Snow Plugs Exhaust and Kills Mother and Son

Felix Bonilla had no idea, when he left his home that day that it would end so tragically. When he got stuck in the massive snow storm that hit New Jersey among other states this past weekend, Felix left his family inside the car to keep warm while he tried to clear the snow in order to get moving again.

No one seemed to notice that the snow was blocking the tail pipe pushing causing deadly Carbon Monoxide to back up into the car. When Felix when to check on his family he found his wife and two children unresponsive.

Neighbors tried to perform CPR as paramedics rushed to the scene. Mrs. Bonilla and their 1-year old son was later pronounced dead. Their 3-year old daughter is currently in critical condition, fighting for her life.

With severe winter storms this winter, it’s important for people to realize that the tail pipe of the vehicle needs to be properly cleared if the vehicle is running. Even if no one is in the vehicle, carbon monoxide can still accumulate and cause the driver problems when he or she gets back into the vehicle. Always check to make sure the exhaust is clear before starting up the car when there is snow around it.

 


Why You Should Never Drive a Forklift with the Mast Raised

You should never drive a forklift with the mast raised. There are several reasons for this. One of the reasons is that you might accidentally impale something simply because you can’t look up and drive at the same time which means your gaze is straight ahead instead of up where the forks are.

Besides that, driving with the mast up drastically changes the center of gravity which puts you at risk of tipping the whole thing over.

Check out this video to see what we’re talking about here.

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Free Workplace Safety Quizzes

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Do you want to test your knowledge of safety in a particular area? How about testing your employees to make sure they know what they need to know to stay safe in the workplace?

OSHA presently has 7 quizzes on their “Free Workplace Safety Quiz Page

They are as follows:

List of quizzes:

The site promises more to come (10 – 20 is their estimate).


New App for People who Struggle with Suicidal Thoughts

The number one cause of death among teenagers in Utah is suicide and it has Utah State Senator, Daniel Thatcher concerned enough to do something about it.

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The State of Utah has created a smartphone app entitled “SafeUT Crisis and Safety” designed to keep crucial hot line numbers right there on their screen.

The hope is that, while a teen in crisis isn’t going to take the time to Google “suicide crisis phone number” along with their state when they are feeling suicidal, they just might dial the hot line suicide number if it’s already on their phone and readily available.

A simple tap on the app will connect them to a 24-hour crisis counselor whom they can talk to when life seems at it’s worse. Counselors can follow up with the student if the student desires. Everything remains confidential.

Presently only available in Utah, one can only hope that all other states follow suit.



NECA PPE Selector App

From the necanet.org press release

Based on 2015 NFPA 70E to Help Field and Office Personnel Stay Safe

NECA_PPE_App_2015_iconThe National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) announces the release of its 2015 Personal Protect Equipment (PPE) Selector App, based on the 2015 edition of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and designed after NECA’s popular print publication, NECA’s NFPA 70E PPE Selector.

The app is available for $9.99 in iTunes and Google Play stores for both mobile and tablet devices.

“NECA is very excited about this version of the PPE Selector app and the information provided to personnel. By providing the rubber glove charts in addition to the clothing and equipment provided in PPE categories, an electrician can easily determine what he or she needs to wear while working around energized equipment,” Wes Wheeler, NECA Director of Safety.

PPE_deviceThis popular guide was developed by NECA to assist the industry in understanding and applying the personal protective requirements of NFPA 70E and it has become one of NECA’s best-selling publications due to its practicality and design which facilitates employees make sure all safety work practices are applied. The content is based on the information contained in the standard. This guide is not designated as a replacement for the NFPA standard but only to serve as a quick reference for contractors working in the field.

NECA is very excited about this version of the PPE Selector app and the information provided to personnel. By providing the rubber glove charts in addition to the clothing and equipment provided in PPE categories, an electrician can easily determine what he or she needs to wear while working around energized equipment,” Wes Wheeler, NECA Director Safety.

This easy-to-use and informative app is meant to help electricians and supervisors determine the appropriate personal protective equipment to wear when there is a need to work around energized circuits.

By providing the Risk Assessment guidelines found in NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace for shock and arc flash hazards, personnel can now choose the right PPE for the tasks they will be performing.

Priced at $9.99, the new 2015 NECA Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Selector app is available for sale through the iTunes and Google Play stores for both mobile and tablet devices, visit necanet.org/PPEapp for more information and/or to download the app




EMTs not “Licensed Healthcare Profesionals”

Jeff Bezo, president and CEO of Amazon, was sent a letter by the U.S. Department of Labor a couple of weeks ago warning him to stop using AMCARE, their in-plant medical unit which is staffed with EMTs to provide medical care. EMTs are only supposed to provide first aid, nothing more.

In the letter the DOL states “After reviewing relevant facts pertaining to this case, it has been determined the AMCARE is providing medical care beyond first aid.” The letter goes on to specify that EMTs are not licensed to practice medical care independently as per the state laws. “AMCARE personnel were providing medical care beyond what is allowed by their licensing and certification without the supervision of a board certified qualified medical professional licensed to practice independently.”

Bottom line is that EMTs are only allowed to provide first aid as well as provide referrals to an outside health care provider when necessary.

You can read the entire warning letter here.


Beware of Email Fraud from DOL

Have you received an email from the Department of Labor recently? If the subject matter is “OSHA Regulations – Avoid being fined” it’s a scam.

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OSHA has warned people that even though the email looks like it’s from the DOL, it isn’t. Do not open the email and do not click on any links in the email.