Be forewarned. This video is kind of gory. Dubbed into English, this video was originally filmed in German. Have a look.
According to a press release from OSHA, a bowling lane worker was strangled to death by his own hooded sweatshirt. His sweatshirt got caught in the pin setting machine asphyxiating the 53-year-old worker, husband, father and grandfather.
The pin setting machine did not have the machine guard in place. OSHA issued 8 safety violations related to the pin setting machines.
Northwest Lanes, according to OSHA, had no lockout/tagout program in place to prevent machines from starting while workers were still working on them.
Here’s the original OSHA press release.
We talked about the accusations made against Rafael Moure-Eraso head of the US Chemical Safety Board in a previous post. The accusations and call for resignation date back to March 8th 2015. Rafael Moure-Eraso’s term was due to expire in June and Obama has already nominated Vanessa Sutherland, a lawyer for the pipeline safety office to take over the job so Rafael’s resignation will only move up the time table by a couple of months.
What changes Vanessa Sutherland will make to the office of the Chemical Safety Board have yet to be determined.
According to the rumor, a worker in Denmark was fired after posting photos on social media of the unsafe conditions on the site he was working on.
The photos are posted on the Imgur website. Have a look for yourself. What do you think?
The National Health Institute (NHI) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have partner and thrown down the gauntlet. The challenge? To wearable, real time alcohol sensor. The prize? Besides bragging rights… $200,000.
What they’re looking for is an inconspicuous sensor that can look like jewelry, a badge or something that lies in contact with the skin and that can “measure blood alcohol level, interpret and store the data, or transmit it to a smartphone or other device by wireless transmission.”
Sensors presently available on the market are too bulky and only measure alcohol levels every half hour.
Think you might have the winning entry? Check out the NIH website to read more about the contest and how to submit your sensor.
A new OSHA report entitled “Adding inequality to injury: The costs of failing to protect workers on the job” highlights the high cost of injuries on the job, not only to the employer but to the worker himself.
Take a look at this graphic taken from the report (p. 6):
Pretty scary isn’t it? According to the report “The costs of workplace injuries are borne primarily by injured workers, their families, and taxpayer-supported components of the social safety net. Changes in state based workers’ compensation insurance programs have made it increasingly difficult for injured workers to receive the full benefits (including adequate wage-replacement payments and coverage for medical expenses) to which they are entitled. Employers now provide only a small percentage (about 20%) of the overall financial cost of workplace injuries and illnesses through workers’ compensation.”
The full report is 20 pages and can be downloaded here.
A scaffold platform fell from a construction site in Raleigh North Carolina yesterday as workers for the scaffolding company were dismantling it. The scaffold platform was 11 stories up and crashed into the Charter Square Project below. It is thought that four workers were on the scaffold at the time. Another workers was thought to be in the portable toilet when a piece of the scaffolding crushed it.
It is unclear at this time who was killed and where they were at the time of the accident.
Part of the scaffolding crashed through the glass wall of the building across the street, sticking out and hanging over the street below.
The collapse occured as employees of Associated Scaffolding were working on dismantling the mast climbers which is used to get workers up and down on the scaffold.