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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

GHS Training DVD

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.

New Release DVD: Elevating Work Platforms

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

Four-legged Running Robot!

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 Car Factory

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

Electrical Safety Shocker

These photos was taken on a building site somewhere in Australia. We don't need to point out what is wrong with these pictures!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Statue of Liberty construction pictures

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.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Terrifying Tsunami footage from Japan 2011

Here is some amazing, yet terrifying footage taken during the Tsunami in Japan in 2011.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Angle Grinder Accident

This video tell the tale of Frank and his angle grinder accident. He is extremely lucky to have lived to tell the tale.

Monday, July 22, 2013

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


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Shocking building practice

In this week’s absolute shocker we paraphrase the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. ‘A fall of six metres begins with a single short-cut.’

Falls are one of the biggest causes of death and injury to construction workers.
Remember, if you want to live to be an ancient construction worker; don’t take short-cuts with safety.

Friday, June 28, 2013

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:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Free Workplace Safety Posters

OSHA Safety Posters Here is the official OSHA's posters designed for the workplace.

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. Here are some great cartoon safety posters available for download.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

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
- Self-denial

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

Dramatic footage: Cargo Boeing 747 crashes at Bagram Airfield

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

Scaffold shocker

 Obvious problems

• 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

Hidden problems

• Poor job planning
• Poor worker training
• Lack of effective supervision

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Loading a digger onto a truck without ramps

This video shot somewhere in the USA shows a driver loading his digger onto a truck without the use of ramps! While we can appreciate the skill, the safety breaches here are obvious!

Friday, April 19, 2013

New Release DVD: PPE - An Introduction

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

New Release DVD: Machine Guards

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

Texas: Fertilizer plant explosion near Waco

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.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

4 Million Youtube views!

Safetycare has just reached the milestone of 4 Million views on our YouTube channel! Thanks to all of our customers and subscribers for your ongoing support. You can visit our YouTube Channel by clicking the image above.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Have a happy and safe Easter!

From all of us here at Safetycare, have a happy and safe Easter period!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture? Maybe that should be 'What's not wrong with this picture?'

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Amazing Infant Swimming Self-Rescue

Infant Swimming Resource's Self-Rescue™ program is the world's safest provider of survival swimming lessons for infants and young children.

Over 7 million safe lessons and nearly 800 documented cases of children utilizing ISR's survival techniques to save their own lives.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"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, February 27, 2013

Bear Grylls in new Air New Zealand Safety Video

The airline has released a quirky inflight safety video starring British adventurer and Man v Wild star Bear Grylls.

The video features not only Grylls, but some of New Zealand's native fauna including a kea, a tuatara, native glow worms, and even the extinct moa. Throughout he continues his trademark survival tips, wilderness advice and messages from Air New Zealand.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Most Dangerous Rope Bridge In The World – Hussaini Hanging Bridge

The Hussaini-Borit Lake Bridge is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world as it is very old, narrow, extremely high above the lake and to top it all off, wooden planks are missing.

The local people of Pakistan use several suspension bridges to cross rivers in and around northern Pakistan. Among these, the Borit lake bridge is well known around the globe for being the most dangerous and thrilling rope bridge.

Windmill turbine explosion

The braking mechanism that limits the speed of the wind turbine broke during a storm in Denmark in 2008. This was the outcome. The tower of the mill was 60m high, the wind speed was probably around 30 m/s and you can see a truck at the base of the mill, but nobody was hurt. The mill had been evacuated 400m in each direction.

Monday, February 11, 2013

4000 Subscribers on our YouTube Channel!

Safetycare has just reached the milestone of 4000 subscribers on our YouTube channel! Thanks to all of our customers and subscribers for your ongoing support. You can visit our YouTube Channel by clicking the image above.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Solar "Death Ray": Power of 5000 suns!

Made from an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish, it is covered in about 5800 3/8" (~1cm) mirror tiles. When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light is more than enough to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5'9" and is 42" across.
Unfortunately, the R5800 was completely destroyed in a storage shed fire on December 14, 2010.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Worst Playground Idea Ever

This unsafe piece of equipment should probably not have been used in the playground.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy new year 2013!

Here's wishing all of our friends and clients a happy and safe 2013. Cheers!