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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with what is happening at OSHA as well as other workplace safety news. Includes a report on the significant OSHA citations announced the previous week. Plus we scan national and local (and world) publications for workplace safety news. This is your source for the latest safety news.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Turkey: Radical Workplace Safety Reform

Turkey: Radical Workplace Safety Reforms

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Turkey's suffered 1400 workplace fatalities so far this year

Though workplace safety may not come to mind when you think of Turkey, sometimes those in the direst straits can take the biggest risks and come up with something great. Turkey has launched a rather radical new policy in an attempt to improve its distressing workplace conditions.

Dubbed the carrot-and-stick approach by Turkey's Prime minister, the reforms punish employers for accidents or reward them for good safety records. If no accident is recorded, their unemployment premiums will be decreased. If there are accidents, premiums will go up and employers could face heavy fines and even criminal charges.  >> Read the full story

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Cut Insurance Premiums with Workplace Safety

What if you could create a safer workplace while saving the company money?

It makes sense that when there are workplace accidents and claims are filed, premiums will go up. Insurance companies say that there is a definite correlation between creation of workplace safety programs, and the cost of company insurance premiums.  >> Find out more

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Quiz: How Safe is your Workplace?

Take this OSHA quiz and find out what you can do to create a safer workplace.

And if you'd just like to feel good about your workplace safety record...take a look at the top ten most deadly industrial accidents in the U.S.

Speaking of safer workplace: there were no major OSHA citations last week!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday Workplace Safety and Safety Training Vids



'Tis the Season for Workplace Safety

In many industries, production and sales ramp up during the holidays and temp labor is brought in. Management struggles to train and incorporate the new labor force at a time when workload is at its peak. Fire risk also increases with lighting/decorations. During the holiday season, an average of over 400 people are killed and 1,650 injured due to fire-related incidents. These elements create the perfect storm for safety issues.  >> Find out how to minimize issues

Free Safety Training Videos

This is a really thorough listing of free safety videos from Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. It includes topics such as chainsaw safety, grain bin safety, confined spaces, arc flash, respiratory protection, even preparing the workplace for an earthquake. Some of the videos can be downloaded and played on a different device if desired, and it includes some in Spanish.  >> Get them here

You may also like safety tip video shorts as quick training tools. Perhaps play one at the beginning of the next team meeting. Remind employees of the importance of safety in a unique way, and they're more likely to remember it.  >> Safety tip videos

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Bricklayers Exposed to 30' Fall Hazards



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Light week for major citations… just one last week:

Masonry Contractor Slapped with Major Fines for Fall Hazards

Philadelphia, $100,560 in fines – Upon arriving at the T and S Masonry LLC work sites, OSHA inspectors observed workers on scaffolds conducting bricklaying activities without fall protection. Workers also were exposed to other scaffolding safety hazards and were not trained properly. The company was previously cited for this in 2012 and 2014. 

Inspectors also cited the company for five serious violations, with $17,400 in penalties, for lack of a safety and health program and hazards, including the use of corrosive cement without providing proper personal protective equipment.  >> Read more

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Monday, November 03, 2014

Interviewing Accident Witnesses and Wearable Technology



How to Interview Accident Witnesses for OSHA Reporting

We've all seen it happen: something bad happens and nobody wants to talk about it, least of all the people who might be responsible. But particularly with OSHA's more comprehensive reporting rule which takes effect January 1, it's even more important. But beyond that, an accident signifies a safety failure, and it could mean that more will follow if accurate reporting doesn't lead us to the reason for the accident. Here are some helpful quick tips on how to gather information from witnesses. 

Wearable Technology: Safety Game-Changer

What if you could read barcodes without a gun? Or instantly call up and display schematics or instructions on how to repair a machine, and even contact a coworker instantly, all without lugging around a computer, phone or other device?

This is now possible via wearable glasses. A fairly unknown company, Vuzik, has rolled out smart glasses. In addition to all of the productivity bonuses, imagine the impact to safety managers, with the ability to decrease reporting time and increase response time.

Though Google Glasses and similar are still very rare, it's getting more and more common to find fitness monitors such as the Fitbit wristband or smart watches. These studies show people's surprising perspectives on these devices and their potential impact on safety in the workplace.

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Does OSHA Enforce Ergonomics?

OSHA, Ergonomic Standards, and Playing Chicken

OSHA has no rules set specifically for ergonomic requirements. Ergonomic devices are often viewed as a luxury, not a necessity, but for employees who have very repetitive-aspect jobs, ergonomics can potentially prevent eventual injury caused by repetitive motion.

But due to this lack of specific standards, it is not typical for OSHA to cite a workplace for something approximating a lack of appropriate, possibly ergonomic, devices. It is often nonspecific and difficult to prove not only a need, but that the lack violates any existing rule. But Wayne Farms, a poultry plant in Alabama, was recently cited for exposing workers to musculoskeletal safety and health hazards and were fined over a hundred thousand dollars.  >> Find out how this happened

Speaking of chicken…

Food Safety Summit serves Tainted Chicken

Perhaps showing us what not to do, by serving up an example?  >> Read what happened

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