North Carolina investigators say lack of training contributed to worker death in Raleigh

A N.C. Department of Labor investigation found a lack of training contributed to last spring’s workplace accident that killed an electrician for the state Department of Administration who was three months’ shy of retirement. The citation said labor investigators found Rue and the co-worker were not trained in the proper procedures for the lift’s safe […]

Contractor groups issue 13-step plan for construction safety

Saying a “growing influx of new and inexperienced workers” is contributing to an increase in the number of U.S. construction deaths, the Associated General Contractors of America and Carolinas Associated General Contractors have issued a 13-step plan aimed at reversing the trend of construction worker fatalities. Safety+Health

Have a plan before gunfire erupts, chamber workshop told

Since August, two downtown Richmond, Kentucky banks have been robbed. Twice this year, Eastern Kentucky University has called off classes because of threats written in restroom stalls. No one was harmed in either bank robbery, and suspects were quickly apprehended. Unlike the recent tragedy earlier this month at an Oregon junior college where a gunman […]

Want a safer workplace? Prepare, measure, document

Terry Burkhalter, an authorized OSHA instructor and trainer, discussed risk management and safety in manufacturing during the recent American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) fall conference in Cambridge, Maryland. Burkhalter took a broad look at workplace safety, ranging from disaster preparedness to an aging workforce, and began his talk with a presentation on extreme weather events, […]

Who sets your plant’s safety standards?

Safety, as has been noted in this space many times, is not a point of negotiation in manufacturing. It is a fundamental and inviolable human right. It isn’t something workers should ever have to demand. It is something management must provide at every moment of every day. Plant Engineering