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Safety At Work

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We’ve been having some work done in the studio recently. One of the workmen managed to get a nasty injury on one of his feet. After I had finished telling him off for wearing such absurd shoes to work, we got him to the hospital. But seriously, there is no excuse to not wear the correct safety shoes when on the job.

The value of safety shoes at work should not be overestimated. An incredible 25 percent of all disability claims, the world over, is linked to foot injury. From the USA alone over 100 000 foot accidents occur in at work each year, with an estimated cost of $1 billion.

The crippling price and distress for workers with foot injuries, has motivated most states, such as the UK, to execute rigorous mandatory policies which empower effective protective strategies at work. Luckily these steps have paid enormous dividends as may be observed from the Canadian building sector where foot damage has been decreased by a whopping 60 percent when protective footwear has been brought out.

Though we frequently associate foot harm with hazardous work environments; flat feet, blisters and general foot pain, related to extended periods of people being on their feet, all take their toll and also may result in unproductive employees and a lot of absence from shoes

Interestingly enough it is not lacerations, crushes, amputations or punctures that assert the most sufferers; it is ‘slips and trips’ which accounts for the maximum number of work-related accidents across all industrial sectors, accounting for two million sick days each year!

Frequent injuries sustained through the work day, if no office footwear is provided, include:

  • Broken bones, crushed feet and amputations. These kinds of accidents are widespread in building, logging, longshore, oil and fishing rig operations.
  • Punctures into the bottoms of their feet. Any worker working together with wire, nails and trash metal is exposed to this.
  • Lacerations, cuts and severed toes may be the consequence of working with machinery such as chain saws, rotary mowers or other machines without sufficient protection.
  • Burns from molten metal splashes, chemicals or other flammable and volatile substances are common from the mining and manufacture of heavy metals and the production of dangerous chemicals.
  • Electric shocks may be brought on by static electricity or direct electrical contact. Unprotected construction workers and electricians are usually victims to this.
  • Sprains, fractures and broken bones may happen everywhere where there is a smooth flooring, cluttered walkway or just insufficient light. Store assistants, teachers and office employees aren’t excluded from foot injury!

safety trainers

Nowadays, there’s a varied selection of UK security footwear that provides a guaranteed protection at work. They also adhere to European safety standards and can be visually appealing also.  There are even womens safety trainers.

  • Steel-toed boots created to defend the very top of their toes. Polycarbonate-fibre toecaps are as effective.
  • Safety boots and boots with shock protection. Double density impact absorbing soles and cushioned polyurethane ankle collars, for extra protection and support, do the deal.
  • Safety trainers with puncture protection. Adaptive anti-perforation midsoles are very useful.
  • Protective footwear with anti-static rubber bottoms, waterproof leather uppers, and breathable inner linings.

Don’t forget to recognize the possible dangers in the work area before choosing protective footwear to your own staff.

Folk Festival On The Dock

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Folk Festival On The Dock is a brand-new event taking place in Liverpool which will showcase the best of folk music. Taking place on Albert Dock, it will be held on the August bank holiday weekend. The festival is free but there will be some parts requiring a ticket which are available here.

One of the first acts of the festival will be The Christians. Unfortunately this has already sold out so ensure that you purchase tickets for the events before they sell-out fro other performances.

Janice Long will make an appearance. Janice is a Radio 2 DJ and also a Mercury Music Award judge. She will be host to the main dock stage. Janice was actually the first female to have her own daily BBC Radio One show and provided Amy Winehouse with her first radio performance.

Be sure not to miss the Zilferblat. This is a new venue on the up dock where customers pay by the minute. Inside you can drink and eat whatever you please as you pay for the time that you’re in there. The price is 8p per minute and if you wish to attend during the festival booking in advance is suggested.

On the Saturday afternoon a new folk song will be premiered which has been commissioned by the Albert Dock. Many choirs will be involved to celebrate Liverpool’s contribution to music. The choirs will also do a few more songs after this on the Stan Ambrose stage on the dock.

Many of you may have heard of the Lost Brothers. They are headlining at the Hartly Quay on the Saturday evening. This group have performed at Glastonbury, on the late show, at the Electric Proms and various other places around the world.

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Winter Wilson will be showcasing her latest album named Ashes and Dust. This is a follow-up to her Cutting Free album which was the daily Telegraph’s recommended folk album in summer 2014. After many years of experience and performance we can expect to see an excellent live performance.

Eleanor Nelly, the popular singer songwriter from Liverpool will also be appearing. Even though she is only 16 years old she already has a good few years of life performance under her belt. She also has an EP out. Plus, the Gilmore and Roberts duo have been nominated for the radio to records three times. They will also be performing at the folk Festival.
And finally, finishing off the folk Festival will be the Goat Roper Rodea Band performing at 5:30 PM on the Monday evening. These have been described as a fresh and energetic genetic three-piece acoustic and are known for their excellent harmonisation and fun and memorable songs.

So this will be an excellent week to get out and experience some folk music. will be adding a detailed timetable for the event.