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Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has launched a week-long safety film festival, as part of its on-going drive to generate greater safety awareness across the plant.
The festival will feature more than 20 films produced by a dedicated in-house team, and will be held in different departments all over the plant.
The goal is to highlight critical activities faced by different departments, steps that can be taken to reduce risks and provide focus on job safety practices.
Tim Murray, chief executive officer, said: “Messages that are conveyed via audio visual tools have a more persuasive edge in raising awareness on safety issues. Thus, we are confident that the safety films festival will provide employees with a fresh perspective in better understanding ways of minimising hazards and maximising safety in their respective tasks, and steer Alba towards achieving our goal of establishing a zero accidents work environment.”
The team that produced the films, was involved in scripting, filming and post-production work on the videos, and plans are already planning to produce more safety related videos. - TradeArabia News Service
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) said its safety drive continues to gain momentum as the company embarks on spreading the safety message to prominent organisations in Bahrain.
Alba’s organisational behaviour superintendent Mahmood A Aziz visited the Bahrain Airport Company to share a series of safety videos produced by Alba.
In addition, he discussed the measures Alba was taking to strengthen safety culture across the plant and achieve its goal of establishing a zero-accident work environment, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The videos looked at issues related to job safety practices, potential hazards of dangerous activities and ways of minimising accidents.
“It was a privilege for Alba to be invited to share its experience with Bahrain Airport Company employees and explain the steps that we are taking towards establishing a zero-accident work environment,” Bahrain Airport Company chief executive Tim Murray said.
“We consider such opportunities to be crucial in enabling Alba to play a meaningful role in spreading a safety culture, not only within the company but across the kingdom as well,” he added.
A dedicated team from Alba was set up to produce the safety videos, which will be shown to employees as part of Alba’s on-going drive to strengthen safety awareness across the plant.
The team was involved in scripting, filming and post-production work on the videos. Plans are underway to produce other safety-related videos.-TradeArabia News Service
WENDELL • Two candidates are vying to become Wendell’s mayor, and five hope to fill two city council seats.
Jan Gooding and Lori Swainston want to replace former Mayor Brad Christopherson, who resigned in February to become city administrator. At the time, the City Council elected Kent Bates as mayor.
Gooding, editor and publisher of the Hub City News, said she sees the mayor as the “public relations person for the city.”
“We have a great staff that takes care of everything,” she said.
If elected, Gooding said, she would preside over meetings, help the council make wise decisions, be Wendell’s cheerleader and entice businesses and residents to the city.
Gooding said the city’s auditing firm has been “guiding the city in the best possible direction to make the corrections needed to be financially sound.”
She said she also would like to smooth the city’s working relations with taxing districts; improve equal opportunity employment by advertising jobs; create a city website that will let residents pay their water bills on-line; and enable City Hall to accept debit and credit cards.
Gooding said she will close her package-shipping store after the holidays regardless of whether she’s elected mayor.
In 2009, she started the Hub City News during the city’s centennial year but doesn’t foresee any conflict of interest.
Three of the four mayors in Gooding County wrote monthly columns for her, and she has spoken with them about resuming those columns.
Swainston, the city’s part-time deputy clerk, said she wouldn’t make any dramatic changes.
“There are a lot of possibilities here in this small town,” she said, and a lot of good things happening now.
Swainston said she wants to ensure that Wendell keeps moving forward with projects, such as building a new RV dump and fixing up the city park.
She said the city’s finances once lacked internal controls to ensure money was spent wisely.
“Past administrations had taken money and used it inappropriately,” Swainston said, taking money from water and sewer bills to use in the general fund.
The city’s deficit is its debt to the water and sewer fund, but administrators have built the budget and reduced the deficit over the past four years.
Christopherson said in February that during his first days as mayor, the city underwent an audit with “horrifying” results: $3,000 in cash, mounting debt and expenditures out of balance with a deficit of more than $700,000.
Swainston said her position as deputy clerk has enabled her to see how city government works. If elected, she said, she would resign as deputy clerk but would continue doing bookkeeping for Wendell Truck Auto.
She said she also has started to focus on building her bookkeeping business.
Wendell City Council
City Councilmen Herb Allred and Jason Houser face three challengers: Paul Isaacson, Melody Finley and write-in candidate Bill Huffer.
Houser, a council member since 2006, studies radiologic technology at the College of Southern Idaho and serves as captain of the Wendell Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Wendell Quick Response Unit.
If reelected, he said, he’d work to keep a balanced budget and keep the city moving forward with projects.
The sewer system upgrades will be completed next year, he said. It currently is out of compliance with too many people hooked into it.
In order to bring in new businesses, “we had to upgrade our systems,” he said.
The city also is trying to build a new animal shelter and has received about $28,000 in donations, Houser said.
Wendell also is working toward continued safety training for employees, he said.
The city has $2.7 million in the bank and is working to bring the deficit down, Houser said.
Allred, who works in maintenance and landscaping, was appointed to fill a council vacancy in February. He had served on several city committees.
He had run for the council twice in four years, initially after hearing different allegations about the city’s sewer system.
Allred said city finances have been a long struggle. But, he said, “We’ve almost cut the deficit in two-thirds” and now owe about $300,000.
Isaacson, who works at Sexton Wendell Cemetery, was a council member for two years, mayor for four years in the early 200s and the city’s public works superintendent for six years. He said he feels he could use his experience if elected.
The city’s economic growth needs more attention, Isaacson said, and he’d like to see the city interact more with other entities, communities and businesses to promote “some kind of growth within the city.”
Finley, who owns R M Specialties, ran for mayor four years ago.
She said she’s investigating a lot of issues in city government but doesn’t have concrete facts yet.
“Many residents feel they have no voice in their city government,” Finley said, but she feels she could be that voice.
She said she has lived in Wendell for more than 35 years, raising three children.
If she and her family ever had a need, she said, they could rely on fellow community members.
If elected, she said, she will seek reduced summer sprinkler rates.
The city also needs to practice equal opportunity hiring by advertising a job rather than offering it to someone’s friend.
Huffer, who retired after 40 years in the information technology profession, is running as a write-in candidate.
He said he’s disabled and has only served on government committees but hopes his 35 years of management experience make up for it.
As a data center manager, he said, he oversaw a bigger budget and more employees than the city has.
He said he doesn’t know how much change the council can create, but it can stop things that “just don’t make sense.”
“I just think the city of Wendell needs to go in a different direction,” Huffer said, and a non-incumbent is needed.
Wendell has an attitude of “insiders vs. outsiders,” he said. “We need outsiders (in order) to see the city grow. And we have to accept other people’s points of view, other people’s dialogues in order to grow.”
OSHA said it has ordered North Branford, Conn.-based Palumbo Trucking Inc. and owner David Palumbo “to withdraw a retaliatory lawsuit filed against two former workers of the commercial motor carrier who raised safety concerns.”
The agency also has ordered Palumbo to pay the whistleblowers $60,000 and take other corrective actions.
“Filing a baseless, retaliatory lawsuit against workers who engaged in protected activity has a profound, chilling effect,” said Marthe Kent, OSHA’s New England regional administrator.
“It can intimidate workers into remaining silent about safety and health concerns that could have consequences for them and others on the road.”
The order comes on the heels of an OSHA investigation, which determined that the company violated the whistleblower-protection provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act when it filed a lawsuit against two former workers – a mechanic and a driver – who had registered complaints about a potentially unsafe truck with the North Branford Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles in September 2012.
While the workers were discharged from employment for reasons unrelated to their protected activities, according to OSHA, the company subsequently filed a lawsuit against the two workers in the Superior Court of Connecticut on Jan. 7, 2013, alleging that they intentionally and maliciously filed the complaint with the North Branford Police Department.
In addition to ordering the withdrawal of the lawsuit, the order requires Palumbo to pay each worker $20,000 in punitive damages for the filing and litigating of a lawsuit that was solely intended to retaliate against activities protected by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, as well as $10,000 each in compensatory damages for mental anguish, emotional distress, pain and suffering.
Additionally, the company must pay reasonable attorneys’ fees to the complainants, provide the former workers a neutral job reference and post a notice on its job site and provide fact sheets to its workers notifying them of their rights under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.
The company or the complainants can file objections or request a hearing before the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges within 30 days of receipt of OSHA’s order.
The recent South Australian Magistrates Court (Court) case of Hillman v Ferro Con (SA) Pty Ltd1 (Hillman case) and WorkSafe Western Australia’s prosecution of Mallon Company Pty Ltd (Mallon case) join a growing number of instances in which directors have been held personally liable for failing to ensure the company of which they are a director has complied with its work health and safety obligations.
What does this mean for employers?
The Hillman and Mallon cases illustrate the important role an officer of an organisation plays in managing health and safety for the organisation, as well as the serious consequences that can follow if the officer fails to be an active participant in work health and safety matters for the organisation.
Under the model Work Health Safety legislation adopted in all jurisdictions except Western Australia and Victoria (WHS legislation), an officer of an organisation has a positive duty to exercise due diligence to ensure that their organisation complies with its statutory work health and safety obligations. An officer can include a director or senior executive of a company. Failing to exercise due diligence as required by the WHS legislation exposes an officer to a penalty of up to $600,000 and, in the most serious cases, potential imprisonment.
The cases in brief
This case concerned an incident in which a rigger was killed when the fabric sling holding a steel beam weighing 1.8 tonne that was being lowered by a crane snapped.
Mr Maione was the sole director of the employer company, Ferro Con (now in liquidation). Ferro Con had engaged a safety officer who prepared general safety policies and procedures with some Job Safety Analysis (JSA) documents relating to the type of work that the rigger was to undertake. However, the JSA documents were found to be inadequate because they did not require a risk assessment to be carried out in relation to each specific job that was to be performed by the rigger. Consequently, this did not allow for specific risks to be properly identified and suitably managed, or for the work to be performed in a safe way.
A hefty $200,000 fine was imposed on Mr Maione for having taken no active steps to check the adequacy of the systems in place and the workers’ compliance with them. Ferro Con was also fined $200,000. The fines are reported to be record fines handed down in South Australia.
Mallon Company Pty Ltd (Mallon) was engaged as the head contractor for a building roof replacement. It hired Debri Pty Ltd (Debri) to perform re-roofing work and Terry’s Crane Hire Pty Ltd (Terry’s) to provide crane services. An independent contractor engaged by Terry’s suffered serious injuries when he fell through a roof skylight when performing work for Mallon.
Mallon, Debri and Terry’s were all prosecuted for safety breaches together with the director of Mallon, Mr Michael Moore. Mallon and Mr Moore entered a plea of guilty and a $70,000 fine was imposed on Mallon and Mr Moore was personally fined $30,000.
In imposing the penalties, the Court found that Mr Moore had personal knowledge of the condition of the skylights, the risks of a fall and that the independent contractor hired by Terry’s would likely work on the roof. The Court found that in his capacity as a director, Mr Moore had failed to ensure Mallon took reasonable steps to ensure that:
Officers of organisations operating in Western Australia and Victoria should also be taking steps to exercise due diligence to assist the organisation to achieve compliance with the duties and obligations it has under the legislation in Victoria and Western Australia.
Bears vs. Redskins. Defensive grade analysis for the Bears vs. Redskins
Defensive Line: The defensive line did a good job at putting pressure on the Bears quarterbacks. Both Barry Cofield and Chris Baker had the two Redskins sacks on the day. They helped keep bears running back Matt Forte in check except for one long TD run that kept the Bears in the game. Baker’s sack on Cutler seemed to injure the Bears starting QB. D-Line Grade - B+
Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Linebackers: OLB Brian Orakpo made a big play in the first quarter when he intercepted a deflected pass and took it in for the pick six. We’ve seen Ryan Kerrigan do this before, and now Orakpo gets in on the act. Even though Kerrigan and Orakpo came out of the game with no sacks, they did get good pressure on Jay Cutler in the first half. Inside Linebackers London Fletcher and Perry Riley didn’t perform as well as they did against the Cowboys, but played well enough to help the Redskins preserve the victory. Linebackers grade: B
Defensive backs: It’s becoming a trend, Cornerback DeAngelo Hall had another strong game. He played about as well could be expected against Brandon Marshall. You can’t keep Marshall in check for an entire game, but Hall did an admirable job. Safety Brandon Meriweather had two bad personal fouls for hitting defenseless receivers, and those detracted from the DB’s grade. However, the Bears only passed for 219 yards, So even though the Bears backup QB Josh McCown came in and played well, the Bears passing game wasn’t as effective as they would have liked. Defensive backs grade – B
Total Defense Grade:B
The Redskins defense overall wasn’t as good as they were against the Cowboys. But a punt return for a TD and another TD scored after an RGIII interception deep in Redskins territory made the game a little closer than it might have been. But the defense was good enough to win.
Topics:Bears Vs. Redskins, Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins
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Recently thousands of smiling Danes flocked to Copenhagen’s harbor to gawk at something that made most of you swell with pride – and not a few of you a bit uneasy. The ‘Maersk Majestic’ is huge! Gigantic! Langeland can’t be much bigger! And to think this tiny country is assembling a fleet of these monsters! Of course, when the first rush of patriotic pride begins to diminish, and we once again modestly admit that the giant was built with Chinese and American money in South Korea. And as for jobs on board, it’s manned by a tiny crew of just 22, some of them no doubt low paid foreign sailors like the rest of the Maersk fleet, we begin to wonder just how Danish this mountain of iron and rivets really is. For if we only talk about size, surely Denmark ought to be allowed to produce something extravagantly showy for once, something that says to the world, “You’ve mocked the size of our mermaid long enough!”
If only it were that simple. If only it were a matter of – if not Mine is Bigger than Yours – than at least – Mine is Impressive, too.
But the sad truth is the new floating symbol of Danish technological prowess and financial muscle is something that is making the world worse off – much worse! The ‘Majestic’ and its sister ships are slowly but relentlessly freighting the world to an unsustainable imbalance that threatens to destroy a decent standard of living for billions worldwide.
This calls for a plan
At the moment, as we in the West ever more desperately scrounge for vanishing jobs as entire industries disappear, we must acknowledge that the last few years have taught us that encouraging real economic revival has proved extremely difficult. Plan A (A for Austerity?) has obviously gotten us nowhere.
Hundreds of Plan Bs have been suggested and a few tried, with US President Barack Obama proposing yet another one, Plan Barack, to the foot-dragging American Congress. But no matter how many Plan Bs are proposed or even successfully implemented – which is highly unlikely in the current climate of bald men fighting over a comb – the underlying economic problem will continue far into the future – for no matter what Americans and Danes do Asians can do just as well and cheaper. And what possible help is it if Americans and Europeans are, in fact, better innovators, if Asians can steal patents as well as the patenters – for now they are even stealing the very best jobs from those very best minds we brag about having?
Here in Denmark electrical and computer engineers are losing their jobs by the hundreds as their jobs are being farmed out to Asians. A good education, a highly skilled technical education, is now by no means a guarantee of a job or a comfortable life in the West. Chemists, metallurgists, computer programmers, engineers, aircraft, car and windmill designers are all now joining the ranks of the unemployed in America and Europe.
The hideous choice the Western world faces is to either accept lowering our standards of living to that of the third world, with the accompanying total lack of unions, job security, health care, decent pensions, pollution and job safety controls etc – or to bravely resort to perhaps the only thing that will work – Plan C.
When East beats West
Before we discuss Plan C let us acknowledge that the globalisation of business has helped bring countless millions out of abject poverty and possibly mass starvation in the East. Never have so many people risen from below the poverty line so quickly. A miracle unmatched in human history is occurring. Yes, many would also point out that what a vast majority of Asians have risen to is also a life of factory slavery where they are treated as less valuable than the machines they man.
But be that as it may, a bad job is better than no job, just as bad food is better than no food. But while the East rapidly changes for the better – at least as far as employment is concerned – the West is collapsing just as fast. The West can now offer the world nothing that East cannot produce cheaper – and soon even better? But as for now, what good does it do the West monetarily if our faltering innovations can be so easily stolen and replicated? And perhaps more importantly, what real good does cash-rich Apple mean to America and not just to Apple’s shareholders, if all of Apple’s products are made in China? Pride of inventive accomplishment puts food on only a few tables at home.
Perhaps the only thing that can save jobs and ensure a decent standard of living, not only in the West, but in other non-Asian areas of the world, is Plan C.
C in short stands for Cure, for Containment, for Continents and for Container ships.
Although it may seem like biting the hand that literally feeds me – Maersk owns Denmark’s biggest super market chains – I must reluctantly point out that although Maersk is the pride of Denmark, its pale blue ships crowding every major harbor of the world, the line is working hand in hand with Walmart to destroy every decent job in America and the Western world.
Can anything be done? Yes, something that is as effective as it is unpalatable and unlikely to be implemented. Yet it is the only thing that might work.
Plan C calls for the containment of container shipping and the containment of continents. If the world were to initiate, let us say, in a decade, a system where the only shipment of goods allowed between continents are raw materials and unprocessed food if factory-made products are confined to their own continent, each corner of the world would be left to develop in an equal way. Why shouldn’t the residents of South America build their own TVs, computers, cars, plastic sandals? Why shouldn’t the Africans, the Europeans?
By stopping all manufactured trade between continents we ensure that the best minds do not fear the loss of their jobs, nor will one area of the world become solely dominant both politically as well as economically.
The East now knows how to grow and prosper, so a quarantine will not permanently derail progress and growth. They have enough citizens to satisfy demand for their products.
Plan C’s call for the end of container shipping between continents is the only option and alternative available to the loss of jobs to an area of the world where workers toil in sweat shops for pennies, and force us to pinch our own.
Finally, a containment of container shipping would save the world millions of barrels of oil burned and wasted by these highly polluting ships possibly decrease somewhat the risk of terrorist madmen smuggling nuclear bombs to our shores in a container.
What is so hare-brained about a scheme that would save millions of jobs, promote equal and balanced economic as well as political world development, save enormous amounts of oil, as well as cut back drastically on air pollution?
Plan C is unlikely to ever be implemented. But not because it wouldn’t work.
In the meantime, as we gawk in wonder at the enormous floating investment, let us never forget that ‘Majestic’ is related to royalty and kings. And kings cannot exist without enough peasants.