of an EWP is the safest solution to enabling temporary work at height.
However, the use of EWPs is not risk free. There are many potential hazards associated with the use of EWPs.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat's best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA's M3 program
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Transparent Factory is the English name of an automobile production plant owned by German carmaker Volkswagen, designed by architect Gunter Henn, and opened in 2002. The original German name is Gläserne Manufaktur (factory made of glass, literally vitreous manufactory). Both the German and English names are a word play on the double meaning of transparent and glassy, referring to both optical transparency and transparency of the production process.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
These 2 photos clearly show 2 workplaces that could use a bit of housekeeping training! Not only are workplaces like these extremely hazardous, but most of the day would be spent trying to find that tool . . . We have an excellent DVD on Workplace Housekeeping. Housekeeping is an issue you can't ignore.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
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
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. Eleanor Everet
Better a thousand times careful than once dead. Proverb
Know safety, no injury. No safety, know injury. Unknown
Tomorrow - your reward for working safely today. Unknown
Safety isn't expensive, its priceless. Unknown
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Static electricity poses a number of threats to safety, the most significant of which being the potential for it to be a source of ignition for fires and explosions. Because static electricity can occur whenever objects, substances or people move, it is a natural by-product of many workplace processes. We have a DVD which defines Static Electricity, examines the potential hazards associated with static electricity, ways to control it, and a number of important safety precautions that should be followed when working in flammable atmospheres. CLICK HERE TO BUY IT!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Say-It Has a small collection of free safety posters that promote safety in the workplace. These posters are written in both English and Spanish.
NYSIF Safety Posters Offers 40 free safety posters in several different categories: Tool Safety, Eye and Head Safety, Construction Safety, Ladder Safety, Safety at the Workplace, Driving Safety, Food Industry Safety, and other areas as well.
Printshop101 Has six different free safety posters for the work environment.
Vermont SIRI Safety info There are several different safety posters available here on a variety of different subjects like: construction safety, home safety, health and fitness, driving safety, electrical safety, and many more.
Agric.gov Here are some great cartoon safety posters available for download.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Drugs and Alcohol are a problem in the workplace. The object of this program is to identify some of the problems and to look at a variety of options available to handle this issue.
These are just some of the facts:
- Of all people with alcohol or other drug-related problems, 60% - 70% are in full-time employment
- Of all workplace fatalities 15% - 30% are related to alcohol and other drugs
- Of all workplace accidents 20% - 30% involve people in an intoxicated state
- People with alcohol and drug problems have 200% - 300% more absenteeism
Included in the program:
- Definition of what is a workplace alcohol and drug problem
- Safety and issues associated with alcohol and drug problems
- Identification of problems
- Issues of confidentiality
- Drug and Alcohol Testing
It is commonly agreed that at least 10% of the entire workforce suffers from some form of drug dependency problem. This 10% figure is also seen by most to be on the increase.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A civilian cargo Boeing 747 crashed at Bagram Air Field near the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing all seven people aboard. The plane came down shortly after take-off and crashed within the boundaries of the US-run airbase, a NATO spokesperson at the base said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition dismissed the claim as "false". The cause of the crash is being investigated by emergency crews, but no sign of insurgent activity in the area was spotted at the time, the statement added.
Friday, April 26, 2013
• Scaffolds too low for the work height
• Standing on the guard rail
• Guard rails too low should be at least 900mm from the platform
• No internal ladder access to work platforms
• Scaffolds not erected to manufacturer’s instructions
• Poor job planning
• Poor worker training
• Lack of effective supervision
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Not all workplace hazards can be fully controlled or eliminated. When hazards in the work environment cannot be 'engineered out', or when guards, shields and other safety devices have limited effectiveness, there will often be a need to wear personal protective equipment.
It is important to understand that personal protective equipment is not a substitute for hazard control, but the last safety option to be implemented after all other practical safety measures have been considered and applied.
Personal protective equipment therefore is rarely used in isolation and is often incorporated into safety procedures as an added protection should an accident occur. This program examines in detail:
• Eye and Face Protection
• Head Protection
• Respiratory Protection
• Hearing Protection
• Protective Clothing
Accidents resulting from inadequate equipment and machine guarding cause some of the most traumatic injuries in the workplace today. This program covers the following:
• Why guards are used
• The risks associated with mechanical hazards
• The requirements for effective machine guarding
• The different types of guards and their functions
• Safe work practices when working with equipment and machinery
Advances in technology, safety standards and risk management have all contributed to increasingly effective guards being used in the workplace today, but despite all these advances, horrific accidents still occur.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Up to 70 people have been reported dead in a fertiliser plant explosion near Waco, Texas. The Emergency Medical Services director in the town of West, Dr George Smith, told the local KWTX station as many as 60 or 70 people had died and hundreds were injured in the blast on Wednesday night.
Our thoughts are with the community and families of those affected.