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Bed beam broke

At about 4am July 31 (yesterday morning), Intan & I awoke from sleep to a loud snap. She headed to the bathroom while I inspected the room. Something’s gone awry. I couldn’t find anything unusual so I sat on the side of the bed again. Instantly, I descended approximately a feet lower and therefore discovered what the loud snap was about.

This portion is exactly in the mid section of the beam.

The wooden pieces were layered in the following manner. It’s easy to see the constant downforce and the heavy coconut fiber mattress would bend the beam over time.

Physics teacher can use this material for teaching.

Slapped a solid piece of wood at the side of it and drilled in two huge and long screws. Looks not important at this point. We can cover it with bedsheets.

Fixed. Thanks to Muzani & CB.

Lesson: Don’t buy layered pieces furniture. Perform this inspection prior to your purchase. Get the solid woods.


Shredded fingers – careful where you put your fingers

This is a stark reminder of how fragile life is: careful where you put your fingers.

The medic at the platform told me that there is a way to stitch up all of those cuts. There’s a special glue that can hold the slices together until you piece them back.

Then… intensive physiotherapy? How do you restore the bones?

West versus east reporting

In the west, there are stricter regulations, HSE (Health, Safety & Environmental) groups, safety inspections, enforcement and bigger rewards for achieving objectives and compliance.

But the big incidents still seemed to occur more in the west. What’s happening? Why is that?

1) Is there a difference in media coverage? More shusshh from the politicians to the media in the east?
2) Are Asians more obedient then? The safety behavior and attitude conform better to the hazardous situations?
3) Does the west harp on the issues more thus they are much more visible in the public eyes?

I wonder.

Functional Safety Engineering

The first day of training was quite boring. Yawn. I hope it’ll have more interactive stuff tomorrow.

But in the end, I’m glad to be part of this Safety Integrity Level (SIL) selection and verification training. At least I would be able to tell if a system is intact or underrated.

Risk graph method, a small part in the overall IEC 61508 and 61511.

The whole thing is more or less FUNCTIONAL SAFETY ENGINEERING. What is the acceptable level of plant design? How do you ensure the design does not let undetected failures cause injuries or worse, fatalities?

In laymen terms, SIL basically classifies your plant by its probability to detect dangerous failures that might lead to injuries, fatalities or a catastrophic disaster.

SIL1 your plan could fail to detect danger once in 10 times to 100 times. (0.1% to 0.01% fail on demand)

SIL2 your plan could fail to detect danger once in 100 to 1000 times (0.01% to 0.001% fail on demand)

If you know a plant that is SIL-3 certified (by appropriate authorities, with proofs of documentation & track records), feel free to roam around the plant. It’s fairly safe.

Repair and Crash analysis

I actually visited the workshop to see how my car was doing.

Not bad. Finally the front headlights are functionally restored.

On the way back, I visited the crash site with my camera.

The drain stops here. Blocked with dirts. No open drain for the next 50m on the bridge.

Scratched dividers evidently suggesting previous crashes. My grill was nowhere to be found. They must’ve cleaned up the site recently. Before my offshore trip, I could see my grill lying in between the road and the divider.

So if I am to conduct a rootcause failure analysis,

The causal factors are:
1 Rain volumes: medium to high
2 Bridge condition, bend at easily 45 degrees angle entrance
3 Open drain short and possibly blocked. Water spots could easily form depending on how flat the road is.
4 Speed limit of 60 is fine on the bridge itself but entry speed could’ve been lower. The traffic safety department should have a formula for this.
5 Tire conditions: brand new front tires but 2 to 3 year old rear tires, thread thickness is slightly more than half of the original. Not bad but not in the best shape either especially in extraordinary situation.
6 Driving behavior: cruising along at speed limit, not lowering down by 10 or conservatively 20.

Suggested improvements:
1 Rainy days: None. Outside human control. Can’t prevent people from driving during rain either. By cost-benefit analysis, consider installing a roof over the bridge.
2 Bridge condition: straightens the bend a little. Possible with more clearance from the right side (KTM parkings might give way a little) and left side (shops that are more or less relocate-able). Justify for lower center road (banked curves) for centripetal force to work in our favor. Indy 500 inner ring is lower than the outer ring for this reason.

3 Stretch the open drain a little further up. Flattens the road more to reduce likelihood of water spots.
4 Revise speed limit downward.
5 Inspect tire conditions regularly. Change tires earlier than 75% thread thickness loss.
6 Change driving behavior on rainy days: reduce speed by at least 10km/hour anyway.

The Gift of Sight

It feels good to share jokes with the operators. The instrumentation & electrical technicians seem to be good, hard-working lads. I really don’t mind spending another day working alongside these awesome folks. They’re smart, reasonable, and easy-going.

An immediate sign of: “improvement required”

Eye injury seems to creep up recently. Makes me think, “Oh yeah, I do value my eyesight very, very highly.” On the other hand, such a gift that it is, nobody’s deed could actually afford one eye let alone both pairs. The everyday blesses are not a result of anything that we deserve – we get them all purely due to Allah’s mercy.

Praise be to Allah. Alhamdulillah…

Monthly safety meeting

I couldn’t work very much on Sunday. My brain is telling me to stop. That’s because I’m used to not working on Sunday.

I endured another fire drill and I attended the operation’s monthly safety meeting.

It was a good reminder. Because sometimes you take SAFETY for granted.

Life at a certain condition

Hey hey… while others were sitting back, enjoying movies or some snacks in Saturday afternoon, I was putting on a life jacket, lining at the emergency assembly as a response to a fire alarm. Sweating more and more while standing in the lines, awaiting for further instruction.

Is it fair? Not in most situations.

But whatever happened wouldn’t go to waste. Something good will surely come out of this. I am positive about it. 🙂

Cave trip in May

My regular taxi driver managed to find my new place. This time, I didn’t reach Subang Airport super early like last time. The timing was just right… there was not much idle time from check-in, to prayer, to boarding the firefly and so on.

But that was until I reached the Kerteh Airport: suddenly I had to wait until 1pm because my chopper was scheduled for an afternoon chopper. The Honeywell rep and I hung out at a food place with free Wifi until noon.

The flight was regular. Cave platform was exactly like the last time I left it. Except that the food has improved significantly.

A nearby satellite oil producer with beautiful horizon, skyline and clouds in the background. Subhanallah…

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