Tragedy shows lessons must be learned – but standards are improving
Tuesday 6th March 2018
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The findings of an inquest into the death of a British worker at a Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium building site while using 'potentially lethal equipment' were, however, a reminder that lessons must be learned to bring about further health and safety improvements, it said.
Zachary Cox fell 130ft (40m) at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on 19 January last year, a coroner's court in Brighton and Hove heard last week. Work practices at the stadium were "inherently unsafe", the coroner said, and Mr Cox's family has called for an independent inquiry into this death.
The 40-year-old, who was born in Johannesburg but later lived in Hove and London, fell when a faulty hoist broke as he put a suspended walkway in place, the court was told. His safety harness also snapped under the weight and he dropped head first. He was pronounced dead in hospital.
IOSH Qatar Branch Chair Peter Bohan said Mr Cox's death was a tragedy and it was vital that lessons were learned from it, but the Branch believes safety standards in the country are improving.
"We are working with partners in a variety of businesses and we are continuing to try to improve our relationships with government," he said.
"I have presented in a number of OH&S forums over the past few months and the feedback from a number of government agencies has been extremely positive. It is clear that IOSH's WORK 2022 strategy is very much aligned with the vision in Qatar. Things are changing and getting better but we know lessons must continue to be learned.
"We are working together, getting all the representatives on safety to build a safety culture. Our members are committed to supporting safety within all industries and our vision says what our position is and where we want to be."
Branch Vice-Chair Mehboob Reza said last year's launch, in Qatar, of the IOSH five-year strategy coincided with the country's vision "to provide a level playing field for occupational health and safety, as it builds the infrastructure to support the World Cup in 2022".
And he added: "Our branch goals will be closely aligned to the three key elements of the IOSH strategy, to enhance, collaborate and influencing safety outcomes in the world of work.
"Our first meeting this year saw 88 members attended and now we have between 110 and 120 attending every month. We get great feedback from our surveys, we are continually developing and moving forward."
Sabina Smitham and Emma Clarke said it is not possible to make “a great film” with “a tired and hungry crew who feel uneasy about the way you run the floor”.The duo scooped the health and safety gong at the UK’s National Film and Television School’s (NFTS) Graduation Show. They were behind the production of Dead Birds, a comedy about a lonely girl who has a desire to be selected for her school’s badminton squad amid a competitive relationship with her mother. It was shot at six different schools, as well as a badminton centre and a restaurant.
With 2.78 million people being killed worldwide each year by work-related injury or ill health, the new global standard can encourage “much-needed solutions”, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).Organisations which adopt the standard – which has been four-and-a-half years in the making – will be required to have proportionate safety and health management systems which prevent injury and ill health among their workforce and throughout their supply chains.
Ljupcho Kochovski and Ekaterina Borisova met with representatives from across IOSH’s directorates, with a particular focus on the membership CPD scheme.FCBZR aims to enhance safety and health in workplaces across Bulgaria, by increasing the knowledge and competence of OSH professionals and promoting them across industries.It is seeking to liaise with bodies in different countries, including with IOSH, leading to the visit from 12-14 February.
IOSH has signed up to Vision Zero, a proposed strategy to keep all the world’s employees out of harm’s way while at work.The campaign, led by the International Social Security Association (ISSA), is based on the view that all work-related accidents, diseases and harm are preventable.IOSH is a longstanding member of ISSA, with representation on the prevention, education and training sections. It has been central to the development of the Vision Zero global campaign, with particular input to the free-to-access guide for trainers which has been recently launched.
How about a “positive networking experience”?If so, joining IOSH’s Council may just be the ideal next step for you.Nominations for the 2018 elections open today. IOSH is seeking 12 members who are committed to the health and safety profession and have a desire to play a key role in the next three years as the Institution continues to deliver its WORK 2022 strategy.
The Irish Workplace Behaviour Study, published today, reveals that more than two in five people say they have experienced a form of ill-treatment at work, while one in 12 have experienced and/or witnessed physical violence. This is despite most organisations having policies in place to prevent it.