A construction company faces more than $146,000 in Fed-OSHA penalties related to fall and other hazards at a Bridgeport, Connecticut worksite. Among the cited violations is that the employer allowed employees to work with damaged ladders. Connecticut Post
A $50 million lawsuit has been filed against companies working on a cesspool installation site in Huntington, New York, following two deadly incidents, both involving cranes. Equipment World
Fed-OSHA cited five companies Tuesday for seven violations and issued fines of more than $86,000 in connection with the March collapse of a 950-ton bridge at Florida International University that resulted in six deaths. Sun-Sentinel
Indiana OSHA has fined the Owens Illinois bottling plant in Lapel $13,500 for three serious safety violations, including improper training and failing to lock out an electronic box while it was being repaired, following an August inspection. Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.)
Fed-OSHA has announced a strategic partnership with the general contractor on the Will County, Illinois courthouse construction project in downtown Joliet. The program includes education for employers and employees on best practices and encourages worker participation in safety and health programs. Herald-News (Joliet, Ill.)
There are many legal and related items to consider regarding a health and safety inspection. Having a comprehensive safety program and open dialogue is important for maintaining a consistent office culture of safety. DentistryIQ
September 19, 2018
ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urges emergency crews in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence to be aware of hazards from flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees, and storm debris.
“Workers involved in storm recovery can face a range of safety and health hazards,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer. “Risks can be minimized with knowledge, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment.”
Recovery efforts after the storm may involve hazards related to restoring electricity and communications, debris removal, repairing damage from water intrusion, roof repair, and tree trimming. Only individuals with proper training, equipment, and experience should conduct recovery and cleanup activities.
Protective measures after a weather disaster should include the following:
Evaluating the work area for hazards;
Assessing the stability of structures and walking surfaces;
Fall protection for elevated surfaces;
Assuming all power lines are live;
Using chainsaws, portable generators, ladders, and other equipment properly; and
Using personal protective equipment, such as gloves, hard hats, hearing and foot protection, and eye protectors.
OSHA maintains a comprehensive website with safety tips to help employers and workers. Individuals involved in response and recovery efforts may call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).
North and South Carolina have OSHA-approved State Plans that cover private, state, and local government workplaces. North Carolina’s Department of Labor can be contacted at 1-919-707-7876. South Carolina’s Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, can be reached at 803-896-7665 or https://www.scemd.org/prepare/types-of-disasters/hurricanes/.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
Fed-OSHA has cited and fined contractors who designed and built the Florida International University bridge that collapsed March 15, killing five motorists below and a worker, while it was still under construction. The bridge’s design suffered from a calculation error that may have weakened it at a key connection point where the cracks developed, according to independent engineering experts. Miami Herald
Oregon OSHA is hosting a forum in Bend this week, designed to help marijuana-related businesses keep employees safe. Oregon’s Department of Agriculture will be there as well. The emerging industry faces unique safety challenges, including repetitive motion and explosion hazards. KBND (Bend, Ore.)
In 2016 and 2017, 16 workers were killed on construction sites in booming Nashville, the most dangerous southern city for construction workers, according to a report released last year. Workplace safety advocates say there is widespread abuse of workers in a sector where many know that they can be easily replaced by illegal workers. Guardian