Sample Safety and Health Programs

May 27, 2005

Washington State has published the following sample safety and health programs that could be adopted by employers in any state

OSHA Cites Florida and Michigan Companies for Lethal Injuries

OSHA has cited Lake Michigan Contractors Inc. (LMC), Holland, Mich., and Kauff's of Fort Pierce Inc. following the investigation of an accident at Sailfish Point Hutchinson Island, Stuart, Fla.

One Kauff's employee was killed and an LMC employee was seriously injured Nov. 21 when they were struck by falling pipes to be used during a beach refurbishment project.

OSHA issued one willful citation to Lake Michigan Contractors, with a proposed penalty of $49,000, for operating a front-end loader with defective brakes. The company also received six serious citations, with total proposed penalties of $19,250, for failure to use restraining devices while operating heavy equipment; allowing employees to stand under unstable loads; and failing to protect workers from vehicular traffic, provide personal protective equipment -- hard hats and safety shoes --and implement a safety inspection program. An additional citation, with a proposed penalty of $700, was issued for failing to maintain current injury records.

Kauff's received four serious citations, with proposed penalties totaling $12,600, for failing to implement a safety inspection program, protect workers from vehicular traffic and provide personal protective equipment.

Fatal Fact Sheets

Preventing fatal accidents is every safety managerÆs number one priority. Recognizing what went wrong in past accidents is the first step in developing a system to ensure that a similar accident cannot occur at your facility. The following fact sheets identify the problems that lead to fatal accidents and include recommendations for ensuring that they do not reoccur:

Fall from different level Struck by Nail Explosion Struck by Collapsing Crane Boom Caught in or Between Fall from Elevation Crushed by Falling Wall Struck by Falling Object Trench Cave-in Crushed by Falling Machinery Electrocution Fall from Elevation Collapse of Shoring Fall, Different Level Crushed by Dump Truck Body Fall from Elevation Electrocution Caught by Rotating Part Crushing Fall from Elevation Fall from Roof Cave-in Fall from Tower Fall Fire/explosion Fall through stairwell Fall through Scaffolding Electrocution Fall from Scaffold Electrocution Cave-in Falling from Excavator Bucket Electrocution Caught in Machinery Struck by Asphyxiation Crushed by steel beam Caught in or between Asphyxiation Electrocution Trench Cave-in Fall from elevation Fall from Elevation Electrocution Crushing Fall from Elevation Fall from Elevation Struck by Nail Electrical Shock Caught between Backhoe Superstructure and Concrete Wall Struck By Trench Cave-in Explosion Fall from Roof Trench Cave-in Fall from Scaffold Electrocution Fall and Drowning Struck by Falling Wall Electrocution Trench Collapse Fall Fall Fall Fall Asphyxiation Explosion Fall (Thrown From) Death due to burns Struck by/caught between

OSHA Cites PSI for Unguarded Equipment

OSHA has cited PSI Sales Inc. for exposing workers to safety hazards at its Theodore, Ala., plant. OSHA is proposing penalties totaling $45,125 following an inspection conducted under the agency's site specific targeting program.

OSHA issued one willful citation against PSI Sales, with a proposed penalty of $44,000, for exposing workers to amputation injuries from unguarded metal lathes. The agency issued a willful citation because the company has been cited previously for a similar safety hazard and that citation was upheld by the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The company also received one serious citation, with a proposed penalty of $1,125, for exposing workers to electrical hazards from inadequate electrical receptacles in an area where rain water accumulated.

American Red Cross Joins OSHA in Alliance

OSHA formed an Alliance with the American Red Cross that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness and disease prevention education and expanding first aid information for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and youth workers.

OSHA and the American Red Cross will help prepare employers and employees, including the American Red Cross employees, to respond to disasters, life threatening injuries and emergencies. In addition, the organizations will provide information, guidance, and access to training resources on safety and health topics including emergency preparedness, disease prevention and first aid in the workplace.

The organizations will work together to deliver training and education materials in a language suited for the target audience and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees. Both Alliance members will participate in forums, round table discussions, and stakeholder meetings to discuss emergency preparedness, first aid, and disease prevention issues in the workplace.

Exploding Tire Results in Serious Injuries and $114,300 Penalty

OSHA has cited Pomp's Tire Service, an industrial tire sales and servicing business in New Berlin, Wis., following a December 2004 inspection concerning workplace safety and health issues, the agency announced today.

"Strong enforcement is a key part of OSHA's efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses," said George Yoksas, OSHA area director in Milwaukee. "The significant penalty of $114,300 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health and safety of America's workers."

OSHA opened its inspection after receiving information that a worker at Pomp's Tire Service had been seriously injured when a large industrial tire exploded during the filling process Nov. 19, 2004. The inspection resulted in citations alleging nine serious safety violations and one willful safety violation of federal workplace safety standards, and five alleged serious violations of workplace health standards.

OSHA issued citations for alleged serious violations relating to safety measures required during servicing of single piece rimmed tires and various fire hazards. The citations for an alleged willful violation were issued because the business failed to provide a safety restraint device for tires during filling operations. The company received serious citations as part of the health inspection for failing to provide personal protective equipment, not having emergency response plans or hazard assessment determination for personal protective equipment, and failing to train workers on the hazards of foam-fill and cleaning chemicals.