Tag Archives: fatality

Life can change in an instance

That title might be cliche, but when it comes to safety, it is true. We have recently had the unfortunate opportunity to investigate several serious injuries. Some injuries could be prevented if the employee took one second or ten seconds … Continue reading

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OSHA New Injury Reporting Requirement

Federal OSHA has implemented new injury reporting requirements as of January 1, 2015:  you must report any fatality to OSHA within 8 hours (that has not changed).  In-patient hospitalization of one employee (used to be three employees), amputation or loss … Continue reading

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Workers should enjoy Thanksgiving

There has been quite a bit in the papers recently about Black Friday and how early stores will be opening.  There are only a few holidays where stores are closed and workers can spend with their families.  Personally, we would … Continue reading

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“An Unprotected Trench is an Early Grave”

Despite regulations and hundreds of fatalities, employees still work in unprotected trenches.   OSHA has had a trench emphasis for years, with many documented cases of inspectors pulling workers out of a trench to educate them about the hazards, only to … Continue reading

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Work related fatality rates decline

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis stated: “A single worker hurt or killed on the job is one too many. While a decrease in the number of fatal work injuries is encouraging, we cannot–and will not–relent from our continued strong enforcement … Continue reading

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Work related fatality rates decline

Call Before You Dig

In Minnesota, Gopher State One call makes it easy to get utility locates before any digging is done. Whether you are an excavator or just doing a project at home, Gopher State One Call should be contacted at least two … Continue reading

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Did he drink a sports drink or an acid?

The recent edition of Minnesota Safety Lines relates a fatality report: an employee drank what he thought was a sports drink–the label and bottle were that of a sports drink (Gatorade), the contents were a light blue liquid and it … Continue reading

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Confined Space Hazard Alert

Jabin Lakes, a Middletown, Ohio Public Works employee, was killed on May 7 from lack of oxygen when he opened a manhole cover, in preparation for sending a camera into the sanitary sewer line in front of Air Products and … Continue reading

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OSHA Fatalities

In 2008 there were 65 work related fatalities in Minnesota.  While that number is down from 2007, that is still 65 people who never went home to their families.  Transportation related accidents make up the highest percentage of work related … Continue reading

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Trenches, Excavations and Fatalities

A recent presentation by MN OSHA reviewed hazards associated with trench work and three trench-related fatalities.  There has been at least one trench fatality per year in Minnesota.  In the last four years, there have been five fatalities in trenches … Continue reading

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