Tag Archives: workplace 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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Bypassing safety doesn’t save time or money

I just read  a recent OSHA news release about two employees who were killed and another who was severely burned at a US Steel plant in Alabama.  The article said “Management knew that attempting to operate the valve while the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Workplace Fatalities Up in 2012

Minnesota OSHA has updated the Fatality and Serious Injury Investigation Summary for 2012.  You can find it here. Seventy Minnesota workers never went home last year.  According to the US Census on Fatal Occupational Injuries, Minnesota had a preliminary 70 … Continue reading

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New OSHA website provides information on preventing backover incidents

I was surprised to read how many workers die from being backed over.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 70 workers died from backover incidents in 2011. A backover incident occurs when a backing vehicle strikes a worker … Continue reading

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Lockout/Tagout

Lockout/tagout refers to securing tools and equipment when they are being repaired to reduce or eliminate the chance of accidental release of energy.  What that means is that if you are working on equipment that could accidentally start up, or … Continue reading

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When workplace violence happens

First, our sympathies go out to the families and staff of Accent Signage in Minneapolis who were affected by the tragic shootings last week.  It appears that a just-fired employee killed four employees and a delivery driver and seriously wounded … Continue reading

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Dangers of Hot Work – New Chemical Safety Board Video

Hot work is welding, cutting or grinding done near flammable vapors.  Some companies require hot work permits any time hot work is done outside a welding bay.  The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new video on hot work, focusing … Continue reading

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Grounds maintenance work halted in National Parks

A National Parks Service maintenance employee died in May 2012 when his mower went over an embankment. The parks service suspended mowing operations until mowing procedures and safety can be reviewed. According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study, … Continue reading

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Safety tip: Reporting an accident

Employers are required by law to report occupational accidents – in which an employee is killed or three or more are hospitalized – to OSHA within eight hours.  You must also report a serious (possibly life threatening) accident to Minnesota … Continue reading

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Window Washing Standard–New for Minnesota

Minnesota OSHA has issued new rules for window washing operations, effective March 1, 2012.  MNOSHA has investigated three fatalities related to window washing.  According to their press release: The new Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) standard is designed … Continue reading

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