Thursday, November 26, 2009

Forklift Accident Video - Lucky escape for driver

Although this video is not hugely 'dramatic', it illustrates perfectly just how vulnerable a forklift is when fully extended. You can also see that once momentum has taken hold of the tipping forklift, the driver is flung violently into the platform from which he his lifting from.

This could easily have resulted in an amputation, or death by crushing. Stay safety everyone. . . don't become complacent around the forklifts in your workplace.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers!

From all of us here at Safetycare, have a happy but most importantly safe Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 23, 2009

What's wrong with this picture?

If you can't see what's wrong have a look at the picture below:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

'I saw the sign!'

This weeks 'I saw the sign!' is related to motor vehicles. Now for the ones of us out there that have a reasonably late model vehicle, who has seen or noticed this little tag on the seat bolster before?

Not quite sure what it is, let's go in for a closer look. . . .

As cars become safer and safer, they are fitted with more and more airbags. This little tag indicates that there is a bolster seat airbag fitted to this car. The airbag will deploy (if needed) from the tagged area. It is important we all do a quick check over our vehicles as to where airbags are fitted. This ensures we don't accidently put inappropriate seat covers or dashboard covers on etc, that could render these safety devices not only useless, but potentially dangerous.

Have a quick look over your car today!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Giant Liebherr Digger demolishes car . . . in a very unique way!

Question: What happens when you dump 42 tonnes of water on top of a car within the space of about 2 seconds? Answer: See below!

Some specs on the Liebherr R98000
  • Overall operating weight - 804 tonne/1,772,520 lb
  • Bucket Capacity - 42 m3/54.9 yd3
  • Overall Length - 25330 mm/83’1”
  • Engine Output: 2 984 kW / 4 000 hp
  • Travel Speed: 0 – 1,8 km/h, optional 0 – 2,3 km/h/
    1,1 mph / 1,4 mph

Friday, November 13, 2009

Working at Heights Shocker!

This image was published in a newspaper article highlighting best practice in construction safety because the worker is wearing all the safety gear. [Those boots must be anti-gravity boots!]

Rather than being best practice, it displays two of the most dangerous work practices in construction:
• Working on a suspended load, and
• Working at height without fall protection.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Did someone say insane! 'The King's Little Pathway' in Spain:

Our team came across this video on 'Camino del Rey' in Spain. This walkway was built in 1905 for workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls. A walkway was needed to cross between the falls for inspection and maintenance of the channel.

The walkway is not maintained, and is highly deteriorated and dangerous. It is 3 feet wide, and is over 1000 feet above the river below. Almost the entire the path has no handrail and some parts of the concrete walkway have completely collapsed. All that is remaining is the steel beam originally in place to hold it up. One can latch onto a modern steel safety-wire to keep from falling, though it can't hold much weight. Several people have lost their lives on the walkway in recent years; after four people died in two accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed the entrances. However, many adventurous (and crazy) tourists still find their way onto the walkway to explore it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Slips, Trips and Falls accident waiting to happen!

Using a trolley as a substitute for a step ladder is a very unsafe practice. Falling, even from this seemingly low height can result in serious injury. Slips, Trips and Falls are the second most common accident category in the workplace today. This shot perfectly illustrates why. . .

Slips usually occur when there is a loss of grip between the shoe and the floor. This commonly occurs when there is a contaminant between the shoe and the floor. Trips occur when a person’s foot hits a low obstacle in the person’s path, causing a loss of balance. Often, the obstacle is not easily visible or noticed.

Below are links to some good Slips, Trips and Falls documentation, articles and codes of practice in your country:

Australia and New Zealand: Safe Work Australia
United States: OSHA
United Kingdom: Health and Safety Executive
Canada: Canada Safety Council

Also, please check out our DVD on Slips, Trips and Falls below:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sawstop - Great little invention!

We came across this Youtube video on 'Sawstop'. A table saw stopping system that stops a bench saw instantly when it detects an electrical signal, such as from a human finger or limb. Inventions like this (when realized into the real world) make a huge difference by adding an extra line of defence. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Workplace Fatigue - 2009 Safety 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!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

'I saw the sign!'

This weeks 'I saw the sign!' is related to safety in the home. Specifically to do with looking after our little ones.

This warning label can be found at the bottom of most modern chain or cord type of window blinds and coverings. 359 children were strangled by window covering cords from 1981 to 1995. That's 1 per fortnight.

In the majority of cases, strangulations occurred when parents thought the child was safe, such as in their rooms or in their bed asleep. Two common scenarios were found:
- Infants playing or sleeping in their beds near windows got caught and tangled in looped cords of the window covering.
- Toddlers, while trying to look out a window or climbing on furniture, lost their footing and were wrapped in the cord.

Have a walk around your home today to make sure there is no strangulation hazard around your windows.