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IBAC uncovers illicit drug misuse by some paramedics

Reported by Haydee | 21 Sep, 2017

The report identified several paramedics who were found to be using illicit drugs, including one paramedic who had stolen and used Ambulance Victoria drugs of dependence, including fentanyl and morphine.

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Safety alert on the risks of working in grain silos released

Reported by Haydee | 20 Sep, 2017

WorkSafe New Zealand has recently issued a safety alert on the serious health and safety risks of entering and working in a grain silo following an incident where a worker was trapped in grain when an unloading auger was turned on while he was inside a grain silo.

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Asbestos awareness leaflet produced for electricians

Reported by Haydee | 19 Sep, 2017

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has teamed up with the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), and the Master Electricians Australia (MEA) to produce a leaflet for people working in the sector who may encounter asbestos.

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Standing too much at work? It could double your risk of heart disease, study says

Reported by Haydee | 15 Sep, 2017

Several recent studies have confirmed that prolonged sitting can reduce a person’s lifespan while increasing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, but not much attention has been devoted to the effects of prolonged standing at work, despite previous studies linking it to chronic back pain and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A new research has …

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Study: Back pain may be body’s protective mechanism to prevent further injury

Reported by Haydee | 14 Sep, 2017

The paper recently published in Nature Journal, Scientific Reports by Dr. Tasha Stanton, a Senior Research Fellow in UniSA’s School of Health Sciences found that the perception of back stiffness has no bearing on the actual state of the joints and that feelings of stiffness can be eased by certain sounds.