Occupational Safety

Occupational injuries not leading cause for medevacs

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A new study shows that despite common perception, the majority of air medical evacuations, or medevacs, are not from occupational injuries or trauma.


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Who’s serious about safety?

An accountability system for supervisors
By Mike Fenerty
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As safety professionals, we all know the difference between the safety performance of workers under a safety-oriented supervisor and workers under a supervisor that does not push safety.


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ANSI OKs updated limited-use and disposable coveralls standard

Expanded sizing chart accommodates majority of the working population, standard provides detailed tests that users can perform to further validate size selection
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The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for ANSI/ISEA 101-2014, American National Standard for Limited Use and Disposable Coveralls - Size and Labeling Requirements.


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Ohio workers exposed to grain bin entrapment

“Moving grain can act like quicksand”
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Three employees of Sabina Farmers Exchange Inc. in Wilmington, Ohio were found working inside a grain storage bin while a mechanical sweep auger, a machine used to push grain remaining at the bottom of a storage bin toward the bin's opening, was operating.


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Former Cal/OSHA staffer says he witnessed political coup that forced out agency head

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess was instructed to attend a meeting at 11 am on September3, 2013 – the day after Labor Day – with California Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern and Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker at DIR’s Oakland Headquarters.


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Senator asks OSHA about temp worker buried alive in sugar

By Michael Grabell
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The head of the U.S. Senate's workplace safety subcommittee has asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to explain its handling of the death a temp worker who suffocated under a pile of sugar at a Pennsylvania plant. The details of OSHA's investigation were reported Sunday by ProPublica and Univision.


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Heat stress solutions from ISEA members

Personal protective equipment can be incorporated as preventive measures
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Every summer thousands of workers--particularly those in agriculture, landscaping, construction, utilities and support activities for oil and gas operations--spend long days working in the hot sun. Excessive heat and sun pose many dangers: sunburn, dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Every year, many become ill or lose their lives due to heat exposure.


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Ohio workers expected to “free climb” 195’ tower with no fall protection

Morlan Enterprises cited by OSHA for willful safety violation
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A company whose workers were “free climbing” – climbing without safety lines has earned citations from OSHA for one willful and eight serious safety violations. Proposed penalties total $52,500.


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OSHA levied $20+ million in proposed penalties for fall protection violations in FY 2013

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Fall protection (1926.501) was the most frequently-cited OSHA standard in fiscal year 2013 – specially the period October 2012 through September 2013. OSHA conducted 7,900 inspections involving the fall protection standards, a very high number compared to almost any other agency rule, and due to the fact OSHA devotes about half of its inspections to construction sites.


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Using fall arrest systems safely

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Ensure that personal fall arrest systems will, when stopping a fall: Limit maximum arresting force to 1,800 pounds. Be rigged such that an employee can neither free fall more than 6 feet nor contact any lower level. Bring an employee to a complete stop and limit maximum deceleration distance to 3½ feet.


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