“Coal Mine Fatality – Blue Sky Quarries, Inc. – Blue Sky Quarry #2 in Georgia” #MSHA

PDF Version METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – On July 20, 2017, a miner was driving wedges into a block of granite in an attempt to break it loose.  A piece of granite weighing 9 tons fell and crushed the victim against the quarry floor. Best Practices Always conduct examinations of the workplace to identify loose ground or … Continue reading “Coal Mine Fatality – Blue Sky Quarries, Inc. – Blue Sky Quarry #2 in Georgia” #MSHA

“Once More, Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out IS Vitally Important” – Part II” #LOTO

A cotton factory worker fell unconscious while standing up after his head became clamped in a machine. The incident happened in Wenzhou, China’s Zhejiang Province. After the worker became trapped emergency services were called to help free him. When firefighters arrived at the factory they found the worker had lost consciousness, but he was held upright because his head … Continue reading “Once More, Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out IS Vitally Important” – Part II” #LOTO

“NFPA 350 Confined Space Fact Sheet” #ConfinedSpace

Chicago Fire was spot on when they titled a recent episode “Carry Their Legacy”. The preview showed the dangers for firefighters in dealing with confined space rescue. History shows that confined space operations are an extremely dangerous activity for the fire service. The danger starts when firefighters don’t recognize the presence of a confined space and … Continue reading “NFPA 350 Confined Space Fact Sheet” #ConfinedSpace

“The Government Is Paying Billions To Shipbuilders With Histories Of Continual Safety Violations”

The U.S. shipbuilding industry continues to win billions of dollars in contracts to build Navy and Coast Guard vessels, despite serious safety lapses that have endangered and killed workers. From Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting, special correspondent Aubrey Aden-Buie reports. By Jennifer Gollan  A Mississippi shipbuilder continues to reap lucrative federal contracts despite objections … Continue reading “The Government Is Paying Billions To Shipbuilders With Histories Of Continual Safety Violations”

“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

“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”

“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

“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