Health and Safety Nominations (Please don’t try this at home)

Sometimes one cannot help but laugh!

What were these people thinking?

Although this may bring a smile to your face, please please please do NOT try any of the following as you could get seriously hurt or incur death.

There is no warning for motorists to be able to see that this person is working at height. One blink and a car will drive into this ladder. This ladder could also fall on its own at any minute as it is not secure.
There is no warning for motorists to be able to see that this person is working at height. One blink and a car will drive into this ladder. This ladder could also fall on its own at any minute as it is not secure.

 

It is only a matter of time before these twigs break!
It is only a matter of time before these twigs break!

 

Ironic. "Think Safety First!- apparently this does not apply to me!"
Ironic. “Think Safety First!- apparently this does not apply to me!”

 

Smoking in general is a hazard but smoking near flammable gas is asking for a problem!
Smoking in general is a hazard but smoking near flammable gas is asking for a problem!

 

This is trust but one slip of the hand and the one hanging is carrots!
This is trust but one slip of the hand and the one hanging is carrots!

 

Water + Electricity= Not a good idea.
Water + Electricity= Not a good idea.

 

Besides the fact that they may have sore heads, lets hope these people still have all their fingers when this lid falls after driving over a bump!
Besides the fact that they may have sore heads, lets hope these people still have all their fingers when this lid falls after driving over a bump!

 

Sure a bucket may seem easy enough but a proper face shield would be better!
Sure a bucket may seem easy enough but a proper face shield would be better!

 

A longer ladder is all they needed..
A longer ladder is all they needed..

 

Ever heard of a Jack and Creeper? Last we knew, chairs were for people & not cars!
Ever heard of a Jack and Creeper? Last we knew, chairs were for people & not cars!

 

Smiles before he becomes toast and falls to the ground. No protection from electrocution or falling at all.
Smiles before he becomes toast and falls to the ground. No protection from electrocution or falling at all.

 

Never ever EVER use a person in place of a proper working table. This will not end well..
Never ever EVER use a person in place of a proper working table. This will not end well..

 

When the fridge falls over, so will this passenger! At least the driver is wearing a helmet!
When the fridge falls over, so will this passenger! At least the driver is wearing a helmet!

 

This guy probably appreciates the lending hand but this ladder is not secure and it is just a matter of time before this person falls!
This guy probably appreciates the lending hand but this ladder is not secure and it is just a matter of time before this person falls!

 

There are other ways to cut the top of your hedge, risking your life with this heavy machinery in the air is not one of them.
There are other ways to cut the top of your hedge, risking your life with this heavy machinery in the air is not one of them.

Look after your Eyewash Stations

Image of an eyewash station

Image of an eyewash station

Improperly maintained eyewash stations can create a greater hazard than those they’re designed to protect against.

Eyewash stations are a staple in facilities that use materials that can cause eye injury or eye infection, providing reprieve after accidental exposure.

But simply having an eyewash station in your workplace isn’t enough. Not properly maintaining a station potentially can cause more harm than good and even create its own emergency situation.

Improperly maintained eyewash stations can become a breeding ground for organisms that exist in stagnant and untreated water. Think Legionella, Pseudomonas, Acanthamoeba. And those organisms can infect the worker not only through the water, but also through the skin or through inhalation.

That’s why it is recommended facilities always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining eyewash stations. The instructions detail when to use specific plumbed systems to avoid microbial contamination. Likewise, self-contained stations also have directions for flushing the system and recommendations on what solutions to use to flush the eyes.

Legionella

Legionella can cause a serious lung infection. Or, if a worker inhales water with Legionella present, there is possibility for contracting Legionnaires’ disease, which can be a fatal form of pneumonia.

Pseudomonas

Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes an infection to the eyes, muscles, lungs and skin, and is identified by the green-blue pus surrounding the infected area. If the infection enters the bloodstream, workers can experience fevers, chills, confusion, shock and death.

Acanthamoeba

This organism usually exists in mucous membranes (nose, throat, eyes) and in neurological tissues (brain) without causing harm. However, it does have the potential to create a harmful eye infection – Acanthamoeba keratitis – that can cause eye redness, pain, tearing, blurred vision, light sensitivity and eye inflammation for several days.

Source: EHS Today, An Emergency at the Eyewash Station. 4 March 2016.

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