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.

Tower worker falls to death while climbing down

Tower worker falls to death while climbing down

April 15, 2014 by

Descending from heights requires workers to use fall-protection at all times. A tragic example of failing to heed that safety advice recently occurred in Wichita, KS. A 25-year-old communications-tower maintenance worker was climbing down a tower when he fell the last 50 feet. He died at the scene. OSHA’s acting head in the Wichita area [...]

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Chlorine gas sickens worker; OSHA issues $77k fine

Chlorine gas sickens worker; OSHA issues $77k fine

March 18, 2014 by

Beck Aluminum Alloys Ltd. (Racine, WI) faces $77,472 in fines after OSHA investigated a worker sickened by a chlorine release at the facility. OSHA inspectors issued 13 serious citations, saying the company didn’t evacuate the area after the gas-exposure came to light, and failed to properly evaluate the “danger to life and health.” The worker, [...]

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OSHA’s 2014 hit list removes some incentives from the good guys

OSHA’s 2014 hit list removes some incentives from the good guys

March 4, 2014 by

OSHA has released (http://1.usa.gov/OML8nL) its 2014 Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Plan and it includes only one big change—it incorporates the November 2013 rule changes on the strategic partnerships. OSHA’s strategic partnerships include companies, industry associations, and labor organizations. The November rule on the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program changes agreements between companies (or unions/associations) and OSHA in [...]

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Backhoe strikes, kills worker in trench

Backhoe strikes, kills worker in trench

February 11, 2014 by

A veteran worker was used to working in difficult conditions—Michael McDaniel had worked for the Navick, MA, department of public works for 26 years. He was used to responding to emergencies. He and five other members of an emergency-work crew were deployed the evening of Feb. 5 to a water main break. They used a [...]

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