Manual tasks are the most common cause of work-related injuries in our country. They can cause personal suffering and loss of income for both individuals and organisations. Most incidents and injuries can be prevented by adopting positive and safe workplace practices.
Electricity is one of natures most powerful, most useful, and one of its most dangerous forces. Because we use electricity safely all the time, it is easy to take for granted just how dangerous it can be.
There’s no doubt that powered hand tools make our working lives easier. So much so, that they can be easily taken for granted. Despite these advantages, bad work practices, such as rushing, taking short cuts, and a general lack of knowhow, can quickly turn those advantages into disasters.
Noise in the workplace accounts for the vast majority of noise induced hearing loss in the community. Hearing loss usually occurs gradually, over years, and it’s mostly painless, so by the time the damage is done, it is too late.
Working in the warehousing and storage industry presents a variety of hazards. Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians, musculoskeletal injuries, and slips and trips are amongst the most common causes of time off work and lost productivity.
Every year people are injured and killed in incidents involving forklifts. Forklift stability is a major factor in many accidents. Collisions, rollovers and damaged goods are just some of the results of forklift operators not understanding forklift stability.
A simple maintenance task can become a life threatening activity when working on operational equipment. Isolation procedures, often called ‘Lockout / Tagout’, are designed to prevent equipment from activating during maintenance and servicing.
80% of all confined space fatalities are a result of hazardous atmospheres. Many of these fatalities occur because gas detectors were not used to test the atmosphere or if used hazards were missed or underestimated.