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...]

Video: Lone Working Survival Guide Preview

An amusing 9-minute video by Live Action Media demonstrates some crucial points to consider when working alone.

  • Perform a Risk Assessment
  • Take Precautions to Mitigate Risks

In addition, business should also perform several additional steps to reduce risks to their lone workers:

  • Create a lone worker safety policy, either as a subsection of an existing safety policy, or as a stand-alone document
  • Perform a lone worker risk assessment to determine if your workers are at risk (Download Blackline’s Free Lone Worker Assessment Tool Here >>)
  • Actively monitor the safety of lone workers using a lone worker safety monitoring device

Utility Company Orders Blackline Lone Worker Safety Solution

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – July 7, 2014) - A prominent electrical utility company located in Western Canada has provided Blackline GPS (“Blackline” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:BLN) with a purchase order for the Company’s new Loner® Bridge System that provides employee safety monitoring capability to remote locations that are beyond the reach of cellular networks. Totaling over $825,000 CAD, deliveries of products will begin in fiscal Q4 of this year with service delivered over a two-year period from the time of product activation.

“Working in remote locations where cellular networks are not available presents a heightened level of risk for personnel,” says Clark Swanson, President of Blackline GPS. “This order underlines the effectiveness of our new Loner Bridge System in addressing this challenge – even enabling employees to be monitored inside field facilities.”

Blackline’s award-winning Loner suite of safety monitoring products enables employers to monitor the safety of personnel with a combination of automatic and manual safety alerting features including True Fall Detection®, person-down detection, missed check-in detection, an emergency latch, and silent emergency button. When safety incidents occur, Loner safety monitoring devices communicate the employee’s identity and precise location to monitoring personnel who are empowered to manage an efficient, pinpoint emergency response. Blackline’s technology has the capability to improve the outcome of employees who have suffered an injury, health incident, or physical assault. [Read more...]