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.

Workaround leads to fatal fall

Workaround leads to fatal fall

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A worker made a fatal mistake on a scaffold 100 feet high on a hanging wall scaffold on the side of the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He was seeking to lower the scaffold, so he removed wooden planking with a piece of plywood. (Apparently, the planking interfered with lowering the scaffold.) That plywood snapped […]

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Was a PPE lapse at root of this tragedy?

Was a PPE lapse at root of this tragedy?

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Most companies are tight-lipped following an accident, so it’s no surprise that Fort Erie, NY-based Rich Products’ managers haven’t released details of a tragedy that killed one contract worker and injured two more after an ammonia leak. But most safety pros can take an educated guess. The company had an emergency-response plan and team in […]

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Tragedy strikes worker setting up scaffolding

Tragedy strikes worker setting up scaffolding

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Setting up equipment presents special challenges. Usually, you are the first person on the job, so if conditions have changed since the last shift, you could find out the hard way. Also, it may be your job to install the safety equipment—requiring extra care. And lastly—as in the case of a recent tragedy—the focus on […]

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Are workers spotting hazards?

Are workers spotting hazards?

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A workplace fatality investigation will no doubt focus on how and why a vent opened that allowed hydrogen sulfide gas to spray a worker. The worker at a Douglasville, GA, refinery was sprayed by the gas, and then likely lost his footing backing away. He fell 20 feet off a platform, and died later at […]

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Why Workers Take Safety Risks

Why Workers Take Safety Risks

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Maintenance workers, almost by definition, have to occasionally work with equipment that’s moving. A recent example from a brake-repair shop will show the safety point: A mechanic heard a bumping sound and so turned the wheels. He wondered if the problem was the brakes, or something else. With the vehicle elevated, as another employee worked […]

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How easy is it to create a hazard?

How easy is it to create a hazard?

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A safety expert recently had to break down some signage after a conference ended. Most people had just left the conference area in the hotel, but there were a few stragglers. One piece of equipment that needed disassembly was a 10 foot vinyl banner hanging from a boom, and during the work, the safety expert […]

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Conditions like Triangle Shirtwaist still exist

Conditions like Triangle Shirtwaist still exist

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Sixty-nine of 72 workers at a flip-flop and slipper manufacturer in Valenzuela, Philippines, were killed on the second floor after a fire trapped them inside. Workers were apparently trying to escape via windows, but the windows were barred and workers were reportedly seen grasping the bars in an effort to shake them loose. The fire […]

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Watch out for risk migration

Watch out for risk migration

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Each year, as the weather heats up, one predictable tragedy focuses on parents’ forgetting babies in car seats. While those tragedies are outside the realm of a general-industry and construction safety blog, the infant car seats themselves are a perfect example of safety concept of risk migration. The car seat is reversed and placed in […]

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Another reason to lock out

Another reason to lock out

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Here is another reason to make sure workers lock out their machines before performing maintenance, clean jammed materials, or otherwise put themselves too close to powerful equipment and stored energy: A Detroit automobile manufacturer reported today that one of its workers was crushed to death on the job. Details are sketchy at press time, but […]

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