Friday, October 30, 2009

Working at Heights: This isn't really working!

Why is this worker free climbing the frame when there is a scissor lift available? Unfortunately, the scissor lift is the wrong type of elevated work platform to reach across the top of the building at the base of the billboard. Usually you can get where you need to work by selecting an appropriate EWP. When an EWP cannot reach, a fall arrest harness with a twin lanyard setup maybe acceptable.

Good balance, a firm grip and good luck just doesn’t make the grade.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Worksafe now sells 'Spare Body Parts' from vending machine!

Our Australian safety team attended (and presented some seminars at) Work Safe week in Melbourne, Australia this week. There were many seminars on Occupational Health and Safety being held which is just fantastic. All held in the new section of the Melbourne Convention Centre.

In the foyer there was this rather odd vending machine. At first glance it looked like a regular food-type vending machine, but as curious onlookers neared, it could be seen that the products within were body parts! We at Safetycare loved this. A simple artistic installation that reminds us that we can't replace our body parts as simply as just buying them from a vending machine, so we had better look after our own!

We hope you enjoy it too!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Managing Static Electricity Video

A must when working around Hazardous Substances

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.

The program 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.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bad Housekeeping at its finest!

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, snappy DVD on Workplace Housekeeping. Housekeeping is an issue you can't ignore.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

'I saw the sign!'

This 'I saw the sign!' was sent in by Akum; one of our readers.

This graphic warns of the danger of wearing loose fitting clothing around a bench drill press. It is important to never become complacent or forgetful of what you are wearing when using a bench drill press, lathe or any other rotating/moving piece of machinery. The potential entanglement accident can be quick and deadly. This particular hazard summary is from the Ministry of Labour, Ontario, Canada:

"A lathe operator was fatally injured while polishing a slotted steel shaft with emery paper. Before putting it in the lathe, he had machined three keyway slots along the 3" diameter shaft. After securing it between the chuck and the tailstock of the lathe he began polishing with a long strip of emery paper looped around the rapidly rotating shaft. The slots caught the strip of paper, which entangled his gloved hand and pulled his arm around the shaft, severing it from his body. He died later from extensive head, neck and chest injuries."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Forklift shocker!

This is not really the way to get those extra few feet required when using a forklift! Forklifts are one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Feel free to save and use this image in your training session, just click on the image to open a high resolution version.

We have a Forklift Safety Training Course Pack which contains a DVD and a training course manual. It's a comprehensive, cost effective training bundle. Well worth it . . . even if your forklift operators aren't as bad as those in the picture! Click here for more info.

Manual Handling Safety Training Bundle - Great value

Statistically manual handling injuries account for around 40% of all workplace accidents. These injuries include back injuries such as ruptured discs and torn muscles – they can also include injuries such as sprained ankles, strained neck muscles, tendonitis, spondylolisthesis, carpel tunnel syndrome and other forms of repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Clearly there is a need for a manual handling training program in every organisation because to some degree or other, everyone is exposed to the risk of incurring a manual handling injury.

  • Manual Handling - Child's Play DVD
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  • Lifting and Carrying DVD
  • Manual Handling DVD
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  • The Lifting and Carrying Training Course Manual

A definitive Manual Handling training solution, saving you $125. CLICK HERE TO GET IT!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

New to Safetycare's Safety Blog: 'Safety Moment'

Below is a television ad campaign that was run by the RTA several years ago called 'Safety Moment', and it got us thinking. Sometimes due to a near miss, an employee making a good suggestion, or just by natural progression, some of us have a 'Safety Moment'. A realization that we can do something, or we should change something to make our workplace safer.

If you have had a Safety Moment, we want to hear from you! If you have a story please email it (email address is top-right of the Blog) to us. We would love to share it with our readers.

Sharing safety moments is a great way to spread the safety message. Stay Safe!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Slips, Trips and Falls Video 2009

Slips, Trips and Falls is the second biggest issue in most workplaces after Manual Handling. The three most important factors contributing to the occurrence of slips, trips and falls are:

  • Poor design of the workplace
  • Poor workplace practices and procedures, and
  • Inappropriate human behaviour.

We have a great DVD on preventing slips, trips and falls. You can get it on it's own or as a part of our Falls Multi Pack. CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT. Stay safe everyone!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great Worksafe Poster

Worksafe in Australia have launched a new campaign called 'Don't turn your back on safety'. It focuses on the biggest safety issue in workplaces worldwide; Manual Handling. This is one of the posters that is doing the rounds. We think it perfectly summarises the entire concept of Safety.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Safety Quotations and Sayings

Here is a small collection of safety quotations. These are little sayings that remind us of the importance and real reason we invest in safety.

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

Monday, October 12, 2009

'I saw the sign!' - New to Safetycare's blog!

We are introducing a new segment on our blog. Its called 'I saw the sign!'

'I saw the sign!' brings to the fore safety signs, warnings, symbols and messages that we find on the equipment we use, workplaces we work in, or anywhere really! Safety warnings posted in these places can sometimes be so small they're not seen, or more commonly, we see them so often that we don't register them in our mind anymore. Either way we're bringing them to light!

Here is the first 'I saw the sign!'. Forklift turnovers can be fatal. For you forklift drivers out there, you have probably seen this warning sticker before. It is a good idea to refamiliarise yourself as to what to do in the event of a foklift turnover.

If you see an 'I saw the sign!' please take a picture of it and email it to us at

Fatigue in the Workplace 2009 training DVD

Fatigue is an issue that we can no longer ignore. The reason is that many international research bodies have concluded that being awake for 17 hours or more, have the same affect on the human body as having a 0.05% blood alcohol content.

Feeling tired or drowsy after prolonged mental or physical effort at work is normal. Fatigue, however is more than just feeling tired. Fatigue is an acute and/or chronic state of tiredness that can lead to mental and/or physical exhaustion. Fatigue prevents people from functioning within normal boundaries.

Fatigue is a diffucult issue to manage in the workplace. This is the best DVD on fatigue awareness out right now. To get it CLICK HERE!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Yet another poor work practice involving a forklift!

It's easy to see why Forklifts are a leading cause of death and serious injury in workplaces around the world. Pictures of unsafe (and we mean really unsafe) forklift use are not hard to find. Well, here is yet another! If you have forklifts in your workplace, make sure your forklift training and behavioural safety programs are up to date. It only takes a second, and a silly decision to potentially result in a fatality.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Lifting and Carrying from the 1970's!

This was a public information film that was screened in the 1970's. Even though it's old, the Manual Handling basics are still the same today. As we all know, injuries resulting from incorrect Manual Handling practices and procedures are amongst the most common.

We have many Manual Handling DVDs and Training Course Manuals on this very important subject including 'Child's Play', the industry's most talked about (and loved!) DVD on correct lifting and carrying. If you haven't seen it yet you must check it out!! Click here!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Safety Joke!

We thought you may get a laugh out of this! Have a safe day! Click to enlarge