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The world’s most confusing stairs

Is this the most confusing design of a staircase? Advertisements

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Walking on stairs is 100 times more dangerous than driving a car

Rate of deaths from stairs = 56  fatalities per 100 million miles. Rate of deaths driving a car = 0.56 fatalities per 100 million miles. Stair data: 3,800 fatalities per year over 1,953 billion stair uses* which covers 6.832 billion … Continue reading

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NBN Asbestos: did the government follow its own planning risk assessment guide?

The government’s own rules on the safety role of a client is supposed to be a “model client”.  Sounds sensible.  But it only works if you actually do it. The NBN is 10,000 times more costly than the threshold ($3M) … Continue reading

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Fake government outrage over NBN asbestos

Shorten orders summit to tackle asbestos ‘scourge’ This is fake outrage.  The Minister goes on to say “Asbestos is a giant scourge in this country. We cannot afford to be complacent. The menace that asbestos represents in Australia is not over”. … Continue reading

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Swimming pools – complex enclosures with hidden areas

Here is an example of the problem with the swimming pool standards.  The enclosure can meet the standard and include the entire backyard, multiple access, hidden places, outbuildings, cubby houses, tool sheds, etc.  The problem is known but the requirement … Continue reading

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Cycling “dooring” hazard. Design is the solution, not penalties.

“Dooring”?  What is it?  The problem is about doors opening in front of unsuspecting cyclists.  The cyclist might hit the door, the person getting out, or swerve and fall, or swerve and be struck by another vehicle. The behavioural approach … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with safety: yellow jackets and superficiality

A recent forum posed the question “what’s wrong with safety”?  Thankfully there is plenty wrong with safety.  If there were no problems it might be harder to improve! Problem 1. Yellow jackets and superficial safety. Politicians routinely wear high-visibility yellow … Continue reading

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