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Ashes 2013

Graham Marshall - Monday, December 09, 2013

I've been at the Adelaide Oval for the first three days of the test match between England and Australia.

It hurts a  lot that England played so badly, but I'm sure we'll bounce back and still win the series 3:2.

Come on England!

Risk Tool Box Website gets 45000 Per Week

Graham Marshall - Friday, December 06, 2013

We've hit a new milestone at the Risk Tool Box website receiving an average of around 45,000 visitors per week - and still rising.

Since starting the business in February 2009, and the website in March 2010, the daily visits have grown from just a handful each day to almost 7,000 visitors per day.

This is a splendid result for our little business so thank you to all visitors.

New Job for Gulf of Mexico

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

We're pleased to have won a contract to develop around 120 Standard Operating Procedures for the Baldplate Platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

The job involves ensuring the SOPS are written in line with the requirements of the SEMS firmly embedded.

We've been chosen for the job following our success in developing a suite of Procedures for completion operation in the Bakken oilfield in North Dakota.

Nice Winter Pictures

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Here are some lovely photographs of the North York Moors around Rosedale Abbey in winter time.

I came across them and they certainly remind me of "home" in Yorkshire at this festive time of year.

On the way home

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Well, I've done another two month stint in the Bakken oil field in North Dakota - and I'm on my way home for the Christmas holidays.

I can't wait to see Emma - my wife - and my girls again in Australia.

We've got some good fun things planned including a trip to Yalingup in the Southwest of Western Australia.

We'll be having lunch at Wise Winery - our favourite and also at Clarault Winery - another favourite.

I've also got the Ashes test match to go see in Adelaide - starting on 5th December.

Then we're off to Sydney in NSW in the new year to explore that city.

So the holidays are looking pretty good.

Risk of Being Hit by Space Debris

Graham Marshall - Sunday, November 10, 2013

The recent loss of the European Space Agency's Gravity Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Satellite peaked my interest regarding the relative risk to people from falling space debris.

The GOCE satellite crashed to Earth on the 27th October in 40-50 fragments after its fuel supply ran out.

The 15-metre long satellite, weighing in around 250kgs was originally placed in a low Earth orbit about 160 miles above the Earth's surface.

The satellite was launch in 2009, but the exact location of where it would eventually crash was never known.

Most of the satellite was expected to burn up at an altitude of 50-miles, but at least a quarter of it's mass would survive re-entry and hit the ground over an area of "a few hundred kilometers" - according to France's National Centre for Space Studies.

Apparently, it is estimated that about 100 tonnes of man-made space debris re-enters the Earth's atmosphere from space every year.

Between 20-40 percent of the debris survives re-entry and strikes the Earth's surface.

But in 50-years of human space exploration, no one has been killed or injured by falling space junk.

The relative risk is around 1.5 million times lower than being killed in a domestic accident such as falling down the stairs.

UK HSE Statistics of 2013

Graham Marshall - Monday, November 04, 2013

The latest United Kingdom OHS statistics for 2012 - 2013 have just been published by the UK Health and safety Executive (UK HSE)

The UK HSE statistics includes the following key annual figures:

 

•  148 workers were killed at work during the previous year;
 
•  78,222 injuries to employees were reported. Due to changes in legal reporting requirements it is not possible to compare directly with previous years although statistical analysis suggests a downward trend is continuing;

•  175,000 reportable injuries leading to over-7-day absence occurred;

•  5.2 million working days were lost due to workplace injury.  This figure equates to an average 8.1 days per injury;
 
•  In 2011, there were 2,291 Mesothelioma deaths caused by past exposure to asbestos;

•  The number of Mesothelioma deaths is expected to continue to increase in future years before peaking in 2020;

•  13,503 enforcement notices were issued by the UK HSE and local authorities; a decrease of 15 per cent from the previous year;

•  The UK HSE completed 597 prosecution cases (covering 973 offences) and secured a conviction in  95per cent of cases; and

•  Workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer) cost society an estimated £13.8 billion.

Unsafe UK Builders

Graham Marshall - Thursday, October 31, 2013

In September 2013,  Safety Inspectors from the UK Health and Safety Executive (UK-HSE) made unannounced visits to construction sites to ensure builder's were managing high-risk activities.

These types of jobs include working at height, work in excavations, use of chemicals, electrical work, and the control of exposure to harmful dusts. 

Inspectors were also looking for house-keeping problems, sound structures and basic welfare facilities.

In a worrying outcome, poor safety practices were found at nearly 50 per cent of the building sites visited.

The UK HSE visited over 2,600 sites and Safety Inspectors found basic safety standards were not being met on 1,105 of these locations. 

On a quarter of locations (644 sites), safety control was so poor that enforcement action was necessary to protect workers.

Almost 540 prohibition notices were served by Inspectors ordering dangerous activities to stop immediately.

A further 414 improvement notices were also issued.

It is very disturbing to find UK building standards falling below acceptable health and safety requirements.

At the Risk Tool Box, we would encourage the UK HSE to pursue those who recklessly endanger the health and lives of their workforce through the court system.

2013 Unconventional Resources and Exhibition

Graham Marshall - Monday, October 28, 2013

SPE is hosting a international conference for industry players to discover and learn about the latest technological advancements in unconventional oil and gas.

The 2013 SPE Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland Australia from 11-13 November 2013.

Over 100 papers are expected to be presented in more than 20 technical sessions and e-poster presentations covering:

• Advancements in Petrophysics;

• Delivery of mega-projects;

• Exploration areas and evaluating stimulation effectiveness; and

• New standards for reserves work in practice and on sharing unconventional resources industry experience.

For further information and bookings, telephone 61 7 3308 3000.

Workplace Deaths for 2012 in the UK

Graham Marshall - Friday, October 25, 2013

Recent data released by the UK Health and Safety Executive (UKHSE) show an 11 per cent drop in major injuries in 2012-2013 compared to 2011.

The provisional statistics for 2012-2013 published by the UKHSE show the following results:

•  148 workers fatally injured – down from 171 the previous year.

•  19,707 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported;

•  Workplace injuries and ill-health (excluding work related cancer) cost society an estimated £13. 8 billion.

There has also been little change in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their jobs.

The waste and recycling  sector remains the most dangerous industry with 370 major injuries per 100 000 employees.

Agriculture is also dangerous with 239 major injuries per 100 000 employees.

The construction sector remains in the top three with 156 major injuries per 100 000 employees.

Speaking about the latest figures, Judith Hackitt, the Chairwoman of the UKHSE, said:

“This year’s figures demonstrate that Britain continues to be improve its health and safety performance, with important falls in the number of workers fatally injured and the number of employees suffering major injuries. But we still see too many deaths and injuries occur in the work place many of which could have been prevented through simple safety measures.  Getting this right is the key to ensuring that everyone can make it home safely at the end of their working day.  As the economy grows, new and inexperienced additions to the workforce  can increase in the risk of injuries to workers. We’re committed to helping employers understand that health and safety is about sensibly and proportionately managing risks and ensuring people understand the risks involved not creating unnecessary paperwork.”


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