The Workplace Safety Network provides OSHA updates, practical ideas and real-world case studies to help Safety professionals create a safer workplace. This informative and entertaining blog covers what Safety leaders care about most, including safety leadership and training ideas on forklift safety, hazcom, lockout/tagout, slip, trips & falls, back safety, fire prevention, fall protection, and more.

Clearing jammed machine proves fatal

Clearing jammed machine proves fatal

October 28, 2014 by

Details are sketchy, but the fact pattern suggests a familiar scenario – a worker didn’t lock out a jammed machine before attempting to clear it. The accident occurred at Claude Howard Lumber Co. in Statesboro, GA. Employee Salvador Hernandez, 32, was working at the lumber mill when a piece of equipment jammed. He climbed inside [...]

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Find one grievous problem & you’ll find more

Find one grievous problem & you’ll find more

October 21, 2014 by

A roofing company faces $70,000 in fines for one willful, one repeat and two serious violations of OSHA fall-protection regulations. Employees of New Haven, CT-based Xtreme Restoration & Waterproofing LLC were reportedly seen working on a second-story residential roof without fall protection or with fall protection gear that wasn’t tied off to an anchorage point. [...]

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Crane collapses, two die, OSHA issues $168k fine

Crane collapses, two die, OSHA issues $168k fine

October 14, 2014 by

OSHA has issued a $168,000 fine for several safety violations following the April 2014 death of two employees of Mass Bay Electrical. OSHA said the violations were willful and that the company failed to properly train the workers and ensure the crane was properly operated. Joseph L. Boyd III, 34, of Fall River, MA, and [...]

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Lockout means kinetic-energy hazards, too

Lockout means kinetic-energy hazards, too

October 7, 2014 by

A Miamisburg, OH, supervisor was killed after a heavy oil-tank door suddenly slammed shut, crushing the man’s chest. The 48-year-old man worked for Certified Heat Treating, Inc. He was half-in a quench tank chamber, tightening a nut inside, when the door came down. Once trapped, the man was unable to breathe and died at the [...]

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Danger of working alone

Danger of working alone

September 23, 2014 by

It’s not always possible for everyone to work in sight of others. But when possible, team people up as much as possible. If others can react quickly to an incident, they have the best chance of reducing injuries, and even saving lives. Jack L. Martin, 76, of Troy, OH, died after becoming trapped in a [...]

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Fatal loss in race against falling bucket lift

Fatal loss in race against falling bucket lift

September 10, 2014 by

In the time it takes to recognize something is falling and react, precious seconds may have been lost. That’s why it’s crucial that safety precautions are in place so that things won’t fall. Two workers in Christiansburg, VA, were using a bucket lift to perform work along a road in town. In the bucket was [...]

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Exposure to amputation hazards was ‘willful’: OSHA

Exposure to amputation hazards was ‘willful’: OSHA

September 3, 2014 by

A Paterson, NJ-based manufacturer faces $90,300 in penalties for allegedly leaving machines unguarded, thus exposing workers to amputation hazards. OSHA said the unguarded-machinery violations at the Film Pak Extrusion LLC plant were willful. The agency also issued 12 serious citations, including: not clearing exit routes not implementing a lockout/tagout program not inspecting industrial trucks prior [...]

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In over their heads?

In over their heads?

August 26, 2014 by

You know “just get it done” is an attitude that carries rewards, but also serious risks. Most workers in industry and construction know that you have to push to get the job done, because, after all, nothing’s easy. As a safety professional, that means you’ve got to work within that mentality — as in “here’s [...]

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