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STAY SAFE AT HEIGHTS IN WINTER

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In 2013/14 falls from height accounted for nearly 6,000 reported injuries. Occupational falls can be life altering and, in some cases, fatal. It’s crucial that employees and employers prepare themselves for the dark winter months, the poor visibility and the adverse weather conditions that create a much riskier working environment. You’ll need to update your risk assessment for the additional hazards that winter brings. The following guide offers tips on how to prepare for wintry weather and dark days by ensuring all workplaces have adequate lighting, welfare facilities, personal protection equipment and provisions in place for lone workers. It’s a Read More

traffic management segregation

FORK IN THE ROAD: MANAGING WORKPLACE TRAFFIC;

Training and Segregation at the Heart of Traffic Management in the Industrial Workplace by Matthew Parkinson What is the most dangerous vehicle in the UK workplace? Is it those heavy duty, 500-horsepower HGVs, backing into loading bays on poorly-managed forecourts? What about those busy, buzzy white vans containing dizzy, fizzy white van men? Or maybe it’s the commuting cars, piling through the morning rush hours into stacked and over-spilling parking bays? All wrong. In fact, the most dangerous piece of transport in the workplace injures more people than all the aforementioned modes of transport combined. Last year, more than 800 Read More

car safety history

A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF AUTOMOBILE SAFETY;

A Pictorial Overview of Car Safety The automotive industry produces some of the most innovative technologies in the world, consistently striving to increase safety for motorists and passengers, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Since 2003 the number of incidents on UK roads has fallen 37%, while the fatality rate has reduced by more than a half. Here’s a brief history of how cars have developed to be as safe as they are today. AIRBAGS Even though the first airbags were developed in the early 1950s and widely developed in the USA, in Europe airbags were almost entirely Read More

robot safety

AUTOMATED SAFETY FIRST DEBUTS AT TRADE SHOW;

Robots Promise Safe Work With Humans The Californian robot-maker Precise Automation is launching what it describes as “the first full family of intrinsically safe benchtop collaborative robots”. The robots – which include Scara, six-axis articulated and Cartesian types – have been designed from scratch to work safely with humans, without needing costly, bulky and awkward safety barriers. Precise Automation says that the robots will not injure a user or damage other equipment, even if there are accidental full-speed collisions. This, it adds, will allow them to be deployed in applications that could not be automated before. The robots have been designed from Read More

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FIVE STAR SAFETY PLAUDITS FOR ARKANSAS SITE;

Manufacturing Plant Receives Gold Safety Award Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the US industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtainsided trailers has announced that its Paragould, Arkansas manufacturing plant has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Gold Safety Award. Liberty Mutual’s Safety Awards are based on DART rates (Days Away, Restricted and Transferred), which are calculated by factoring the number of hours worked relative to the number of accidents at the plant. Low occurrences of accidents result in lower DART rates. In order to qualify for the Gold Safety Award, a DART rate Read More