Fall Prevention vs Fall Protection
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:47

"Fall protection has long been an area of concern for safety professionals. OSHA recently reported that fall protection violations were the most commonly cited infractions in the American workplace—in fact, three of the top ten most cited standards are related to falls.

4 Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this education session, the participant should be able to:

  • Recognize ways to reduce the three most common kinds of ladder-related accidents and injuries.
  • Identify recent advancements in climbing equipment that will reduce risks on the job.
  • Improve workplace safety training by utilizing free live and online resources.
  • Demonstrate teaching techniques that will improve safety training among coworkers."

DATE: September 4, 2014

TIME: 2:00PM


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Looking Ahead with Proper Eye Irrigation
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:44

"Workplace safety is a growing concern to employers. Stringent regulation, increased employee health education and awareness have led to advancements in processes, safety procedures and first-aid protocols to better treat the injured.

This movement has had a profound impact on the emergency equipment industry.A prime example of these advancements is the eyewash.

During the first half of the 20th century, the commercial eyewash was invented. Urban legend has it that an industrial plant manager devised the first "steady stream" eyewash by adapting two drinking fountain bubbler heads and valves mounted to opposing sides of a sink."

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Press Release – FAA Issues Emergency Order of Revocation Against MARPAT Aviation
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:39

"The FAA issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against MARPAT Aviation of Switzer, W. Va. for allegedly violating Federal Aviation Regulations related to holding a Rotorcraft External-Load Operator Certificate.

The FAA alleges MARPAT conducted external load operations in support of firefighting when it was not qualified to do so. External load operations involve using cables to hoist, lower and carry objects or people.According to the FAA, the company failed to have a qualified chief pilot, falsified an application for renewal of its Rotorcraft External-Load Operator Certificate and refused to comply with repeated FAA instructions to amend its flight manual. The company operated the aircraft in a careless or reckless manner that endangered lives or property, the FAA alleges.

The Emergency Order of Revocation is effective immediately, and the company cannot conduct external load flights while the emergency order is in effect.

MARPAT surrendered its certificate."

National Safety Council Estimates Nearly 400 Fatalities in Car Crashes during Labor
Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:41

"The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to a news release. The period for consideration begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. They also estimate that 144 lives could be saved over the period by buckling up.

“Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer activities – it should be a time of celebration,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC, in the statement. “Unfortunately, this weekend will be a time of tragedy for hundreds of families that experience a preventable fatality on our NSC has given the following recommendations to make for a safer Labor Day weekend: refrain from using cellphones – handheld or hands-free – because there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving; do not manipulate in-vehicle infotainment systems or electronic devices, including GPS systems, while the vehicle is in motion; make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size; allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed; drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather; designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi."


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CSB Warns About Danger of Hot Work on Tanks Containing Biological or Organic Material
Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:39


"CSB Chairperson Moure-Eraso has released a statement regarding the dangers of working in hot conditions on tanks containing biological or organic matter. His statement lists three serious hot work incidents that all involved fatalities:

  • On July 28, 2014, a tank explosion at the Omega Protein facility in Moss Point, Mississippi, killed one contract worker and severely injured another. The tank contained eight inches of stickwater, and the explosion blew the lid off of the tank.
  • Three workers were killed on July 29, 2008 at the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) while performing hot work on a catwalk above an 80-foot-tall tank of “white water,” which is a slurry of pulp fiber waste and water. Hydrogen-producing bacteria were later discovered in the tank, and when this hydrogen gas ignited, it ripped open the tank lid, sending the workers to their death.
  • On February 16, 2009, a welding contractor was killed while repairing a water clarifier tank at the ConAgra Foods facility in Boardman, Oregon when a tank producing flammable gas exploded.Moure-Eraso says that these tragedies underscore the “extreme importance of careful hot work planning, hazard evaluation and procedures for all storage tanks, whether or not flammable material is expected to be present.”

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