Vehicle and Driver Ergonomics

  Fig 1 The comfort and functional utility of a vehicle depends on its physical design in relation to the physical structure, biomechanics of the human body and mental disposition. Drivers interact with various elements in the vehicle (chairs and control panels) which may be harmful if performed or used wrongly. Due to human variability, […]

A Guide to Accident Investigation

  First, let us establish the need for accident investigation. A thorough accident investigation should identify all immediate, underlying and root causes, thereby providing a foundation for developing control measures to eliminate these causes. This should result in a continual improvement in health and safety management. Hence, accident investigation is necessary for the following reasons: […]

Ergonomics — Manual handling of people in the healthcare sector

    Safety in the healthcare sector is a complex one. Rather than just thinking of the health and safety of patients, it is equally pertinent we pay  attention to safety of healthcare workers. This month’s write-up will focus on patients handling task and ergonomics approach to management.   A systematic review of patient handling […]

World No Tobacco Day 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development

    Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever WHO report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation. On World No Tobacco Day 2017, WHO is highlighting how tobacco threatens the development of nations worldwide, and is calling […]

Lessons from Ikire Pedestrian Bridge Collapse

  No fewer than 40 street hawkers escaped death by the whiskers when a pedestrian bridge located in Ikire, Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State collapsed on Tuesday, May 23. The bridge, which was constructed in 2002 at the Ikire junction of Ibadan-Ife Expressway, caved in after an articulated truck conveying earthmoving equipment rammed […]

Challenges in the Pursuit of a Fire-Free State

  … Experts call for collaborative effort from the public and the fire service. Many setbacks confront combatting of fire disasters in Lagos state, including poor response to emergency calls and grossly inadequate firefighting at the scene of fire incidents. While the state government has intensified effort to improve this, perhaps better than any other […]

WHAT IS FATIGUE?

WHAT IS FATIGUE? Fatigue referred to as tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, and listlessness, describes a physical and/or mental state of being tired and weak. Physical and mental fatigue although different, the two often exist together – if a person is physically exhausted for long enough, they will also be mentally tired. When somebody experiences physical fatigue, […]

Unsafe Practices in Nigerian Banks

  …Lack of Safety in Banking Halls, Putting Customers and Staff at risk Sometime in 2017, Eyiwumi Dada, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), went inside the banking hall of one of Nigeria’s top new-generation banks in Alimosho area of Lagos to make a deposit. She was standing on a fairly long […]