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Will the new Australian export be asbestos?

In a pile of copper cable, how would you tell which is asbestos contaminated? Since asbestos dust is invisible it will be impossible. Where is the NBN putting the cable? Is it a new export? Advertisements

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School crossings designed backwards

Maze or chicane fences are used in workplaces and on the road to slow pedestrians at a crossing. This example is at a school on a highway in Australia.  There are fences either side to concentrate the pedestrians at one … 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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Level crossing crash. Thinking more broadly about accident analysis.

An unfortunately superficial view of accident analysis is that the people present in any situation must deal with it as it is and whoever broke a rule must be the reason for the accident.  Everyone one else who influenced the … Continue reading

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Safer gambling. Solve the pokies problem with design.

Any problem can be solved with design.  Gambling needs to be made safer: “Australians spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines and three quarters of people who have a serious problem with gambling are pokie players.  As a … Continue reading

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