OSHA Announces New Safety Initiative Entitled “Grain Handling”.
Perhaps in part as a result of a series on grain bin entrapment deaths entitled Buried in Grain, a joint effort of NPR and the Center for Public Integrity was published in March of this year, OSHA has announced a new safety initiative in several states to promote safe practices in the grain industry.
OSHA says that it entered into an alliance with the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association to focus on projects to educate employers on safety in grain handling in 2012.
OSHA has now also partnered with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Extension’s Agricultural Safety Specialist to further promote awareness of safety issues in grain handling… Continue reading
If you’re located in Nevada and you’re in construction you probably already know that OSHA training is required to work on any construction site. Nevada OSHA, in cooperation with federal OSHA has created a program that requires construction workers to obtain OSHA 10 hour training within 15 days of their hire, and supervisors to obtain OSHA 30 hour training within 15 days of their hire as well. Companies that do not comply with these new laws are subject to fines, and employees will be removed from the work site.
The OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course reviews all the content that is necessary for your to get your OSHA Wallet Card from the Department of Labor. This course can… Continue reading
40 Hour Hazwoper Course Counts for College Credit at Columbia Southern
40 hour Hazwoper Training
Columbia Southern University is now accepting OSHA-Pros Hazwoper 40 Hour Training Course towards the Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Safety and Health degree. The course can be substituted for the BOS 3125 Hazardous Material Management course required for the program. Students who have taken the Hazwoper 40 course and provide proof of completion will receive 3 hours of college credit for the course.
The Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Safety and Health degree is recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals towards obtaining the designation of Associate Safety Professional or Certified Safety Professional. It takes approximately three years to complete the degree… Continue reading
Safety Study Suggests That Construction Worker Safety Is Improving
A new Safety Study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that safety of workers in the construction industry is slowly improving. Construction jobs, especially roofing and general labor, are statistically some of the most dangerous in the country. Roofers have a high incidence of falls resulting in fatalities. Ironworking is considered one of the top 10 deadliest jobs with 30.3 fatalities per 100, 000 workers each year, as of 2011. General labor can be dangerous due to workers having to operate heavy construction machinery and perform very physically demanding work.
Although these jobs are still very dangerous, the study shows there has been a steady decrease… Continue reading
OSHA Re-Launches Campaign Against Fall Hazards in the Workplace
The Fall Prevention Campaign initially was started in 2012 by OSHA and NIOSH. The re-launch of the campaign on April 28, 2013 has more participants and more resources to help with this initiative to prevent construction deaths and injuries from falls. NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D., stated, “The residential construction industry holds an important role in the economic vitality of our nation and the health of this industry is tied to the health of its workers. The re-launch of this campaign demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that contractors and workers stay safe on the job by providing the knowledge and tools they need.”
The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR),… Continue reading
CDC Releases Data Showing that Fatality Rates Higher for Offshore Workers
According to a newly released study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offshore oil and gas employees are seven times more likely to die on the job than the average U.S worker. The study covered the time period from 2003 to 2010. The rate of deaths among offshore workers was 27.1 per 100,000 workers, compared to the national average of 3.8 deaths per 100,000.
During the time period studied, there were 128 fatalities among offshore workers. Fifty-one percent of the fatalities were related to transportation, with the majority of those involving helicopter accidents. Poor weather and mechanical failure were the causes in most of the helicopter accidents.… Continue reading
During the summer months of June, July, and August, OSHA is expected to be inspecting residential construction sites throughout Texas primarily for compliance with the fall protection standards. OSHA has been conducting an emphasis program on fall protection as falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Texas is one of the states that has the highest incidence of these types of accidents.
When OSHA visits sites to inspect fall prevention compliance, they will be checking for compliance to all the federal standards. Now is the time to start preparing for the inspections. There are many resources available with information on fall prevention. The OSHA website contains a great deal of information as part of their campaign… Continue reading
In 2010, three young workers at the Haasbach LLC grain storage complex in Mount Carroll, Illinois were sent into a grain bin to “walk down” the corn. The practice is used to help clear clogged drains in grain bins by walking on and using shovels to loosen it. One of the workers was Wyatt Whitebread, only 14 years old, too young to legally work at the job. Wyatt had been at the job for 2 weeks. The other two workers were Will Piper, aged 20 who had been at the job 1 week and Alex Pacas, 19, who had started the job 2 days earlier.
After working for two hours in the bin, their supervisor, Matt Schaffner, without warning, opened… Continue reading
Shortage of Construction Workers Reported Despite Industry Sluggishness
Construction is still down 25 percent from its peak before the recession, and there is a 15.7 percent unemployment rate in the construction industry currently. Yet a survey by the National Association of Home Builders of its members found that there is a growing shortage of labor in certain professions within the industry since June 2012.
For instance, 24 percent of member firms reported a shortage of carpenters for rough work in June 2012. In the current survey, 38 percent of firms report a shortage in that category. In the June 2012 report 71 percent of firms reported no labor shortage. The current survey shows 57 percent of firms saying they… Continue reading
Following two investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Chicago and Pittsburgh, Norfolk Southern Railway Co. was found to have violated the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act for wrongfully firing three employees who reported workplace injuries. OSHA has ordered the company to pay $1.1 million in damages for the violations. In addition, the company has been ordered to expunge the disciplinary records of the three whistleblowers. The company is also ordered to post a notice regarding employees’ whistleblower protection rights under the FRSA and to train workers on these rights.
One of the employees whose termination OSHA investigated was a crane operator based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The employee reported… Continue reading