Tip of the Month- 6. Health & Safety Rule

Report ALL accidents and near misses!

Research has shown that, on average, for every major injury at work there are up to 200 non-injury accidents (near misses). This pattern is sometimes portrayed as an iceberg with the injuries as the visible tip of the iceberg and the near misses hidden under the surface.  Each of these near misses is a potential learning opportunity that could help the company prevent more serious accidents. Staff  have a very important role in reporting both accidents and near misses and the company procedures and reporting forms can be found on the intranet or you can ask your senior.

Please remember that if you are ever involved in an accident or near miss you could prevent a more serious accident to a friend, colleague or anyone else by spending the few minutes it takes to report!


Near Misses

Tip of the Month- Assessing Lifting Equipment

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The OHS act requires that lifting equipment be assessed and validated as fit for use.

Remember a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Therefore when having lifting equipment inspected and certified you need to ensure it’s done from the beam or gantry that the lifting equipment is attached to, right down to the hook.

Have a certified engineer do the necessary compression and tensile strength testing especially of you have made the lifting A frame in-house.

Furthermore all slings, lifting chains and attachments must also be inspected to ensure everything used is able to deal with the specified loads.

Keep a lifting equipment register and try flag the next certification dates so that inspection can take place before any certificates expire.

It is always a case of 99.99% of the time nothing will happen, but it’s that 0.1% when something does go wrong and an accident is serious. If you have NOT complied with the law, expect problems with insurances, workman’s compensation, law suits and down time due to injury.