Bowling Lane Worker Strangled by Pin Setting Machine


According to a press release from OSHA, a bowling lane worker was strangled to death by his own hooded sweatshirt. His sweatshirt got caught in the pin setting machine asphyxiating the 53-year-old worker, husband, father and grandfather.

The pin setting machine did not have the machine guard in place. OSHA issued 8 safety violations related to the pin setting machines.

Northwest Lanes, according to OSHA, had no lockout/tagout program in place to prevent machines from starting while workers were still working on them.

Here’s the original OSHA press release.

Head of Chemical Safety Board Resigns

We talked about the accusations made against Rafael Moure-Eraso head of the US Chemical Safety Board in a previous post. The accusations and call for resignation date back to March 8th 2015. Rafael Moure-Eraso’s term was due to expire in June and Obama has already nominated Vanessa Sutherland, a lawyer for the pipeline safety office to take over the job so Rafael’s resignation will only move up the time table by a couple of months.

What changes Vanessa Sutherland will make to the office of the Chemical Safety Board have yet to be determined.


Invent a Better Alcohol Sensor and Win $200,000

The National Health Institute (NHI) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have partner and thrown down the gauntlet. The challenge? To wearable, real time alcohol sensor. The prize? Besides bragging rights… $200,000.

What they’re looking for is an inconspicuous sensor that can look like jewelry, a badge or something that lies in contact with the skin and that can “measure blood alcohol level, interpret and store the data, or transmit it to a smartphone or other device by wireless transmission.

Sensors presently available on the market are too bulky and only measure alcohol levels every half hour.

Think you might have the winning entry? Check out the NIH website to read more about the contest and how to submit your sensor.

Getting Injured Will Cost You

A new OSHA report entitled “Adding inequality to injury: The costs of failing to protect workers on the job” highlights the high cost of injuries on the job, not only to the employer but to the worker himself.

Take a look at this graphic taken from the report (p. 6):


Pretty scary isn’t it? According to the report “The costs of workplace injuries are borne primarily by injured workers, their families, and taxpayer-supported components of the social safety net. Changes in state based workers’ compensation insurance programs have made it increasingly difficult for injured workers to receive the full benefits (including adequate wage-replacement payments and coverage for medical expenses) to which they are entitled. Employers now provide only a small percentage (about 20%) of the overall financial cost of workplace injuries and illnesses through workers’ compensation.

The full report is 20 pages and can be downloaded here.

Scaffold Collapse in Raleigh NC kills 3, injures at least one other

A scaffold platform fell from a construction site in Raleigh North Carolina yesterday as workers for the scaffolding company were  dismantling it.  The scaffold platform was 11 stories up and crashed into the Charter Square Project below. It is thought that four workers were on the scaffold at the time. Another workers was thought to be in the portable toilet when a piece of the scaffolding crushed it.

It is unclear at this time who was killed and where they were at the time of the accident.

Part of the scaffolding crashed through the glass wall of the building across the street, sticking out and hanging over the street below.

The collapse occured as employees of Associated Scaffolding were working on dismantling the mast climbers which is used to get workers up and down on the scaffold.


CDC Not Practicing What They Preach

The purpose of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is to control diseases and keep them from spreading or so it would seem from the name of the organization. Turns out, however, that the CDC gets a fail grade on lab procedures and house keeping that would, in fact, keep diseases from spreading.

An independent evaluation of the CDC concluded

Prompting this investigation of the CDCs safety procedures is a set of lab accidents this past year in handling Anthrax, Bird Flu and Ebola. Fortunately no one was hurt but that, apparently had more to do with luck than anything that CDC might have put together to protect its workers.

Additionally, workers at the CDC are afraid to report problems and safety violations for fear of repercussions.

that measures are being taken to rectify these problems stating that additional safety training is being scheduled and new safety measures are now in place.

I don’t know about you but I’m sure I’ll sleep better at night knowing this!


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Hold the Mustard (Infographic)

OSHA has received some 28 complaints from 19 different cities from McDonald’s workers who allege they have suffered severe burns on the job. They claim that hot oil combined with a pressure to move fast (too fast, they claim) create an environment ripe for burns. Add to this the fact that oil gets spilled on the floor  and you can see where burn injuries might be high.

One-third (33%) of all burn victims say that their manager suggested wholly inappropriate treatments for burns, including condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, butter, or ketchup, instead of burn cream.” – Hart Research Associates