DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

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 24, 2014

Safety News From Around The World

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.

U.K. - Hard Hat Saves Demolition Worker’s Life

A man working on a demolition project was seriously injured when a cast iron gutter broke free and fell on him.  However, his live was saved by his hard hat. The Construction Index reports:

"Valentin Taljanov, 61, was seriously injured by falling cast iron guttering during the demolition of disused buildings at Aberdeen Harbour on 16 July 2009. He broke his right arm, seven ribs, and a vertebra. He also punctured a lung and cut his head. But because of his head protection, he did come through the ordeal."

 Mr. Taljanov's employer is being prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Crown Office Health & Safety Division in the Peterhead Sheriff Court for failing to put in place a suitable system to identify hazards.

Read the story here.

WorkSafe New Zealand Releases Guidelines For Managing Workplace Bullying

Best practice guidelines on workplace bullying, released last week by WorkSafe New Zealand, provide support and guidance for businesses and individuals concerning bullying in the workplace.

Titled “Preventing and responding to workplace bullying”, the guidelines encourage and support people in taking early self-help action against workplace bullying before seeking assistance from WorkSafe NZ or the mediation service offered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

WorkSafe NZ General Manager, High Hazards & Specialist Services, Brett Murray, said WorkSafe NZ wanted to help people deal proactively with the issue themselves and to promote healthy work cultures. The guidelines were developed with MBIE, and seek to support employees and employers to respond to situations before they get out of hand and to achieve workplace-based solutions.

“Bullying in the workplace is a difficult issue for everyone concerned. It affects people’s personal health in a variety of ways, and also seriously impacts business productivity.”

The guidelines are available on WorkSafe NZ’s website (click here), along with several online tools including:
  • An ‘Am I Being Bullied’ checklist
  • A flowchart of actions for dealing with being bullied
  • A calculator tool for employers to assess the cost of bullying
  • A workplace assessment tool that measures organizational culture with a view to preventing bullying.
Mr Murray said the guidelines provide a clear definition of bullying – a first for New Zealand. They also provide specific and targeted advice for both employees and employers.

“We wanted to take the issue of bullying out of the too-hard basket.”

Advice for employees ranges from how to assess if you are being bullied to recording instances of bullying behaviour to a range of low-key solutions.

Advice for employers ranges from how to best respond to reports or allegations of bullying to promoting a healthy and respectful work environment.

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