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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Safety News From Around The World - Text Zombies Create Peril

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.

Text Zombies Create Peril While Walking, Study Finds

Are there people texting while walking in your workplace?  What they are doing may be very unsafe. (See the third video in this previous blog post.)

A new study finds that texting while walking can be dangerous.  The study was done by researchers at the University of Queensland (Australia). An article in the UQ News reported on the study, stating that:

"Researcher Wolbert van den Hoorn from the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) said the study found that 'text zombies,' or people checking their phones while walking were sacrificing their speed, balance, posture and ability to walk in a straight line."

“'While texting on a phone, study participants walked slower and their heads moved more because of a more rigid connection to the torso,' Mr van den Hoorn said."

Read the full article here.

United Kingdom - £250,000 Fine and Jail Sentence After Fatal Roof Fall

A contractor was hire to fix a roof leak and clean out the gutters on a warehouse. The contractor's employee stepped on a skylight, fell through, and landed on the concrete warehouse floor.

Following an investigation by the HSE the client was fined $250,000 plus prosecution costs of £20,000.  The owner of the company contracted to do the work received a suspended jail sentence.

The article in the Construction Index reported that:

"Manchester Crown Court heard that Aramex had hired Mr Edwards to fix a leak when water began to drip into the warehouse and offices, as he had previously carried out work for the company. He arrived on site with Mr Sweet and they were asked to fix the leak and clean out the guttering. Later that same day, Mr Sweet fell through the warehouse roof when he stepped on a clear roof panel, designed to let light into the warehouse. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. During an interview under caution, Mr Edwards admitted that the only safety equipment he had provided for cleaning the warehouse roof had been a pair of gloves."

Read the article here

Australia Still Struggling To Implement Uniform Mine Safety Laws

As reported in NEWS.COM.AU in Australia "The state and federal governments have been urged to embark on a new five-year plan to harmonise business and industry regulation."

A report by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council found that several areas of reform have yet to be completed. These include mine safety, and regulation making and review.

Thee report also points out that federal reward programs motivate states to implement the needed changes, and urges the Australian government to implement additional reward programs.

Read the story in News.Com.Au

United Kingdom- Redditch Recycling Company Fined £163,600 Following Worker’s Death

A Redditch recycling company has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was killed by a bale of waste weighing more than a tonne.

Kenneth Swaby, 43, from Canvey Island, Essex, was struck by the falling bale as he walked past a stack of them, some five metres high, at R&S Recycling Ltd in Beoley on 11 February 2011.

Three of the bales toppled over and one landed directly on top of him, killing him instantly.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that R&S Recycling failed to properly control the risks to employees working at the site, particularly with regard to the proper storage and safe stacking of waste materials.

Worcester Crown Court heard today (February 4th) that stacks of unstable material, such as baled paper and plastic, should slope backwards towards the top, and the bales should be interlocked to prevent them from falling. The stability of the stack should be checked regularly, and where bales can fall, workers on the ground should be kept well clear.

On this occasion, HSE found that the stacks of bales were uneven and too high, with no measures in place to prevent employees approaching them on foot.

R&S Recycling Ltd, of Bransons Cross Farm, Beoley, Redditch was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £57,927 after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations.

Related past posts:
World Safety News - Safety Skills In Demand In UAE
World Safety News - New Zealand Focuses On Improving Safety
Partial Loss Of Fingers Leads To Post Traumatic Stress

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