If yours is a workplace where lockout/tagout procedures are part of daily exercises, you’ll want to be mindful that they don’t become secondary considerations. These elements — which as noted by OSHA speak to practices and procedures necessary to disable machinery or equipment so as to prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees perform…Continue Reading
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A frequently cited U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule up for review highlights intersecting themes of politics, safety best practices and technology outpacing regulation. OSHA’s lockout/tagout regulation, 1910.147, requires energy sources on machinery to be locked out so workers can safely service and maintain equipment. The regulation, adopted in 1989, was based largely on…Continue Reading
Small businesses struggling to attract competent employees to add to their workforce may be neglecting to address a factor job seekers hold in higher regard than may be expected: workplace safety. A new survey conducted by Employers Holdings Inc. – a Reno, NV-based holding company with subsidiaries offering workers’ compensation insurance and services for small…Continue Reading
OSHA isn’t publicizing its enforcement efforts as much as it did under the Obama administration, but that doesn’t mean employers aren’t being cited and fined. Here’s a roundup of some recent enforcement cases that led to significant penalties: Alabama—A motor vehicle parts manufacturer was cited with three repeat violations and three serious violations. The repeat…Continue Reading
We know falls in the workplace are preventable and yet falls remain the leading cause of death in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 300,000 workers in the United States sustained nonfatal injuries from slips, trips, and falls in 2015. Fatalities caused by falls from heights in construction accounted for…Continue Reading
As an organization operating in today’s business landscape, you know the importance of conducting risk assessments… and you’re also intimately familiar with the challenges in making those assessments happen efficiently and successfully. You need a systematic approach to ensure that you’re successfully mitigating risk throughout your organization to ensure the safety of your personnel and…Continue Reading
A National Safety Council survey found 58 percent of Americans working in construction – the industry that sees the most workplace fatalities each year – feel that safety takes a backseat to productivity and completing job tasks. What’s more, 51 percent say management does only the minimum required by law to keep employees safe, and…Continue Reading
BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Federal investigators proposed penalties of $214,782 to an Illinois roofing contractor after a recent inspection at a home construction site in Troy found workers exposed to fall hazards. Statistics show falls cause four of every 10 deaths in the construction industry. On Jan. 3, 2017, OSHA issued four willful and two serious…Continue Reading
Two outside electrical contractors arrive at a facility to complete work, but fail to check in with building management. They continue on unescorted to a mechanical room. Despite not wearing the proper personal protective equipment, they proceed to remove bolt covers on equipment. These three missteps are the equivalent of strikes one, two and three.…Continue Reading
Putting a law in the books is merely a symbolic gesture until the agencies are sworn to uphold it, take to the streets, and crack down on the violators. The same holds true for a workplace safety program. No matter how comprehensive the requirements and procedures, without a guiding presence patrolling the facility and enforcing…Continue Reading
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