New ladder research calls for rethink

26 November, 2012

Research by Australia’s most prominent ergonomist may make the committee rethink the standard AS1657.

Handrails and guardrails ensure safety for Australian miners

26 November, 2012 | Supplied by: Sayfa Group

Moddex Systems has provided handrails and guardrails to Australian mining companies to ensure the safety of hundreds of site workers and guarantee operational productivity.

Fall protection system installed at South Australia’s railcar depot

28 August, 2012 | Supplied by: Sayfa Group

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.

Five fall prevention tips

29 June, 2012

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.

Scissor lift table solves hospital’s safety hazard

22 June, 2012 | Supplied by: Optimum Handling Solutions

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

12 June, 2012 | Supplied by: Plastic Extruders

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.

Capital Safety Nano-Lok self-retracting lifeline (SRL) range

24 May, 2012 | Supplied by: 3M Fall Protection

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.

Importance of correctly locking out the free fall controls on mobile cranes

17 April, 2012 | Supplied by: http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/index.htm

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.

Access Technologies Cable Gate remotely operated barrier

30 March, 2012 | Supplied by: http://www.cablegate.com.au/

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.

Safemaster Tilefix anchor point

25 March, 2012 | Supplied by: Safemaster Height Safety Solutions

The Tilefix anchor point, from Safemaster, is designed to be used on all tile profiles, whether clay, cement or slate. It is installed with no penetration to the tile, eliminating the risk of leaks.

Capital Safety Delta II full body harnesses

21 March, 2012 | Supplied by: 3M Fall Protection

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.

Safemaster Customfix anchor point

20 March, 2012 | Supplied by: Safemaster Height Safety Solutions

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.

Bravi Caddy and Spin-Go electric work platforms

13 March, 2012 | Supplied by: Warequip

Bravi Platforms has released the Caddy and Spin-Go electric work platforms.

Ballantyne Ladder Grab

01 March, 2012 | Supplied by: Ballantyne Safety

Ladder Grab enables users to reliably secure ladder to both metal and tile roofs.

Work safety at heights

13 February, 2012 by Gordon Cadzow, Secretary, Working at Height Association | Supplied by: http://www.fpma.com.au

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.

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