WorkSafe Describes 2016 As Horror Year

Victorian employers and employees have been urged to prioritise safety following a horrific year during which 26 people were killed on the job.

We should all be working to make sure 2017 is a safer year than 2016 during which 7 people were killed in the construction sector.

The youngest person killed was 21 and the oldest 94.

There were 4 falls from height and 3 fatal electrocutions.

Employers and employees should prioritise safety from the start, so that all workers can get home safely at the end of the work day.

Read more at http://www.worksafenews.com.au/news/item/542-workplaces-urged-to-do-more-after-horror-2016.html

Vertical Forests of The Future

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Source: Gizmodo.com.au

Would you like to live in a city full of vertical forests or skyscrapers covered in plants? Or would you enjoy living in such a structure itself?

Well we may start to see these structures around alot more, especially if you visit Switzerland where the latest one designed by Italian designer Stefano Boeri is under construction.

The 116 m skyscraper is expected to be completed by 2017 when it will house tenants in luxury apartments, retail space and restaurant.

Just how sustainable these reinforced concrete vertical skyscrapers are, is yet to be discovered.

 

Source: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/11/we-are-all-doomed-to-live-in-vertical-forests-now/

Safest Workers in the Country

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Source: www.amarolawfirm.com

Workers in Gympie in Queensland are among the safest in the country, according to data from WorkSafe Australia.

The region was one of the few areas in the region and the country that had no injury or fatality compensation claims accepted in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 financial years.

Workplace health and safety is a crucial topic that employers need to concern themselves with. While safety has improved over the last 2 decades, there is still alot more that needs to be done to bring down the number of serious injuries claims nation wide – in the 2012-2013 period there were 118,000 across Australia.

 

 

Source: http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/work-safe-yes-we-do/2759721/

Study Proves Long Hours Could be Bad for Your Health

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Source: www.safetynewsalert.com

The results of a recent study are especially important for those in the construction industry to consider because of the long hours we sometimes work.

According to the study by researchers from University College London, working longer hours could affect a person’s cardiovascular health and increase the risk for a stroke.

During the study, those who worked longer hours have a 33% risk of having a stroke and 13% chance of having coronary heart disease than those who work standard hours of 35-40 hours per week.

To find out more, click here.

 

 

 

Workplace Health and Safety News: Man Killed in Excavator Accident

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Caption: Man Killed by Excavator on Tanah Merah worksite.  Source: Deere.com

It has been reported that a worker in his fifties was killed in an excavator incident at a Tanah Merah site. Details into the incident have not been provided however it is believed that paramedics were called to the worksite around 10:30am on Friday. They were unable to revive the injured man. We will provide more updates as they become available.

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OHS News – Safely Working in Extreme Cold

(Photo: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Hot environments are a topic often given attention but cold environments also present a very real and serious hazard to workers. Because construction workers spend much of their time outdoors, working in extreme environments are a particular concern.

Our bodies are unable to acclimatize to the cold in the same manner that they can adapt to heat and so some would argue that extreme cold is more dangerous than extreme heat. When the body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related illnesses and injury may occur and permanent tissue damage and possibly death may result.

Lowering of body temperature (also known as hypothermia) has an effect on the brain, causing erratic behaviour and numbness, muscular weakness and cramps. Hypothermia can occur when land temperatures are above freezing or water temperatures are below 37° C and symptoms may include fatigue and drowsiness, uncontrolled shivering, bluish skin, slurred speech or inability to speak, hypothermia, irritable or confused behaviour or even frost bite.

Some of the long term effects can include arthritis, rheumatism, chest complaints and heart disease, because of the strain on the heart caused by circulatory changes so this is not an issue to be taken lightly.

In order to work safely in a cold environment:

  • Wear the appropriate PPE (Personal protective wear)
  • Take breaks in a warm place or rest area out of the cold and get warm
  • Drink warm liquids such as soup or hot chocolate
  • Take frequent rest breaks out of the cold
  • Delay outdoor work until it can be undertaken at a warmer time of the year.

Workers should receive training and be warned in advance of the presence of this hazard. They should also know how to react in the face of this hazard and what to do in emergencies such as hypothermia.