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|"Safety is trench warfare"|
I was consulting for a small drywall company that was expanding. They were willing to learn but new to the safety practices of larger more established companies. We implemented a training program to include a new Safety Manuel, IIPP, Fall Protection Plan, Heat Illness Prevention Plan and Hazard Communication Plan. We proceed to train and issue OSHA 10 Hour Cards (http://www.easysafetyschool.com/osha10/) to the work force. We had the scissor lift, laser and powder actuated tool manufactures come out and train and issue cards for use on various products. We purchased and issued all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the work force. We were essentially creating a safety culture that would set the tone for company’s future. I was proud. Then one day, one of the framers fell off a 2’ scaffold and broke his arm. He was in the ER for 2 days and out of work for 2 months. The insurance company had to pay over $52,000 when the incident was done and expenses tabulated.
The worker had an OSHA 10 card, was fall protection trained, sat through a scaffold tailgate meeting that morning, had all PPE to include boots, hard hat, safety vest, ear protection and eye protection, was using a powder actuated tool that he had been trained to operate, and was standing on a 2’ scaffold constructed and inspected by a competent person that morning. His fellow workers were first aid trained and action plan briefed. They knew where the hospital was and how to stop the bleeding.
We did everything we were supposed to do to prevent this and protect from this, yet this happened. Safety is not easy. Safety is trench warfare. Safety is a constant fight against the unknown and known elements consumer demand places on the front line of our work force. Given a long enough time domain, safety incidents are a statistical inevitability. Keep fighting and never make the same mistake twice.
Posted by OSHA Updater at 1:38 PM
Monday, July 29, 2013
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Posted by OSHA Updater at 1:35 PM
Friday, March 15, 2013
Posted by OSHA Updater at 9:50 AM
Friday, February 8, 2013
With the arrival of cold weather, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers to take necessary precautions to protect workers from the serious, and sometimes fatal, effects of carbon monoxide exposure.
Recently, a worker in a New England warehouse was found unconscious and seizing, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Several other workers at the site also became sick. All of the windows and doors were closed to conserve heat, there was no exhaust ventilation in the facility, and very high levels of carbon monoxide were measured at the site.
Every year, workers die from carbon monoxide poisoning, usually while using fuel-burning equipment and tools in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation. This can be especially true during the winter months when employees use this type of equipment in indoor spaces that have been sealed tightly to block out cold temperatures and wind. Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure can include everything from headaches, dizziness and drowsiness to nausea, vomiting or tightness across the chest. Severe carbon monoxide poisoning can cause neurological damage, coma and death.
Sources of carbon monoxide can include anything that uses combustion to operate, such as gas generators, power tools, compressors, pumps, welding equipment, space heaters and furnaces.
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in the workplace, employers should install an effective ventilation system, avoid the use of fuel-burning equipment in enclosed or partially-enclosed spaces, use carbon monoxide detectors in areas where the hazard is a concern and take other precautions outlined in OSHA's Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet. For additional information on carbon monoxide poisoning and preventing exposure in the workplace, see OSHA's Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Quick Cards (in English and Spanish).
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
Posted by OSHA Updater at 10:07 AM
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Posted by OSHA Updater at 3:25 PM
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The OSHA fact sheet* explains how workers may be exposed, what kinds of engineering controls and personal protective equipment they need, and how to use these controls and equipment properly. In addition, a new OSHA Quick Card* alerts employers and workers to the hazards of mercury and provides information on how to properly clean up accidentally broken fluorescent bulbs to minimize workers' exposures to mercury.
Fluorescent bulbs can release mercury and may expose workers when they are broken accidentally or crushed as part of the routine disposal or recycling process. Depending on the duration and level of exposure, mercury can cause nervous system disorders such as tremors, kidney problems, and damage to unborn children.
Easy Safety School has also put these documents up for download on their free OSHA Publications page.
Posted by OSHA Updater at 1:54 PM