“OSHA Launches Application To Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data on August 1, 2017” #OSHA

U.S. Department of LaborOccupational Safety and Health AdministrationOffice of CommunicationsWashington, D.C.www.osha.gov For Immediate ReleaseJuly 14, 2017Contact: Office of CommunicationsPhone: 202-693-1999 OSHA launches application to electronically submit injury and illness data on August 1 WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch on Aug. 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows … Continue reading “OSHA Launches Application To Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data on August 1, 2017” #OSHA

“USDOL Announces $10.5M Susan Harwood Training Grants Now Available For FY 2017 Worker Safety Training” #OSHA #Safety

U.S. Department of Labor  |  July 14, 2017 US Labor Department announces $10.5M Funding opportunity for Susan Harwood Training grants to support worker safety, health training WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced the availability of $10.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants for FY 2017 to fund training and education for … Continue reading “USDOL Announces $10.5M Susan Harwood Training Grants Now Available For FY 2017 Worker Safety Training” #OSHA #Safety

“Elk Grove Village, Illinois Food Plant Worker Injured In Explosion” #PSM #AmmoniaSafety

This incident is just another reason why Ammonia Safety, both PSM & Evacuation Safety Drills are so important and have to be taken seriously every day. If you work in this type of industry, make sure you know your company's Safety Rules for Ammonia Exposure & Evacuation Procedures and you practice them. Be an involved … Continue reading “Elk Grove Village, Illinois Food Plant Worker Injured In Explosion” #PSM #AmmoniaSafety

“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)

“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”

“OSHA, FCC Collaborate On Safety Guide For Communication Tower Workers” & Training Video

OSHA and the Federal Communications Commission have published a best practices guide intended to reduce injuries among communication tower workers. Introduced June 1, the guide is a compilation of advisory information gathered from dual OSHA-FCC workshops on communication tower worker safety in October 2014 and February 2016. “These best practices are focused on the ways in which each level … Continue reading “OSHA, FCC Collaborate On Safety Guide For Communication Tower Workers” & Training Video

“Is That My Employee? Multi-Employer, Joint-Employer, Independent Contractors and Temp Workers” @OSHA_Guy

Employers must beware as the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) cracks down on what it perceives as rampant misclassifying employees as contractors and shirking other responsibilities, such as safety training, because a worker is supplied by another employer.  With more and more unique employment relationships and multi-employer worksites, it is crucial to understand the complexities … Continue reading “Is That My Employee? Multi-Employer, Joint-Employer, Independent Contractors and Temp Workers” @OSHA_Guy

“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”

“3 Steps to Prevent Falls in Construction”

We know falls in the workplace are preventable and yet falls remain the leading cause of death in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 300,000 workers in the United States sustained nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls in 2015. Fatalities caused by falls from heights in construction accounted for … Continue reading “3 Steps to Prevent Falls in Construction”

“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

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

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”