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!

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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!