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- Facility Wide Lockout Procedures and Arc Flash NFPA 70E Labeling – Erie, PA
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Safety in the News:(click on newspaper to read story)
…”Bumble Bee Foods and two managers were charged by Los Angeles prosecutors Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna…”
…”a 15-year service department veteran, was flown by emergency medical helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after being struck by a vehicle while repairing a mailbox…”
…”It’s unacceptable that (the company) failed to ensure adequate machine guards were in use and that the equipment was properly deenergized,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Companies must implement safeguards, create a culture of safety and ensure OSHA regulations are followed to ensure that no employee is injured or killed on the job.”
OSHA issued one willful citation for failure to ensure machine guarding was provided to protect the operator and other employees working in the machine area from its hazards. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for, or plain indifference to, employee safety and health…”
“…One willful violation was cited for failure to ensure protective equipment was used while operating the circuit breaker with the cover removed thus exposing workers to electrical shock, arc blast and flash hazards. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.
Additionally, seven serious violations were cited, including:
1. Failing to implement electrical safety-related work practices and use protective shields, barriers and insulating materials that would protect employees performing energized tasks.
2. Reenergizing circuits before determining conditions were safe to do so.
3. Failing to conduct air test on insulating rubber gloves prior to use and to electrically test gloves every six months.
4. Failing to conduct periodic inspections of machinery.
5. Lack of training in safety-related electrical work practices specific to their job assignments.
6. Re-energizing circuits before determining that the equipment and circuit could be safety energized…”
“…”Allowing workers to be exposed to live electricity without enforcing electrical safe work practices is inexcusable,” said Bill McDonald, OSHA’s area director in St. Louis. “Employers, such as St. Louis Cold Drawn, have a responsibility to train workers in safe electrical work practices, such as recognizing unsafe conditions when exposed to hazards.”
As a result of the fatality inspection, OSHA cited 19 serious safety violations. Several relate directly to safe electrical work practices, such as exposing workers to live electricity; open grounding of electrical equipment; using electrical equipment in disrepair; failing to train workers who may be exposed to electrical shock on safe work practices and lockout procedures for equipment; and not providing personal protective equipment for workers exposed to the danger of electrical shock or arc flash.
Other serious violations included lack of machine-specific lockout procedures, no annual inspection of the lockout program, missing lockout devices, multiple instances of locks not being placed on machines to prevent unintentional energization and lack of machine guarding. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists…”
“…(The Company), a precast concrete products manufacturer, has been cited for eight safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a temporary worker was fatally crushed at the company’s Aurora concrete batch plant while working alone in a permit-required confined space on July 20, 2013…
OSHA issued four willful citations involving the worker’s entry into the concrete mixer’s discharge hopper, including failure to:
1. Inform employees of the existence, location and danger posed by the concrete mixer and discharge hopper.
2. Ensure the concrete mixer and discharge hopper were isolated from the hazards of the concrete mixing system and associated process materials prior to employee entry.
3. As part of the isolation process, ensure that the concrete mixer’s pneumatically powered discharge gate was deenergized and locked out prior to employee entry.
4. Prepare an entry permit and provide an attendant for employee entry.
A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for, or plain indifference to, employee safety and health…”
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