January 25, 2017, Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety video of its investigation of the June 13, 2013 explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, Louisiana, which killed two workers and injured an additional 167. The deadly explosion and fire occurred when a heat exchanger containing … Continue reading “CSB Releases New Safety Video Detailing Investigation into 2013 Fatal Fire and Explosion at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar, LA”
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
The True Cost Of Work Related Injuries – An infographic by the team at SafetyVideos.com
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!
Miller Fall Protection Webinar When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and swing fall, whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your safety. The Miller Fall Clearance Calculator App gives workers who work at heights, the ability to quickly … Continue reading “Miller Fall Protection Safety Webinar” & “Fall Clearance Calculator App”
Lessons for Employers from the Crimson Tide’s Championship Football Coach September has arrived. That can only mean one thing: it’s time for college football! Labor Day weekend offered several high-profile games for our viewing pleasure. Number-one ranked Alabama won one of those contests, with the Crimson Tide overwhelming Southern California by the score of 52-6. … Continue reading “How Would Nick Saban Handle An OSHA Inspection?”
Is It Recordable? by Safety.BLR.com
The National Safety Council, Campbell Institute performed a survey and study called "Transforming EHS Performance Measurement Through Leading Indicators" The information for the report was obtained from EHS & Safety Managers from across the country. The report is an excellent compilation of the survey and the findings are intriguing. You can download a copy of … Continue reading “Transforming EHS Performance Measurement Through Leading Indicators”
One way to improve the effectiveness of your safety process is to change the way it is measured. Measurement is an important part of any management process and forms the basis for continuous improvement. Measuring safety performance is no different and effectively doing so will compound the success of your improvement efforts. Finding the perfect … Continue reading “Does Your Facility Have An Effective Safety Culture? Is Safety Truly A Priority?
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”
On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a long-awaited final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data, providing for such data to be made publicly available, and updating employee notification and antiretaliation provisions. Background OSHA is charged with enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Act of … Continue reading “OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Final Rule Places New Requirements On Employers”
Of all public sector and private US businesses, roughly 3.7 million workers are injured per year. Businesses spend $170 billion per year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses (according to OSHA) – and these findings provide critical insight on how the numbers add up. The nature of employee injuries in the modern workplace … Continue reading “New Traveler’s Insurance Report – 170 Billion In Cost & 3.7 Million Workers Injured Per Year”
Provisions call for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record Why is OSHA issuing this rule? This simple change in OSHA’s rulemaking requirements will improve safety for workers across the country. One important reason stems from our understanding of human behavior and motivation. Behavioral economics tells us that making injury … Continue reading “OSHA Issues Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”
By: James Anderson Workplace ergonomics is getting a lot of attention nationwide in response to a sharp increase in musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome. These occupational injuries often mean repeated surgery, intractable pain, inability to work, time off for the affected employee and ultimately, higher costs for the employer. Factors such as work … Continue reading “Four Simple Ergonomic Steps to a More Productive Workplace” & “Workplace Ergonomics Video”
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”