Four Workers Are Found Dead After Garage Collapse in Florida

Four workers who were working on a five-story parking garage in Doral, Fla. were found dead after the building collapsed on Oct. 10. The fourth fatally injured worker was found on Oct. 16.

Media reports have stated – without certainty of whether it was the root of the accident or not – that a crane struck the garage a few days prior to the collapse.

The President and CEO of Ajax Building Corp. along with the project’s contractor have pledged to find the cause of the tragedy.

“When the investigative process commences, we want to work alongside OSHA’s investigators to secure the site and make it safe,” William Byrne, president of Ajax Building Corp. said in an Oct. 12 statement. He stressed that Ajax Building Corp. has 54 years of experience and maintains “core values based on quality, safety and family.”

To read the full story, visit EHS Today.

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OSHA-NIOSH Nail Gun Guide Now Available in Spanish

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A popular OSHA-NIOSH PDF document titled Nail Gun Safety – A Guide for Construction Contractors is now also available in Spanish.

The document was originally created to help prevent work-related nail gun injuries that make up about 37,000 emergency room visits every year. The Spanish version will help increase awareness to a broader audience of the Spanish-speaking work force.

Important topics include unintended nail discharge, nails that bounce off a hard surface, and disabling the gun’s safety features.

To view the document in English, visit http://www.osha.gov/Publications/NailgunFinal_508_02_optimized.pdf.

To view the document in Spanish, visit http://www.osha.gov/Publications/NailGun3505_sp.pdf.

 

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OSHA’s Variances Page Is Enhanced

Are you familiar with OSHA’s variance approval process? If you are not, OSHA has recently updated their Variances page with two sections: Variance Program and Types of Variances.

According to OSHA, a variance is a regulatory action that permits an employer to deviate from the requirements of an OSHA standard under specified conditions. A variance does not provide an outright exemption from a standard, except in cases involving national defense as described in their page.

The different types of variances described in their page are:

1. Permanent

2. Temporary

3. Experimental

4. National Defense

5. Interim Order

6. Recordkeeping Variance

For more information or to view OSHA’s Variances page, visit http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/variances/index.html.

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Incidents To Learn From – Eye Protection

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Did you know?

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Every day around 1,000 eye injuries occur in American workplaces.

Not wearing eye protection, wearing the wrong type of protection, and removing machine guards are common problems in industry. On the bright side, the types of eye hazards we deal with are very easy to control.

How can eye injuries be prevented?

The solution is easy; don’t modify your equipment and always wear eye protection when using power tools and chemicals!

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Interactive Heat Fatalities Map & App by OSHA Help As Safety Reminder

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Sun ImageWhile many parts of the country have felt the change of seasons already, Florida is not-surprisingly one that lags behind. For those of us in the sunshine state, working outside consists of high humidity and temperature levels until almost the end of the year.

If your job consists of outdoor work, however, it is very important to stay cool and hydrated at all times. As part of their Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, OSHA has now included a Heat Fatalities Map. The map shows examples of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. from 2009 to 2012. For each fatality, basic information about the type of workplace, work task, and work conditions is provided if available.

Another way to actively ensure heat-stress safety for you and all your employees, you can now download OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool App. This mobile app helps measure head index for your work site, displays risk levels, and provides protective measures for everyone at risk to follow.

To order any of OSHA’s materials that are part of this campaign, visit the website at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html, call OSHA’s Office of Communications at (202) 693-1999 or visit OSHA’s Publications page.

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Nail Salon Safety Supported by OSHA

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Nail SalonSecretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis promoted nail salon safety at OSHA Harwood grantee event on September 27 with Vietnamese nail salon workers and local community leaders in Falls Church, VA.

The OSHA Susan Harwood grantee Boat People SOS hosted the event. They are a national organization that provides assistance to workers for the Vietnamese-American community on workplace safety and workers’ rights.

For workers in the industry, there is a webpage by OSHA on nail salon safety with different resources including a guide called “Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers” which is sectioned in three parts: chemicals, ergonomics, and biological hazards. You can view the document in both, English and Vietnamese.

For the English version, visit, http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3542nail-salon-workers-guide.pdf

For the Vietnamese version, visit, http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3558_vietnamese.pdf

To order a free copy of the PDF File, call the Office of Communications at 202-693-1999 or visit OSHA’s Publications page.

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Entering the Department of Labor’s Worker Safety and Health Challenge?

The Department of Labor has created a Workplace Safety and Health Challenge, a competition to develop tools that can help workers recognize and prevent workplace safety and health hazards. Everyone with some technology interest, including students, is encouraged to participate.

The deadline for submissions is November 30.

Successful entries could take many different forms:

  • Interactive and informative games, social or professional networking sites; or
  • Data visualization tools that teach young people about safety and health hazards.

All submissions can be designed for any of the following formats: internet browsers, smartphones, feature phones, social media platforms, or as native Windows or Macintosh applications.

There will be a panel of judges that will include Secretary Solis, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, co-hosts of the popular Discovery Channel show “Myth Busters”.

The awards will be given in different categories:

  1. “Safety in the Workplace Innovator Award” of $15,000
  2. “Safety and Health Data Award” of $6,000
  3. “Workers’ Rights Award” of $6,000
  4. “People’s Choice Award” of $3,000 for the developer of the app that receives the most public votes on the website.

For more information on entering, watch a short video on YouTube, visit the challenge page, and read Dr. Michaels’ blog.

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Worker Safety Oversight Is Shared Between OSHA & Hawaii

The Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie and OSHA Regional Administrator, Ken Nishiyama Atha signed an agreement to temporarily share oversight for worker safety and health in the state. This was due to a need to bridge a gap in training and staff capacity and a 2010 Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation report issued by OSHA that questioned the state’s program. The agreement lists additional mandatory training opportunities for HIOSHA staff, temporary federal jurisdiction over some industries, and other elements aimed at returning the Hawaii state plan program to compliance with federal standards.

For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/stateprogs/hawaii.html.

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New OSHA Training Institute Education Centers Are Announced

OSHA has recently announced the renewal of 24 existing OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers, along with four new ones. The purpose of the current training centers is to provide training courses on OSHA standards and occupational safety and health issues, and additional outlets for safety and health training with the new ones.

The OTI Education Centers program was created in 1992 and have been providing nationwide training to private sectors and federal personnel from agencies outside of OSHA. By the end of fiscal year 2012, more than 40,000 people were trained through this training.

The OSHA Outreach Training Program is assisted by the OTI Education Centers and serve as the principal provider of Outreach Training Program trainer courses including all train-the-trainer topic areas that certifies them to teach 10-hour or 30-hour courses. During fiscal years from 2010 to 2012, more than two million people were trained through this program.

“This year, we have seen record numbers of requests for occupational safety and health training from the private sector and federal agency personnel,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “The renewal of OTI’s Education Centers and the addition of four new centers will help OSHA to meet this demand and deliver life-saving training to our country’s employers and workers.”

It’s important to note that the OTI Education Centers courses are not mandatory by OSHA and does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards. OSHA doesn’t provide funding to the OTI Education Centers, as each location supports its training through tuition and fee structures.

To view the list of the current and new OTI Education Centers, visit http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23058.

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Floridians: Are You Familiar With Pedestrian Laws?

Most people in the state don’t realize that as a driver, you are required to yield to pedestrian in all instances. This is an interesting read that talks about different pedestrian laws in the state of Florida:

To read the article, visit http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-pedestrian-safety-myword-092712-20120926,0,1815246.story.

 

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