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A Safety Check-up for your Business won’t hurt... but a Prosecution will!
A Safety Check-up for your Business won’t hurt... but a Prosecution will!

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Great News for some 346 industries in NSW (approx. 66%) who demonstrate Safety Improvement! Average 7.5% discounts on your WorkCover Premium from July this year, saving businesses more than $200M per annum and no rate increases to be applied to any NSW Employer in 2013 – see more here http://ow.ly/kCNwx
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A recent fatality involving a 23 year old man highlights the need to have systems in place for workers in cold/freezer room climates, whereby they work alone for extended periods, particularly when operating mobile powered plant. This worker was found trapped 1 hour and 15 minutes after he had last been seen. What’s the solution? Personal alarms? Buddy systems? Monitored surveillance? http://ow.ly/kAPCQ
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We are often asked by clients what they can do to keep track of workers who work alone, drive distances, work in isolated areas and/or in high risk roles! In the past, we could often only come up with an 'administrative' control of calling in regularly. Just stumbled across this great idea - what do you think? http://ow.ly/kkcTQ
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Come and See worklaw AM- Safe saftey support program for amusement operators at The Conrad Jupiters Casino on The Gold Coast, on the 8th and 9th of May. The program provides operators with credentialed operator status resulting in compliance, a safe workplace and insurance consessions.
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yes a new pic! we will be posting relevant WHS Articles from google plus every two weeks! Stay Tuned
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Pushin' the barrow - Equal footing
 
Fixed ladders that are cut to size with irregular spaces between the bottom rung and the ground are workplace hazards that could lead to serious musculoskeletal injuries, warns WorkSafe.

The rungs or treads of a fixed ladder need to be evenly spaced to avoid trips and slips and potential musculoskeletal injuries. For the same reason, the distance from the bottom rung to the ground should match the spacing between rungs.

A person is more likely to stumble if a gap between the bottom rung of a ladder and the ground is shorter or longer than the rest of the gaps between rungs.

For example, if the space to the floor from a ladder’s last rung is smaller than expected, a person stepping down may receive a significant impact.

Or if a person standing on a ladder’s second tread think they are on the first tread because distance to the ground is less than it should be, they may also injure themselves by taking one big step down to the ground.

In either case, a misjudged step caused by inconsistent gaps between rungs and the floor could cause musculoskeletal injuries requiring medical treatment and time off work.

Although current Australian Standard AS/NZS1657-1992 states ‘rung dimensions of all rungs and the distance between rungs in the same ladder shall be uniform and within a tolerance of +5 mm’ it doesn’t specify the gap between first rung and the ground.

Until the standard is revised to incorporate this, WorkSafe advises fixed ladder designers and installers to ensure all spaces between ladder rungs are equal and to make sure this includes the distance between the bottom rung and the base landing without more than a ten per cent deviation compared to the rest of the spaces. – WorkSafe Victoria
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