Employer In Fatal Boston Trench Collapse Did Not Provide Safety Training & Basic Safeguards For Employees, OSHA Finds

Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc. cited for 18 violations BOSTON – Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks died on Oct. 21, 2016, in Boston, when the approximately 12-foot deep trench in which they were working collapsed, breaking an adjacent fire hydrant supply line and filling the trench with water in a matter of seconds. An investigation … Continue reading Employer In Fatal Boston Trench Collapse Did Not Provide Safety Training & Basic Safeguards For Employees, OSHA Finds

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“Terrorism Concerns Results in Chemical Storage Rule Delay” #WestTexasFire #Chemicals

The Trump administration is delaying a new rule tightening safety requirements for companies that store large quantities of dangerous chemicals. The rule was imposed after a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded in 2013, killing 15 people. Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, delayed the effective date of the Obama-era rule until … Continue reading “Terrorism Concerns Results in Chemical Storage Rule Delay” #WestTexasFire #Chemicals

“Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant” #GBSW17

Video From ABC TV Series "In An Instant" Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe 1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc) 2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit” 3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary 4.) Never enter a grain bin … Continue reading “Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant” #GBSW17

“What Should You Do When OSHA Shows Up At Your Door” #OSHA #Inspection

1/27/2017 by Krista Sterken  | Foley & Lardner LLP You arrive at work bright and early, only to find that someone beat you there — OSHA is waiting to perform an inspection. Now what? Many employers think they have little say in what happens next. Actually, employers have many choices to make, starting as soon as OSHA arrives. The … Continue reading “What Should You Do When OSHA Shows Up At Your Door” #OSHA #Inspection

“The True Cost Of Work Related Injuries – Accidents Cost More Than People Realize!”

The True Cost Of Work Related Injuries – An infographic by the team at SafetyVideos.com

Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out Is Vitally Important #LOTO #WorkplaceSafety

Note: The photos above are not intended for page views or shock value as I don't believe that those methods truly teach you anything in and of themselves. I don't know the particulars of the above accident, but I do know that the lack of a proper lock out - tag out (control of hazardous … Continue reading Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out Is Vitally Important #LOTO #WorkplaceSafety

“OSHA’s Wall Of Shame – With Limited Staff, Agency Targets “Severe Violators”

Source: FairWarning.org - By Paul Feldman and Stuart Silverstein Soon after beginning their cleanup of a fume-filled tanker car at an Omaha, Nebraska rail maintenance yard, Adrian LaPour and Dallas Foulk were dead. An explosion that April 2015 afternoon trapped LaPour in a flash fire inside the car and hurled Foulk out the top to his … Continue reading “OSHA’s Wall Of Shame – With Limited Staff, Agency Targets “Severe Violators”

“OSHA Enforcement Case Database By State” #OSHA #Violations #Data

Enforcement Cases with Initial Penalties Above $40,000 (Includes citations issued starting January 1, 2015. Cases are updated weekly. There is a posting delay to ensure the parties have been notified.) Click on link to view States Map and Violations by State : https://www.osha.gov/topcases/bystate.html All States in Table Format NOTE: OSHA is currently migrating its legacy system. … Continue reading “OSHA Enforcement Case Database By State” #OSHA #Violations #Data

“Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

Video From ABC TV Series "In An Instant" Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe 1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc) 2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit” 3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary 4.) Never enter a grain bin … Continue reading “Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

“OSHA – DOL News Release” – “Worker Falls 22 Feet to Death, 4 Months After OSHA Cites Employer for Failing to Protect Workers on the Same Job Site”

Louisville employer faces $320K in fines for serial disregard of fall protection ADDISON, Ill. ‒ Four months after federal safety investigators cited his employer for failing to provide workers with fall protection at a United Parcel Service facility in Addison, a 42-year-old employee of Material Handling Systems/MHS Technical Services, fell 22 feet to his death … Continue reading “OSHA – DOL News Release” – “Worker Falls 22 Feet to Death, 4 Months After OSHA Cites Employer for Failing to Protect Workers on the Same Job Site”

“Free Webinar – On Demand” – “What To Do When OSHA Comes Calling”

Many businesses view the issue of compliance as merely a nuisance, and the fines that result simply as the cost of doing business. Effective August 1, this “cost of doing business” will rise considerably thanks to a new regulation that includes a 78% penalty increase. Are you prepared for an OSHA inspection? This free webinar on-demand provides … Continue reading “Free Webinar – On Demand” – “What To Do When OSHA Comes Calling”

“Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

Video From ABC TV Series "In An Instant" Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe 1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc) 2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit” 3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary 4.) Never enter a grain bin … Continue reading “Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

“Roofing Contractor Sentenced To Prison For Lying To OSHA About Worker Death”

A Pennsylvania-based roofing contractor who lied to OSHA in the aftermath of an employee death was sentenced March 29 to 10 months in prison. James J. McCullagh, 60, pleaded guilty in December to four counts of making false statements, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of willfully violating an OSHA rule that … Continue reading “Roofing Contractor Sentenced To Prison For Lying To OSHA About Worker Death”

“Over 10K Severe Worker Injuries Reported In First Year Of OSHA Requirement “

Over 10K severe worker injuries reported in first year of OSHA requirement Most employers cooperated with OSHA to fix hazards, but some tried to hide them WASHINGTON – In the first year of a new reporting requirement, employers notified the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration of more than 10,000 severe work-related … Continue reading “Over 10K Severe Worker Injuries Reported In First Year Of OSHA Requirement “

“What To Expect From OSHA In 2016 And Beyond”

  OSHA’S ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVES Though a number of OSHA’s enforcement initiatives may not technically be considered new for 2016, we can expect that OSHA will continue to increasingly issue citations under the General Duty Clause and the multi-employer worksite doctrine. We can also expect OSHA to continue to focus its attention on the training and … Continue reading “What To Expect From OSHA In 2016 And Beyond”