Tag: Inspection Management

Tragic Worksite Blast Injures Five: Could it have Been Prevented?

According to Global News, an industrial facility in Sarnia, Ontario has seen a dangerous explosion and fire.  Four workers were injured and one was taken to a hospital in critical condition.  He passed away soon after.

The explosion started a fire which seriously burned several workers.  The explosion itself caused a partial collapse of the roof, which could have resulted in more fatalities had any workers been near the collapse.  In this case, there is no good news.  Whenever workers are injured, their lives are at stake.  Whether it’s from faulty machinery or improper work site procedures, it’s imperative to be cautious around machinery and hazardous materials.

No reports as of yet have found the cause of this accident, though they have ruled out any chemicals or gas explosions.  Though speculation points to faulty machinery being the origin of the explosion, an important question remains: could this tragedy have been prevented?

Innocent lives are lost every year to fatal workplace accidents.  This is just an isolated case out of hundreds reported by OSHA annually.  These tragedies, in this day and age, could be avoided with the proper tools and procedures. That’s exactly why Master Lock introduced Field iD.

Field iD is a customizable application that makes auditing and inspecting easier than ever.  With this invaluable tool, you can keep your workers safer than ever before and prevent the most common workplace risks.  With Field iD, supervisors and workers can manage and stay tuned to all the changes and inspections at the work site and beyond. Here are just a few ways Field iD can help you keep your workers safe and machinery running smoothly:

Scheduling tools: Keep track of your inspection and audit due-dates.  Stay ahead and prepared for your inspections so you can pass on-time with flying colors.

Paperless Audits and Inspections: Field iD will keep your inspections organized with checklists and one-click audits.  The paperless model allows for seamless knowledge at your fingertips so you can always stay ahead of faulty machinery, parts, and assets.  With more detailed and efficient audits and inspections, you can expect a much safer and more informed work place.

Organize your assets: Whether it’s machinery or equipment, stay on top of all of your assets with Field iD.  Assign assets to specific work sites and even workers and keep updated with the check-in/check-out functionality.  Make sure that your workers have the right tools for the job.

Safety Scoring: Go above and beyond pass-fail with safety scoring. Keeping your operation in top shape with our automated sliders and scoring query is as easy as filling out a checklist.  Customize your scoring to your work site needs and keep your jobs running smoothly.

Lockout/Tagout: Our software is an incredible lockout/tagout tool that reinforces safety procedures by giving you the power to author and assign tasks to staff.  Keeping organized can be the biggest issue with lockout/tagout procedures, but our networked software makes it easier and safer.  From assignment to review, our system is built robustly for those who want a safer workplace for their employees.

Remember that the workplace is as dangerous as the procedures are. Preventing risk while you are ahead is the best way to keep your employees safe at work.  To learn more about Field iD from Master Lock, click here.

Can safety inspections prevent emergency landings?

A long flight can be a great experience, or it can be uncomfortable or even tense. For some, it’s a matter of small details like turbulence, in-flight food or service, and proximity to a window, aisle or washroom. To some frequent flyers, seating is the small detail that matters most. You might prefer a window seat, or you might want to be close to the exit for faster de-boarding.

There’s one thing about seating that probably never crosses your mind, but can have a huge effect on your in-flight experience. Inspections. Without inspections, a small problem with seating can quickly turn into a larger one. If the seat you’ve just buckled into wasn’t properly installed or isn’t regularly inspected, it might just pop loose during takeoff and lead to an emergency landing.

That scenario may sound unlikely, but it’s what happened on a few different planes this week.
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Android, in-flight screens, and thoughts on aviation safety

Anyone following Modern Safety knows we’ve blogged about Android, aviation safety and issues around the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the past. This week, we’ve got a reason to cover all three subjects in a single post.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was on show in the UK a few days ago, and since then, many news sites and blogs have been focusing on the newest details about the massive airliner’s new entertainment system. Specifically, this aspect of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner experience will soon be powered by Google Android. Read More

Pipeline safety – when neglect leads to action

Pipeline safety

Pipeline safety issues turn up in the news every so often, and when they do, we sometimes share our thoughts here on Modern Safety. When it comes to pipeline inspection management, it’s unsettling to learn that 356 “significant” accidents occurred in the U.S. over a five year period ending in 2010. And Canadian facts are also alarming.

Major pipeline oil spills in Alberta have raised serious concerns for the residents about the lack of oversight of over 300,000 kilometres of oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the province. A coalition of 54 community, environmental, First Nations, and landowner groups concerned with the pipeline safety in the province released a second open letter to Alison Redford, Alberta Premier, calling on her to hold an independent review of pipelines and a review of Alberta’s pipeline safety rules.

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Three reasons to keep safety compliance data in the cloud

Using the cloud to manage sensitive business data was a concern for many years, but businesses are now overcoming uneasiness about security and related risks. For cloud service providers like us, this is obviously good news. Every day, more people are becoming comfortable with cloud for both personal and business benefits, and early adopters have now fully embraced multiple cloud-based services in business.

We often share news or research about cloud computing in the online space with each other, and sometimes we share it with our users. Because our business is based on technology, and we celebrate things like higher adoption of new devices and software solutions, we need to remind ourselves from time to time that many businesses haven’t fully realized the benefits of newer technology like cloud computing, tablets and smartphones.

The sad truth is that many safety management professionals out there still rely on traditional tools of the trade, and have yet to accept changes in technology. Read More

Field ID's co-founders named Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

Field ID’s Co-Founders: CEO Somen Mondal (right) and COO Shaun Ricci (left).

It’s not every day that people at your company are noted on a list of “game-changing entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation across the country.” So today, for Field ID, is unlike other days. Ernst & Young has named finalists for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Awards, and Field ID co-founders Somen Mondal, CEO, and Shaun Ricci, COO, are honoured to be on the list in the “Emerging Entrepreneur” category.

Recognized as the entrepreneurs behind Field ID, the world’s leading paperless safety compliance and inspection management system, Somen and Shaun were named among the Canadian finalists here in Ontario (Ernst & Young is announcing the results by Province). Read More

Cloud growth continues – and increased safety follows

How big is the cloud? We know by the growing number of Field ID users that adoption of cloud-based inspection software is rising month after month and year after year. But as we promote the safety and security offered by cloud-computing, we’re always watching for good news about the cloud across various industries.

So we couldn’t help but notice the statistics in these recent infographics and studies, which show just how widespread the use of cloud-based services has become, and why.

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Pipeline inspection management lacking: Inspector General

Pipeline inspections and enforcement in the United States is a serious issue. Consider that there are more than 175,000 miles of pipelines criss-crossing the country, and the potential for corrosion, pipe defects or other factors is very real. Many people might associate pipelines with transporting refined petroleum product, but they also transport hazardous liquids. When pipeline accidents happen, the impacts can be severe.

Over a five year period ending in 2010, about 356 “significant” accidents occurred, according to a new federal audit from the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Transportation. These accidents resulted in six deaths, 11 injuries, and a whopping $852 million in costs to clean up.

Accidents are more likely to happen when inspections and enforcement are lacking. And the Inspector General says more needs to be done… Read More

Three compliance lessons learned from the EuroCup

The official mascots of Euro 2012: Slavek & Slavko.

We’ve got a number of teams represented in Euro 2012 here at Field ID headquarters – and a healthy sense of internal competition. A number of our team members have brought in flags. All told, we’ve got Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, England, Poland and Germany covered for fans. As we cheer on our teams and challenge each other’s preferences with good nature, we’ve also been thinking about what the Euro 2012 has in common with safety and compliance.

After some discussion, we’ve agreed on three compliance lessons you can take away from this year’s EuroCup… Read More

Mine safety compliance is improving: MSHA

Enforcement strategies for safety in the mining industry are working, despite various challenges faced over the past two and a half years and the shock of one of the worst coal mine disasters in decades, according to one of the top officials at MSHA (the Mine Safety and Health Administration).

MSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Joseph A. Main, says the administration is making a positive difference. He delivered these remarks at a one-day seminar called “Measuring Progress Toward a Safety Culture of Prevention in Mining,” hosted by Pennsylvania State University’s Miner Training Program. Read More