Safety and OSHA News

OSHA case study: How some companies still flout safety to gain economic advantage

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re part of an effort to ensure employee safety, and the company you work for supports that. But, in a case recounted by an OSHA official at ASSP’s annual conference, there are still some companies out there that flagrantly disregard safety.  [Read more…]

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Top 10 causes of disabling workplace injuries and their costs

Why is workplace safety a good business investment? Because the alternative is costly, to the tune of almost $60 billion a year, as this new report shows.  [Read more…]

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Worker struck by front-end loader; $22.5K OSHA fine for fatality

In one three-state region of the U.S., 15% of all workplace fatalities in the last five years have been caused by struck-by incidents – usually a vehicle hitting a worker who is on foot. One such recent fatality has resulted in a five-figure OSHA fine.  [Read more…]

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Bizarre accident: Man struck, killed by excavator

Struck-by injuries aren’t unusual in construction. But the manner in which a piece of equipment was set in motion makes this case more unusual. [Read more…]

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Bizarre accident: Man killed in wood chipping incident was decapitated

Authorities have corrected earlier reports that said a worker on a team clearing debris in Nevada City, CA, had been killed in a wood chipper. The machine was involved in the fatality, but the worker was not pulled into it. [Read more…]

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Repeat citations, different locations: $104K fine

OSHA is carrying through with its new policy to treat similar violations at different facilities owned by the same company as repeat violations. [Read more…]

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Job site lacked safety leadership: Worker killed

Safety inspectors say a lack of training and safety leadership on a job site contributed to the death of a worker.  [Read more…]

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Woman dies after being struck by fire hose

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 10% of all workplace deaths are caused by employees being struck by objects or equipment. [Read more…]

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Lighter side of safety: Do struck-by hazards exist in space?

If you have employees who work at heights, you’ve probably warned them to properly secure tools so no one below suffers a “struck-by” injury. Recently, an astronaut found out dropping tools in space produces a much different result. [Read more…]

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