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, July 08, 2013

Safety News Briefs - Managers Refusing To Answer OSHA Questions

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.

Nebraska Grain Elevator Managers Refusing To Answer OSHA's Questions

Can OSHA use the investigation of a fatality to do some digging to attempt to find other past violations at a workplace?

The attorney for a Talmage, NB., grain elevator operator has advised his clients to not answer any questions unrelated to a fatality at the grain elevator. An article in Omaha.com reports:

"Company lawyer James Luers, however, counseled his clients to not answer any general questions about the elevator's health and safety practices, calling them a 'fishing expedition' that would only lead to OSHA citations for matters unrelated to the worker's death."

"OSHA has filed papers in U.S. District Court in Omaha asking for an order requiring the Farmers Cooperative Co. manager and assistant manager to answer questions about health and safety practices."

Click here to read the complete story.

The Real Value of Making Your Workplace Safe

Entrepreneur has an article that points out five ways that an accident at work hurts your business. These include both direct costs, as well as having higher levels of productivity.  For example, the article points out that:

"You'll reduce costs from injuries. Employee injuries cost more than you'd believe. For example, an amputation might easily cost $60,000 in direct medical costs and an additional $60,000 in indirect costs. To recover the total cost of $120,000, a business with a 3 percent bottom-line profit would have to immediately generate an additional $4 million in sales to cover the cost of the accident."

Read about the other four ways an accident hurts your business here.

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North Carolina Safety Inspections Outpace National Average

North Carolina’s OSHA reports that they conducted about 4,300 inspections during the last fiscal year. That is nearly twice as many as conducted by most state programs and significantly more than the federal OSHA average within any one state.

These statistics are being reported by Safety BLR, along with a list of the hazards that are most often cited by the North Carolina OSHA. The North Caroline list is very different from the federal OSHA list. So that you can compare I've provided the OSHA list here.

Read the Safety BLR article here:

OSHA Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards:
  1. Fall protection, construction 
  2. Hazard communication standard
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment
  8. Ladders, construction
  9. Machines, general requirements
  10. Electrical systems design

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Objections To OSHA's New Walkaround Policy
Safety News Briefs - Possible VPP Changes
Health Hazards of Green Buildings

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