Month: March 2018

Forklift Safety – Spotlight On Blue LEDs

Forklift Safety

Each year, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements are becoming increasingly stringent in Australia throughout the construction industry. While forklifts are an excellent vehicle for use in warehouses and on construction sites, sadly, OHS safety issues commonly arise with this type of machinery.

A statistic of note is that 36% of serious forklift-related injuries involve someone other than the driver. This means pedestrians are often caught off-guard and may not be aware a forklift is coming. The machines themselves do make noise, but in a busy warehouse or factory, for example, the audibility of the forklift can get lost amongst the other surrounding activities.

So, what’s the solution to keep your workers out of harm’s way? The best way to prevent common forklift accidents is to increase their visibility on the ground, using blue light-emitting-diodes (LED) or safety lights.

The blue LEDs project a very visible beam of light across the floor which is hard to miss. They can be mounted to either the front or rear of the forklift and depending on where they are placed, will project blue light approximately five metres ahead of or behind it, alerting pedestrians to the approaching machine. The light only moves when the vehicle does, so pedestrians know when the forklift is stationary or moving.

There are a variety of safety light products on the market, such as the Narva Blue-Spot LED.

Narva is Australian-owned and is a leader in the development, manufacture and supply of automotive lighting and electrical components for the automotive, marine and transport industries.

The new Blue Spot safety addition is particularly valuable to anyone crossing from a blind angle such as in-between racking in a warehouse, in front of an oncoming forklift. And while the 9-110 volt light features two potent XP-E 3 watt L.E.Ds, it’s surprisingly compact with dimensions of 100mm H x 122mm W x 82mm D.

Thanks to adoption of the latest L.E.D technology, the light has a very low current draw (0.4A at 12V and 0.2A at 24V) plus the benefit of exceptionally long service life. For ease of fitment and durability, stainless steel mounting hardware is also included as standard.

As an added bonus the Blue-Spot L.E.D safety light is supported by a 5-Year L.E.D Narva warranty.

Elevated Training can provide further information on forklift safety lights, mounting them and the best ways to keep your workers safe and in compliance with Australian OHS standards.

 

White Card Training – Why Face-To-Face Is The Only Way To Go

White Card Training

In the hazardous and high-risk industry of construction, white card training is a mandatory requirement. And while there are many online courses available, white card delivery must be done face-to-face. For example, online white card training in NSW is banned. So it’s imperative for anyone who works in the construction sector to have the correct training under Australian OHS law.

Elevated Training offers face-to-face course training developed by specialist teachers in conjunction with employers, industry representatives and unions to ensure all aspects of health and safety are covered. As a registered training organisation (RTO), Elevated Training, can assist site managers, supervisors, surveyors, tradespeople and apprentices who are employed in operational construction zones to obtain a General Construction Induction white card.

Complete your white card induction with Elevated Training at one of their three sites located at Brendale, Meadowbank and Burleigh or choose to have a representative visit your workplace. The training can usually be completed within six hours with the course outline identifying workplace health and safety (WHS) legislative requirements, construction hazards and control measures, WHS communication and reporting processes and WHS incident and emergency response procedures. ID requirements of 100 points must be met beforehand.

Upon successful completion of the course, applicants will receive a WorkCover Statement of Training, WHS Induction Construction pocket-sized card from WorkCover and a statement of attainment.

It can take up to 30 days for your white card to be issued in the post but the good news is, it doesn’t have an expiration date. It’s important to remember however, that if there’s a lapse in your working career of two years or more, you’ll need to reapply for the training. The white card will provide you with instant certification and a unique card number that can be referenced when applying for work or for self-employment.

To make sure you and your workers have white cards that meet the industry standards, book a face-to-face session with registered training organisation, Elevated Training today! Call (07) 5524 5925 now!

Work Safety Gear – Are You Protected?

Between 2014 and 2015, 25% of serious claims in Australia were lodged by labourers who had sustained injury or illness at work. These accidents create big problems for both the employee and the employer, including loss of pay and productivity, work down-time and financial issues such as compensation premiums and social welfare programs.

Health and safety in the workplace is not just the responsibility of the employer, but of every member of staff associated with the business. The whole team is responsible for maintaining a clean and safe working environment and carrying out work wearing the correct protective clothing where required.

Different industries require different codes of practice when it comes to the use of personal protection equipment, and your employer will provide these details when you join the company. The most common types of protective gear are hard hats, high vis jackets, safety goggles, sun and heat protection, hearing protection and face shields. All personal and general safety equipment should be compliant with Australian standards and Queensland’s work safety procedures.

If your job requires you to work at heights or in confined spaces, operate dangerous machinery, work with hazardous chemicals or in harsh environments, it’s critical that you receive the relevant training and qualifications. Your team should follow all procedures and regulations to avoid accidents and injuries in the manufacturing, construction, electrician, plumbing and mining industries.

For more information on workplace health and safety in your current job or prospective employment, contact the Elevated Training team. We are committed to protecting tradesmen and labourers in the workplace.