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With ongoing changes to legislation and the current downturn in the economy now is the perfect time to
reflect on how well your current safety systems are meeting your organisational needs. Macssgroup can
help you review your systems and ensure they are simplistic in design and application while meeting all of
your legal obligations and business requirements
The Macssgroup Philosophy is:
 Safety should be part of what we do, not separate from it
 Safety should be simple, not complex
 Safety should be cost effective and value for money, not expensive and unused

Macssgroup knows:
 Safety is achieved through understanding, coaching, mentoring and having simple and easy to use
 To stay competitive we need to have our finger on the pulse and stay abreast of current issues within
the industry
 Quality is the basis of our product and service and is that which keeps our clients coming back
 Every organisation and industry sector has its own unique challenges

What does Macssgroup Offer:
 Access to experts in safety in the mining, construction, oil and gas and manufacturing industries
 Over 45 years of combined experience in the mining, construction, oil and gas and manufacturing
 Identification of potential gaps in your safety management system
 Practical and cost effective solutions to overcome identified shortfalls
 Development of systems that become an inherent part of how you do business
 Ensuring that legislative requirements are captured and built into your safety management system
 Value for money on a keep it simple philosophy
 Systems and hands on professionals available

Macssgroup’s core business is to provide contract safety services to companies whose aim it is to achieve a performance benchmark far superior to their peers.
We have dedicated safety professionals who are experienced in all aspects of mining, construction, petroleum and industrial manufacturing safety system development including metalliferous and coal environments.
With over 45 years combined experience in mining (open cut and underground) and safety related requirements, Macssgroup’s experience, knowledge an skills in mining and construction are second to

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ACT Work Cover

Failure of Two-way Radios During Cranage Work
This Hazard Alert is issued to inform persons involved in the crane industry
including Company Principals, Crane Drivers and Doggers of the need to maintain and test two-way radios which may be used when a lift is being conducted from an unsighted position.

ACT WorkCover received notification of a Dangerous Occurrence which occurred during a lift onto a roof area from the ground by crane. The crane operator and the dogger were communicating via two-way radios to direct the lift as they were not within sight of each other.
The radios, according to the report, were working satisfactorily as the lift
proceeded and then failed as the load was being lowered into position resulting in damage to property.

Preventative Measures
After further investigation of the equipment it was established that a fault occurred with the radio’s battery connection and circuit boards. In an effort to prevent these type of failures the following must apply:
• All two-way radio equipment must be maintained to the manufacturer’s
recommended standard to be assured of reliability during cranage work;
• Regular testing of components is advisable to retain confidence in the
equipment’s reliability; and
• Testing of equipment prior to all lifts is essential. It is advisable to test twoway equipment in the same area and under the same conditions as the actual lift prior to commencing work.
It is important to be aware of structures and/or materials which may have the effect of blocking or interfering with the radio signal. The surrounds of the lift area and possibly materials being handled, may interfere with the sound waves or prevent clear communication between operator and dogger, necessitating testing prior to the commencement of lifts.

Duties under the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989
The ACT Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 (the Act) imposes a duty of
care on all parties to take all reasonably practical steps to ensure that plant, and equipment used in the workplace present no risks to health or safety. Penalties exist for breaches of the Act

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Be careful working around electricity and powerlines: WorkCover

Businesses and workers need to be very careful when working with electricity and powerlines after
recent analysis from WorkCover showed there had been two electrocutions and 14 electric shocks in
a recent 12 month period.

WorkCover NSW General Manager of Work Health and Safety Division John Watson said examples
from August 2012 to August 2013 have included electric shocks, through to deaths.
“In one instance a worker was installing air-conditioning at a petrol station when the wiring he was
working with was still energised and he received an electric shock. Tragically, he passed away in
hospital,” Mr Watson said.

“In another case, a plasterer was installing a ceiling fan when he accidently cut through energised
wiring receiving an electric shock which caused him to fall about 2.4 metres off his ladder also
causing bruising.”

Mr Watson urged businesses and workers to take the steps needed to make sure everyone comes
home safe at the end of their shift.

“We want all workers to return home safely to their families and friends at the end of the day,” Mr
Watson said. “But sadly this is sometimes not the case.”
“Working on or near electrical installations can be dangerous, and that’s why workers and
businesses need to take precautions and always use a licensed electrician for all electrical
installation work.
Although all situations are different, what’s important is that there are basic ways to improve
electrical safety.

“It’s so important that workers test before they touch. It sounds simple but it can be overlooked.
“Make sure you de-energise before you start work by identifying and isolating the source of
electricity, and locking and tagging the switch,” he said.
“In conditions that involve exposing electrical equipment to moisture, heat, vibration, mechanical
damage, corrosive chemicals and dust, ensure that that the electrical equipment is regularly tested
and tagged and that the equipment is used in association with an RCD (Residual Current Device/
Safety Switch).

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Improving communications for truck drivers

In 2011 a truck driver working alone died from heatstroke when he walked away from
his bogged vehicle near Wiluna. In 2013/2014, WorkSafe will be conducting a
campaign to raise awareness of the Coroner’s recommendations and to ensure
compliance with legislative requirements related to truck drivers working alone.

Contributing factors
The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations require:
 The supply of clean, cool drinking water.
 That a means of communication is available for drivers to call for help in the
case of an emergency.
 That there is a procedure for regular contact to be made with the driver.
 That drivers are trained in these contact procedures.
These are minimum compliance requirements for workers working alone.

Action required
Employers shall:
1. Ensure the supply of cool, clean drinking water.
2. Assess all routes to ensure that a means of reliable communication is
available at all times.
This relates to drivers who are isolated due to the nature of their work, and not only
to those in remote locations. In most instances, a solitary truck driver is considered
an isolated employee regardless of their geographical location.
Extra care should be taken where ordinary means of communication may be unreliable
or where it may take some time for assistance to arrive in the case of an emergency.
Current technology, such as GPS messenger devices, offers a practicable, simple to
use and inexpensive communication option

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