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Safe Quarry - A Guide for Quarry Workers
Quarries vary greatly from small operations to large pits excavating large amounts of material and include a number of manufacturing plants. Although there are often a greater number of hazards at larger quarries, you may be at more risk at a smaller operation – depending on how well safety, health and welfare matters are controlled at the quarry. Every quarry must have an Operator. The Owner must appoint the Operator of the quarry. At most quarries the Owner is the Operator and is self-appointed. The Operator must be competent and have the necessary resources to operate the quarry. This...
NIOSH Web Tool Demonstrates that in Mining, Safety Pays
Safety Pays in Mining - a new, free web tool from NIOSH - shows mining companies the cost of worker injuries. This tool offers mining companies information on not only the cost of injury claims, but a few suggestions on how that same money might be spent in other ways. Preventing injuries saves workers from pain and disability and saves companies money at the same time. Injuries on the job profoundly affect mining companies’ profits and daily operations. In addition to paying direct costs or increased premiums for workers’ compensation insurance, mining companies might need to pay for...
Taking Refuge
In September of 2012, wooden cable frames at a potash mine in Rocanville, Saskatchewan, caught fire, trapping 20 workers underground. From inside the mine, the workers were able to communicate with the outside world and stay safe, despite being trapped in smoky conditions for a day. No one was injured […] How did so many workers, trapped underground in such dangerous conditions, manage to evacuate and stay safe? The answer lies in the sophisticated — if not delicate — system of mine rescue and mine emergency response. Source :
Move IT! Rig Move Safety for Truckers
This video covers rig move safety for truckers in the oil and gas fields. It helps make sense of the organized chaos that accompanies a rig move and highlights some easy ways to lower the risk of being injured or killed when moving to a new location. (Audience: land-based oil and gas drilling and service workers) Source :
WorkSafeBC launches asbestos ‘hidden killer’ website
WorkSafeBC has launched the Hidden Killer website. The resource provides information on asbestos; where asbestos is found; the dangers of asbestos; how to handle asbestos; plus Understanding the impact of asbestos: the Paul Douglas story. Douglas, a boilermaker, was given three to six months to live when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma but survived for more than a decade and became an outspoken advocate for workplace safety and the dangers of asbestos in the workplace. Source :
When Do You Take Refuge? Decisionmaking During Mine Emergency Escape Instructor´s Guide and Lesson Plans
This training program "When Do You Take Refuge? Decisionmaking during Mine Emergency Escape," was created by a multidisciplinary team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to help trainees practice correct decisionmaking skills during an underground mine emergency. The training program consists of three parts. The first part is the computer-based training (CBT) program which can be used by groups or individual trainees. The CBT program is run on a computer (refer to the Computer System Requirements section) and uses a multimedia software application called...

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