CableSafe® knowledge base
This cablesafe knowledgebase is about providing information about improving workspaces and houskeeping. Written by technical experts and experienced workers.
Heights of Safety
The importance of health and safety in work of temporary nature and how work at height in particular needs to be well-managed.
Detection of Gases
Gas detectors can be found in all walks of life, from food processing plants to parking garages, from aeroplanes to casinos. Any place that can have a potential lack of oxygen or presence of toxic gas needs a gas detector present to monitor the safety of people. Some common uses during field projects are: confined space entry, well drilling, soil screening, area monitoring, worker safety, indoor air quality, and leak detection.
Frequent enclosed-space drills now required aboard SOLAS ships
A new regulation requires crews aboard ships sailing internationally to participate in onboard training on the dangers of enclosed spaces and how to prevent injuries and deaths.
Vessels sailing under Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) must provide crew with enclosed-space drills every two months. The rule went into effect in January.
Dropped object prevention platform www.preventdrops.com launched
This online platform does not guard against bird droppings, comets or asteroids falling from the sky, but instead focuses on accidents arising from items that fall from multi-level worksites. Dropped object risks account for a significant number of severe accidents in the offshore and other labor intensive industries. Westmark BV’s new website offers simple and affordable solutions to prevent such accidents and improve safety.
Confined Space Scenarios
Confined spaces can be found in almost any industry and activity, from ship building and repair, to genera! construction and oil and gas facility commissioning and maintenance. Even a seemingly safe place such as a shipping container could be considered by some health and safety professionals as a confined space, depending upon the scenario at hand.
Fatal Fall Incident on Oil Tanker
The oil tanker was berthed alongside and discharging cargo. The chief officer was signing off the same day. His replacement had been sailing on the vessel for many years so they did a quick handover. The following morning the cargo operation was completed around noon and the crew started to clean the cargo tanks. The chief officer was in charge of the tank cleaning operation and was giving orders to the 2nd officer in the control room and two ABs who were cleaning the tank on deck.
Falling From Grace
Heigth safety risk perception
Falls from height account for a significant proportion of workplace and at-home serious and fatal accidents in many countries around the world. In this article Andrew Sharman argues that we must engage, encourage and empower workers to think differently about how they perceive risks in the workplace.
The Height of Good Sense
More than 4000 people a year in the UK suffer major injuries from falls while working at height and it is a major cause of workplace death. While the majority of these incidents occur in construction, other sectors of employment are also affected.
Most of the major injuries are associated with falls of less than two metres. The practice of working at height is also risky for those who might be standing below, through objects such as tools being dropped onto them and causing injury. Read more
Hidden danger of confined safety
The hidden dangers of confined spaces cannot be underestimated. A number of people in the UK are killed in confined spaces incidents each year, with many more seriously injured, across a range of industries. Read more
How to improve your bottom line by safe housekeeping
Accidents are expensive: but is it safety, or housekeeping that will make the change? Read more…
A Worrying Shortfall in Leadership Capability
Understandably, many businesses ‘stripped out’, or froze their investment in, personnel as they sought to reduce overheads in the face of a declining, or at least static, balance sheet. In addition, following the much used mantra ‘more from less’ – much loved by budget-holders but in real terms ultimately limited by definition – leaders are being asked to manage more projects, and more reports, than previously, frequently against a backdrop of tighter budget and time constraints. The reduction of training and development budgets – a common money-saving strategy in times of downturn – compounds the problem Read more…
Help Improve Safety and Your Bottom Line
Safety Is Paramount in Any Work Environment, Let Alone the Oil and Gas Industry. Our Partner’s CableSafe Help Us a Look at Some Housekeeping Measures That Can Be Taken to Help Improve Safety and Your Bottom Line. Read more…
Improving essential housekeeping elements
It is not just good enough to have a walkway; it must be kept clear, no obstructions and no trailing wires. Employees and cleaners need to have “see it, sort it” attitude to ensure these and other work areas are kept clear. Is the cleaning regime effective? Are there enough storage bins on the facility? Have you described this standard type of working in your company? Read more…
Slips, Trips & Falls Cost the Around £800M per Year
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It works to prevent death, injury and ill-health to those at work and those affected by work activities. Slip, trip and fall incidents in the workplace cost 40 workers their lives last year and cost society an estimated £800 million each year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warned today as it launched a hard-hitting campaign. Read more…
Design and maintenance of the workplace environment
When assessing the quality of your safety regime, ask the following questions: Is the floor suitable and safe for the workers? Is it fitted correctly and properly maintained? Are walkways wide enough and do they have no unexpected level differences? Are stairs suitable? Are solid handrails available at every stair case? Do environmental factors such as good lighting conditions also fall in the category of good housekeeping? Is there enough light for employees to identify hazards? Read more…
Checking your walkways
Check for suitable walkways .Are they in the right place? Are they being used? Are they available for use? What tasks are taking place on the walkway? Are some tasks preventing the employee from seeing where he or she is going? Read more…
How to ‘tackle’ trips
Trips are often caused by uneven floor surfaces and obstacles, or trip hazards. These can be prevented by design and good housekeeping regimes. Keeping the workplace clean and organized is the clear prevention message in this chapter. Are there any trip hazards in corridors and walkways or in the entire industrial work environment? Think of tripping hazards such as cables, tools, hoses, boxes, pallets, or other objects that could cause a potential tripping accident. Removing these hazards can be done by tying them up next to the walkways, or re.routing these items away from the walk spaces.
Slips often happen due to wet or slippery floors. Wet and slippery floors can sometimes be easily tackled by small adjustments in the work environment. For example, a change in the cleaning regime proved one company to reduce its slips by 80%. Think small adjustments; choose a convenient time to clean the floors when most employees are behind their desks, workstations or worksites in the field, rather than cleaning floors at 7:45 am, just before all employees arrive to work, or just before the shift change. Have a door mat for all entry points, it’s cheap and effective. Read more…