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Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has been fined following the death of an 87-year-old man with dementia.

In April 2008 the man was being bathed at the Frank Lloyd Unit, Sittingbourne, when he slipped from a hoist and fell, sustaining injuries, and died the next day, said the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in a media release.

The HSE investigated the incident and reportedly found “poor communication between the nursing staff and the agency care workers”.

It added: “… the care plan was not clear and, in any case, was not shared with the agency carers.

“There was no consideration of the risk of using a bathroom in another ward which precluded any active supervision of the agency carers.”

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, of Farm Villa, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, was prosecuted and pleaded guilty for breaching section 3(1) of the UK Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It was fined £107,000 and ordered to pay £25,000 in costs.

“This case has shown that it’s not enough to have well-intentioned management procedures if these are not followed through at ward level,” said HSE inspector Jan Combs said in a media statement. “There must be a robust mechanism to communicate care needs to all staff including temporary agency staff. Clear communication is an essential part of good management.”

For more details, visit the HSE

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

The Queensland Government has released a black lung action plan in the wake of the re-emergence of the disease.

“We have confirmed five cases of coalminer’s pneumoconiosis [black lung disease] in Queensland and I have asked for Queensland Health data on any other possible cases,” said Dr Anthony Lynham, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines and Acting Minister for Health, in a media statement.

The Minister says the plan involves the following:

  • reviewing current screening measures where coalminers have chest X-rays when they start work, at least every five years and when they retire
  • taking action against coalmines that exceed regulated dust limits
  • improving data collection on cases of black lung to prevent cases from being missed
  • investigating regulatory changes, and
  • placing the issue on the national council of mining ministers’ agenda.

For more details, visit the Government’s plan

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

Farm deaths have increased over the past year, says a recent report from The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety.

The report is based on farm injury events and non-farm quad bike fatalities reported in the Australian print media from 1 January to 31 December 2015.

Farm injury fatalities totalled 69 in 2015, compared with 54 in 2014.

Of the 69 deaths, six involved a child aged 15 years and younger, and 15 of the most reported incidents involved quad bikes, 13 involved tractors and seven involved mobile-plant/machinery, according to the report.

Some 92 non-fatal on-farm injury events were also reported for the same period. Nine involved children aged 15 years and younger. Quad-related injuries accounted for 41 of all incidents.

Off-farm, an additional 29 quad bike-related injuries were reported.

For more details, visit the report.

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

Many workers are embarrassed and defamed at the hands of cyberbullies, says Dr Felicity Lawrence from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Dr Lawrence surveyed more than 600 public sector workers nationally and found 72 per cent had reported experiencing or observing cyberbullying over the past six months. Also, 74 per cent of those surveyed ranked their workplace as highly stressful, she said in a media statement.

Some of those surveyed had received aggressive and bullying emails, YouTube videos or social media posts from colleagues and clients who didn’t like decisions they had made that affected them, Dr Lawrence added.

“The public servants I surveyed indicated there’s a kind of ‘cyber-underground’ that has created a hidden negative online workplace culture where some employees feel they are free to harass and bully one another and yet remain unaccountable for their behaviour,” Dr Lawrence said.

The costs of cyberbullying are high. “The implications of this research are critical for Australian organisations looking to grow into the future,” Dr Lawrence said. “Traditional workplace bullying costs the national economy up to $36 billion each year, so the cost of cyberbullying [for] productivity could be profound.”

For more details, visit QUT

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

Australians dedicated to safety have been awarded Australia Day honours for 2016.

Recognised for his work in the petroleum transport industry through emergency response safety training, as well as service to the community of Yass, Brian Joseph O’Connor from New South Wales has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

In Queensland, Mark Andrew Brimble has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through the promotion of safety for cruise line passengers.

For his work in occupational health science and service to professional associations and tertiary education, Dr Barry James Chesson of Western Australia has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

In Victoria, Margaret Catharine Darton has been awarded the Public Service Medal for service through contributions to state and national food policy and safety regulation, as well as to dairy food research and strategic development and investment.

Other honours for safety and various achievements have also been bestowed.

For more details, visit the Australia Day Honours

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today


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