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Learn how a
September 13, 2012
IMPACT and strike injuries,
manual handling injuries, slips,
trips and falls, electric shock
incidents, RADHAZ breaches
and hazardous substance breaches
have once again made it onto this
year's 'most unwanted' list.
When sorting through the OHS
incident report (OHSIR) database,
one in four of all OHSIRs raised in
the last 12 months could be attrib-
uted to these six factors.
The reward for eliminating and
reducing these incidents is simple --
a safe working environment.
To eliminate and reduce work-
place hazards, we often focus on
areas which have the greatest and
most damaging consequences, but
look past everyday hazards.
By carrying out appropriate risk
assessments we can all take steps to
control and where possible elimi-
nate identified risks.
Over the next six editions the
team at Navy Safety will delve into
the work health and safety under-
world singling out one incident at
a time in a bid to bring these repeat
offenders to justice.
These OHS incidents are con-
sidered highly dangerous and
should be avoided at all costs.
IN the last year there has been an
increase in the number of electri-
cal shocks and near misses to per-
sonnel with more than 60 reported
It is vital to remember that com-
placency and electricity never mix.
Electricity is dangerous and
will kill you if you don't give it the
respect it deserves.
Electric shock incidents can be
largely attributed to unsafe main-
tenance practices and procedural
Failure to isolate power, inad-
equate pre-inspection of electrical
equipment, electrical defects and
substandard work practices are all
common causes of electric shock.
In a recent incident, a member
received an electric shock while
plugging a mobile phone charger
into a faulty 240V power outlet.
The outlet was missing a protec-
tive fuse cover and as a result was
tagged and isolated until repaired.
Another fire and electric shock
hazard was discovered when a
member detected a burning smell
coming from a compartment.
A poorly secured power outlet
was discovered along with a dan-
gerously modified 240V appliance
plug, which had been altered to fit
into the 115V outlet.
The offending circuit was
tagged and isolated pending a more
An electric shock can result in
anything from a slight tingling sen-
sation to death.
The bottom line is that there is
no hard or fast rule on the amount
of electricity it will take to kill or
seriously injure because there are
so many variables.
Remember, if you're not author-
ised or qualified, don't play with it!
COMMON SENSE: Don't take unnecessary risks with electricity -- if you're not
authorised or qualified, don't play with it.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
Navy Safety warn many OHS incidents are caused by everyday
hazards and people failing to carry out appropriate risk assessments.
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