Construction Related Safety programs are simple to deliver, and one of the most cost effective ways to reduce or minimize dangerous and expensive safety issues on a job site. Construction Safety typically includes training and certification in the following areas:
Scaffold Contractor Pays More than Proposed Fines in Fall Protection Incidents
Brand Scaffold Services has agreed to pay $77,000, or more than the originally proposed $75,690 in penalties in a 2012 case in which one of its workers was seriously injured inside a reactor vessel at the Chevron El Segundo refinery.
Chevron previously settled its case with Cal/OSHA, agreeing to pay $30,000 of a proposed $51,185. The worker was severely injured when he fell from a wire chain inside the vessel. DOSH cited Brand for eight serious, and three general violations. The most serious charge was under Petroleum Safety Orders §6799.1 for failing to ensure workers using chain or wire-rope access were wearing safety harnesses attached to a rescue retrieval system. It came with a $22,500 proposed penalty.
Under the settlement, this serious violation was preserved but the penalty was reduced. Another serious violation, under General Industry Safety Orders §5157(c)(5)(B) for failing to provide protection from falling objects, had its original penalty reduced from $8,435 to $7,000.
Fall Through a Skylight
A production manager’s Nov. 18 death after falling through a skylight happened because his employer did not provide any fall protection on the roof in question, DOSH alleges in citing An-Wil, Inc., of Riverside, after its investigation into the incident.
Milton Polo Patino, 45, an operations/production manager, who had worked for 10 years at the facility, had climbed to the roof of the plant, 27 feet above a warehouse, to ensure the air system was functioning properly.
From CalOsha Reporter - 7/3/14
DOSH is seeking more than $82,000 in penalties against Shafter's Shar-Craft, Inc., in a Dec. 17 incident that seriously burned a painter in a large steel tank. The worker was spraying flammable coating on the inside wall of the tank and it ignited because of a portable halogen light he was using for illumination.
Cal/OSHA says the employer “knowingly” allowed the use of the unauthorized electric lamp. It also says the employer did not have a permit for confined-space work and did not have proper ventilation or protective equipment for the operation.
The 37-year-old worker spent three days in a burn unit following the incident. DOSH cited Shar-Craft for an alleged willful-serious violation, three serious violations and 12 other violations, including failure to report the incident within eight hours. The employer reported it four days later.
What is the Ladder Safety app?
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released its first smart phone application (app), which is aimed at improving extension ladder safety. The Ladder Safety app addresses the major causes of ladder falls by placing a number of interactive and easy-to-use graphic-oriented tools into the hands of the ladder users upon demand.
The app features an angle of inclination indicator which uses visual, sound, and vibration signals making it easier for workers and other users to set an extension ladder at the proper angle of approximately 75.5 degrees. The app also includes a “Selection” tool which provides an interactive and easy-to-use procedure to select the minimum required ladder duty-rating corresponding to the user characteristics and task.
Furthermore, the app features an “Inspection” tool which provides a comprehensive, graphic-based, interactive and easy-to-use checklist for ladder mechanical inspection. OSHA regulations and ANSI A14 standards include a set of rules for safe ladder use – the app’s “Proper Use” tool presents these rules in a clear graphic format, which is both informative and easy to understand.
Using smart phone technology, the NIOSH Ladder Safety app delivers free and easy-to-use ladder safety tools and information, reference materials, and training resources into the hands of individual ladder users wherever and when they are needed. The application is available in English and Spanish as a free download for Apple iPhone/iPad and Google Android devices.
NIOSH Ladder Safety App Screenshots
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In a recent article by the Health And Safety Institute, a case in Syracuse, New York showed why AED program management is important for any organization that is required by law to have automated external defibrillators on their premises.
A lawsuit brought against a Syracuse, NY health club, claimed that “two non-working AEDs…led to a member’s sudden cardiac death.” One of the AEDs had no battery, the other had a dead battery.
The case is against both the fitness club, and the device manufacturer.
What this underscores, is that it is not enough to simply install AEDs in your facility, and that an AED management program is required to ensure that businesses do not face these kinds of situations.
“There are a variety of reasons why AED programs fail. Equipment maintenance is certainly one of those reasons. This potential point-of-failure is one that can be easily prevented with the right tools and a trusted AED program services partner. A trusted partner can also help reduce risks by ensuring proper AED law compliance.”
Just like any other sophisticated piece of equipment, an AED requires care and maintenance in order to ensure that the device functions properly when it is needed. An AED management program keeps devices in good working order, with scheduled battery checks, important manufacturer software upgrades, training reminders, and any other routine maintenance that is required to ensure that when needed, staff know how to use the device, and above all that the device is able to do what it was intended for.
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