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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, January 27, 2014

World Safety News - Safety Skills In Demand In UAE

A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't reported elsewhere.

The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Doubts About Mining Safety In Australia After Another Fatality

An article in "The Age - Business Day" reports that although mining fatalities in Australia are lower than in other industries such as sectors such as construction, agriculture, manufacturing and transport, there has been an increase that is raising some concern.  In particular unions are suggesting that the use of contract employees in mines is resulting in declining safety.

The article states:

"The fatality was the third in 39 days at the Mt Lyell mine, which is owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources and has battled declining revenues since 2011.  The incident comes after a vigorous debate between Fortescue Metals and unions in Western Australia this week, following deaths at the company's Christmas Creek operations in December and August."

Read the article here 

Burns Lake Sawmill Explosion and Fire Called Preventable

An investigation of the explosion and fire in a saw mill in Burns Lake, B.C (Canada) that resulted in two deaths has determined the cause to be a dust explosion that was preventable.  The article in CBC News British Columbia reports:

"In the final report of its investigation into the incident, WorkSafeBC says sawmill management had known for some time that the dust collection system was undersized for this type of operation and had even made a down payment on a replacement. The 87-page report finds the explosion was caused by a buildup of wood dust that was ignited by rotating belts near a conveyor-belt motor."

Unfortunately problems with the collection of evidence resulted in WorkSafe BC not being able to bring criminal charges.

Read the article here.

The sawmill owner has sued the manufacturer of a motor the owner claims caused sparks leading to the explosion.  Read more here.

Safety and Quality Assurance Skills Are In High Demand In The UAE

Trade Arabia is reporting that the skills with the highest demand in the energy sector are safety and quality assurance. There is a high demand for entry level quality assurance people, and a high demand for mid-level safety people.  The articles states:

"Dr Ayoub Kazim, managing director of DIAC and Dubai Knowledge Village, said:  'With the high economic and population growth rates that the UAE has been witnessing, the UAE’s energy consumption increased tremendously over the past decades, recording one of the highest  - 10 times of average energy consumption rate per capita in the world, according to Energy Information Administration. In order to effectively address all the challenges facing in the energy sector, we should seriously look into recruiting the right human capital that will support and contribute to the industry.'”

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
World Safety News - New Zealand Focuses On Improving Safety
Partial Loss Of Fingers Leads To Post Traumatic Stress
UK Courts Fine Roofing Company

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