February 19, 2018

Singapore safety initiative secures global award from IChemE

Singapore safety initiative secures global award from IChemE: IChemE, an international professional body for chemical engineers with over 44,000 members in 120 countries, has congratulated Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Environment Agency (N…

February 14, 2018

How automation and the human avoided a disaster!

A near miss in aviation has been reported on Feb 7th when two Indian air carriers avoided a mid air collision thanks to the traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS). The pilot of one of the aircraft obeyed the command of the TCAS and immediately climbed to avoid disaster. Perfect example of automation and human avoiding a disaster!
Read about it in this link.

February 1, 2018


ZUARINAGAR RESIDENTS SITTING ON AMMONIA ‘TIME BOMB’: Ammonia tanker mishap at Chicalim re-ignites the issue; Residents say they have been suffering for years; ZACL
officials emphasise that new equipment and upgradation will solve the issue soon

January 31, 2018

Confined space fatality

Two cylindrical foam sponge pads had been inserted in a riser guide tube to form a plug. Argon gas had been pumped into the 60 cm space between the two sponges as shielding gas for welding on the exterior of the riser guide tube. After completion of the welding, a worker descended into the riser guide tube by rope access to remove the upper sponge. While inside, communication with the worker ceased. A confined space attendant entered the riser guide tube to investigate. Finding his colleague unconscious, he called for rescue and then he too lost consciousness. On being brought to the surface, the first worker received CPR; was taken to hospital; but died of suspected cardio-respiratory failure after 2 hours of descent into the space. The co-worker recovered.

Councillors across party lines ‘file’ out of MMC after ammonia file goes missing

Councillors across party lines ‘file’ out of MMC after ammonia file goes missing: File finally traced after noisy scenes in council; Council presses for resolution to shift hazardous ammonia tanks outside the city’; Sealing of ammonia tank demanded

January 27, 2018

Fatigue and an incident

A worker on a pipe laying barge suffered a blackout without warning and fell. The worker had no previous medical condition and had passed a pre-employment medical the day before the event. He was medivaced for treatment of cuts and bruises and underwent further extensive medical examination. The examination did not find any medical condition that could explain the blackout.
The worker had been working for at least 22 hours, including travelling. After arrival on the facility and induction he went straight into night shift. He suffered the blackout in the first shift. Had he been operating heavy equipment or machinery, the consequence of the blackout could have been far more significant.
A significant contributing factor for the above case is fatigue. The effects of fatigue vary from individual to individual. They can include impaired decision making, delayed response time, inability to concentrate, reduced alertness, and blackout. In the cases above, the site management team failed to manage the risk associated with fatigue. There was a perceived need to carry on with the job.
Key Lessons
Recognise fatigue as a serious safety risk that requires appropriate risk management. Fatigue can cause impaired decision marking, delayed response time, inability to concentrate, and reduced alertness.
Set a clear policy relating to hours of work and communicate it to management and employees. Include travel time as working hours.
Courtesy: NOSPA