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One Fatality Every Three Weeks in WA

Graham Marshall - Thursday, September 05, 2013
WorkSafe in Western Australia has reported on new figures which demonstrate that one West Australian worker dies every 21 days as a result of a work related accident

Statistics compiled between 2008 and 2013 showed 5,350 workers suffered very severe injuries in total, with at least one fatality occurring every three weeks.

At the Risk Tool Box, we know that all of those accidents could have been prevented if the hazards were correctly identified and managed. 

Effective hazard management is essential to your safety and the safety of those you work with. 

Do you know how to identify, assess, and control  workplace hazards?

As the Worksafe statistics clearly demonstrate, workplace accidents occur every day. 

But most accidents are  preventable, particularly when the correct hazard management process is used.

For many years now, the Risk Tool Box has been at the forefront of equiping workers with the knowledge and skills to apply the hazard management process to assist in managing risk and maintaining an injury-free workplace.

Our training courses are modular and aimed at any individual who may be exposed to hazards in their workplace.

On completion of our course, workers are able to:

1. Define the Hazard and Risk Management Process;

2. Identify hazards and assess triggering factors;

3. Understand incidents and the potential consequences which could occur when things go wrong;

4. Select and implement controls using the hierarchy of control;

5. Monitor and review controls, ensuring that emergency situations are quickly dealt with; and

6. Record the results of the hazard management process using hazard spotting or JSA.

For more information about our award winning program, call Dr Graham Marshall on 0408 472 678.

Electric Shock from Galley Fridge

Graham Marshall - Sunday, July 07, 2013

The Safety Alert shown below highlights how there is a need to always perform hazard spotting ("stepback 5X5") before undertaking any routine task.

Use Clear Signage for Safety

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The March Process Safety Beacon highlights the need to ensure that safety signage is clear and unambiguous.

You are encouraged to undertake a signage review at your workplace and ensure that signs and labels are fit for purpose.

The Beacon shows some examples of poor practice.

 The Beacon shows some examples of poor practice.

JSA Training Program Results

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, February 06, 2013

We've recently completed a JSA training program with 100 workers in an oil field belonging to a new customer.

Our new customer required that we collect feedback from their employees and contractors to allow them to evaluate the success of our JSA training program, prior to a wider roll-out of the program in the field.

Enclosed here is a JSA feedback report which shows how the workers thought about the JSA training program and the comments that they made on their feedback forms.

The name and location of the customer has been removed, but otherwise all results and comments are as they were collected.

We'll let you decide if this group of 100-field workers thought our JSA training program is any good!


Control Pinch-point Risk

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Pinch-point incidents are common across workshops, in the field, and in office environments. 

So workers should always take care, even if an environment seems safe and hazard-free.

Typical examples of pinch-point incidents include situations where people trap their fingers in door-jams, in desk draws, in car doors, or inside equipment.

Pinch-points are produced when either two moving parts come together (e.g., when rotating gear cogs turn) or when a single moving part comes in close proximity to something solid (e.g., when a moving door slams against a door frame).

In either case, it is the kinetic energy involved with the movement potential of the object in motion that causes harm when a person gets a body part in the way!  Ouch.

Pinch-points most usually impact onto fingers or hands, but any part of the body can be impacted.

This can be particularly dangerous wherever the space between the moving parts is just sufficient to allow a larger body part to be present when the moving parts come together.

The injury resulting from contact with kinetic energy in a pinch-point can be as minor as a small cut to as severe as having your head pulled off! 

So take care around all pinch points.

The common causes of pinch-point incidents include:

●  Putting a body part in the "line of fire" of the energy source;

●  Not paying attention to hand or finger placement;

●  Wearing loose clothing, long hair or jewelry which can be caught in rotating equipment;

●  Failure to use a machine's guard mechanism;

●  Poor hand placement when lifting or moving materials during manual handling;

●  Improper use of a tool; and

●  Failing to de-energize and isolate a machine before performing some kind of inspection or maintenance task.

Because of the risk associated with pinch-points, make sure you use the following controls to stay safe:

●  Always use the Think 6, Look 6 hazard management process to identify and control pinch points in every task;

●  Use handles when opening drawers;

●  Keep fingers out of "line of fire";

●  Verify that guards are in place and used on equipment that requires guarding;

●  For some jobs, ensure you're wearing gloves (of the correct type);

●  Identify pinch-point risks and the correct controls for these on your JSA;

●  Apply lock-out, tag-out procedure for energy isolation before working on the internals of any machine; and

●  Never remove equipment safety devices.

Don't jump in to help

Graham Marshall - Saturday, September 29, 2012

Shown below is a really good Safety Alert from Easternwell which highlights the issue that many incidents occur when people "jump in to help" without taking the time, slowing down, and running through the Think 6, Look 6 hazard management process in their heads before they apply their hands.


I really like this Safety Alert and congratulate Eastern Well for rasing concern about rushing-in, which we also see as a very big problem on sites where we're visiting.

As we always argue, the key to all incident prevention is to slow-down or temporarily stop, take a breather and apply the mental Think 6, Look 6 process to the task in order to identify the energy-hazards, potential triggers and the required controls.  That way everyone can get to go home safe.

Maybe Easternwell will start to promote this within their rig crews....


Does OHS Training Work?

Graham Marshall - Thursday, July 26, 2012

Statistics for the 2010 period, published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), show that about 80 per cent of workplace fatalities in Australia occurred in the following industries:

+   Construction (28 deaths);

+   Non-mining primary industries (26);

+   Manufacturing (15);

+   Transport and storage (14); and

+   Mining (6).

A comparison of the number of workplace fatalities and the rate of OHS training within each sector shows an interesting "inverse" relationship.

The highest fatality rate, at 6.9 fatalities per 100,000 workers, was in the non-mining primary industries, which the ABS also shows to have a low rate of OHS training. Only 52 per cent of workers in these non-mining primary industries had received appropriate OHS training.

This fatality rate was almost double that for the mining industry, which was 3.5 per 100,000 workers.  The ABS showed that 92 per cent of mining workers had received appropriate OHS training.

It seems apparent that understanding and applying the hazard and risk management process through the implementation of risk management tools such as Stepback, JSA or Risk Assessment is important to staying healthy and safe.

Feel free to get in touch about our Stepback, JSA and Risk Assessment training programs as it is clear that they have the potential to continue to play important roles.

Gladstone LNG Picks Risk Tool Box

Graham Marshall - Saturday, July 21, 2012

We're proud to announce the Gladstone LNG has chosen the Risk Tool Box to provide Stepback and Job Hazard Analysis training to its 300 Supervisory staff working in Queensland.

Starting with an initial roll-out over the next 2-3 weeks and training about 150 supervisors, the Stepback and JHA training will take place in Brisbane and Roma in Queensland.

A second roll-out is then planned for September 2012.

Having already provided training to over a thousand employees, this new contract is a further indication of support for our hazard and risk management program.

To find out more about our JHA and stepback training programs, contact us by clicking this link.

Job Safety Analysis Training Syllabus

Graham Marshall - Friday, May 04, 2012

Free Hazard Management Book

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

We've had a great start to 2012 and to continue the run this month, we're offering a free electronic copy of our Hazard Spotting Guide (RRP AUD $33.00) with every purchase of the award-winning Job Safety Analysis Manual.

Every purchase of the JSA Manual made in May 2012 will also receive a free copy of our Hazard Spotting Guide

We reckon that's a great deal

To purchase your JSA Manual, simply click here.

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