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Safety Photographs

Graham Marshall - Thursday, May 31, 2012

I'd like to start to load more photograph's showing good or poor safety practices and I'm asking for your help in sending pictures which you may have taken.

So if you've taken any shots which highlight particularly poor or good practices and you'd be happy to share them with a wider audience, please send them to me for uploading to the blog.

You can find my contact details on the "contact us" section of the website.  Cheers.


Seafarer Safety Alerts

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Just a short post today to highlight two recent safety alerts.

The first one, deals with lessons learnt from a toaster fire.  Click here.

The second one deals with issues surrounding long-term storage of fire extinguishers.  Click here.


Raspberry Ketone Nigerian Scam

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Here is how the scam for Raspberry Ketones purchased off the internet works:

You will pay for a product from Raspberry Ketones from a website for about $2.95 or $4.95, using your credit card.

You will be re-directed over multiple websites when trying to purchase.

Eventually, you give your credit card details for postage.

After about a month, your credit card statement will start to show a deduction of about $85 per month going forwards.

There is very small print somewhere on the site that by making the "purchase" you are agreeing to a monthly supply at this $85 a month.

If you don't cancel in the allotted 14 days or whatever, you get no refund and you are totally unable to find any means of contacting the scammers.

You will be unable to get back to the site you made the purchase from or to track down anyone to contact.

I have reported this "scam" to ASIC and Consumer Affairs in Australia.

They then take money out of your card each month as an auto-ship!

This is none of our business at the Risk Tool Box, except these scumbacks are using the "comments" section of our blog to post links to their sites in an effort to "optimize" from our highly-rated website.

We delete their links immediately they appear, but it still pisses us off!

Unlike our website, which is recognised as local Australian, these people operate outside of Australia so Aussies have none of the protection that would be afforded from a (Australia) site.

Please be aware, don't purchase Raspberry Ketone products off the internet.

Environment Defenders Office is a Risk to WA

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The economy and the jobs of people in Western Australia are at serious risk from two major sources. 

One source of risk to our future comes from our own Government and the ridiculous red-tape imposed on investors who wish to develop major minerals extraction projects in this state.

The other source of risk which is a danger to our future well-being are the greenies from organizations like the WA Environmental Defenders Office.

Why on Earth will organizations such as Woodside Petroleum continue to spend $30 billion on creating jobs from developing projects like the Kimberley gas hub, when protesters are disrupting work, and the EDO are launching civil cases in the Supreme Court challenging Woodside’s right to start work?

The WA police have already been forced to spent $1 million of our tax dollars sending police to control a bunch of professional protestors. And now, rather than creating more jobs for the people of this State, extra time, money and resources will be wasted in Court by Woodside defending against the pathetic claims of the EDO.

The upshot of all this is that organizations will increasingly look to other States or overseas for investment opportunities and WA will miss the boat when it comes to future job creation. 

As the greenies drag the good name of WA through the mud for international investors, more organizations - such as INPEX as already done - will simply take their business elsewhere.  The folks in the NT are pretty happy about this!

Jobs and a bright future for our kids will dry-up in WA if these idiots get their way.


Safety Leadership Checklist

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Enclosed here is a simple one page site safety checklist that can be used by managers and business leaders to check on safety, environmental, health and reliability issues when visiting locations.

It's free to use so help yourself.

Australian Gas Technology Conference and Exhibition

Graham Marshall - Monday, May 28, 2012

The Australian Gas Technology Conference will take place between the 25th and 27th July, 2012 at the Perth Conference Centre in Western Australia.

The AGT Conference has been developed by a select committee chaired by The University of Western Australia, Energy and Minerals Institute.

The AGT Conference includes presentations from Chevron, Woodside and Shell and the program includes sessions on:
• Gas Technology;
• Innovation;
• Unconventional Gas and Energy Security;
• Resourcing Skills Shortage; and
• Geosequestration.



Identifying and Measuring Stranded Oil

Graham Marshall - Monday, May 28, 2012

The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) is a not-for-profit organization established on behalf of the world's shipowners and their insurers.

ITOPF promotes effective responses to marine oil spills; and its technical services include emergency response advice on clean-up techniques, pollution assessment, oil spill response planning, and oil spill response training.

ITOPF provides a comprehensive source of information on marine oil pollution via the publication of Technical Information Papers (TIPs) on a range of subjects.

Today's post includes information from ITOPF on the methods available for reliable reporting and early estimation of the extent of oil pollution from a marine spill.

To review the TIP on recognizing stranded oil on shorelines, simply click here.


A life worth remembering

Graham Marshall - Sunday, May 27, 2012

Major Dick Williams, who has died aged 91, was one of the first British soldiers into Belsen, the Nazi concentration camp.

As the second World War neared its end, Williams was in a reconnaissance party  whose task it was to ascertain the conditions in Belsen which was in the direct line of the Allied advance.

Travelling in jeeps with white flags hoisted along the Bergen road from Celle, their final reference point was a small cutting in a dense plantation of fir trees leading to a side road. There were no signs or markings, but 30 meters along the road there was a gaurd post manned by an armed soldier who raised the barrier to let them pass.

Williams and his team had to check the supplies of food and water but they had to move carefully because, covering the ground throughout the camp, were inmates with emaciated faces, shaven heads and sunken eyes, some lying on the ground, some hanging on to the barbed wire for support, some trying to stand.

There were piles of dead bodies everywhere. Dazed, apathetic figures, dressed in rags, wandered aimlessly around. The stench of putrefaction hung over the camp, an acrid haze obscured the sun and the silence was oppressive.

There was no food, water or fuel in the camp. All Williams could find in the five cookhouses were 50lb of rotten turnips. When two of the inmates tried to approach him, the SS guards knocked them out of their path.

Williams returned to Corps HQ and reported that food and fresh water had to be found for thousands and that thousands more lay dead and had to be buried. The next day, Williams was able to lead the first food convoy into the camp.

Solid food had to be turned into something like soup for shrunken stomachs; tea could be distributed only in small amounts. The British units had the dreadful task of trying to separate the living from the dead, for both were lying side by side.

An anti-tank regiment was put in charge of the SS, who had the task of collecting all the dead bodies, loading them on to trailers and taking them to the mass burial trenches. Some of the SS tried to escape through the barbed wire and were shot.

Their colleagues were ordered to retrieve their bodies and load them on to the trailer to be buried with the rest. It was a ghastly operation. “How our gunners managed to stay sane, I will never know,” Williams said afterwards.

On a search of the surrounding area, Williams found a deserted Army barracks a mile away with a storehouse of cereals and a bakery in full working order. He asked why it was that the SS had not made use of these to feed their prisoners and was told simply that they had not been prepared to do so.

William Richard Williams, the son of a clergyman, was born at Peterson Super Ely, Glamorgan, on August 23 1920 and educated at Wrekin College. He left school early to take up an apprenticeship with Austin Motor Company but was called up on the outbreak of war and joined the RASC.

He landed in Normandy on D-Day and remained with 8 Corps as they pushed eastward, providing transport and supplies to the advancing Allied forces. After the war, he rejoined Austin and spent four years in Canada and the Far East as its advertising manager.

He stayed in the automobile industry and with Austin as it went through its many changes of name, but in 1981 he had quadruple heart bypass surgery, a pioneering operation at that time, and was forced to retire. He was told that he might survive for 10 years; in the event, he lived for more than 30.

He used this reprieve to educate a rising generation about the Holocaust and became involved with the Imperial War Museum and the Jewish community at home and overseas.

At the Holocaust Memorial Day Service at Westminster Hall in 2005 a BBC film was shown which recounted the return to Belsen of Susan Pollock, who survived the deportations from Hungary in 1944. She was accompanied to the camp by Williams, and the part that he had played 60 years earlier received wide coverage in the press and led to many speaking engagements.

He was a quiet, modest man but felt it his duty to reach out to as wide an audience as possible so that others would never have to witness what he had seen.

Dick Williams married, in 1954, Jean Wilson, who survives him with their son and daughter.

SPE HSE Innovation Awards

Graham Marshall - Sunday, May 27, 2012

If it wasn't exciting enough that the International Conference on HSE in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production is being held in Perth in September; the even better news is that alongside the conference, the SPE/APPEA International HSE Innovation Awards will also be presented.

These awards recognize excellence and innovation in health and safety performance and environmental management.

Selected by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), the International HSE Innovation Awards will take place at a gala ceremony in Perth (WA) between 11th and 13th September 2012.

For additional information and registration requirements regarding the International HSE Innovation Awards, please  visit the SPE or APPEA website.

Safely Start-up a Victa Mower

Graham Marshall - Saturday, May 26, 2012

Emma from Perth has requested some help from The Risk Tool Box with a procedure for starting up her husband's Victa Mower while he's away on a FIFO job.  She tells us she'd really like the garden to look good when he gets home!  What a great babe!!

Below is a slide which shows a safe procedure for starting up the Victa Mower.


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