Originally published by Department of Industrial Relations: Newsline
April 21, 2016
Oakland—The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reports the number of Californians who died on the job decreased in 2014. A review of the past ten years indicates that workplace fatalities remain below the average rate of fatalities prior to 2008, when the last recession began.
“Every work-related fatality is a tragic reminder that worker deaths are preventable,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). “Safe and healthy working conditions and dedication to preventing workplace injuries and illnesses can save workers’ lives.”
There were 344 fatal injuries on the job in California in 2014, compared to 396 in 2013 and 375 in 2012. Data comes from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) which is conducted annually in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Figures for 2014 are the latest numbers available.
Key findings from the latest census in California include:
The high rate of workplace fatalities for Latinos continues to be an area the department is tracking closely. DIR over the past six years has increased workplace safety outreach and education to Spanish-speaking workers, with a focus on high-hazard work.
A table reflecting final data for 2014 for California is posted online. Detailed tables will be posted as soon as available from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The preliminary data was posted last September. Changes to the final data result from the identification of new cases and the revision of existing cases based on source documents received after the release of preliminary results. Beginning in 2016, the data will only be released once annually in the month of December.
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Confined Space Evaluation, Entry and Rescue
February 9, 2016 1-Day / .7 CEU
In this seminar, you will learn how to evaluate spaces to determine if they are permit-required confined spaces. You will also review the proper entry and rescue procedures into and from confined spaces. The following topics will be covered: development of a written program; training requirements for entry and rescue; inventory; monitoring; ventilation; permits; record keeping; retrieval; communication; contractors; and rescue team evaluation. The latest confined space equipment will be available for your inspection during the seminar.
Emergency Preparedness, Planning and Response
February 10, 2016 1-Day / .7 CEU
This workshop will provide a practical approach to planning, preparing and responding to an emergency. Topics covered include: OSHA/EPA/DOT requirements, training, written programs, checklists, Emergency Response Teams (ERT), evacuations, fire, hazmat, medical emergency, earthquake, tornado, bomb threat, incident command, NIMS, drills, equipment, inspection, post fall rescue, confined space rescue, record keeping, and more.
Lockout/Tagout (LO/TO) A - Z
February 11, 2016 1-Day / .7 CEU
Last year, OSHA most frequently gave citations in manufacturing for violation of LOTO (29CFR1910.147). This standard regulates the servicing and maintenance of equipment in which the unexpected energization or startup of the equipment, or release of stored energy could cause an injury. In this seminar, you will learn the A to Z on compliance with this regulation through the development and implementation of a practical written LOTO program, LOTO training program (initial and refresher) as well as equipment- specific LOTO procedures for equipment that does not meet the OSHA eight-point exclusion. You will also have a hands-on opportunity to test a wide range of LOTO devices.
Oakland—The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and Cal/OSHA has just announced the latest release of the free “Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry.” This publication allows workers, employers and supervisors to quickly reference key safety requirements detailed in clear, concise terms.
“This guide is our most requested Cal/OSHA publication,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “It is indexed to help employers and employees easily find the latest safety requirements on many topics related to construction, such as airborne contaminants, blasting, fall protection, heavy equipment, and multi-employer worksites.”
Included in the new edition are regulatory updates in subjects that include (but are not limited to):
OSHA has recently updated the guide to help employers and Safety professionals comply with the laws that keep workers safe.
The newly updated publication "Training Requirements in OSHA Standards" organizes training into 5 distinct categories:
Cal/OSHA Criminal Investigation of Worker’s Death Results in Prison Term for Construction Company Owner
From CalOSHA Reporter
San Jose--Cal/OSHA’s criminal investigation into the January 2012 cave-in death of a 36-year-old day laborer in Milpitas has resulted in prison for his employer and project manager. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William J. Monahan last Friday sentenced Richard Liu, owner of U.S Sino Investment, and project manager Dan Luo to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
On January 28, 2012, Raul Zapata was installing a concrete foundation for a retaining wall at a residential construction site on Calaveras Ridge Drive in Milpitas. The 12-foot high excavation wall collapsed, burying him alive. He died before rescue workers arrived. The death came three days after a city of Milpitas building inspector issued a stop-work notice to Luo for failure to provide shoring on the excavation.
“California employers must provide workers with the necessary protection and training so they can do their jobs safely,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Relations (DIR). “When our investigations uncover negligent behavior by employers, we exercise our full jurisdiction to protect workers – including referrals to district attorneys for prosecution.” Cal/OSHA is a division in DIR.
Cal/OSHA’s investigation determined that at the time of the incident, neither the victim nor other employees were wearing any head protection. Also, the excavation wall had not been shored up as required by law. Furthermore, the employer did not have a competent person for excavation on the jobsite to ensure that the wall was installed according to Cal/OSHA rules. Finally, Cal/OSHA noted that the employer had no workers’ compensation insurance at the time of the incident.
“When preventable deaths occur on the job, employers must be held accountable,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “Cal/OSHA worked closely with the Santa Clara District Attorney to ensure that criminal behavior in the workplace is addressed.”
Cal/OSHA’s civil investigation resulted in the issuance of six citations with penalties totaling $168,175 on June 12, 2012, including five citations for serious violations.
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