Safety en Construction Worker Killed When Pipe Rolls Off a Trailer <div class="field-deck"> The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a construction worker who died at the site of the Highway 169 project. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Construction worker David Earl Hyde was killed Feb. 20 when a large metal pipe rolled off a trailer and struck him.</p> <p>According to the state patrol, the 38-year-old Missouri man was assisting in the unloading of large metal pipes from a trailer when a pipe weighing as much as 2,500 pounds landed on him. They said that Hyde died at the scene.</p> <p>According to a statement from Ames, the contractor on the project, &ldquo;the worker was delivering pipe to the project and a section of pipe may have rolled off the delivery truck when the worker unstrapped it.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:22:00 +0000 53041 at Thinkstock I Spy: Researchers Use Eye-Tracking Technology to Detect Deception <div class="field-deck"> Job interviews might just become a whole lot more interesting and informative if researchers at Iowa State University have anything to say about it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The average person has about a 50-50 chance of knowing when someone is lying. Iowa State University researchers are using eye-tracking technology to improve those odds, specifically for interviews conducted online.</p> <p>Joey George, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business and a professor of information systems at Iowa State, says people think they can detect deception, but they often looking are at the wrong thing.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety IoT News Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:33:00 +0000 53031 at Iowa State University Violation Tracker Database Catalogs Corporate Crime, Safety Violations <div class="field-deck"> Violation Tracker compiles company data from 39 different agencies including OSHA whistleblower allegations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Between Election Day and the inauguration, federal agencies collected more than $20 billion in fines and settlements from corporations.</p> <p>This data along with recent cases is available in an online database called Violation Tracker, a project funded by Good Jobs First&rsquo;s Corporate Research Project.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:36:00 +0000 53011 at OSHA Renews Corporate VPP Membership for Parsons Corp. <div class="field-deck"> Parsons Corp. is one of five companies in the nation to achieve membership in OSHA's corporate program. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div>Parsons Corp. has been re-approved for membership in OSHA&rsquo;s Corporate Voluntary Protection Program.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The Pasadena, Calif.-based engineering services firm is one of only five companies in the United States to participate along with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Morton Salt Corp., Delta Air Lines and General Electric Co.</div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety News Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:53:00 +0000 52991 at Supporting a Culture of Caring Can Reduce Injuries and Costs, Improve Performance <div class="field-byline"> Janice Berthold </div> <div class="field-deck"> A senior vice president at an insurance company who is an expert in workers’ compensation insurance shares ways clients have reduced injuries, improved morale, saved money and increased production. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>We recently worked with a company that was having problems getting its employees to use their personal protection equipment (PPE). We convinced management to change its message &ndash; which had been focused on penalties and reprimanding employees who ignored PPE &ndash; to one stressing that using PPE was in the workers&rsquo; best interest, for their own protection. The company even purchased nonslip shoes for all staff and required all workers, even management, to wear them. These actions literally stopped injuries due to slips and falls.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:22:00 +0000 52961 at Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years <div class="field-deck"> Speed, distracted driving, drugs and alcohol continue to contribute to highway fatalities, with 2016 being one of the most deadly years for car crashes in nearly a decade. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Open any newspaper, log on to your local news web site or tune into the evening news and it&rsquo;s obvious we have a problem:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Distracted Driving Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:36:00 +0000 52951 at <p>Speed, distracted driving, drugs and alcohol continue to contribute to highway fatalities, with 2016 being one of the most deadly years for car crashes in nearly a decade.</p> Getty Images Tow Truck Driver Got Carried Away, Is Ordered to Repay Benefits <div class="field-deck"> A Washington man claiming a head injury prevented him from working was discovered driving a tow truck while collecting workers’ compensation benefits. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A service technician who claimed he was too injured to work but who got a job driving a tow truck pleaded guilty Feb. 10 for running a workers&rsquo; compensation scam.</p> <p>Kyle Valle, 30, of Algona, Wash., pleaded guilty to felony, second-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Judge Hollis R. Hill sentenced Valle to 20 days in jail, but allowed the jail time to be converted to 160 hours of community service. Hill also ordered Valle to repay the state $12,585, the amount of disability benefits he wrongfully received.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:54:00 +0000 52921 at Thinkstock Goodyear Reaches $1.75 Million Settlement After Four Worker Deaths <div class="field-deck"> Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) settles with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company after four fatal accidents in one year. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire &amp; Rubber Company has agreed to pay $1.75 million in penalties and overhaul its health and safety program after four fatalities occurred at its Danville, Va. plant over the course of a year.</p> <p>Jeanie Strader, Kevin Waid Edmond, &nbsp;Charles &ldquo;Greg&rdquo; Cooper &nbsp;and William Scheier were killed at the facility between August 2015 and August 2016. Eleven subsequent investigations discovered numerous violations at the plant, which manufactures aviation and specialty tires.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Forklift Safety Safety Leadership OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:37:00 +0000 52911 at Thinkstock Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Work-Related Injuries and Illness Summaries <div class="field-deck"> California companies with more than 10 employees must post their 2016 annual summaries between February 1 and April 30. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>California&rsquo;s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), also known as Cal/OSHA, are reminding employers that they have until April 30 to comply with the agency&#39;s posting requirement for 2016 injuries and illnesses.</p> <p>Companies that employ more than 10 workers must submit occupational fatalities, injuries, and illnesses per the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Sections 14300 through 14300.48 on an annual basis.</p> <p>Even if none occurred, employers are still required to complete and post Form 300A, Cal/OSHA states.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:48:00 +0000 52901 at Thinkstock CDC Study Says One in Four U.S. Adults have Hearing Damage <div class="field-deck"> In a recent study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that many U.S. adults have damage from noise exposure despite reporting good hearing. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Even if a person doesn&rsquo;t have job-related noise exposure, he/she still could experience hearing damage or loss at home or in the community.</p> <p>A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)&nbsp;discovered one in four U.S. adults, as young as their early 20s, have hearing damage caused by loud noises encountered in everyday activities outside of the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Hearing Protection Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:27:00 +0000 52871 at Thinkstock