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, November 04, 2013

Safety News Briefs

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 safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Unusual Elevator Accident Results From Lack of LOTO

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that an unusual and rare fatal elevator accident took place at the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach earlier this year.  A contractor's employee was crushed by a falling elevator while he was cleaning out the bottom of the elevator shaft.  The article reports that:

"Days after the incident, fire department authorities who tried to rescue Johnson said they immediately noticed an important safety step had been missed. No one that day ensured main power to the elevator was completely off, a process referred to as 'lockout/tagout.'"

The article reports that OSHA is proposing $84,000 in fines.

You can read the article here.

Cirque du Soleil To Appeal OSHA Citations in 'Ka' Death

Nevada OSHA has issued six citations resulting from the June death of an aerialist during a performance of its "Ka" show in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun reports that:

"After a nearly four-month investigation, Nevada OSHA has concluded that Guillot-Guyard fell after the wire rope suspending her during the show’s Final Battle scene broke, causing her to fall a reported 94 feet to the floor. The 31-year-old Guillot-Guyard, who had two young children, was transported to University Medical Center’s trauma unit and was pronounced dead from multiple blunt force trauma."

Nevada OSHA issued six citations that included:
  • failure to “protect or prevent ‘Ka’ employees from striking an overhead grid
  • failing to “provide proper training for the ‘Ka’ Battle Spearman Warrior employee 
  • removing "equipment from a fatality site before Nevada OSHA authorized the dismantling and removal of the equipment 
Read the Las Vegas Sun article here.

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