DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Safety News Briefs - A Focus On Safety Training

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week.  If you have any safety news tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Delta Air Line's In-flight Safety Video, and Improving Safety Training

Including humor in safety training can increase its effectiveness. We are an entertainment saturated world.  Presenting training in a dry, straight-forward way sometimes does not capture the attention of those needing the training. Delta has been slowly integrating more entertainment into their flight safety videos. Those are the videos shown, at the beginning of each flight, that tell us about how to use a seatbelt and where the emergency exits are located. By including some humor Delta has increased the likelihood of the video being watched.

Read the story in Forbes magazine.

There is another side to this. Life, and the workplace, isn't all about being entertained. An interesting book to read is Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves To Death."

Get OTJ Safety Training - By Playing A Video Game

Video games can place people in real-life situations in which they must make decisions in real time.  In Arizona scientists are developing interactive computer games to better train miners to avoid fatal accidents and potential emergencies while on the job.

"Our goal is to eliminate accidents and fatalities in mining," says John R. M. Ros Hill, director of the San Xavier Mining Laborator and a professor of practice in the department of mining and geological engineering.

"We’re approaching it from a training standpoint of how can we best develop a tool that miners could use that would teach them to make appropriate decisions or see where wrong decisions have been made."

Read the story in Futurity

GAO - State OSHA Programs Are Failing To Meet Standards

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report last week finding that some states have failed to meet minimum workplace-safety inspection goals, in part because of state budget cuts and reduced staffing.  The article states:

"The GAO surveyed 22 state-run programs that cover private- and public-sector workplaces and found that the agencies had troubling staffing and retaining inspectors, in part because of low salaries. It recommended that the federal OSHA be given authority to step in and take over some inspections when a state plan isn't meeting minimum requirements."

Read the story in the Wall Street Journal

Read the GAO Report

Photo by: Frank-Schulenburg
Results Of Chevron's Richmond Refinery Fire Investigation

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has called on California to strengthen oversight of refineries after an investigation into the cause of a fire at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond California refinery. The fire resulted from the failure of a corroded pipe. A vapor cloud was released that engulfed 19 employees and the resulting fire sent a black plume of smoke over nearby neighborhoods. 15,000 residents went hospitals seeking treatment for breathing problems and eye irritation, twenty of those were admitted for treatment.

Read the story in the Chicago Tribune

The Luckiest Man Alive?

New Zealand newspapers are touting Adam Grant as possibly the luckiest man alive. He is just 22 years old and has just had his second "brush with death" in a workplace accident.  The Press in New Zealand reports:

"Doctors believe the 22-year-old Christchurch man is charmed after surviving his second near-fatal workplace accident. In his latest brush with death, Grant, 22, was pinned between a beam and a ram bracket on a rotating dairy platform and managed to wrench himself free with seconds to spare before his head would have been 'crushed to pieces'."

Does two near fatal workplace accidents indicate a charmed life, or someone who is taking chances?

Read the story here.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending April 15th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending April 6th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending March 30th

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