Getting in Bed with Risk Management

Ask someone what caused the Titanic to sink, and chances are he or she will simply say “an iceberg.” But as Gordon Graham stressed during the ISEA Executive Summit in Orange County, Calif., the real cause was much more complex. “Rarely does a single event cause a tragedy. It’s a cascade of events … there were problems lying in wait,” he said. “That ship was doomed long before it was built, designed or hit the iceberg.” Graham, a risk manager with more than 3 decades of experience in California law enforcement, spoke to ISEA members on April 29 about identifying, addressing and preventing those problems that lie in wait. “In […]

HSL and PSI announce new partnership

HSL MD Simon Stuart The merger sees PSI’s operations in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic continue unchanged with the same directors, staff, facilities and distinct identity. The major change will be PSI will now have access to HSL’s equipment inventory and additional resources. Combined annual sales are expected to reach £15 million in the next 24 months, there are over 100 full time employees and the new working relationship will enable both companies’ UK and Irish operations to be streamlined. PSI director Brian Reilly PSI will have HSL’s stock and resources at its disposal – including over 5000 moving lights, three kilometres of trussing and 800 square metres of […]

Colour Sound makes investment in 6mm LED for live events

Colour Sound’s Haydn Cruickshank with some of the new BT6 LED screen The product has been manufactured specially for CSE to their specifications and will join the company’s existing stock of BT12 and BT37 screens, all from the same factory. CSE’s MD Haydn Cruickshank said: “It was clear that we needed a high resolution screen, in particular for our corporate work. Following good experiences with the other pitch screens, it made sense to work with the same team again to bring this one to the market”. The BT6 features black-faced LEDs witha  contrast ratio of 4000:1. It also has a refresh rate of 4800 Hz which eliminates moiring and flicker. […]

Bluman Associates adds digital designer to its team

Akriti Devi, Bluman Associates Bluman Associates is a production company for video services for live events from capture through to delivery, specialising in mapped projections, video sequencing and live streaming for product launches, campaign focused events and live music gigs. Pod Bluman, MD of Bluman Associates said: “Akriti joining the team has allowed us to expand our services to offer even more design and creative capability. This is in response to requests from clients for us to manage their whole campaign, giving them one point of contact for the complete visual element of their live event.” Devi will work with clients to develop their creative concepts and ideas, design and […]

OSHA Launches Initiative to Protect Temporary Workers

According to the latest statistics from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 542 – or 12 percent – of the 4,693 fatal work injuries reported. In conjunction with the observation of Workers’ Memorial Day, OSHA sent a memorandum on April 29 an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. Workers’ Memorial Day is an annual observance to honor workers who have died on the job and renew a commitment to making work sites across the country safer and 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the observance. The memorandum directs inspectors to use a newly created code in […]

ILO: Prevention Is Key to Tackling Occupational Illness

Work-related diseases, such as those caused by exposure to asbestos, claim an estimated 2 million lives per year worldwide. The International Labour Organization is calling for an “urgent and vigorous” global campaign to tackle the growing number of work-related diseases, which claim an estimated 2 million lives per year. “The ultimate cost of occupational disease is human life. It impoverishes workers and their families and may undermine whole communities when they lose their most productive workers,” said the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement issued for the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. “Meanwhile, the productivity of enterprises is reduced and the financial burden on […]

AIHA Observes Workers’ Memorial Day 2013

This year’s Worker Memorial Day especially was poignant because of the recent loss of so many in the explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. In the United States, April 28 is the anniversary of the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971. OSHA protects workers by instituting and enforcing occupational safety and health standards that remove workplace hazards and maintain safe working environments. This year, April 28 also was Workers’ Memorial Day and the National Day of Mourning, an event recognized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). This year, Workers’ Memorial Day closely followed the tragedy in West, Texas, in which a massive […]

Workers’ Memorial Day: Report Urges Safety Reforms to End Preventable Deaths

In a report detailing the personal stories of workers who lost their lives on the job in recent years, The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) pairs personal stories with government data to highlight the need for worker health and safety reforms. The report, “Preventable Deaths: The Tragedy of Workplace Fatalities,” was released just days before Workers’ Memorial Day, which is held April 28 every year to commemorate the workers who were injured or killed on the job. According to the latest complete data available, more than 4,600 workers were killed on the job in 2011 – workers who spanned many ages, industries and causes of death. […]

President Obama Tells West, Texas: ‘We Do Not Forget’

President Barack Obama told the mourners at an April 25 memorial service for the victims of the West, Tex., explosion: “No words adequately describe the courage that was displayed on that deadly night. What I can do is offer the love and support and prayers of the nation.” Thousands gathered for a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco, Tex., to honor those killed in the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. “While the eyes of the world may have been fixed on places far away, our hearts have also been here in your time of tribulation,” Obama said. “And even amidst such sorrow and so […]

Workers’ Memorial Day: 25 Years of Commemorating Fallen Workers

April 28 marks the 25th anniversary of Workers’ Memorial Day in the United States. This worldwide day of reflection was designated to honor the workers who died of occupational injuries or illnesses. In 2011, nearly 4,000 employees suffered fatal workplace injuries. Up until 3 years ago, these fatalities were improving, but have since remained flat, according to the National Safety Council. Additionally, an estimated 53,000 illness fatalities occur each year from exposure to occupational health hazards. “The National Safety Council has been dedicated to keeping workplaces safe since its inception a century ago. While progress has been made, our ultimate goal is zero injuries, illnesses and deaths,” said NSC President […]