Every one of you is held up to represent an elite corps of businesses that really get the value of a safety culture and are leading the way in promoting it. It's not enough to be good. VPP members must be exceptional in this regard. The program remains meaningful only so long as it has integrity, and that is, ultimately, a function of quality, not quantity.
Company shut down production line, turned the lights off
September 11, 2015
A Norfolk, Nebraska flooring materials company tried to hide hazardous machines from federal inspectors, according to OSHA. The agency said MP Global Products LLC also threatened to fire employees who complained about unsafe working conditions during an investigation into why a 65-year-old temporary worker suffered the amputation of one finger and severe damage to another when his left hand was caught as he operated a machine.
A recent Swiss survey of the working population shows that in 2013 over one million people suffered damage to their health due to their occupational activity. Eleven per cent of those questioned reported suffering from a health problem linked to their work (750 000 people) and 6 percent had been the victim of a workplace accident (316 000 people).
In a three-month period this year, health care workers at Bergen Regional Medical Center LP in Paramus were victims of violent patients in eight incidents, including one in which a nurse suffered a laceration and bruises attempting to stop an attack on a patient.
A business executive once told me that safety is a “necessary evil.” When I asked him to elaborate, it became clear that his view of OSH had been distorted by expensive projects and equipment upgrades at his company, all driven by regulatory compliance concerns. He was skeptical as to whether these compliance improvements would actually improve his organization’s safety performance.
Emerging construction safety research, hearts that age faster than we do and New York City’s construction industry claims another life. These were among the occupational safety and health stories posted on ISHN.com this week.