“Stop, Think, Prevent” – “A New Workplace Safety Campaign Is Emerging” @StopThinkPrevnt

By: Marko Karr, CHST - "Stop, Think, Prevent" Program Author & Owner One is Too Many! I found myself thinking this today... In May of 2016, I proudly posted on LinkedIn how my company honored the National OSHA Stand Down Week for Fall Prevention. We are committed to reducing falls and improving the industry. The … Continue reading “Stop, Think, Prevent” – “A New Workplace Safety Campaign Is Emerging” @StopThinkPrevnt

“Time To Act: Save 2018 FY Worker Training Grants, Health & Safety Research” #WorkplaceSafety

By Jordan Barab If you haven’t yet done so, it’s time to do so. And if you have done so, do it again: Contact your legislators about passing a budget that will protect workers.  The House Appropriations Sub-Committee that deals with OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH is scheduled to mark up the FY 2018 Appropriations Bill on Thursday, July … Continue reading “Time To Act: Save 2018 FY Worker Training Grants, Health & Safety Research” #WorkplaceSafety

“OSHA Recordable Injuries- To Record Or Not To Record – Here Are Some Answers”

Safety Records: Recording Work-Related Illness and Injury Each employer is required by OSHA to keep records of fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. Specifically, they must record each fatality, injury and illness that is work-related is a new case, and meets one or more of the general recording criteria noted in Section 1904.7 (or the application to … Continue reading “OSHA Recordable Injuries- To Record Or Not To Record – Here Are Some Answers”

“A Death. A Widening Probe. Does Goodwill Endanger Workers?” #WorkplaceSafety

Dave Goudie, a former Goodwill employee who witnessed the death of Abraham Garza, said the young father's death could have been prevented with proper training. Cal-OSHA has hit Sacramento Goodwill with more than $100,000 in fines for safety violations. Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee BY MARJIE LUNDSTROM - mlundstrom@sacbee.com The gruesome death of a Goodwill Industries worker in … Continue reading “A Death. A Widening Probe. Does Goodwill Endanger Workers?” #WorkplaceSafety

“Inconsistent Enforcement of New OSHA Fall Rule Feared” #FallProtection

By Tripp Baltz Employers fear inconsistent enforcement of an OSHA rule allowing some work to be done without ordinarily required fall protection because key terms are not defined. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated fall protection rule, which went into effect Jan. 17, allows certain activities to be done without fall protection systems as long … Continue reading “Inconsistent Enforcement of New OSHA Fall Rule Feared” #FallProtection

“7 Stupid Reasons People Get Hurt at Work” – (Infographic)

Thirty percent of employees are injured on the job within the first year of employment – which is a major issue for employee turnover. Additionally, injured employees decrease morale and can lead to costly OSHA and legal fines if it comes to light that their injury is a fault of the company. Avoiding new employee injury … Continue reading “7 Stupid Reasons People Get Hurt at Work” – (Infographic)

“Workplace Violence Occurring At Alarming Rate: Time For Employers To Be Proactive” @TVanceLawyer

By Travis Vance, Fisher & Phillips LLP 6.19.17 It’s a news headline we’ve seen too often, including several times in recent weeks: another disgruntled employee or former employee has entered the workplace and killed or injured coworkers. What can you do to minimize the chances that your workplace will suffer such a tragedy? Employers Should … Continue reading “Workplace Violence Occurring At Alarming Rate: Time For Employers To Be Proactive” @TVanceLawyer

“OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present, And Future”

Ergonomics is the study of work. From an OSHA perspective, it is the process of designing the job to fit the employee, rather than forcing the employee’s body to fit the job. This process may include modifying tasks, the work environment, and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress … Continue reading “OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present, And Future”

“NIOSH and OSHA Introduce New & Improved Heat Safety App for Outdoor Workers” #HeatSafety

An updated app for smartphones and other mobile devices can help workers stay safe when working outdoors in hot weather. The free app was redesigned by CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), along with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool mobile app, … Continue reading “NIOSH and OSHA Introduce New & Improved Heat Safety App for Outdoor Workers” #HeatSafety

“Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard”

Combustible Dust Hazards It was 2:30 a.m. on February 7, 2016, when something went disastrously wrong at the JCG Farms Feed Mill in Rockmart, Georgia. A skeleton crew of seven workers was on duty that Sunday morning when the accumulated grain dust in the hammer mill exploded, killing 25-year-old Justin Deems and sending five other … Continue reading “Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard”

“Massive Explosion Rocks Wisconsin Corn Milling Plant”

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Lange CAMBRIA, Wis. – Numerous fire crews raced to the scene of a large explosion and fire in a corn milling plant in this village north of Madison, Wisconsin, reports CBS Madison affiliate WISC-TV. It happened at Didion Milling, whose president, Riley Didion, said, "We are praying for our team. There's a … Continue reading “Massive Explosion Rocks Wisconsin Corn Milling Plant”

“Weekly Toll: Memorial Day Edition” – #WorkplaceFatalities

Owner killed in explosion PHILIPPI, WV — After further investigation of an explosion in Barbour County on Wednesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that one of the two individuals killed was the owner of the gas company. An explosion at Midland Resource Recovery Inc., a gas company located on Barbour County Highway in … Continue reading “Weekly Toll: Memorial Day Edition” – #WorkplaceFatalities

How A Colorado Construction Company Is Saving Lives From Suicide

DENVER - What you do for a living can make you more at risk for suicide. People who work in isolation or have unsteady employment like in the agriculture and forestry industries are at the greatest risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported there are 85 suicides per 100,000 workers in those … Continue reading How A Colorado Construction Company Is Saving Lives From Suicide

CSB Releases Final Report into 2015 Explosion at Exxon-Mobil Refinery in Torrance, California

May 3, 2017, Torrance, CA, -- Today, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final report into the February 18, 2015, explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California. The blast caused serious property damage to the refinery and scattered catalyst dust up to a mile away from the facility into the nearby community. … Continue reading CSB Releases Final Report into 2015 Explosion at Exxon-Mobil Refinery in Torrance, California

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls In Construction – May 8-12, 2017 #StandDown4Safety

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. … Continue reading OSHA National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls In Construction – May 8-12, 2017 #StandDown4Safety

Donnie’s Accident – “I Was Too Good To Need My Safety Gear”

On August 12, 2004, I was connecting large electrical generator in preparation for Hurricane Charlie. The meter I was using failed and blew carbon into the gear and created an electrical arc which resulted in an arc blast. The electrical equipment shown in the video is the actual equipment after the explosion when my co-workers … Continue reading Donnie’s Accident – “I Was Too Good To Need My Safety Gear”