A startup called SmartSite has released hardware and cloud-based software to help the construction industry track what their employees are exposed to and take measures to protect them from harm.Cancer, respiratory problems, dermatitis from skin exposure to hazardous substances, and health problems from high levels of exposure to noise and vibrations are among the occupational safety and health problems most commonly experienced by construction workers.And deaths in construction in the U.S. have sadly risen in recent years, according to the most recent available data from the U.S. Department of Labor, with 874 fatal occupational injuries in the field in 2014.To help reduce the health risks in the industry, SmartSite s systems monitor noise levels, airborne particulates and UV rays.According to co-founders Michael Andrea and James Batstone, SmartSite s hardware hub contains off-the-shelf sensors including a microphone, laser particle counters and UV sensors.SmartSite s system monitors particulates, UV rays and more on construction sites.
Researchers in the city of Bochum, Germany, are trying to improve health and safety conditions on construction sites by creating interactive training courses for virtual reality headsets.The technology is intended to be used both by construction workers and by occupational health and safety experts.Before a site is opened to be worked on, health and safety experts will be able to walk around a virtual version of the site, identify any areas that will pose particular safety risks, and plan appropriate safety measures before workers begin construction.Virtual reality courses will also be used to prepare the workers, sensitizing them to possible danger by allowing them to explore the site before it opens and interact with the environment by lifting and carrying objects.Lift with your legs and your controllersThe researchers are taking advantage of the fact that large construction sites are already planned virtually before being created, using these three-dimensional model builds as the base for their own constructions.
Why is workplace compliance important for small and medium business in Australia?Regardless of the size of your business, the risk associated with fair work, privacy and health and safety incidents is on the rise.Small and medium businesses in Australia are grappling with the ever-increasing cost associated with breaches in safety, invasion of privacy and workplace incidents such as bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination. The rise of social media has made it even more complex because we are now vulnerable to online discrimination, sexual harassment, identity theft and cyberbullying.
A Samsung Note7 is pictured next to its charred battery after catching fire during a test.As Samsung looks to publicly move past the Note7 debacle with a series of upcoming carrier updates designed to brick any remaining devices, the company is also moving forward with its internal investigation of the issue.According to a report from South Korea-based The Investor, Samsung has wrapped up its probe of the phablet s exploding batteries.Very few details are offered in the report, but the publication says Samsung s findings have been sent to the appropriate agencies, Korea Testing Laboratory and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration-approved UL.Thus far, Samsung has been mostly mum on the cause of Note7 fires around the world, but independent third-party investigations have pointed to the devices extreme thinness as a likely culprit.The Investor also reports that Samsung mobile president Koh Dong-jin sent out an email last week urging employees to tighten security measures surrounding the upcoming Galaxy S8.
Sudden cardiac death often comes with no warning signs what so ever.Of all the diseases and disorders that can be caused or made worse by stress, the relationship between stress and heart disease, is probably the most clear.In a study of 12,000 Danish nurses, conducted over 15 years, those nurses who reported high levels of stress had a 50% increase in heart disease.In another study that compared College professors and teachers to Physicians, Lawyers, Real Estate and Insurance Agents, the professionals in the second group died of heart disease at twice the rate of the professionals in first group.This study, reported on in a “Total Worker Health” webinar on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) website, allowed (controlled) for differences in exercise, diet and smoking between the two groups so the authors concluded the main reason for this difference in death rates was job stress.The article explains that the fight or flight response, (aka, the stress response) first studied by Harvard researcher, Dr. Walter B. Cannon, causes a reaction in the body that dumps adrenaline and cortisol into the blood stream.
Pay-to-be-slayed plan pulled over blasphemy, health & safety worriesSenior clergy in Manchester, England, have cited health and safety and blasphemy concerns after nixing a plan to fill a funding gap for the city’s Easter Passion play by offering members of the public the chance to be crucified.Organisers of the annual Manchester Passion were apparently looking for innovative ways to cover the cost of the event, and hit on the idea of “The Crucifixion Experience” which they offered via Crowdfunder.For a donation of £750, supporters could secure the right to be hoisted onto a cross at the climax of the public reenactment of Jesus’ execution.However, killjoy senior clerics have clamped down on the groundbreaking idea, with Reverend Canon Falak Sher telling the organisers - apparently via Whatsapp - that “To put people in Jesus’ place on the cross and charge them £750 to do it is blasphemous."The event is to help the homeless, the poor, asylum seekers,” he continued, according to the Manchester Evening News.
If nothing else, Elon Musk, the mastermind behind Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX, knows how to get attention.Recently, he made headlines when he revealed that next year SpaceX, the private space exploration company he founded in 2002, intends to fly two paying customers on a mission that would travel to the moon, orbit the moon without landing, and then return to land on Earth.No private space company has the history needed to guarantee the safety of the passengers, whether they are astronauts or, in the case of SpaceX’s proposed mission, mega-wealthy customers.Indeed, SpaceX has a particularly troubling record, at least when it comes to mission failure.Consider SpaceX’s early attempts at flight.In April 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company for three safety violations, including one that stemmed from an incident on a SpaceX facility in Texas where an employee transporting material fell to his death from a moving truck.
The machine “literally ripped off his left leg,” medical reports said, leaving it hanging by a frayed ligament and a five-inch flap of skin.Boar’s Head sells its chicken as deli meat in supermarkets.Since 2011, the U.S. government has purchased nearly seventeen million dollars’ worth of Case Farms chicken, mostly for the federal school-lunch program.David Michaels, the former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), called Case Farms “an outrageously dangerous place to work.” Four years before Osiel lost his leg, Michaels’s inspectors had seen Case Farms employees standing on top of machines to sanitize them and warned the company that someone would get hurt.Advocates worry that President Trump, whose Administration has targeted unauthorized immigrants, will scrap those agreements, emboldening employers to simply call ICE anytime workers complain.The number of violations is influenced by the number of inspections, accidents, complaints, a plant’s previous record, and regional enforcement initiatives as well as over-all safety.
p Artificial intelligence and object and facial recognition could be used to keep an eye out for health and safety violations in your workplace.Artificial intelligence is set to make a huge impact on many aspects of everyday life, and Microsoft wants to be at the forefront of this tech as it revolutionizes the workplace.The average construction site is already packed with cameras, and Microsoft is leveraging that fact via its visual recognition software.By associating camera feeds with information about objects and people, the company will offer a platform that allows businesses to monitor work as it happens, and enforce policies automatically.An on-stage demo saw Microsoft’s director of commercial communications, Andrea Carl, walk through an implementation of the technology.The set-up combined Azure Stack, Azure Functions, Cognitive Services, and commodity cameras, running more than 27 million recognitions every second.
p Tesla factory workers were injured at a rate 31% higher than industry average – and seriously injured at a rate more than double the industry average – in 2015, according to a new report from a worker safety organization.Tesla has strenuously defended its safety record since workers went public with complaints in February and announced they were seeking to unionize with the United Auto Workers.The Guardian recently published an investigation into the factory, where some workers allege that aggressive production goals set by CEO Elon Musk have resulted in unsafe conditions and avoidable injuries.An analysis of factory injury logs published by the California not-for-profit Worksafe on Wednesday revealed Tesla’s performance since 2014 on two official metrics that are reported to workplace safety regulators.Tesla’s total incident rate was 15% higher than the industry average in 2014 and 31% higher than the industry average in 2015.The second metric is days away, restricted duty or transfer rate (Dart), which looks at the number of days a worker is either absent from work or restricted from his usual tasks due to an injury.
Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues.In this piece Kashif Hussain, CellAdvisor Solutions Marketing from Viavi Solutions, explains how the technology in a radio network tower is undergoing dramatic change, presenting tough real-world challenges for the maintenance crews.As technicians, riggers perform installations, inspections and repairs on towers, often involving tower climbs with test equipment in dangerous circumstances.The Head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) once called the role of the rigger “the most dangerous job in America” – which entirely justifies the claim that, in many ways, riggers are the unsung heroes of the telecoms world.This comes as little surprise, as much of the job of a rigger is conducted at great heights where there is a risk of injury from falls.In June 2017, the FCC and OSHA teamed up to release new guidance and best practices to improve the safety conditions and to call for a safer environment for riggers.
-- New research is calling for immediate safeguards and the study of a widely used method for repairing sewer-, storm-water and drinking-water pipes to understand the potential health and environmental concerns for workers and the public.The process can emit chemicals into the air, sometimes in visible plumes, and can expose workers and the public to a mixture of compounds that can pose potential health hazards, said Andrew Whelton, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering and the Environmental and Ecological Engineering program.Results from their air testing study are detailed in a paper appearing on July 26 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters."Short- and long-term health impacts caused by chemical mixture exposures should be immediately investigated.Workers are a vulnerable population, and understanding exposures and health impacts to the general public is also needed."NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has occupational safety and health experts who can investigate workplace hazards.
Dyson has made a name for itself by inventing all sorts of new approaches to vacuuming your house, and it seems that the company is now looking to innovate in a whole new “clean” industry.On Tuesday, founder James Dyson announced that his company is making a major play in the electric car business.Dyson tweeted a statement from its founder that makes it clear that he’s actually serious about this.In fact, he first started working on it almost 30 years ago.In 1988 I read a paper by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, linking the exhaust from diesel engines to premature death in laboratory mice and rats.In March 1990 a team at Dyson began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap particulates.
Vacuum-maker to spend £2bn on 'radical battery electric vehicle' due on the road in 2020Vacuum-cleaner maker Dyson has announced its intention to build a “battery electric vehicle.”Founder James Dyson says he's doing it to reduce pollution and therefore the many deaths that can be linked to car emissions' effects on air quality.“In 1988 I read a paper by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, linking the exhaust from diesel engines to premature death in laboratory mice and rats,” he wrote in a treatise posted to Twitter.“In March 1990 a team at Dyson began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap particulates.”That work progressed well but auto-makers wouldn't buy it on grounds that it would have created a need to dispose of soot.
Japanese construction equipment manufacturer Komatsu will work with Nvidia to use artificial intelligence to make construction sites safer.Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia announced the deal at its GTC Japan event, where CEO Jensen Huang said that Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs, which can be used for AI processing) will power visualization and analysis of construction sites for safety issues.“Artificial intelligence is sweeping across industries, and its next frontier is autonomous intelligent machines,” Huang said in a statement.“Future machines will perceive their surroundings and be continuously alert, helping operators work more efficiently and safely.Among these are partnerships with GE Healthcare and Nuance in the area of medical imaging; Fanuc in the field of robotics; and more than 225 car makers, startups and research houses — among them Audi, Tesla, Toyota, and Volvo — for autonomous driving.Last year, sites in Japan alone recorded some 300 deaths and more than 15,000 injuries, according to the Japan Construction Occupational Safety and Health Association.
The workers exposed problems with their poor training and equipment, exceedingly long working hours, dirty facilities and low wages.Apple and Catcher released separate statements, in which they said the results of their own investigations found no violations of their respective standards.Catcher is a critical partner in Apple's supply chain as it takes responsibility for most of the manufacturing of the company's devices casings.China Labour Watch's investigation focused mostly on a facility in Suqian, a small city located about six hours away from Shanghai, and highlighted problems that go beyond chemical exposure.Workers at the factory reportedly work for six days a week, more than 10 hours every day, and do so without having received proper training or adequate equipment.In various interviews with Bloomberg, where they asked to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions, a number of workers expressed concern about safety issues and their lack of knowledge of the materials and machinery they come into contact with.
Apple has worked hard in recent years to clean up the plants that manufacture its products, but another supplier has been accused of subjecting its employees to poor working conditions in a new China Labour Watch report.Workers at a Catcher Technology factory in Suqian, China making iPhone casings are discovered to be working in an unsafe environment for long hours earning low wages, according to a 62-page report published Tuesday.The investigation, comprised of interviews with "around 50" workers and lasted from last October to January this year, found "major issues" with occupational health and safety, pollution and work schedules.At the factory where workers work, standing an average of 10 hours every day for six days a week, they are required to handle toxic substances without proper training, the report said, and without provision of protective gear such as goggles and face shields.The floor is also reportedly covered in oil, which causes workers to slip and fall.Workers are paid a base wage of 1,950 yuan a month, or about $303, but with workers "generally" doing six 10-hour days, many earn 4,000 yuan ($622) after overtime pay is accounted for.
Apple is discovering that sleek architecture doesn’t necessarily play nicely with health & safety, after multiple reported cases of Apple Park staff walking into glass doors and windows.The facility, colloquially known as “the spaceship” for its unusual ring-like shape, has only just begun accommodating staff, having seen its opening delayed after construction took longer than expected.Part of that construction hold-up was down to just how demanding Apple has been with its architects, contractors, and the specialists doing the internal fit out.Jony Ive, Apple’s design chief, stepped away from his regular role for roughly two years in order to shepherd Apple Park to completion.That, reports claimed, included exacting attention to detail on everything from emergency signage, through door handles and switchgear, to the layout of the often open-plan facilities.If there’s one common theme that runs through the whole building, however, it’s the use of glass.
People in glass offices should probably watch where they’re going.Collisions have been one very clear downside of Apple’s $427 million spaceship office in Cupertino, according to a story out of Bloomberg.The “people familiar with the incidents” won’t say how widespread a phenomenon all of this is, but there’s a definite potential downside to glass walls in a setting where occupants are regularly staring down at their phones.In an effort to the phenomenon, some have apparently taken to sticking Post-Its on potential hazard zones — a sort of primitive form of augmented reality.As someone who regularly runs into stuff, I can personally confirm that walls, not people are to blame in this situation, and likely the whole things is more a source of brief personal embarrassment for those involved.As the story points out, none of the collisions have warranted a post to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
More and more young patients—under 40, as young as 20—were asking for nose jobs.In Paskhover’s office in New York, new patients would plop down, hand over their phone, and complain about how their schnoz looked in selfies.Selfies, particularly up-close ones taken at certain angles in front of the face, tend to distort the nose.As Paskhover continued to see cases in his office, he became fascinated with what happens when people take up-close selfies—and he wanted to find a more scientific way to explain it to his patients.So he and colleagues at Rutgers University and Stanford University created a mathematical model to show how a camera's distance from a face changes perceived nose size.They started with data from a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health survey, one that has measured Americans’ heads for the past three decades to fit respirator masks.
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