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Occupational Safety and Health and Human Resource Management Professionals Four Part Series

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Petrotrin’s Recent Oil Spills – The Importance of a Suitable and Sufficient Risk Assessment

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It has been six weeks since what started as evidence of loss of containment at a particular site within the operations of state-owned oil production and refinery company, Petrotrin escalated into eleven (11) separate incidents that impacted areas including beaches and mangroves along Trinidad’s South-western shoreline.

The incident started on the morning of 17th December, 2013 and continued for several days before the actual magnitude of the event could have been determined. Several reports from the local media painted a picture of horrendous environmental damage including social impact on citizens living in close proximity to the affected shoreline, mangroves trees coated with crude oil and beaches completely concealed by the slick that made landfall.

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Summary of Characteristics of Good Leaders

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At the Council’s BGM on Saturday, 2013 March 23, featured speaker Ms. Antonia Lucky addressed the membership on the theme – “Safety and Leadership”. Her awe inspiring presentation began by reviewing some of the qualities that made Abraham Lincoln a great leader, our present day leaders would do well to adopt these characteristic traits.

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The Law and Zebra Crossings

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During a recent visit to Barbados, I stood on a Zebra Crossing, merely signalling my intention to cross a busy main road in Bridgetown. I suffered a culture shock, when the moving traffic in both directions stopped to accommodate me. So shocked was I, that I had to ask disbelievingly, whether the traffic on both sides had stopped for me. It was then I remembered that I was not in Trinidad.

What does the law say about zebra crossings in Trinidad and Tobago?

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Another "On-The-Job" Electrocution!

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The recent electrocution of a worker in Tobago is a grim reminder of the dangers associated with working near or under overhead energized electrical power lines.

Most persons are unaware that overhead power lines are for the most part not insulated. More than half of the electrocutions reported are caused by direct contact with energized power lines. Failure to maintain safe work distances from overhead power lines is a common cause of electrocutions at work, especially on building and construction work sites.

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