Fatigue is more than feeling tired or drowsy. In a work context, fatigue is mental and/or physical exhaustion that reduces your ability to perform your work safely and effectively.
Causes of fatigue can include; prolonged or intense activity, travel, hot or cold working environments, schedule, long shifts and long commuting times.
To reduce worker fatigue, Air Control personnel, including contractors must follow the outlined control measures:
1. Consultation between workers and management to create an effective work schedule.
2. Discuss allowances for delays on site and how to meet deadlines; minimising excessive shifts.
3. Implement a split shift where necessary whereby two teams change shifts half way through presences on site.
4. When workers exceed expected overtime hours, workers must take consecutive days off as soon as practicable.
5. Where a shift unexpectedly exceeds the maximum 14 hours allowed in a shift, personnel must seek permission of management and Principal Contractor.
6. Personnel have a duty to report signs of fatigue and fitness levels and concerns for their ability to perform required works.
7. Personnel have the right to decline overtime where they feel they can not perform works due to fatigue.
Installing Covers and Flashing to Cable Trays and Duct
After a recent incident, there is now a new procedure for installing covers and flashing.
- Mechanical protection, covers and flashing to cable trays/ ladders and ducts are NOT to be secured directly to installation solution which supports or enclosures electrical cables
- All installation designs are to be submitted to Project Superintendent prior for approval
- Permanent signage is to be attached to covers stating
WARNING, ELECTRICAL CABLES WITHIN
A risk assessment needs to be completed on EVERY OCCASION where you are penetrating into an area, that behind the area cannot be inspected or viewed.
THIS IS COMPULSORY ON ALL QBUILD JOB SITES.
PLEASE READ ATTACHED DOCUMENTATION FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Electrical Isolation/ LOTO Best Practice Guide
This policy is for all electrical work, excluding commissioning and fault finding. All workers must follow this procedure, including apprentices and allied trades.
INDIVIDUAL ISOLATION IS PROHIBITED
Site managers for Principal Contractor will become Permit Issuing Authority.
Responsibility to QTP Representative of Air Control:
- Complete Electrical Isolation Permit and submit to site manager
- Undertake Risk Assessments before, during and after high risk activities
- Ensure all SWMS are compliant
- Assume all technical knowledge when consulting with site manager
- Hand over keys to yellow locks, which will be locked in lock box
Responsibility to All workers:
- Attach your personal lock (red) and danger tap to group lock box
- Sign on and off Permit register
Red locks and tags for personal use
Yellow locks and tags for equipment use
Blue tags for information purposes
You must show the following information on your danger tags:
- Printed full name
- Phone number
- Permit to work number
What happens if you forget to remove your lock:
- You will be asked to go back to site to remove lock
- If you do not, QTP and site manager will be to spend extra time ensuring your work area is safe before removing your lock
- When you return to work, you will be interviewed by Principal Contractor and further disciplinary action may be taken against you
Please read the attached policies from QBuild regarding this introduction.