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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

OSHA Controversy Amid Tragic Workplace Accident

Excerpt from an interesting article by Rick Babson from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting...

By Rick Babson
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Four years ago, Marc Roudebush was only a couple weeks away from becoming a college graduate at the age of 46.

The El Dorado, Kan., resident did in fact earn his Bachelor of Science in Management from Baker University’s Wichita campus, but it was a posthumous honor. A production supervisor for Sherwin-Williams Co. in Andover, Kan., east of Wichita, Roudebush died on the job around 1 a.m. on July 1, 2007.

According to reports by the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Andover Police Department, Roudebush apparently reached toward a moving conveyor belt and became wedged between a metal control panel and a “rake,” which automatically sweeps cans of paint from a pallet to a conveyor that takes them to be filled and labeled. According to the OSHA report, it is believed that Roudebush went to “check on a jam or other problem with the cans” and that he was caught “when the rake automatically cycled to sweep another layer of cans onto the conveyer.”

Roudebush’s death came even as OSHA recognized Sherwin-Williams as a paragon of workplace safety; the job site earned entrance into the agency’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) less than a year before the fatal accident. And even though OSHA cited Sherwin-Williams for one “serious” violation – under a regulation governing machinery guarding – and fined the company $5,000 after Roudebush’s death, the plant earned the highest level of recognition through VPP – star status – a little more than a year after the accident.

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Anonymous Aaron said...

This proves that the "star" program has flaws. There will always be workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. However, companies must still strive to control as many hazards as possible and minimize the number of incidents as higher insurance premiums, lower employee morale and potential citations can make the situation even worse while decreasing the bottom line.

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