Police in Orange County, Fla., have confirmed that a second Walt Disney World employee was injured in an industrial accident at the park, just hours after a different worker was killed in a separate accident.
Of the latest accident, Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte of the Orange County police said the male employee suffered a fall at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at around 10:30 p.m., the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Employers faced with these fall hazards tend to ignore the three lines of defense and go straight to personal protective equipment to solve their fall issues. What is needed is an understanding of the revised OSHA rule on walking and working surfaces and related fall protection consensus standards.
Not long ago, a cable installer in Texas was climbing a ladder to work on some overhead lines. To waterproof the cable splices, he and his colleague used a silicone-based product, which left residue on the gloves, and the ladder rungs. As the worker descended the ladder, he slipped on the slick rungs and fell more than 13 feet, hitting the concrete below headfirst – a fatal injury.
A chopper airlifted a man who had been injured while working on a wind turbine on August 22. The 31-year-old worker had been carrying out repairs on the turbine in the north of Lower Saxony, Germany, when a transport basket came loose from its fastenings and hit the man from behind, flinging him with great force several meters through the air.
A local energy-efficiency engineer who nearly plunged to his death when he fell almost four stories through a glass floor at Philadelphia's Rodin Museum in 2012 has been awarded a $7.25 million settlement, his lawyers recently announced.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common construction site injuries suffered by workers include: Burns and scarring – Burns are one of the most common construction site injuries around, mainly because of the likelihood of fires and explosions on build sites. Exposed wiring, dangerous chemicals, leaking pipes, and other items all pose a potential risk for fires, which if not handled properly, could endanger nearby workers.
Among the articles in the March 2020 issue of ISHN Magazine, we feature a special report on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and ways to prevent, we look at the 'fatal four' top causes of construction worker fatalities, read the Q&A with Robin Fleming, CEO of ANVL, about giving frontline workers a voice, and much more.