Safety News

The “Faux Racking Inspection”

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When is a steel storage racking inspection not a racking inspection?

Recently we have noticed an upturn in companies and individuals offering steel storage racking inspections.

They fall into roughly two categories;

  1. Individuals that like the idea that they can go and inspect racking;
  2. Companies that have an existing consulting arm to which they would like to add racking inspections.

So how do we know all of this? IRIA has a range of online courses, from basic racking checks through to racking installations. We have both individuals and companies that call us to register into some of these courses from time to time.

In one case, we had a large multinational consulting company send several of their staff through the basic “Racking Checking” course only to then offer racking inspection services.

Clearly, this is wrong on several levels:

  • People completing this course are clearly not ready in any way to do a professional racking inspection;
  • Morally, completing an entry level course then selling that learning as a “Professional Inspection Service” could be construed as dishonest

So, if this is the case and companies and individuals are selling services they are clearly not qualified to deliver… How do you make sense of it all?

Asking these questions may help you:

  1. How many hours of training have each racking inspector undertaken?
  2. Are the inspectors from the racking industry?
  3. Can they demonstrate a verified training curriculum specialising in racking inspections?
  4. Do they offer a dedicated software platform that is designed to support steel storage racking inspections?
  5. Is steel storage racking inspections the only thing that they offer?

Answering all of these questions will determine if you are dealing with a competent person or something else. As you would be aware, the notion of a competent person is critical in all WorkSafe legislation.

IRIA offer Inspections, Training and Racking Testing. Contact us on 1300 136 649 or info@iria.com.au.

Pallet racking safety

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Racking collapses can be caused by a number of different things. Inadequate training of staff, previous damage and unrepaired damage, missing parts, for example, base plates, safety clips, or twisted base plates.

It is not only loss of life that results from racking collapses, other side effects include, the inability to service your clients, therefore loss of turnover, the costs involved in the replacement of collapsed racking and damaged to your stock and the potential legal action by workers if there was to be a work place accident.

Organising for your racking to be inspected by an independent racking inspection company ensures the most economical means of maintaining your racking as they can inspect all brands of racking independently with no selling precedence, this is especially important if you have multiple brands on your site and want an independent unbiased inspection.

To have your racking inspected, click here to get a quote or contact IRIA

OH&S in the workplace

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Directors, Executives, Managers and Employees are all now seen to be responsible for OHS&E within the workplace. In some states the crime of “Industrial Manslaughter” is a reality.

Unsafe work efficiencies such as having damaged pallets in your racking can cause major collapses. All work practises need to be revised to ensure it is the best and safest way to execute that task and in turn this will be likely to increase workers confidence when working in and around these racking structures

It is important to remember to organise your racking to be inspected on a regular basis as poorly maintained racking can have disastrous consequences.

In the quest to reduce hazards in the workplace, scheduling an IRIA inspector to inspect your racking will give you peace of mind that your workers are not at risk of potentially fatal accidents.

To have your racking inspected, click here to get a quote or contact IRIA on 1300 136 649

Steel racking Safety

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The very real risk of fatal workplace accidents is a concern for all managers and employees; therefore, these risks need to be addressed through controls such as safety awareness and training.

It has been identified that most racking failures are a direct result of unqualified people changing racking, bumping into racking with forklifts or not fixing potentially fatal racking hazards.

It is important that all workplaces have regular safety inspections, and all repairs are attended to in order to ensure the safety of workers. By having six to twelve monthly workplace safety inspections such as a racking safety inspection, this is one way to help reduce workplace fatalities.

Utilising state of the art processes and technology IRIA provides regular, unbiased, fully documented racking inspections and audits. IRIA can implement a racking safety inspection regime that will ensure your compliance with the appropriate standards.

 

Steel Storage Racking Inspections

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With one of the most functional infrastructure elements in warehouses being Steel Storage Racking, a silently ignored risk could easily become a loud collapse with implications of industry manslaughter.

It is frightening to think that one slight alteration in racking from an unqualified person can have disastrous consequences to the stability of the racking and potentially the lives of people who work in that warehouse.

Independent Racking Inspections and Audits (IRIA) is an independent racking inspection company that conducts independent racking inspections in your workplace, to reduce the risk associated with the safe management of your steel pallet racking. We also offer training so your employees will know what to look for and raise concerns of a potential risks and eliminate them before they become a major incident.

Be A Safety Champion

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Safe Work Australia urges everyone to be a safety champion

Safe Work Australia reminds all workers and businesses to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces this National Safe Work Month.

With the theme ‘Be a Safety Champion,’ everyone is encouraged to promote best practice work health and safety initiatives at their workplace.

“During National Safe Work Month, we want to recognise that workers, employees, managers, supervisors, teams and organisations can all be safety champions,” said Safe Work Australia CEO, Michelle Baxter.

“It doesn’t matter what industry you work in, what role you do, whether you act as an individual or work as a team. We can all actively promote work health and safety,” she said.

There are several resources on Safe Work Australia’s website to help promote the campaign. These include customizable posters, a digital brand kit, flyers, web graphics and infographics.

“This October, everyone can be champions for work health and safety – we can all build a more positive work health and safety culture,” said Ms. Baxter.

“Use the hashtag #safetychampion to give a shout out to the champions in your workplace.”

 

Author:   Haydee

Source:   Safety Culture

 

 

Young man’s leg crushed by approx a tonne of falling pallets from a forklift in NSW

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A tradesman has been crushed by a stack of pallets weighing about a tonne in a horror worksite accident west of Sydney.

A tradesman was crushed by a falling stack of pallets weighing an estimated one tonne in a horror workplace accident this morning. Several ambulance and police crews rushed to the Bond Crescent building site in Wetherill Park, west of Sydney, just after 10.30am.

The 24-year-old man suffered a serious leg injury and was briefly pinned beneath the debris, before paramedics cleared the pallets, which had fallen from a forklift.

The CareFlight rescue helicopter was called and landed in a vacant field near the site, with a specialist doctor and critical care paramedic providing treatment to the worker.

“Observation was continued by the CareFlight medical team as he was transported by road ambulance to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition,” a CareFlight spokesperson said.

SafeWork NSW will now investigate the incident.

Author:  Shannon Molloy

Edited:   Kati Carr

Source:  www.news.com.au

Queensland dairy farms audited for safety

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Forty-three per cent of Queensland dairies have no written WHS policy in place and fifteen per cent have only a verbal policy, audits by WorkCover have found.

The audits were carried out last year under a new work safety program for the state’s dairy industry.  The program aims to improve the capacity of business owners and managers to manage safety.

The audits also found nearly 38 per cent of workers never or rarely wear a helmet when riding a quad bike.

Most businesses believed they didn’t require a traffic management plan, while others reckoned they should have a plan, but hadn’t actually addressed the issue.

WorkCover Queensland launched the program after injury statistics revealed 117 claims for serious injuries over the last five years and one fatality, with 21 per cent of claims caused by livestock and 10 per cent involving vehicles.

The audits revealed that majority of injuries were related to joints/ligaments/muscles, fractures and lacerations, with almost half of the injuries involving upper limbs, a quarter lower limbs and 14 per cent to the body/trunk.

Anecdotal evidence indicated the industry’s high-risk issues included livestock handling; electrical safety; quad bikes; chemicals; and machinery.

Manual handling risks, zoonotic diseases, and mental health were also prevalent.

WorkCover Queensland audited 47 dairies in the Scenic Rim, Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast, and South Burnett regions.

Nearly two-thirds of businesses indicated they would be interested in attending a face-to-face workshop on work health and safety.

The audits also revealed:

  • 38% of businesses rarely or never completed risk assessments
  • safety induction training was completed often by 38% of businesses and sometimes by 32%, but over a quarter of the businesses rarely or never provided training and induction
  • only 38% of businesses reported having control measures in place for working at heights but more work is needed to boost safety, particularly for climbing silos
  • fewer than a quarter (23%) of the businesses had measures in place to manage the health and safety of visitors
  • for diseases management, a quarter of the group had no measures in place to manage the risk of zoonotic diseases for QFever vaccinations and the same amount said no-one had been vaccinated, while 13% had only some people vaccinated.

WorkCover said the next phase of the program will start in March. WorkCover representatives will be looking at the overall WHS compliance of the businesses, including machinery and guarding, electrical, chemicals, quad bikes, zoonoses, working at heights and safety management systems.

Author:     Stephen

Source:     www.safetyculture.com.au

97 Deaths so far this year

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97 Australian workers killed in 2018

 Latest figures from Safe Work Australia show 97 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2018.

Safe Work Australia said the latest figures are based on initial media reports and are a preliminary estimate of the number of people killed while working.

Transport, postal & warehousing industry has so far recorded 29 fatalities, Agriculture, forestry & fishing 28 fatalities, and Construction 19 fatalities.

The figures show the manufacturing industry has seen 8 fatalities, while the mining industry has so far recorded 5 fatalities.

Electricity, gas, water & waste services and Wholesale trade have 2 fatalities each.

Administrative & support services, Arts & recreation services, Public administration & safety and Rental, hiring & real estate services have each one fatality.

Author:   Stephen

Source:   www.safetyculture.com.au

A little about us

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Overview

Independent Racking Inspections & Audits Pty Ltd (IRIA) completes over 2,000 racking inspections annually in 30 countries worldwide and has developed into one of the leading racking inspection businesses globally.  Our core purpose is to assist in contributing to safer working environments in and around steel storage racking and shelving.

We are audited annually and are an ISO accredited company in:

  • ISO 9001 – Quality Management System
  • ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System
  • ISO 4801 – OH&S Management System

IRIA operate independently of any racking supplier or manufacturer.  We will not recommend unnecessary repairs, our clients find that our independence from any racking sales process keeps their repair costs down.

Our racking inspections comply with AS4084 and International Racking Standards and includes the following:

  • A ground based, visual check of all racking systems on site;
  • Checking the correct application and use of equipment;
  • Checking that the working load limits are adhered to;
  • Where a copy of the load application and configuration drawings are provided a check that the racking installation has not been detrimentally altered
  • Checking the extent of damage due to impact with the racking;
  • Checking out-of-plumb racking;
  • Examine for any dislocation and deformation of sections and connections for uprights and beams;
  • Examine connectors for deformation or signs of cracking of the welds;
  • Examine base plates and floor anchors.
  • Certification that damage listed on our previous racking inspection report has been repaired (included as part of your annual inspection or for a nominal fee can be done at any time)

Safe Work Load Charts

If you require safe work load charts this detail will be listed on your report for all brands of racking. We are able to assist with producing a limited suite of load charts for standard racking on your behalf. We will not know if we are able to produce load charts until after the racking inspection is completed.

Post Repair Certification

Certification of repairs will be included as part of your next inspection without any additional charge, however we can also return to your site at an earlier date to certify the repairs.  This can be undertaken prior to you paying for the repairs, if you prefer, and will ensure that the repair work has been completed to the Australian Standard and is complete.