A rise in fatality inspections in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska has OSHA calling on employers to rethink their approaches to worker safety.
The agency recently launched its Safe and Sound Campaign to make companies more aware of the services it offers as well as address some common hazards in the region that have led to fatalities including confined space and struck by incidents....More
James Lay Jr., a 61-year-old contract worker, was fatally injured at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Topeka, Kan. manufacturing facility on Tuesday, March 15.
Kansas Personnel Services Inc., the staffing agency that employed Lay, and Goodyear have not provided a written statement, but the companies did acknowledge that OSHA investigators already were on the scene to determine what happened.
So far, there have been no details released about the incident or the circumstances surrounding it....More
In one of the first in what probably will be a long line of changes for recent regulations and amendments promulgated by OSHA during the Obama administration, the U.S. House of Representatives on March 1 passed H. J. Res 83, a resolution of disapproval, under the Congressional Review Act. Introduced by Rep....More
Federal OSHA (OSHA) increased its maximum penalties last summer for the first time since 1990. The increase occurred pursuant to a new law requiring federal agencies to adjust penalties to account for inflation. However, the OSH Act, which specifically provides the maximum penalties OSHA can administer, was not amended. It still prevents OSHA from issuing penalties higher than the levels set in 1990. ...More
The Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule is undergoing further review, and its effective date will be postponed as a result.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the rule will now become active on May 20, 2017, about two months after the original date....More
On Nov. 16, 2016, Nissan North America sent 46-year-old maintenance technician Dennis Pinkston to investigate an equipment breakdown .
Pinkston, along with the rest of the maintenance crew at the company’s Smryna plant, discovered the roller drive motor for an elevator, which is designed to move car seat pallets from one conveyor system to another, was not working....More
President Donald Trump on Feb. 24 signed the Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda executive order, which gives all federal agencies 90 days to produce a list of regulations to be rescinded or replaced.
The executive order also creates a task force and requires agency heads to appoint a regulatory reform officer for each federal agency. The members of the task forces are responsible for identifying regulations to be targeted for repeal or revision....More
When a co-worker severed part of his thumb in July 2014, a food processor at a beef jerky manufacturing plant in West Virginia acted quickly, helping him apply pressure to the wound and using her cellphone to call 911....More
Construction worker David Earl Hyde was killed Feb. 20 when a large metal pipe rolled off a trailer and struck him.
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.
According to a statement from Ames, the contractor on the project, “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.”...More
Between Election Day and the inauguration, federal agencies collected more than $20 billion in fines and settlements from corporations.
This data along with recent cases is available in an online database called Violation Tracker, a project funded by Good Jobs First’s Corporate Research Project....More
Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & 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.
Jeanie Strader, Kevin Waid Edmond, Charles “Greg” Cooper 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....More
California’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's posting requirement for 2016 injuries and illnesses.
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.
Even if none occurred, employers are still required to complete and post Form 300A, Cal/OSHA states....More
A sign maintenance worker suffocated to death on Friday, Feb. 3 while trying to install a sign at Geneva Commons Shopping Center in Illinois.
The incident occurred just before noon. The employee, 47-year-old Donald Tentler, became pinned between a crane and a bell tower and "died of compression asphyxiation due to the mechanical compression of the neck,” Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said in a news release....More
In Part I of this series analyzing OSHA's crystalline silica standard, I mentioned that the new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica is 50 µg/m3 with an action level of 25 µg/m3. A series of requirements will be in effect depending on the employee’s exposure.
On March 25, 2016, OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing.
This rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply:...More
In 2016, OSHA passed a final rule expanding the scope of the existing walking and working surface standard for general industry and adding a fall protection standard for general industry; acknowledging that many general industry workers face similar types of fall hazards as those in construction....More
For 25 years, Nick Walters distinguished himself at OSHA, excelling in roles in the agency’s area, regional, national and state plan offices. In January, Walters transitioned to the position of vice president of Safety Engineering Services at Safety Controls Technology....More
A worker at a Stop & Shop Distribution Center Freetown, Mass. died late night Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Alphonse Ferent, 51, of Stoughton, Mass. fell between a truck and a loading dock as a tractor trailer pulled away. A forklift unloading merchandise from the trailer then fell on top of Ferent, killing him, according to news reports.
First responders provided first aid. However, Ferent was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
OSHA officials confirmed to news outlets that it is investigating the incident. No other information has been reported at this time....More
OSHA issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations to County Concrete Corp., after an inspection on July 19, 2016 determined that the company failed to abate hazards found in a 2013 inspection. At that time, OSHA cited the company for 18 safety and health violations, and assessed $153,900 in penalties....More
A recent OSHA whistleblower investigation discovered the National Railroad Passenger Corp., also known as Amtrak, reprimanded a supervisor in its inspector general's office when he raised safety concerns.
In early to mid-2010, the worker, a supervisory special agent, was in the process of investigating an Amtrak contractor for fraud and was testing concrete at Amtrak tunnel projects. While at the worksite, the employee discovered unsafe conditions resulting from work performed by the contractor and raised concerns....More
Three underground utility workers in Florida died Monday after entering a confined space without the proper protective equipment.
The incident, which occurred in Key Largo, Fla., began when the first man removed a manhole cover, entered a 15-foot-deep drainage hole and became unresponsive, according to news reports.
The second worker entered with the intention of saving him but also lost consciousness. Likewise, a third man climbed into the hole was overcome by fumes. All three workers perished. None were wearing any respiratory protective equipment....More
OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.
Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations....More
OSHA’s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn’t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.
About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers....More
A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.
The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program....More
Registered nurses who are members of National Nurses United (NNU) are testifying Jan. 10 at a public stakeholder meeting convened by OSHA to allow interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. The meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence.
Members of NNU – from states around the country – will ask that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. ...More
The numbers don't lie.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), women make up 65 percent of age-related macular degeneration cases, 61 percent of glaucoma and cataract patients are women and 66 percent of blind patients are women.
The U.S. Postal Service is concerned about dog safety in general and specifically, dog bites to its letter carriers and delivery personnel.
Watch this video from the U.S.P.S. for dog bite prevention tips.
Short attention spans. Technology driven. Philanthropic. These are three traits that differentiate Generation Z – those who were born in the mid-to-late ‘90s – from Millennials, says Matt Stewart, co-founder of College Works Painting.
Stewart, who works closely with those in Generation Z, indicates there are certain characteristics those who are born in that time period develop, and they are shaping today’s workforce behavior. Because of this change in attitudes and beliefs, situations involving younger workers must be handled on a individual basis.
Each month, EHS Today features the latest product innovations geared to enhance your workplace safety initiatives.
The April 2017 issue highlights hand protection products from MCR Safety, Ansell, Superior Glove, Brass Knuckle and Wells Lamont Industrial.
To view the product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.
Americans are obsessed with pets, and rightfully so.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out numerous health benefits to having a furry family member, including reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness.
According to the ASPCA, about 44 percent of all households in the United States have a dog, and 35 percent have a cat. However, bringing Fido to work can also fetch some advantages, among them an increase in overall morale and less stress.
Certain places are more responsible than others for tipping the scale in favor of bad health. To identify them, WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 17 key indicators of weight-related problems. WalletHub’s data set ranges from share of physically inactive adults to projected obesity rates by 2030 to healthy-food access.