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    safetynews A food manufacturer was cited for several safety violations by OSHA after a worker suffered a fatal fall. The worker fell 24 feet from a top-tier warehouse rack.  The company had forklifts elevate employees in pallets while conducting inventory. A willful violation was given for not using an approved platform for raising employees on forklifts, as well as not providing fall protection. The manufacturer was also cited for continuing to fail in providing hazard communication training. Workers were also not provided hand protection when working with hazardous materials. As a re.. Read More
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  • Protect Your Workers During Summer Shutdowns

    SUS7.5.16emailblogpostimage During the summer months, it’s not uncommon for companies—especially manufacturers—to shut down their operations for a week or more. It provides the opportunity to conduct much needed maintenance and repairs on equipment, ensuring productivity in the workplace the rest of the year. Sometimes, old equipment is replaced during summer shutdowns. If your facility has summer shutdowns every year, you’re probably getting ready for one right now. Do you have all of the sa.. Read More
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    safetynews OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is seeking members to join its Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. Six positions are available on Dec. 1, 2016 and OSHA is accepting nominations for management, labor and the public. Those six new members will serve a two-year term on a 12-member committee. According to OSHA, the committee was formed to provide insights to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA’s whistleblower protection .. Read More
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    safetynews A contractor faces fines of more than $48,000 for fall hazards on a job site. The contractor was cited by OSHA for five repeat and two serious violations. Four employees were found not wearing fall protection, and three of those workers (who were on a roof) had not received fall protection training. The one employee on a scaffold had not been trained to identify scaffolding hazards. To read more about these violations, click here. Worker Loses Finger in Machine Accident<.. Read More
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    safetynews A furniture retailer faces $431,000 in OSHA fines for failing to protect workers from machine hazards. The retailer faces more than $1.8 million in fines issued earlier in the year at other locations. This recent citation was given after OSHA found that the company didn’t implement procedures to prevent machines from unintentional start-ups when operators changed tables, cleaned machines and cleared jams. The company also failed to ensure machine operators used proper lockout/tagout procedures. Read more .. Read More
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  • Protect Yourself and Your Workers: The Top 10 OSHA Violations to Avoid

    violations Are you not sure where you and your organization should focus your safety efforts? Here’s a place to start: The 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015 were announced at the recent National Safety Council Congress & Expo. NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman notes how the list “is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence.” The list is as follows:
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    safetynews   OSHA investigated and subsequently fined a cabinet manufacturer for 21 serious safety violations following a worker’s death due to acute exposure to wood dust. The manufacturer was found to have exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion and amputation. In addition to the serious violations, there were two other violations. The OSHA citations were machine guarding violations; inadequate guarding for shafts, belts and pulleys; insufficient housekeeping to address accumulating combustible wood dust; multiple electrical violations; failing to evaluate respir.. Read More
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    safetynews OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have collaborated on a new resource to help protect hospital workers from respiratory hazards. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit is for healthcare employers and contains information about respirator use, hazard assessment, hospital respiratory protection programs, among other related topics. An educational monograph created by a body of more than 20,500 healthcare organizations was also released. The monograph features information about implementing hosp.. Read More
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  • It’s Electrical Safety Month: Protect Workers Against Arc Flash and Other Electrical Hazards

    electrical The Workplace Safety Awareness Council defines an arc flash as “a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground.” A person located near an arc flash can be seriously injured or killed. An arc flash can be caused by a variety of things, such as dust, dropping tools, accidental touching, condensation, material failure, corrosion, and faulty installation. To protect workers, th.. Read More
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    safetynews Two companies face a combined $64,200 in fines for safety violations after OSHA investigated a complaint about potential hazards at the site the companies share. One company received 15 serious citations for such violations as not providing and maintaining a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise, blocked exits, tripping and fall hazards, not training workers on chemical hazards, not providing appropriate lockout/tagout training, and not providing eyewash facilities. The other company was cited for seven violations: blocked aisles and exit routes,.. Read More
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