A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.
550 To 650 Patients Annually Catch Fire In Operating Rooms
"Frank Komorowski of East Naples was lying in a Naples operating room, under the sleepy twilight of anesthesia, when he heard a nurse yelling. 'Oh, my God! He's on fire!' Komorowski testified, recounting her screams, in his deposition. 'And the next thing I remember is … smelling my skin burning.'"
Read about operating room workplace accidents on Naples News
My Workplace is Filthy. Should I Call OSHA?
"Most employers strive to keep their offices clean and safe. Others, not so much. If your boss won't do anything about your filthy workplace, a call to OSHA may be what's needed to get them to act."
Read the story on Reuters
How to Reduce the Risk of Workplace Fatalities and Injuries
What can you learn from recent workplace and injury fatality trends? And how can you incorporate these insights into your risk management strategies and risk culture development to reduce the chances of tragic accidents happening on your watch?
Read about reducing workplace accidents in Corporate Risk And Insurance magazine
Request for Information on OSHA Exposure Limits On Track, White House Says
As part of its retrospective analysis of existing regulations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will issue a request for information on updating its chemical exposure standards in August, the White House announced in a recent update. The agency's information request will seek ways to address occupational exposures to chemicals, since many of the permissible exposure limits have gone unchanged since they were adopted in 1971.
In addition to its PELs project, OSHA had planned to issue a direct final rule last month to update its personal protective equipment standard for the construction industry.
For more information go to Bloomberg BNA web site
Ruling May Open Way For Alternate Confined Space Entry Programs
A recent federal administrative court ruling may open the way for tank wash racks to build alternate confined space entry programs under section (c)(5) of the federal rules. However, Bulk Transporter magazine reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is doing all it can to block that option.
See article in Bulk Transporter magazine
Window Washer Survives Eight-Story Fall
In movies we see people fall from great heights, crash through skylights and survive the fall. This story from the Winnipeg Free Press reports on a workplace accident in which a window washer's rope broke (where was his safety line?) and the window washer fell eight stories, crashed through a glass solarium, and survived. It's an incredible story about God's providence, but -- although the story doesn't mention it - there had to have been a lot of basic safety common sense that was being ignored.
Read the story in the Winnipeg Free Press.
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Labels: Confined Space, fall protection, OSHA