Posts Tagged ‘workplace safety’

Preparing for Active Shooters with Safety Technology September 16, 2019 No Comments

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For the past 30 years, Joel Vetter, chief of fire rescue services for Suffolk County, New York, has seen an evolution in the types of threats that call for emergency preparedness.
He’s observed schools and the American public at large move from simple procedures such as stop, drop and roll to full-scale drills to prepare for […]

Active shooter training worked: Walmart employee helps lead 150 people to safety August 19, 2019 No Comments

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Unlike other types of safety training that employees use every day, active shooter instructions are the kind that you hope they’ll never have to depend upon. In the case of the mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, TX, active shooter training may have saved dozens of lives.
Long-term Walmart employee Gilbert Serna was […]

Worker passed out in front of supervisors: Is that adequate notice for workers’ comp? July 22, 2019 No Comments

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A worker’s supervisors saw him pass out while on the job. But his employer says the worker never gave formal notice of his workplace injury. Did a court award him workers’ comp benefits?
Otis Nero worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
On June 20, 2012, Nero was part of a SCDOT road crew. His […]

Kentucky ATV Fatalities Prompt Hazard Alert April 30, 2019 No Comments


The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) has issued recommendations regarding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety after discovered a disturbing trend in fatalities.
Between 1982 and 2016, the state recorded a total of 675 ATV-related deaths, or 19 per year on average. This trend led the state to rank 5th in the nation during the time […]

Can You Keep Guns Out of Your Workplace? January 8, 2019 No Comments


One of the hottest controversies polarizing the public debate in recent years is gun control, and the topic of guns in the workplace and public businesses continues to be a front-burner issue.
The most prevalent of these are the “parking lot” laws that allow employees to keep guns in their vehicles parked at the plant or […]

OSHA memo: Area offices must use four-part test when citing respiratory hazards without PELs December 18, 2018 No Comments


Washington — OSHA area offices must apply a four-part test before issuing General Duty Clause citations for respiratory hazards that do not have a permissible exposure limit, the agency states in a memorandum sent to regional administrators.
In the memo, issued Nov. 2, Kim Stille, acting director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, writes that area […]

Under-reporting injuries still big challenge for OSHA December 3, 2018 No Comments


An annual review pinpoints one of OSHA’s biggest challenges as its strives to reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
A law passed in 2000 requires the Office of Inspector General to identify the most serious management and performance challenges facing the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA’s parent agency.
The OIG report says OSHA and its mining […]

Sexual Harassment, Take The Right Steps October 3, 2018 No Comments

Recently, sexual harassment has become a big issue brought to light by the media. From famous entertainers, political representatives and even big industry leaders, sexual harassment is more common than ever.
Unfortunately, it has always been a reoccurring issue in the workplace environment.
So what is sexual harassment?
When you hear sexual harassment the first thought that comes […]

VPPPA 2018: Addressing Cultural Barriers in a Hispanic Workforce September 3, 2018 No Comments

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The rate of fatalities among the Hispanic population in the construction industry role 7% from 2005 to 2017.
This trend is expected to continue if companies don’t identify and address the barriers to working with a non-English speaking demographic, Dr. Ahmed Al-Bayati, Western Carolina University assistant professor told Safety+ Symposium attendees.
“The job is to understand values […]

OSHA Aims to Stop Increase in Worker Fatalities July 16, 2018 No Comments

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OSHA aims to stop a recent increase in workplace fatalities in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Recently, the agency has seen an increase in fatalities associated with falls, struck-by objects and vehicles, machine hazards, grain bin engulfment, and burns.
OSHA launched its Safe + Sound Campaign in 2017 to encourage employers to develop and implement a dynamic […]

OSHA’s enforcement efforts coming up short, advocacy group claims June 18, 2018 No Comments

Source: National Employment Law Project
Washington — Two months after Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta touted OSHA’s increased number of inspections, the National Employment Law Project has released new data showing that the agency is coming up short in one measure.
In a data brief issued June 11, NELP states that enforcement units in OSHA’s Enforcement […]

‘Laws matter’: Acosta seeks budget increase for DOL enforcement activity April 16, 2018 No Comments


Washington — While President Donald Trump is seeking another sizable cut to the Department of Labor’s budget, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta is attempting to boost enforcement funding in certain agencies, including OSHA.
During an April 12 hearing convened by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Acosta […]

Employee Engagement: Don’t Leave Money on the Table No Comments

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Employee engagement is a fuzzy concept for many manufacturing leaders. Definitions of engagement vary, opinions about its importance differ from one person to the next, and most confusing is how to make it happen on the plant floor and across the organization.
Mark Whitten says you’re leaving money on the table if you ignore employee engagement.
Whitten […]

Nightmare about spiders caused him to fall, break foot: Does he get workers’ comp? February 26, 2018 No Comments


This firefighter/EMT was at the firehouse when he suffered an injury. Despite that, his employer says his injury wasn’t work-related. How did a court rule?
Shawn Hansen worked as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the City of Siloam Springs, AR. He worked 24-hour shifts and was required to stay on premises unless he […]

Active Shooter in the Building! How Will Workers Respond! February 19, 2018 No Comments

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Do employees at your workplace know what to do if someone started shooting inside your building?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has gathered materials with recommendations for businesses.
One booklet (PDF) gives advice on how to respond if an active shooter is in the vicinity, in order of preferred response:

Evacuate. Get out of the building. Employees […]