Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Statue of Liberty construction pics

The people of France gave the Statue to the people of the United States over one hundred years ago in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Here are a few pictures during its construction in France in 1875-85.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Bullying in the Workplace safety video preview

Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination are all very serious issues in the workplace. Our new safety video deals specifically with bullying and has been extremely well received by our customers. It clearly defines what bullying behavior is, and outlines what should be done if bullying is witnessed or experienced in your workplace.

For further information or to purchase the DVD, please go to http://www.safetycare.com/en/shop/bullying-in-the-workplace/

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Our Safety Video YouTube Channel

 Safetycare's Preview YouTube Channel

We are the world's largest provider of concise and engaging workplace safety videos... and our YouTube channel is proof of that! Safetycare has the most subscribers of any safety content company in the world! Safetycare's YouTube video channel is all about previewing. Here you can preview a short version of any of our training videos.

From there, get in touch with us! If you are after just that particular DVD, or you would like to subscribe to Safetyhub (our entire suite of workplace safety videos), we'll get you up and running with safety training content that will get you results, and help your safety messages get through!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Painting the Eiffel Tower

This is a shot of workers in 1932 painting the Eiffel Tower. Back in the days WAY before fall prevention and fall suppression!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Amazing Invention: Scalevo - The Stairclimbing Wheelchair

The Scalevo wheelchair is electric powered and balances on two wheels while driving on even ground. To climb and descend stairs or overcome bigger obstacles a set of tracks can be lowered dynamically to keep the user level at all times.

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Safety Video: Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos was once a widely used material: cheap, strong, fire and water resistant, and sound-absorbent, it was valuable in many applications – from building to automotive manufacturing to a range of fire resistant products.

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral, which exists in various forms, including white, blue and brown asbestos. But what all forms of asbestos have in common is the thin fibres which the substance is made up of.  It is these fibres that pose a threat to humans – when the fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious damage to the lungs.

This program covers:

• The Dangers of Asbestos
• Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, and Lung Cancer
• Where can we find Asbestos?
• Hazards of Asbestos
• Control Measures
• The Asbestos Register
• Asbestos Monitoring
• Personal Protective Equipment

This program has been produced to be shown to all personnel who may potentially come across asbestos in the workplace.

New Safety Video: Electrical Safety

Most workplaces are literally surrounded by a maze of electrical circuits.  Cables, conduits and extension cords deliver electricity to plant, equipment appliances and lights.

The vast majority of people know very little about electricity and this lack of knowledge makes it very difficult for people to recognise potential hazards.  Without a basic understanding of how electricity behaves and what effects electricity can have on the human body, it is very difficult to understand what we as individuals can or should do, to reduce the risks associated with specific electrical hazards.

This program contains the following information:

Basic facts – definitions and explanations of basic electrical terms.
Basic rules – states and explains the three basic rules that apply to electricity.

 Rule #1 - Electricity will only travel in a circuit.
 Rule #2 - Electricity will always travel in the path of least resistance.
 Rule #3 - Electricity will always try to travel to the ground.

Effects of Current on the Human Body – explains what effects different current levels will have on the body.  Also explains how the resistance offered by the human body can vary under different circumstances.

Common Hazards – this section looks at the most common hazards found in the workplace, including overhead power lines and the use of extension cords.

Hazard Control – this section identifies human error as the number one cause of electrical accidents in the workplace.  The section also covers the most common ‘do’s and don’ts’ that apply to electrical safety and finishes with information on the wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment.

Electricity is a convenient, cost effective and surprisingly safe source of energy in every workplace.  We should however not become complacent about the potential hazards associated with electricity.  Even though there are relatively few accidents associated with electricity, many of the accidents that do happen have serious or devastating results.

Friday, August 7, 2015

August Safety Shocker!

This Absolute Shocker was sent in by a reader who writes: “While assessing the worksite to quote on the refurbishment of a commercial high-rise, this guy decided the only way to gain an understanding of how to remove old construction material and get new material to the upper floors was to climb over the balcony handrail and hang over the edge to get photos of the potential crane lifting areas.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Shocker of the month!

It’s common to get the foundations checked when you buy a house. When you inspect a scaffold always do the same. No matter how good the scaffold looks, if the scaffold’s foundations are wrong it’s all wrong.

  • Soleplates should be at least equivalent in size and strength to scaffold planks
  • If soleplates are stacked, to increase height, they should be stacked vertical so they bear even on the ones below and in manner that prevents them slipping out when under load
  • The baseplate should also bear evenly on the soleplate, so the load is transferred directly onto the ground.
Never take shortcuts with scaffold foundations.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Check out our new Learning Management System: Safetyhub!

Let us introduce you to Safetyhub: Cross-platform Safety Training Video Streaming with Assessments and Trainee Management.

Safetyhub is a giant leap forward in how safety training video content is delivered! Safetycare videos can be streamed and viewed on any device. iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, Android, you name it. If you want to train a group of people by presenting a video on a large projector - easy. Or maybe your staff have iPhones and you would like them to train on those. No problem. Any combination. Any device!

Please visit www.safetyhub.com for more info!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Static Electricity Explosion

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!

Monday, December 22, 2014

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 2014 and we look forward to seeing you in 2015! From the team at Safetycare.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"The Door to Hell" gas deposit

The Derweze area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 metres (230 ft). To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. Locals have dubbed the cavern "The Door to Hell".

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Construction shocker

The safety inspector who found this Absolute Shocker wrote, “The scariest part about this situation is that the person who put it together has a builder’s licence for projects up to $5 million, a site 
supervisor’s ticket and safety supervisor’s ticket.” 

There is no excuse for not providing a proper scaffold for this type of work, not only is it safer; the 
work can be done easier and quicker. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Video: Confined Spaces Safety

Every year there are serious accidents involving confined spaces in the workplace. A significant number of these are fatal and it is not uncommon for accidents to result in multiple fatalities. In order to reduce the number of confined space accidents we need to have a fundamental understanding of the hazards and risks that are associated with confined spaces.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Great tire safety device!

A tire safety video from Branick Industries highlighting the dangers of an exploding tire and the benefits to using an inflation cage and auto inflator.

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.