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Monday, August 06, 2012

Safety News From Around The World

The following are links to safety news stories and articles from around the world:

Risk management calls for OHS, electrical professional expertise

This article, in Canadian Occupational Safety magazine, points out the need for safety professions to have greater familiarity with electricity and electrical hazards.  The opening paragraph of the article states:

"OHS professionals are educated to identify workplace hazards, assess the risk associated with those hazards and implement effective risk control by applying a hierarchy of risk control measures. However, in many cases they receive little, if any, education regarding the most ubiquitous form of toxic energy: electricity. All too often, safety professionals leave electrical safety to the electrical professionals, believing those individuals are the “experts.”

Read the article in Canadian Occupational Safety.

Singapore's workplace fatality rate decreased in last 5 years

TodayOnline reports that the workplace fatality rate in Singapore declined from 3.1 per 100,000 workers in 2006 to 2.3 per 100,000 workers in 2012.   This compares with 3.5 per 100,000 workers (FTE) in the U.S. for both 2009 and 2010.   The numbers for Singapore work out to be 1.6 fatalities per million man-hours worked.  I was not able to find a recent comparable number for the U.S.

Read the article in Singapore TodayOnline.

The accident severity rate in Singapore, which measures the number of man-days lost to workplace accidents for every one million man-hours worked, has also declined from 125 in 2006 to 89 last year, showing fewer man-days lost.

While these numbers from Singapore are good, is it reasonable to compare a small country the size of Singapore (population 5.2 million) with a large country the United States?  Also, the two have very different governments and cultures. Should these be taken into account when making comparisons?

Saskatchewan Judge fines backhoe operator in double fatality

A backhoe operator, who was found responsible for a natural gas explosion that killed two men in Saskatchewan, has been fined $28,000 and must pay compensation to the victims' families.

Lorry Riemer, 58, was demolishing buildings in downtown Nipawin in 2008 when he snagged a natural gas riser with his equipment. Gas seeped into a butcher shop and caused an explosion that killed Jack and Brent Boxall, who were working for Riemer, and injured several others.

Read the story in OHS Canada.

Since employees are personally liable for accidents, should employees in Canada now be purchasing insurance to protect them financially? Should employers provide this type of insurance for their employees?

Reporting of workplace accidents to be made simpler in U.K.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has opened a consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences (RIDDOR). This follows a change in April that resulted in employers only having to report injuries that keep workers away from their normal duties for more than seven consecutive days – an increase from the previous three-day reporting period.

This story was reported in Farmers Weekly

Horrid safety conditions in Chinese owned mines in Africa

Relations between the Chinese managers and Zambian miners at the Chinese-owned Collum coal mine in Zambia have been strained for years. On Sunday, old grudges boiled over. In a riot over a pay dispute, enraged miners killed the Chinese mine manager, Wu Shengzai, 50, and wounded another representative of the Chinese mining company.

Workers described working in swirling coal dust for $2 a day, with Chinese supervisors shouting at them in a language they didn't understand. They also spoke of leaking rubber boots and equipment that gave them regular electric shocks. They said in a 2006 interview with The Times that they never had a day off.

Read the story in the LA Times World edition.

Related Past Posts:
Safety News From Around The World - Metron President Sentenced To Pay $90k
News From Outside The U.S. - Compensation After Leg Amputated Denied
Some Good News About Scaffold Safety From Our Friends Across The Pond

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Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

It seems like last week I read about Israel's health care compared with the U.S. But that is not a fair comparison because there are many factors not visible to the casual observer, such as huge incoming migration of trained doctors into Israel. Essentially they have no training costs or loans to pay off. I/m not familiar with Singapore, but in such a small place (it's slightly smaller than Israel) I imagine there are similar unique circumstances.

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