Home' Navy News : September 27th 2012 Contents Nominations now open for the 2nd Annual
Defence Excellence in Security Awards
Supported by the CDF and Secretary, these awards honour and celebrate
outstanding achievements in security by those working for Defence---
ADF, APS and industry.
Who can enter
Any Defence employee or Defence industry company employee can
submit a nomination.
Entry forms are available
Finalists will be invited to an official ceremony in Canberra in March
2013, where the winners will be announced and presented with trophies.
Department of Defence
NOMINATIONS CLOSE 15 OCTOBER 2012
September 27, 2012
WHILE often a great
source of comic relief
when captured on cam-
era, make no mistake,
impact and strike injuries pack a
Impact and strike injuries make
up one of the surprising incident
types, where members have been
struck by a loose object or fixture, or
impacted an object or fixture through
a sharp change in direction.
In a recent incident, two members
were transferring a box of unsecured
stores between decks through a
One of the loose items in the
box fell and struck a sailor on the
Serious injury was narrowly
avoided, with the sailor suffering
only a large welt and dented pride.
In this scenario, a hard hat would
have protected the sailor's head,
however, it would have done nothing
to prevent the item from falling.
The most effective control would
have been to eliminate the hazard
by securing all items in the box,
avoiding the need for head protection.
In a further incident, a member
stood on the lower door combing
rather than stepping over it.
The member was launched
upwards and hit his head on the edge
of the upper door combing, ending
in a trip to the sickbay, with stitches
avoided on this occasion.
While impact and strike injuries
are varied in nature, the cause in a
large number of instances can be
attributed to a loss of situational
awareness, where personnel have
made an error in judgement, resulting
THE majority or radiation hazards
(RADHAZ) are also due to personnel
failing to follow Defence policy and
standard operating procedures.
RADHAZ occurs when the body
absorbs electromagnetic radiation, or
when fuels and explosive ordnance
results from exposure to excessive
levels of radiation.
In two separate incidents, sailors
narrowly avoided RADHAZ exposure,
proceeding into RADHAZ zones
without gaining approval or ensuring
the necessary controls were in place.
The first was following HF
radio trials. An overzealous sailor
climbed the ship's mast to conduct
maintenance without gaining the
officer of the day's approval or
ensuring all equipment isolations
In the second incident, two sailors
were in the process of replacing
RADHAZ warning signs when
they strayed into a RADHAZ zone
without approval and the necessary
equipment isolations in place.
These incidents were attributed
in part to the inexperience of the
relatively junior members.
Poor supervision and a lack
of clear communication were also
deciding factors, with the members
not fully understanding their
These incidents reinforce the
requirement to conduct thorough
induction training and the
responsibility supervisors have for
the safety of new and inexperienced
Navy has a number of strategies
in place to reduce the hazard to
personnel and material through
ongoing education and training.
RADHAZ warning signs and
markings are in place to indicate
RADHAZ zones with strict control
of RADHAZ equipment keys through
a keyboard controlled by the officer
of the day alongside or officer of the
watch at sea.
This page is provided by the Directorate
of Navy Safety Systems in the interests of
promoting safety in the Navy and keeping
A lack of good judgement
STAY SAFE: Personnel should be careful when reaching up or working in
confined spaces of impact and strike injuries.
Photo: ABIS Lincoln Commane
Part two of Navy Safety's most unwanted series focuses on impact and
strike injuries and radiation hazards.
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