Tag: safety inspections

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.

Who should be responsible for aircraft safety inspections?

How safe would you feel sitting in your aircraft seat before takeoff and realizing that your airplane was self-certified by the manufacturer?

Probably not the best thing to think about right before this airplane soars into the sky, with you onboard.

According to The Hill, the FAA delegates airplane safety inspections to aircraft manufacturers. Under the self-certification process, airplane safety tests are supposed to be conducted to meet standards that are set by the FAA. The results then should be double-checked by the FAA before an airplane is ruled to be safe to fly.

For example, Boeing was extended the authority to self-certify its aircraft and aircraft technologies in 2009 and was involved in certification of its Dreamliner model that raised safety concerns earlier this year.

Today, this topic was debated by the U.S. lawmakers.  Read More

Should ride safety inspections be posted online?

It’s hardly ever an off-season for country fairs and amusement parks. Even though summer is over, in Toronto, for example, the next big thing for roller coaster fun is Halloween Haunt in Canada’s Wonderland. And as amusement rides keep being popular so do safety concerns.

It’s disturbing to read about amusement park ride safety accidents in the news. Just today, NBC News reported people injured in ride accident at North Carolina State Fair. However, amusement park rides are still not regulated in 17 states in the U.S. Some of them lack both Federal and State oversight.

We blogged in the past that beyond implementing government oversight of this sector, it’s also important to make safety inspections information available online to the public that will ensure these inspections don’t get missed. And according to The Republic, this will soon become a reality for the state of Pennsylvania.  Read More

What will the iPad Air mean for safety inspections?

Not so long ago we blogged about the excitement prior to the release of its iPhone 5S and 5C. And yesterday the new iPad Air came out.

The new tablet has a 43% smaller bezel, is 1.9 mm thinner and 0.4 pounds lighter than its counterpart. It also has the brand new Apple A7 chip that was just launched with the iPhone 5S and “is blowing everything away in performance,” as noted by Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller.

That’s why the iPad Air is eight time faster than the first-generation iPad and graphics are 72 times faster. According to Engadget, the improved functionality includes faster WiFi as well.

The new iPad is also equipped with better cameras than the previous model. The 5-megapixel iSight camera is capable of shooting 1080p video. The front FaceTime camera is also improved and has as a backside-illuminated sensor for better image quality.

In addition, Apple announced that it will not charge for its latest operating system upgrade, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. This is an interesting milestone for the software industry. According to Wired, yesterday Apple “ended the era of paid operating systems.”

So what does it mean for safety users?

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Safety inspections – a new peaceful purpose for drones?

For many, the word “drones” has this hostile military meaning to it. Others may hear it and think of concerns about privacy. But we may soon see drones crisscrossing the sky with peaceful purposes, as part of the way companies do business every day.

Various jobs that they will perform will include traffic monitoring, aerial surveying, safety inspections and more, according to The New York Times.  Read More

5 ways to use pictures with safety inspections

A picture tells a thousand words. For safety professionals today, this saying is true as never before.

As more and more companies are digitizing safety and compliance management, digital sharing of information is becoming increasingly common in workplaces. The latest mobile devices equipped with high-resolution cameras and larger displays allow safety professionals to use photos to their full potential.

Here’s how you can integrate pictures in the inspection process to help create safer workplaces with Field ID.   Read More

How do you manage inspections, safety data and more?

Did you know that as many as 93% of safety professionals wish they could improve their inspection and safety compliance process? And nine out of ten still use a pen and paper to manage their safety inspections. A coincidence? We think not.

How do safety professionals go about safety compliance management? We decided to come right out and ask! We invited a random sample of over 300 of safety professionals to participate in a brief survey about their inspection processes and experiences. It was a fun exercise, and it highlighted some interesting work habits…  Read More

3 benefits of using GPS for safety inspections

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a powerful technology of today. Anywhere on Earth, in all weather conditions, this space-based satellite navigation system is capable of providing location and time information to anyone with a GPS receiver – which many smartphones and mobile devices include.

There are many ways this information can prove useful. For the inspection software user, embracing the power of GPS can be one more way improve overall safety and compliance in the workplace.

Here’s three ways how you can take your safety inspections to the next level with GPS…    Read More

Safety stand-down to improve oil and gas compliance

It’s always important when safety organizations reach out to those they aim to protect – folks in the field doing the work.

Such an attempt to get the word out to them and help them better understand some of the hazards in their industry was undertaken by OSHA and the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety Network (STEPS) initiating the safety stand-down this month.    Read More

Safety video review – Modern Safety – 01.11.2013

We are very excited for the 2013! Fortunately, the end of the world didn’t happen and we can focus on improving safety performance for the year ahead.

The first few weeks of January are a fresh start to the year. This will be the first of many weekend watching posts in 2013, and we hope you’ll make time for our latest safety video review!   Read More