I was recently involved in a tragic situation in which machine guarding failed not because the mechanical design was inadequate but because the human system around it fell victim to a well-known weakness.
An explosion during a chemistry class science experiment last week sent two students from a Manhattan high school to the hospital with burns to their face, hands and neck. One of them, 16-year-old Alonzo Yanes, is in critical condition in the burn unit of a local hospital. The other sustained first degree burns.
A fatal accident in which a freight train struck a parade float in Texas last November was caused by the failure of both the city and the parade organizer to address the risks associated with routing a parade through an active grade crossing, the National Transportation Safety Board said today.
The first “Key Issue Roundtable” of ASSE’s Safety 2013 takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) morning on the subject of fatigue. Specifically, “Fatigue in Transportation: Latest in Regulations & Research.” The “town hall” type of open forum/speak your mind is sponsored by ASSE’sTransportation Practice Specialty.
H. W. Heinrich changed the world of safety fundamentals forever with his pioneering work in the 1930’. One of his concepts that continues to make me think is his accident triangle (pyramid), a concept that we all are familiar with.
Pilot made multiple personal calls & texted during critical decision-making period
April 10, 2013
A pilot’s decision to depart on a mission despite a critically low fuel level as well as his inability to perform a crucial flight maneuver following the engine flameout from fuel exhaustion was the probable cause of an emergency medical services helicopter accident that killed four in Missouri, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said yesterday.
Seven U.S. Marines were killed and at least seven other people injured during a training exercise in western Nevada last night, Marine Corps officials announced today. The Marines, members of a ground combat unit based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., died in an explosion.
M.R. Asphalt, Inc. cited for failure to provide fall protection
March 14, 2013
An employee checking asphalt levels from the top of a tank died after falling 15 feet and hitting his head on a concrete structure supporting the tank. The September 2012 accident at Corvallis, Mont.-based M.R. Asphalt Inc. resulted in 16 safety and health violations, including one willful for failing to provide a guardrail or fall protection on the working surface.
Construction sector is one of New Zealand's most dangerous
March 6, 2013
A Wellington, New Zealand company has been fined over a subcontractor's five-and-a-half metre fall at work, according to TVNZ. The worker received a broken pelvis and facial injuries in the fall while installing plant and equipment at Silver Fern Farms' Te Aroha freezing works following significant fire damage in January last year.
A new compilation, ASTM Standards for Accident and Disaster Control, is now available on CD-ROM from ASTM International. The compilation includes 185 of the latest ASTM standards for accident and emergency management from ASTM Committees E54 on Homeland Security; F12 on Security Systems; F32 on Search and Rescue; and F30 on Emergency Medical Services.