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.

Mentorship: Finding the balance

Mentorship: Finding the balance

December 16, 2014 by

You know that assigning new hires a mentor can be an extremely effective way to boost new hire performance and improve safety. But as you know, a lot of responsibility hangs on the mentor. Case in point: We recently witnessed on-the-job training on a regional rail line. The mentor was giving advice off-the-cuff, asked the […]

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Are workers trained to be aware of surroundings?

Are workers trained to be aware of surroundings?

December 9, 2014 by

A fatal struck-by accident has led to OSHA fines against a Nebraska dairy for failing to properly train workers. Double Dutch Dairy, Shelby, NE, faces $22,500 in fines for allegedly not training workers in safe equipment operation. A worker was killed June 17 at the dairy when he was struck by a front-end loader hauling […]

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Equipment operator fatally crushed

Equipment operator fatally crushed

November 11, 2014 by

It only takes a minute to adjust a machine, but doing so without locking out can prove fatal. A machine operator at Cleveland Track Material, Cleveland, OH, suffered fatal blunt-force trauma when he tried to adjust a set screw on a rolling mill used to make railroad equipment. A spinning shaft contacted him and he […]

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Put it all back together for safety’s sake

Put it all back together for safety’s sake

November 4, 2014 by

Machine guards get removed for many reasons, but sometimes they just aren’t reinstalled after maintenance. It’s understandable – you fix a problem and want to get the machine up and running again. It feels like the job is done. Reinstalling the machine guards can seem … optional. But it’s not. And a Chicago fatality in […]

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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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