Are workers trained to be aware of surroundings?

by on December 9, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

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 hay. OSHA investigated and issued four serious safety violations, including:

  • not developing and implementing a written hazard communication program
  • not requiring the use of seat-belts, and
  • exposing workers to struck-by hazards.

Training key: Teach workers to be aware of their surroundings at all times. That means keeping eyes and ears open (e.g., no headphones) for pedestrians and for drivers, using headlines, reverse-gear alarms, and watching out for workers who are walking.

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