Last week OSHA had issued a statement making clear their intent of citing and fining Vos Electric after an employee was killed on a construction site in April of this year. However, after a meeting with company officials, OSHA has reversed course and deleted the citation and fine.
From OSHA. gov, Crespac Inc. in Tucker, Ga., has been cited with 34 safety and health violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Proposed penalties total $266,400.
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While upgrades to personal safety equipment and increased vigilance on the part of workers is critical to maintaining an injury-free workplace, it must not be forgotten that creating an atmosphere where safety can flourish is often in large part in the hands of risk managers and the policies that they enact at their respective organizations.
The release of NFPA 70E-2009 has introduced several changes that directly impact the habits and practices of those workers who service energized electrical circuits. In particular, several provisions have been made in order to prevent injury related to arc flash.
Electrical safety is a prime consideration of any contractor, employee or risk manager working in an industry where high voltages are a fact of life. Whether it is on the floor of a packaging plant, perched in a cherry picker in front of a utility pole, or even installing a 220v line in a new home, electrical contractors must remain vigilant in order to avoid the kinds of serious injuries that could result from even a momentary lapse of attention near an energized circuit.
The very idea of a global pandemic is enough to cause universal concern – not just amongst risk managers at corporations worried about losing a large percentage of their workforce for a potentially extended period of time, but also amongst the general population, including employees and their families. In fact, a sizable aspect of risk management at all levels of pandemic preparation includes dealing with panic and misinformation. Recent scares such as H1N1 flu have thrown this reality into a harsh light, especially as the media continues to amplify coverage regarding a possible resurgence in flu cases.
Risk managers should be aware that many of the traditional attitudes of the typical American work force can actually increase the likelihood of a pandemic spreading throughout the population. Although these behaviors are ingrained in our society, it is up to managers to communicate to their employees that in the event of a pandemic threat, certain changes and allowances will be made that contradict “business as usual” from an HR perspective.