U.K. Company Fined After Teen Worker Suffers Burns, Vision Damage in Chemical Expsoure

In January 2012, a 16-year-old employee of Motorhouse 2000 Ltd., a vehicle repair company located in England, suffered burns and damaged vision when toxic paint stripper splashed into his face. The U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) fined the employer £4,000, or roughly $6,000, and ordered Motorhouse to pay costs totaling £6,319 (approximately $9,576). Bret Thomas, a high school student from Cannock, England, was told to assist an employee who was refilling the wheel-stripping tank. The employee poured toxic paint stripper from plastic containers into the tank and then passed the containers to Thomas, who was removing, cutting and disposing the labels. As Thomas cut the last label, the plastic […]

OSHA Stakeholder Meetings to Address Crane Operator Certification Requirements

OSHA has scheduled a series of three stakeholder meetings to discuss crane operator certification requirements in its Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Interested stakeholders may still register for the third and final meeting, which will be held 1:30-4:30 p.m. on April 3 in Washington, D.C. The stakeholder meetings will focus on the effectiveness of crane operator certification to ensure that crane operators can safely operate equipment, as well as the level of competence and safe operation that certification ensures. OSHA is seeking information from the public on: The usefulness of certifying operators for different capacities of cranes. The risks of allowing an operator to operate all capacities of cranes […]

’Tis the Season for ASC Applications

Let’s not even discuss how it’s officially springtime and yet I woke up yesterday to several inches of messy, slushy snow on the ground. Let’s turn instead to a more predictable season. I’m talking, of course, about the America’s Safest Companies (ASC) application season, when organizations with top-notch safety programs strive to be named on of America’s safest. I’m pleased to tell you that Sandy and I already received our first ASC application last week. (For those of you who prefer to save these things until the last minute, rest assured that you have until July 15 to get your own application into your hands.) This initial application is just […]

The Ehrlich Brothers supply a touch of magic to stage design

Photo: Ralph@Larmann Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Television Studio was chosen to replace an existing analog production switcher with a fully digital one. As well as being a magician, Chris Ehrlich also designed the AV system for the tour. The SDI system is responsible for handling all the video, audio and DMX lighting control signals. Footage is distributed over SDI to three destinations – three backstage tv screens, two big screens on stage and a capture device as backup. Both the front of house projector and backstage tvs require an analog signal and so Blackmagic’s Mini Converters are used to convert the signal from SDI. Your Comment Cancel reply

Hamburg Ohnsorg theatre chooses line arrays

Alcons Ohnsorg theater The musical productions required a more powerful sound while maintaining high speech intelligibility. The LR7 micro line array and the VR and SR pro-ribbon series from Alcons were chosen for the 414-capacity venue. The new venue is a former office building, so the sound system has architectural limitations. Due to the limited space a centre cluster system was the only way to cover the stalls and balcony. The Stage Systems team from Gelsenkirchen installed a centre cluster of six Alcons LR7. In the frontal stage area 2x VR8 compact monitors and 2x BF302 bass systems are used. Your Comment Cancel reply

Göransson Arena in Sweden installs automation system to become a multi-purpose venue

Goransson Arena, Sandviken The 13,000 square metre venue is used for sports like bandy, ice racing and football, and is also a 13,000 capacity concert arena. The arena is in daily use for sports and has an additional schedule numbering over 50 different events each year. Anderson and Co’s system design included 700 metres of Prolyte trussing, 72x fixed-speed 2-tonne CM Lodestar hoists with three Kinesys Elevation 24-channel positioning controllers, and a Kinesys’ Vector user-interface for overall control. Your Comment Cancel reply