2016 Top Ten OSHA Safety Violations

Once again OSHA has released it’s list of the top ten violations for the year so far. The 2017 top ten reads as follows:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements, 6,072 violations
  2. Hazard Communication, 4,176 violations
  3. Scaffolding, 3,288 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection, 3,097 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 2,877 violations
  6. Ladders, 2,241 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, 2,162 violations
  8. Machine Guarding, 1,933 violations
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements, 1,523 violations
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods, 1,405 violations

Compare with last years’…

  1. Fall Protection, 6,929 violations
  2. Hazard Communication, 5,677 violations
  3. Scaffolds, 3,906 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection, 3,585 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 3,414 violations
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 2,860 violations
  7. Ladders, 2,639 violations
  8. Machine Guarding, 2,451 violations
  9. Electrical Wiring, 1,940 violations
  10. Electrical, General Requirements, 1,704 violations

The list shows no change in the top 5 and little change in the rest of the list except the new entry of the fall protection training which would lead us to believe that OSHA is now looking at fining companies for not providing adequate fall protection training as a way to reduce the number of violations in the fall protection category.  It will be interesting to see if this new approach will finally knock fall protection violations out of the #1 spot where it has been for many years now.


Missouri Department of Transportation Uses Humor to Remind Drivers about Safety

Getting anyone to pay attention to road signs advocating and encouraging highway safety might seem like an exercise in futility. Missouri, however, just said “Challenge excepted!”.

Instead of trying to simply remind people to buckle up or not to text while driving or even to move over into the right lane so that the left lane can be used, as it should be, for passing, the Missouri Department of Transportation decided to use humor.

Here’s a sample of what they came up with…

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Who is responsible?

Was Oppenheimer responsible for the deaths his deadly toy caused or was it the pilot who dropped the bomb, or the general who gave the order to drop it or the president who gave that order to the general?

To what degree are we responsible and accountable for the misuse of the technology we create?

These are questions that advocates of road safety want to start asking of cell phone manufacturers, internet providers and app makers. If you have the technology to stop people from texting and driving, are you morally responsible to make sure that technology is incorporated into the cell phones you sell?

To date, the most that has been done, mostly by third parties rather than by the cell phone manufacturers is that a few anti distracted driving campaigns have been run and a few apps have been created that are mostly voluntary and easily bypassed by a driver who wishes to ignore them.

To make matters worse, cell phone usage is dramatically increasing day to day. Talks about texting and driving or talking while driving are discussions that are now relegated to a distant past. Today’s cell phone users are using Facebook (including Face time), Skyping, tweeting, instagramming, snapchatting, gaming and surfing the Internet, all while changing lanes and dealing with other drivers who are doing the same. It’s a recipe for disaster and that particular recipe is baking up a cake that we aren’t prepared to eat.

The most recent statistics tell us that in the USA, 11 teenagers die every day because they were, in one way or another, distracted by their cell phone while driving. Of the approximate 2.5 million accidents each year, 1.6 million of them are thought to be attributed to distracted driving.

Interestingly enough, while most of us (90 some percent) admit to using our cell phones while driving, 74%-94% of drivers support a ban on cell phone usage while behind the wheel (the 20% variance has to do with the degree of the ban).

Do you understand what this discrepancy between what we do and what we say means? It means that, while we support a ban on cell phone usage while driving we also admit that we don’t have the discipline and fortitude to patrol ourselves and not do it. We believe that we shouldn’t be doing it and we do it nonetheless.

This brings us full circle from where we began at the beginning of this post. If we can’t find the strength of will not to do it should it be forced on us by cell phone manufacturers and internet providers? The technology does exist. Cell phones could cease to function as soon as certain speed is detected. Allowing passengers to access and use their phones while still blocking the driver’s phone, while still somewhat problematic, can be overcome.

So why isn’t it happening seeing as a vast majority of us actually favor it? The answer, as usual, has to do with profits.  The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) are two lobby groups who are lobbying Washington to block the Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for Portable and Aftermarket Devices. These two groups are comprised of over 2,000 companies who stand to lose money if this bill is passed. Companies like Apple, Verizon, Google, Samsung and other telecommunication giants who stand to lose money any time you log off are trying to get congress and President Trump to vote down or veto the bill. They would rather we stay online even if it means an increase in lives lost because of distracted driving.

Let’s hear your thoughts on this…


Safety Training for Millenials

Have you got Millenials working for you? Havve you noticed that they don’t respond or function the way your older employees do? You can bemoan and complain and be stuck in a never ending cycle because, whether you like it or not they aren’t going to change or you can adapt.

Our friends at Convergence Training have put together a little something to help you make that change. Check it out at https://www.convergencetraining.com/blog/safety-training-for-millennials.

 


Puget Safety now a division of National Safety, Inc.

Kent, WA – National Safety, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Puget Safety Equipment Company in Bellingham, WA. This acquisition adds a third location to National Safety, the other two being in Kent WA where the company was founded in 1995 as well as Vancouver WA.

National Safety was founded in Kent in 1995 and has grown into a well-established business with over 35 employees with a combined 350 years of safety experience. National Safety services thousands of customers, mostly in the state of WA but across the rest of the United States as well.

For more information, please visit www.nationalsafetyinc.com


Viewing an Eclipse isn’t worth your eyesight

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that an eclipse is about to light up (I suppose that “light up” isn’t quite accurate here) the sky in a couple of weeks.  Certainly Amazon has noticed. Apparently sales of eclipse viewing glasses and goggles have gone through the roof and here’s the problem. Anytime there’s a lot of money to be made, there’s someone willing to do whatever it takes to get that money.

According to NASA only shade 14 or 16 welding lenses are safe for directly viewing the eclipse. There are legitimate ISO 12312-2 compliant glasses being sold on Amazon but just because it has the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) label on it doesn’t mean that it actually is ISO compliant. Some unscrupulous sellers are printing the ISO label and putting them on glasses that are not safe for viewing the eclipse directly.

While Amazon says that it is trying to make sure that no fake glasses are being sold (as best it can), some people are claiming to be receiving questionable glasses.

Please be careful! It isn’t worth going blind!