The market for safety footwear has expanded over time as more workplaces have required foot protection from impact, electric shock and chemical hazards as well as enhanced slip resistance in both indoor and outdoor work environments.
“Aluminum Shapes continues to disregard their legal responsibility to comply with safety and health standards"
January 31, 2020
OSHA has cited Aluminum Shapes LLC for workplace safety and health hazards after a crane operator was injured in August 2019 at the aluminum manufacturer’s Delair, New Jersey, foundry. The company faces $169,524 in penalties for these violations.
The family of a Kentucky man killed in a workplace incident has filed a lawsuit against his employer, GE Appliances, and other parties. Steve Herring, who’d worked for the company for more than two decades, died in February after being pinned by machinery while working on a refrigerator-building assembly line. News sources are reporting that the state OSHA’s investigation into the fatality found that it could have been caused by an inadvertent activation of an improperly positioned gate interlock control.
The manufacturing industry requires workers to engage in high-risk activities, such as soldering, welding, metal cutting, raw material assembling, and heavy lifting and rigging. Moreover, magnetic fields, compressed gases, and harmful radiations can negatively impact a worker’s health. In fact, workplace hazards lead to nearly 150 deaths per day in the US.
The most versatile constant rate descender on the market with models for both automatic hands-free operation and multiple descents with advanced rescue functionality. The patented MAX 300 is a multiple user device designed to be used attached to the anchor point in regular or inverted.
Samsung Electronics has publicly apologized for the illnesses and deaths of some of its employees at its computer chip and display factories and agreed to pay compensation up to 150 million Korean won (~$130,000) per illness.
News sources report that Samsung Electronics chief executive Kim Ki-nam, speaking at a press conference, acknowledged that the company “did not fully and completely manage potential health risks at our chip and liquid-crystal display production lines.”
Private industry employers reported nearly 48,500 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2016 compared to a year earlier, according to estimates released yesterday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).
There were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2016, which occurred at a rate of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.
A Wisconsin container manufacturer has achieved a 90 percent reduction in its worker injury rate through a partnership with OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program.
Schoeneck Containers, Inc. (SCI), which supplies plastic containers for diverse consumer and commercial markets throughout the world, began improving safety in 2000 for its 250 employees by hiring a safety professional and implementing new safety measures such as hazard identification programs, engineering controls review processes, and weekly safety talks.
An employee cutting rubber material at a New Philadelphia, Ohio, plastics manufacturing facility suffered a severe injury when a pneumatic bench cutter severed her finger. OSHA inspectors found that her employer, Lauren Manufacturing, failed to adjust the machine's light curtains, which serve as safeguards to prevent a worker's hand from coming in contact with the machine's operating parts.
Among the articles in the December 2020 issue of ISHN Magazine, we have advice for employers on COVID-compliant manufacturing facilities, delve deep into dropped object hazards and provide a detailed analysis on whistleblowers and ethics from one of our thought leadership columnists.