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, March 17, 2014

Safety News Briefs - Bad Choices Lead To Workplace Accidents

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.

Bad Choices Lead To Workplace Accidents

Workers and supervisors make choices that lead to accidents. A article in Reliable Plant reports that  an attitude of nonchalance about safety develops among male workers.  The article states out of nearly 700 fatal accidents analyzed by the author:

"...close to 70 percent involved errors by well-trained personnel. Most of those individuals were described as solid, good people, among the best in the company, devoted family men and in similar terms, yet they made decisions that caused or contributed to their death and in some cases perhaps the deaths of others."

You can read the article here.

The above article refers to another article titled "Fatalities at West Fertilizer Company: Was the Enemy of Safety Responsible?"  You can read that article here.

Second Incident - Two Workers At Tesoro's Golden Eagle Refinery Sprayed by Acid

I normally do not report on this type of incident. However, after two workers at the same refinery where sprayed by acid last month, Tesoro refused to give the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) access to the refinery. That made this story different.

I learned this week that after the CSB obtained a warrant, they were allowed access to the refinery. But, now this story continues with a second incident.

There has been a second incident in which two workers have been sprayed with acid.  This time it appears to be more serious as one of the workers remains hospitalized.  The Reuters story reports that:

"An initial description of the accident released by the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Program said one of the workers was 'saturated" by the acid.'"

Read the story on Reuters.

Final Call for Innovative Safety Contest Submissions

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Cintas Corporation, have announced the final call for submissions for the inaugural Innovation Award in Occupational Safety Management. The contest will award a $3,000 cash prize and recognition plaque to an individual who has developed the most innovative workplace safety solution. Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2014 either in an electronic form or via download.

Submissions should detail a workplace challenge and an employee’s unique program, process or procedure. Ideas must have been developed or implemented in the U.S. within the last five years. Benefits may include elimination or reduction of hazards, improved safety knowledge or efficiency improvements.

Click here for more information and the application form.

OSHA Releases Educational Bulletin On Injury Recording Requirements For Temporary Workers

OSHA has issued a new educational resource that focuses on requirements for injury recording of temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The bulletin explains the requirements for both the staffing agency and the host employer. The new Recordkeeping Bulletin addresses how to identify who is responsible for recording work-related injuries and illnesses of temporary workers on the OSHA 300 log.

Click here for a PDF of the new bulletin.

The temporary worker Recordkeeping Bulletin helps businesses determine which employer is responsible for recording work-related injuries and illness on the OSHA 300 log. This is the first in a series of guidance documents that will be released to support the initiative to raise awareness about compliance with OSHA requirements for temporary workers.

For more information on OSHA's Recordkeeping and Reporting requirements, visit:

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Maine Opposes OSHA Plan For Online Safety Data
Safety News Briefs - Company Supervisors To Pay $450,000
Safety News Briefs - Employers Worry About MMJ Workers

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