Arizona Real Estate Agent Found Dead

Real estate agent found dead early Tuesday morning

Mrs. Carter was found deceased early Tuesday morning Source: Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office/MGN Online via WorldNow

An Arizona real estate agent named Beverly Carter was found buried in a shallow grave early Tuesday morning, September 30. The discovery came after she had been reported missing the week earlier following a showing of a home in the nearby community of Scott. Following the disappearance, Mrs. Carter’s husband went to the house looking for her, only to discover her vehicle still there and the door to the house left open.

Arron Lewis was arrested on Monday in connection with her disappearance. According to Lt. Carl Minden of the Pulaski Sheriff’s Office, the suspect admitted to the kidnapping but refused to divulge the location of the body.

This incident demonstrates the risks that many real estate agents face when showing homes.

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Kentucky Lone Worker Dies During Septic System Repairs

Lone Septic Worker Passes Away

A lone contractor working on a septic tank was found dead on Thursday. It is not known how long he had been dead before being found. Image courtesy of WDRB.com

An independent contractor working alone was found dead on Thursday September 25, 2014 after he had been attempting to perform routine maintenance of a rural septic system in Fern Creek Kentucky. The man was reportedly found stuck in an 18-inch pipe with his feet sticking out.

“We don’t know how long he had been there…”

–Deputy Coroner Jack Arnold

The victim has not been identified and foul play is not suspected at this time.

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Offshore Oil Worker Fatality

A UK offshore oil worker passed away following an incident on the BP-operated Unity Platform on the North Sea. The worker was performing routine maintenance on the normally unmanned platform when he fell.

An investigation is underway into the incident.

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Article on Work Alone Legislation

An article posted on Canadian Occupational Safety outlines the importance of putting into place a program to ensure the safety of workers who may find themselves alone or in isolation during the course of their work:

“…in jurisdictions where legislation does not specifically require the development of policies and practices, an employer should still be conscious of its broad duty to take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of its workers. This “catch-all” obligation has particular application where a health and safety risk is identifiable and attributable to the fact that a worker works alone.”  — Carissa Tanzola

The article discusses briefly the importance of solutions such as so-called “buddy systems,” check-in systems, and electronic monitoring to remain constantly aware of the safety status of workers. You can read the full article here.

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“How One Wrong Act Leads To Eventual Harm”

Our friends at EHS Safety News America have posted an article sharing the video below along with some excellent information and tips on improving overall workplace safety.

The video is a powerful reminder of the risks and the costs associated with unsafe behavior in the workplace. Be sure to check out the full article at EHS Safety News America.

[Video] Safety is Personal: An Employer’s Story

A compelling video by WorkSafe BC demonstrates the importance of doing more than simply documenting a set of safe work practices. Ensuring that your business is actually putting best practices into effect can make the difference between arriving home safely or being rushed to the hospital.

 

Energy company adopts Blackline’s remote safety monitoring

Calgary, AB –One of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies with operations in 27 countries placed a $1.3 million CAD purchase order with Blackline GPS (“Blackline” or the “Company”) (TSX V: BLN). The order consists of the new Loner® Bridge satellite enabled employee safety monitoring system with one year of associated services and will be deployed within the customer’s Western Canadian operations. Initial shipments of Bridge and Loner 900 units, including this order, are expected to begin in Blackline’s 4th quarter.

“Many enterprises operate in several regions not all covered with traditional cellular communication networks,” says Greg Rude, Vice President Sales of Blackline GPS. “Enterprises are looking for lone worker safety monitoring solutions that they can deploy company-wide, enabling seamless operation everywhere, including indoors and well beyond the reach of cellular coverage.” [Read more...]