SAMTRAC International
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  • At the end of last year we covered a range of topics related to confined space entry. Today, we’ve compiled a list of the common terms and definitions for this area of occupational health and safety.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • Hello to you, and all the best for staying safe this year. This is our first new blog for 2018, and as such, we’re looking ahead to the trends we can expect from the occupational health and safety industry.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • Before any person enters a confined space, you must isolate any potentially hazardous services. Today we take a look at the two main methods of isolation.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • The first question you might ask is why ventilate? There are many good reasons to ventilate, but environmental stability tops the list. David Angelico, president of Air Systems, has this to say: ‘Ventilation of a confined space should be done to stabilise the environment. This provides us a reference point for the most important piece of confined space equipment – the atmospheric monit...

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • There are a few, basic principles you can follow to ensure your employees practise the correct caution when working in a confined space. If entry to a confined space is unavoidable, you need to develop a safe system for working inside the space.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • We’ve covered the definition of confined space, as well the basics for conducting a risk assessment in one. Today we look at the most common hazards you should keep an eye out for when working in a confined space.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • It’s simple – if you plan to work within a confined space, or part of your work will take place within a confined space, you need to be aware of all the attendant risks. Many work incidents or accidents happen in confined spaces each year. In many instances, victims are not aware of the risks or that the control measures they implemented were inadequate.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • We’ve finally come to the end of our series on driver safety. Today we kick off with a new series on confined space, and the safety rules and practices required to ensure you and your colleagues (or employees) are as risk free as possible. Let’s begin by taking a look at the best safety tips for confined space entry.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • So your brother’s offered you a bookcase he’s trying to get rid of. Problem is, you don’t know anyone with the type of truck to transport it to your place. No problem – just lash the furniture to your car roof and off you go. No big deal, right?

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • Overloading has been recognised as both a safety and a cost concern. Economic growth demands an adequate transport infrastructure. Overloaded vehicles, especially freight vehicles, destroy roads, and have a negative impact on economic growth – and the damage caused grows exponentially as the load increases. Damage to roads as a result of overloading leads to higher maintenance and repa...

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • It is important to stay alert at all times – and to act with extreme caution when you climb behind the steering wheel of a vehicle. Not only do you as a driver have to avoid distractions – but your passengers have to ensure that they are not the cause of your distractions.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • From an overly-loud radio to texting while driving, the distractions you can face are various in their type and severity. Driver distraction is a much-debated topic, and it is still not well understood. In plain English, this means a driver’s attention on driving is taken away by something or someone. This turns them into a really dangerous driver.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • This is a tricky topic. While the vast majority of studies still prove that wearing your seat belt is one of the best ways to protect yourself in a vehicle, everyone knows of someone who will swear blind that the only reason they emerged from a car accident unscathed is because they were unencumbered by a seat belt. Admittedly, there are always exceptions that prove the rule, but there...

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • In our last blog, we covered the dangers of speeding. Today we take a statistical look at how badly we’re all speeding around the world.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • Why are we even writing about this, right? And yet… speed is still a problem on the roads. We just have to look at road death statistics to know that speed is still a major cause of fatalities. Today, we review how exactly driving at crazy speeds contributes to the unnecessary deaths we see, hear and read about every day.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • For those of you who’ve been following our series of driver safety blogs, you’ll have noticed how we’re covering all aspects of being on the road. Right about now, most people are beginning to plan their December leave, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to cover the 10 most important rules any road user should use to get to and from your destination safe and sound.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • Like driving and using your mobile phone, driving after you’ve been drinking is not just stupid, it’s dangerous. That may be strong language, but time and again research has shown the negative consequences, both on you and other road users, when you get the behind the wheel after a few.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • We’ve devoted a significant number of blogs to helping you stay safe on the roads. And in theory, we all know how we should be driving on the road to keep ourselves and other road users safe. But, to some degree or other, we’ve all taken some form of action that can only be classified as dangerous or reckless. Do you remember the 1950 Disney short film, Motor Mania? In it, Goofy demons...

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • With the frightening number of road accidents occurring every single day, everywhere in the world, it seems almost an inevitability that you’ll one day be called on to assist someone involved in one. Here are a few tips and tools to keep in mind if you need to help someone injured in a car accident.  

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • We briefly detour from our series on driver safety to focus on the explosion that occurred over last weekend in Accra, in Ghana. At least seven people were killed and scores injured, mostly suffering burns, after two explosions at a natural gas depot in Ghana's capital (fire service spokesman Billy Anaglate said on Sunday).

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • Being involved in any kind of car accident runs the risk of personal injury, even death. That risk increases substantially when there’s a significant discrepancy between the size of the vehicles involved in the crash. Trucks are incredibly large, heavy vehicles, and if they’re involved in crashes, they can cause serious injuries and deaths. The destruction that can be caused by vehicle...

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • In conjunction with our previous blog – Top 29 anti-hijacking tips for truck drivers – today we offer advice on what to do should you (or your drivers) find yourself in the unfortunate situation of an actual hijacking. What’s helpful is you can also apply these tips to your everyday life to ensure you and your family also stay safe.

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • Although you probably already have security procedures and cameras in place, there remains a need to further educate your employees on how to prevent a hijacking. Some commercial vehicles (such as pick-up and delivery trucks, tractors and trailers, armoured vehicles, mail and package delivery vehicles, etc.) can be especially vulnerable to hijacking attempts. Today we offer advice on t...

SAMTRAC International
SAMTRAC International
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  • Following on from our previous blog – causes of driver fatigue and how to spot the most common signs – today we bring you 11 tips your drivers can use to combat fatigue.

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