Research by Australia’s most prominent ergonomist may make the committee rethink the standard AS1657.
Moddex Systems has provided handrails and guardrails to Australian mining companies to ensure the safety of hundreds of site workers and guarantee operational productivity.
South Australia’s recently completed Dry Creek Railcar Depot has a capacity to stable up to 70 railcars. The facility houses railcar workshops, access pits and sophisticated lifting machinery, where more than 50 operators can undertake train servicing and maintenance activities. Sayfa Systems was selected to provide its Raptor Overhead Rail Fall Arrest system, which offers continuous fall protection for multiple users while providing freedom of movement to all operators.
NSW Trade & Investment recently issued a safety alert after a mine worker suffered serious injuries, including the loss of his leg, after falling about 14 m down a mine shaft.
For many businesses, scissor lift systems are a second line consideration and not seen as a part of the business that has the potential to raise efficiencies. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear why this view may be limited.
Crossgrip walkway matting is designed as a safe and easily loose-laid solution for rooftops, gantries and high-level walkways. It provides a slip-resistant surface and protects the roof membrane. Due to its flexible construction, the matting will contour over uneven surfaces and imperfections and provide a permanent and safe walkway for service staff and wheeled equipment.
The Nano-Lok SRL range can be used in place of lanyards and can be directly attached to any harness, reducing fall clearances. The SRLs are virtually unnoticeable to the user when worn and provide worksite flexibility.
In March 2012, a worker was fatally injured by a falling load while erecting a transmission tower west of Dalby in Queensland. A 20-tonne rough terrain mobile crane was being used to lift part of the tower when it appears the auxiliary winch inadvertently went into free fall and the load fell, striking the worker. Following the incident, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has issued a safety alert to highlight the importance of correctly locking out the free fall controls on mobile cranes fitted with this feature.
Forklift accidents are an ever-present risk where workers, pedestrians or unauthorised vehicles unwittingly cross into loading and unloading workspaces. Cable Gate is a remotely operated barrier that drops in 0.5 s and automatically rises once the forklift has passed through.
The Delta II fall protection full body harnesses build on the existing line’s feature set that incorporates the No-Tangle design, stand-up spring-loaded dorsal D-ring, velcro covered label pack that protects the new permanent indented print labels and i-Safe.
The Customfix anchor point, from Safemaster, is designed to be used specifically on corrugated roof sheeting, as this sheeting is commonly used on pitches over 20° and is therefore visible from the ground.
There currently exists much inconsistency and regulatory burden across state boundaries with regard to workplace health and safety legislation. While the federal government has proposed ‘harmonisation’ of the legislation, there is still some confusion around the timing of the full implementation of the proposal. The slipping timescale should not be used as an excuse to delay the implementation of the intent of the new legislation.