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Video review: Manual Handling

There is something I always make sure I teach my new workers, the importance of correct manual handling. Today I’m going to be sharing a video that was done by Safetycare on Youtube, you can check them out! They have a nice amount of safety videos on their profile that you can check out, and you can never learn too much about safety! I’ll link the video here and we can have a quick look at it afterwards.


Desk Safety and Ergonomics

We have currently been going through and talking about a lot of safety in our blog posts (safety blog posting about safety who would have thought), most of our focus has been based more on industry safety, electrical safety and this is very important but it has mainly been things that are based in a more hands-on workplace. We could have some managers reading the blogs or office workers, people who work primarily on computers. There is actually a lot of hazards in an office environment and although some people will likely scoff at this statement and even though a lot of the incidents would not be as serious in another workplace, obviously you are probably not going to get horrifically injured or killed in an office, however, it that does not mean you shouldn’t take precautions to make sure you stay healthy. You should never get injured at work, in any scenario. Especially if it is easily avoidable.


If you have ever worked in an office you understand that a vast majority of your day is spent sitting at your computer, this presents many problems and can cause several health issues. Some of the issues that can arise are easily fixed by improving the way in which you work at your desk. Ergonomic equipment is a must. This includes an appropriate chair, desk and even keyboard/mouse. Let’s start with the chair. There are some really simple steps you can take with any computer chair you are sitting in to greatly increase your comfort/health.

    1. Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair.
    2. Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips.
    3. Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle.
    4. Adjust the armrests (if fitted) so that your shoulders are relaxed.

These are some simple steps in regards to your chair that you can carry out. A lot of what is safety around a computer desk is based upon comfort, however, comfort is not always the most important thing. You want to remain seated with good posture like above, don’t let comfort get in the way of your health, sitting properly is a simple thing to do and it can help immensely.

In regards to your desk, a new thing that has been around for a little while now is desks that are height adjustable. This is a great thing to have if you can afford it for your workplace, or can justify the need for it to your bosses. A desk that adjusts to a height that enables you to stand up and work is a god send. It may sound weird but it is great. You obviously do not spend your entire day standing up at your desk (unless you’re that way inclined) but it is great to alternate between sitting and standing. It gets you to move around a bit and it helps stretch you out and you can continue doing your work.

Keyboards and mice can also be used incorrectly, make sure you have your keyboard positioned away from the front edge of your desk, the majority of the forearm is supposed to be on the desk with the fingers sitting comfortably on the middle row of keys. If sitting at a scalloped desk, the keyboard and mouse can be closer to the edge of the desk as the forearms can be supported by the desk shaping around the body.

This has just been a few simple tips that can greatly increase your comfort levels at work but also your safety, you don’t want to be twinging your back or neck while sitting at a desk now do you?


The hierarchy of controls

The hierarchy of controls is an essential tool in the OH&S education and the everyday practice of keeping safe while at work. As you can see from the picture below it breaks down the ways you should approach a hazard. It breaks it into 5 different categories ranging from most effective to least effective. Every category on the triangle is an effective method for handling a hazard and can be combined at times as well.


This is the best result for any hazard, to completely eliminate any risk from the task or to remove that particular task all together. This is obviously a great line to take if it is practical. Unfortunately there is very few scenarios where removing the task is viable. When there is a task that needs to be done, not doing that task is not a very effective way of well… doing the task. While it may be the most effective way to reduce risk it has always seemed to me to be a bit redundant.


Altering the tasks steps or altering the way the task is done to replace the hazard with a different thing is another way you can improve a hazardous situation. This step can also be a bit of a trap because sometimes there is a bit of a culture to just change something for the sake of change. When altering a task to try and replace the hazard the obvious thing needs to be said, make sure that the change you are doing is improving the task at hand while also making it safer. There is little point in improving the task if it makes the task itself less safe.

Engineering controls:

Engineering controls involve isolating people from the hazards present in a task, for instance, if there is a task that is usually completed at height if there is a way that the task can be done on the ground that would isolate the person from the hazard. Engineering controls also refer to things such as fitting guards over dangerous machinery that is used in a task that will stop the person from being able to get hurt by the dangerous aspect of the machine.

Administrative controls:

This involves education to the people who will be carrying out the task, this can include various safety meetings where information is passed both ways from management to staff and vice versa. Once the task is fully understood you can figure out a method of changing the way the task is carried out so it is safer. This is a viable method because education is always important and the more you understand something the better you will be at it.


PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is the last thing you should do to protect yourself from a hazard (sort of). The reason I say sort of is because PPE will likely be used in almost all work environments, regardless of which other hierarchy control is used. You will use PPE regardless, the idea is that you wouldn’t need to use PPE if the hazard was removed but generally if you are doing a job some part of it will require safety glasses, hearing protection or closed toe steel cap boots.

This has been a short breakdown of the hierarchy of controls and I hope it was informative.

Working at heights

In a vast majority of technical professions working at heights is unavoidable at times, sometimes the work that needs to be done is in a spot that you cannot reach without equipment. Whether this equipment is a ladder or a scissor lift or maybe you have to use a harness while working on a roof. I did a stint as a roof tiling apprentice when I was younger, I only survived a couple of years, that job is tough! With all hazards in the workplace, OH&S guidelines will recommend that you eliminate the hazard from your work routine as the first point of action. They obviously know that sometimes this will be impossible, you cannot tile a roof without … being on the roof, so a fall hazard will always be present. It is all about minimising the risk as best as you can.

Minimising fall risk

In this personal opinion article, I will mainly be drawing on my experiences as a roof tiler and a little bit from when I worked fixing planes. When it came to roof tiling it was all about reducing the risk on the roof, I moved interstate in the middle of my apprenticeship and this is actually what caused me to give up the job. In the first state I lived in the safety systems in place were quite robust, guardrail was present on every roof we worked on, the odds of falling off a roof were minimal as long as you paid due diligence. I moved interstate and took up roof tiling with a new crew. The safety elements in the new state were abysmal in comparison to the old systems that were in place in my previous work environment. This highlighted to me how important safety is because I was literally scared about injuring myself for the entire day and I could not move past that fact.

In a previous job fixing aeroplanes, the emphasis on safety was even more pronounced than in the better roof tiling job. While safety was important in the roof tiling job there was always an element of making sure to just get the job done, however in the hanger everything was about safety, not just for you but also for the equipment you were using. Sometimes you would have to work up at heigh on top of the jet, presenting an obvious fall risk. Fall arrest mats were used in case of a fall.

Working at heights can be dangerous but there is a huge amount of ways to make it safer for you and safer for everyone around you. If you are working on a platform at heigh make sure it has kick panels, you would hate to kick a tool off your platform and for it to land on somebodies head. If you are activating a scissor lift or a cherry picker make sure that you attach your harness before you start to raise the bucket. Common sense as always will always be the biggest factor when it comes to safety. Think safe, be safe.

If you are ever unsure about a safety aspect of any job you are doing make sure that you contact a safety supervisor in the workplace, if you don’t have one then maybe you need to find a different environment to work in, or talk to your supervisors about establishing a more prominent safety culture in your workplace. Roofers Brisbane provides roofing safety systems to ensure a safe workplace. Contact them click here.

No one deserves to get hurt at work.


Staying Safe at Work

Workplace Safety

When it comes to knowing the workplace and what hazards exist, employees and employers have big responsibilities on a ground level. The Canadian work code outline these responsibilities and rights that all workers have.

Employee Rights

As an employee, you have a great responsibility by, in which, your every move or lack of has the potential to cause a workplace incident. No one is as responsible for your personal safety as you are yourself. However, this does come with great rights as well. All employees have the right to;

  • Work in a safe environment
  • Be supplied with the correct equipment to maintain a safe environment
  • Be trained to become proficient to carry out regular tasks safely

Further rights outlined in the code are;


As an employee, you are eligible for the information the government pertains in relation to the employer’s health & safety record or similar. You have the right to be informed of any known hazards or foreseeable incidents that may arise from future planned tasks.


If an organisation or company has more than 300 employees, they are obligated to have a health & safety committee so members can participate in creating a safer work environment. You have the right to carry out the means necessary to create a safer and healthy environment for yourself or others around you.


If a situation arises that you as the employee feel that the situation will become unsafe and lead to an injury or potential injury, then you have the right to stop the work and seek further input. The correct method of control must be followed and this can be found in the code.

Employee Responsibilities

As the employee, you must follow all regulations and rules for your workplace and from any governing authority in the applicable industry. Some examples include;

  • Using all provided safety devices or apparatuses
  • Co-operating with anyone that is utilising and abiding by the code
  • Report any unsafe acts or potential hazards
  • Comply with all oral or written direction in the positive promotion of safe environments

Employer responsibilities

The employer is crucial to preventing workplace incidents and mitigating risks. As an employer, you must ensure that all employees have the necessary level of supervision to assist them in carrying out their tasks safely. You must also ensure that the employees have access to tools and the necessary channels of communication to speak up about hazards or concerns they have.

Information, training, and supervision

As the employer, you must ensure all employees are aware of the tasks risks and hazards. You must provide the adequate training and protection necessary to mitigate the risk.

The employer must ensure that the safety committee that was appointed is carrying out regular meeting and field checks. This will raise awareness of safety while also making it easier for the employees to speak up about concerns. This, in turn, will create a better work environment for everyone.

Employer investigations

It is the employer’s responsibility to follow up all reports from employees and effectively act as required.


Regular inspections will help reduce hazards and risks to all the workforce. It is imperative that regular checks are carried out. If a hazard or risk is reported then the employer has 30 days in which, they must provide a written response.

Accident investigations and reporting

Employers must report any serious accident within 24hrs to the Labour Program.

Once an investigation is completed the employer has 14 days since the time of an injury to re[port the findings to the Labour Program.

Employers Annual Hazardous Occurrence Report and the Work Place Committee Report are required annually.

Both parties play an important part in safety in the workp[lace and it is up to everyone to work together to achieve a safe working environment.

Life as an Electrician in the Oil & Gas industry

I have been working in and out of the Oil field as an electrician for the past 20 yrs. I have worked from Asia to the North Sea, including spells on land rigs in Russia and Siberia. I have met a lot of different people and had many great experiences.


Working away is demanding and generally 12 hour days for 28 days straight. Your ability to remain calm in a high pressure environment, where every minute is another few thousand dollars, can often test you. As an electrician you quickly need to adapt to the technology on the rig you are assigned to. This is not just for understanding how things operate but also so you can troubleshoot and install another add on to limp on to the next hole or shipyard maintenance schedule.


An Electrician by definition is a qualified trades-person who carries out new fitment or repairs of electrical hardware and wiring. Ideally the individual has some experience of working in heavy industry, on planes, boats or oil rigs. This position more often than not starts with an apprenticeship where the student will work close by a more qualified individual to watch and learn while carrying out tasks, this is juxtaposed to having to sit in classrooms and not gain experience. The main systems we work on are high powered generators to supply the large motors for the Top Drive System (TDS), Iron Roughneck, high pressure cleaning pumps and other associated derrick machinery. It is not all about the large operation machinery, sometimes it feels like all you will be doing is changing fluorescent light tubes and sometimes that is all we do for an entire hitch. There is no area on the rig without power and that means there is nowhere that an electrician is not needed, this adds to the demand.


The requirement to always have competent and willing electricians is always there and jobs can be found on rig zone to get in to the oil & gas industry. Being an Electrician is often challenging and something you may also take a lot of pride in. It requires you to be responsible and willing to have people depend on you for the functionality of many operations simultaneously.

Safety is the forefront of many, if not all, jobs now and nowhere more prevalent then as an electrician. For the Electrician it is not just about working with high current or high voltage circuits but it is also about entering confined spaces or other workspaces that are not designed for humans to regularly go. It requires you to keep a reasonable level of physical health and fitness to be an Electrician. For the electrical aspect in safety, we always utilise a lock out procedure on circuits we are going to work on and always test for a ‘dead’ circuit.

Whatever field you enter as an electrician you are assured to be part of an ever evolving industry that is as demanding as rewarding.

Electrical Fire Warning

Our families are the most important possession and we do anything to keep them safe. First we make sure the homes are safe from any electrical danger. According to Electrician Brisbane Northside, electrical fires account for more than 51,000 home fires each year’s causing close to 500 deaths and more than 1,400 injuries. Fires resulting from electrical fault accounts for more than $1.3 billion in property damage.

Electrician Brisbane reports that electrical receptacles are involved in 5,300 fires every year, causing 40 deaths and more than 100 consumer injuries.

Here are some signs to look for that could lead to an electrical fire:

Smell burning plastic and vinyl

If you smell brining plastic or vinyl or anything electrical burning, call an electrician immediately. It can help you catch a fire before it break because most signs of electrical fires are odorless.

Circuit breaker

Having the wrong circuit breaker installed can be dangerous. For instance, lots of homeowners replace standard 15-amp circuit breakers with a 20-amp breaker for higher, however in realty these 20 amp breakers are meant for major appliances.

Higher rating on the lower amp circuit ill cause overloads and breaker will not trip, a likelihood of overheating and eventually electrical fire.

Do you keep resetting your circuit breaker? This means it’s overloaded and not working properly and should be replaced.

Home appliances

An older home, you may notice certain lights flickering or dimming, especially after installing modern appliance (microwave ovens, computers) this can mean an electrical issue or a short.

When you turn on home appliance, lamp, and you hear buzzing or a slight shock/buzz that means something is wrong and you need to unplug the appliance and call your electrician.

The electrical outlets should never be hot or warm at a touch, buzzing or have black marks on them. Before moving to a new home have a professional electrician to inspect the home wiring. Over time wires become loose and insulation can wear off, causing shorts and ground fault.

Proper ground fault

All outlets near sinks, tubs need to have a working ground fault circuit interrupters outlet. These a requirement by code and made to trip anytime they come in contact with water.  They are easily identifiable (square appearance and two reset button). If your still have the traditional outlets in your kitchen and bathrooms an Electrician can replace them with GFCI outlets.

Why hire a licensed electrician?

If you ever did your own electrical work in your house, check with a professional electrician to inspect your electrical system.

For homeowners who built in the 1960s and 1970s, and your house has aluminum wiring. You need to redo the wiring as aluminum wiring expands and contracts with outside temperature changes leading to loose connections and can be serous fire hazard. Replacing with copper wiring should be done as soon as possible.

In a nutshell, if any if the above applies to your home, call a licensed and certified electrician. They can inspect your system and make recommendation to keep your home is safe.

Advantages of Hiring a Local Electrician

You need to hire an electrician, but maybe you are not sure whether you should hire a local electrician or if you should hire a big corporation that is renting out electricians. Many people think that it might be best to hire a large corporation, but this isn’t always the case. It might be sometimes better to hire a local electrician. Here are three advantages of hiring a local electrician over a big corporation.

Asking cheaper prices

The first advantage of hiring a local electrician over a big corporation, is that the local electrician can ask the price that he wants to ask. And, this means that he can ask cheaper prices than any big corporation.

The big corporations have set prices that they need to ask. They are not allowed to adjust the fees in any way. They may not ask higher prices, but they can’t make the prices cheaper also. This is one of the reasons why people are regularly hiring a local electrician in North Lakes.

Having more experience

The local electrician might have more experience than those that’s working for a big corporation. This is because of the fact that more and more people are starting to use the local electricians in North Lakes.

And, there is more than one electrician that is working in a big corporation. So, if the corporation gets hired for some electrical repairs, they might send an electrician out. Even, those who don’t have any experience and electrician qualifications.

Know for sure that the local electrician has a license

Hiring a local electrician in North Lakes, you can always ask them to see their license. You can make sure that you are choosing an electrician like that has the right qualifications and experience and with the right license.

If you are making use of a big corporation, you are not sure which one they are going to send you, and you will not know if the person is really qualified and experienced electrician with the right license. This is because you can’t ask them to show you your license. You should just hope that they are getting sending someone that has the license as a qualified electrician.

There are sometimes more advantages in hiring a local electrician than hiring a big corporation that can send out any type of electrician for doing your repairs. You will not really know if the person is qualified and have a license to work with electricity correctly. With a local electrician, you will be able to choose the person to work with, and you can make sure that you are able to trust the electrician that is going to work in your home or office. And, that they are qualified and experienced enough to do a correct and safe job. So, that there is not any danger with their electricity when they are done working. A local electrician in North Lakes is always a better option that the big corporations that you can use.

How to Become an Electrician – Training and Qualifications

To be able to become a qualified electrician, you need to make sure that you know about all the training and qualifications that you need to have. Becoming an electrician takes time and some learning that you normally can get from any college or university. For those who want to become an electrician, here are some training and qualifications that you need to have:

Entry requirements

Before you can be able to become an electrician in North Lakes, you need to make sure that you know the entry requirements that you need to have. There are a couple of things that you need to have, in order to become a qualified electrician.

You need to have a certificate three diplomas in Electro-technical Services and in Installing Electro-technical Systems & Equipment. Then, you should also make sure that you have a level three diplomas in Electrical Installations. When you have these three qualifications, you will be able to qualify to become an electrician.

Other requirements

Before you can even start getting the above qualifications to become a qualified electrician, you need to have high school diplomas in Maths and Science.

If you don’t have any of these things, then you need to go tocollege first and get your high school passing grades in the two required subjects. Then, you can start thinking about getting the other requirements that you need to have in order to become a qualified electrician.

Job training

The great thing about getting an electrician certification, is that you can get in-job training to become a qualified electrician as well.

The positive thing about in-job training is that you can work and study at the same time. You might not be studying at a college to become an electrician in North Lakes, but you will still get the right amount of knowledge to be able to get your electrician qualifications. This might take a little bit longer than what it would take when you are studying at a college, but because you are going to get money while you are studying makes it worth the while. Check out this site for more info.

Working hours

One reason why many people want to become an electrician is the hours that they are working. There are normally, just the normal 9 to 5 working hours and really not as much night shift working as what other jobs might have.

But, this really depends on where you are going to work, and if you are going to open your own emergency electrician business, where you can get called out anytime, day or night.

Many people are considering starting a career as an electrician because of all the benefits of this type of career choice. However, there are many of these people that are not sure about what they need to do to be able to qualify for becoming a qualified electrician. These are the most common training and qualifications that you need to be an electrician in North Lakes.

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Electrician License: How Do I Get One?

When you are thinking about starting your own business as an electrician in Brisbane, then you need to have the right licenses to be able to start your own business. If you don’t have a license to practice as an electrician, you can get into some serious trouble when you are caught or when something goes wrong that you have installed or worked on. This is why it is really important to make sure that you know how to get your electrician license.

Understand what the job is all about

The first thing that you should do, is to ensure that you know what the job is all about. There are many aspects of being an electrician that you need to know about, and you should make sure that you are aware of all these aspects, before you start thinking about getting your electrician license.

You can get this information at many different places. You can get some help from a qualified electrician with the correct license, or you can do some research by yourself, on the Internet.

You need to be someone who solve problems easily

Before you can be able to become a qualified electrician with a license, you need to be able to solve any type of problem. If you are not a problem solver, then getting an electrical license will be harder.

With electrical problems, you need to know what problems you might have, and how you can get it solved. And, you need to be able to proof that you are a problems solver that can solve any, normal as well as electrical problems that you may encounter.

Fulfill the educational requirements

Before you can get your electricians license, you should be able to fulfill the educational requirements that you might need.

It doesn’t help when you have the experience as an electrician, but you don’t have the educational requirements. Meaning that you don’t have a diploma or certification that proves that you have done the educational part of becoming an electrician.

Apply for the license

When you have carried outall the requirements that you need to get your license for being an electrician, then you can apply for your license. Applying isn’t as hard as what you might think and doesn’t take as long as what you might think.

But, it is really important that you should make sure that you are getting the right qualifications and fulfill all the other requirements to be able to get the license approved. Without this license, you are not going to be able to open an electrician business. More details here:

If you are thinking about opening a business and practicing as a qualified electrician, you need to make sure that you are going to need to apply for an electrician license. With this license all your potential clients will know that you are really a qualified electrician in Brisbane and that you are going to be able to do any electrical work, without any trouble.