As we approach the end of another year its important to remind ourselves why we need to persist with our efforts to make work safe -
"A 15 year old work experience student suffered partial blindness from welding without eye protection whilst working at a NSW Hunter Valley metal fabrication shop. The company were fined $240,000. The young man can no longer play football and cricket because he can't see the ball. The permanent eye damage will last all his life -- what a price to pay because no-one ensured he was given basic instruction and care. He welded for a day without the eye protector visor being pulled down on the welding helmet."
So keep up with your efforts in our workplaces -- success is when "nothing happens" - we go home feeling good about our day or nights work and we are ready to enjoy the rest of our lives.
100% Preventable but 100% Irreversible: Did you know that nearly one in five workers will suffer hearing loss over the course of their working life -- join the AMWU campaign to lower the noise levels in our workplaces.
Beware working in HOT WEATHER - unfortunately there are no health and safety regulations about working in heat - but employers do have a duty of care to protect workers against the harmful effects of working in heat -- lack of concentration, fatigue, more accidents and heat related illness.
Heat stroke, which can be fatal, can affect the young and healthy as well as older or non acclimatized workers.
See the AMWU advice for working on hot days: Note: these are guides to good temperatures when performing work - the temperatures can be adjusted for people who are acclimatized to working in heat. But the principles are the same, rest breaks in cool areas and keep hydrated - our bodies need to be kept cool - overheating causes serious illness and can be fatal.
If you wish to register your exposure to asbestos - at home or at work - you can register with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency
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