January 03, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 1
A Web of Winter Safety
$10.8 Million Fine for Biggest Mine Disaster in 40 Years
Get Safety Going
Portable Electric Heaters: Safety Guidelines
OSHA Updates Acetylene Standard
What's Wrong With This Picture?
A Web of Winter Safety
OSHA creates snow storm website.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has devoted a web page to help keep workers safe during and after winter storms.

The website provides guidance to employers and workers during cleanup and recovery operations. It helps them implement safety measures for snow storm-related hazards and conditions, including:
  • Clearing heavy snow in front of workplaces and from rooftops
  • Downed power lines
  • Traveling on icy roads.
Also included in the list of potential winter storm hazards are carbon monoxide poisoning; hypothermia; falling objects like icicles, tree limbs, and utility poles; and roof collapse.

Read the press release for more information.
Visit the web page.
$10.8 Million Fine for Biggest Mine Disaster in 40 Years
Record-breaking amount.

Massey Energy Co., the company responsible for the Upper Big Branch-South Mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 miners in April 2010, was ordered to pay $10.8 million by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The agency concluded that “corporate culture was the root cause” of the accident and that the mine had:
  • Basic safety violations
  • Unlawful policies and practices, including:
    • Intimidation of miners
    • Advance notice of inspections
    • Two sets of books with hazards recorded in the mine's internal production and maintenance book, but not in the official examination book
  • A workplace culture that valued production over safety.
Some of the safety violations included:
  • Failing to properly conduct required examinations
  • Allowing hazardous levels of loose coal, coal dust and float coal dust to accumulate
  • Failing to apply rock dust
  • Failing to provide approved ventilation plans and approved roof control plans.
Apart from the $10 million fine, Massey Energy and its subsidiary, Performance Coal (which operated the mine) also received 369 citations and orders, including an unprecedented 21 flagrant violations.

Moreover, Massey Energy, now known as Alpha Appalachia Holdings Inc., has to set aside about $210 million to remedy safety at all Alpha mines, devote a trust fund for mine safety, settle civil penalties, and pay victims' families.

This payment is part of a non-prosecution agreement among Alpha/Massey, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, the U.S. Department of Justice, and Alpha Natural Resources Inc.

Read the entire MSHA report.
Read the Department of Labor newsletter.

Get Safety Going
The STOP™ observation and positions of people.

The STOP™ Observation Checklist reminds you to observe people from head to toe, asking yourself whether each part of the body is protected by personal protective equipment. Another category on the checklist reminds you to observe for Positions of People – the physical positions that can put people at risk for injury. As you look at Positions of People, ask yourself, "Is this person in a position that could lead to an injury?"

How important are positions of people? Think about these questions:
  • Have you ever seen a person struck by an object?
  • Have you ever seen a person injured by falling?
  • Have you ever seen a person strain his or her back by overexertion?
  • Have you ever known a person who was hurt by repetitive motion?
You've probably seen or heard of someone being hurt or having a close call in at least one of these ways – and you may have experienced some of them yourself. These injuries have one thing in common: They are the result of the positions of people.

Now think about yourself and your employees. What are some positions that you or your employees work in that could put you at risk for injury?

Taken from STOP™ For Supervision, Unit 3

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Portable Electric Heaters: Safety Guidelines
The LAFD blogs on portable electric heater use.

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) offer safety tips for portable electric heaters, including:
  • Do not plug any other electrical device into the same outlet as your heater. This could result in overheating.
  • Place the heater on a level, flat surface. Only use a heater on tabletops when specified by the manufacturer.
  • Do not use a power strip or extension cord to power your heater. Overheating of the power strip or extension cord could result in a fire.
  • Unplug the heater by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Inspect the power cord regularly, and never use a heater with a damaged cord.
  • Unless the heater is designed for outdoor or bathroom use, do not use in damp or wet areas. Parts in the heater may be damaged by moisture.
The LAFD is urging the public to share this information, especially to at-risk individuals – the elderly, people with disabilities, those living alone, or those in student housing.

For more portable heater safety tips, read the blog entry.

OSHA Updates Acetylene Standard
Replaces 1974 original.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Acetylene Standard.

Published last month in the Federal Register, OSHA's Direct Final Rule on Acetylene Standard replaces the 1974 original with the Compressed Gas Association's CGA G-1-2009. The update aligns OSHA's rules with "current industry practices."

The revision to the Acetylene Standard was first made in 2009 with recommendations from the Compressed Gas Association and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The Direct Final Rule is scheduled to take effect March 5, 2012.

For more information, see the Federal Register document.
What's Wrong With This Picture?
Hazard recognition in the workplace.

Hazards can lurk around every corner, so it's important that your employees – new and veteran alike – keep safety front of mind every day.

Share this quick quiz to get the new year started off on the right foot and remind your employees of the importance of hazard recognition.

  1. If there is a liquid spilled on the floor, you should put warning cones or signs around it:
    1. Sometimes
    2. Always
    3. Only when it's outside
    4. Never

  2. If you are going to be in a hard hat area for less than 10 minutes, you can enter without wearing a hard hat.
    1. True
    2. False

  3. Which of the following is not a trip hazard:
    1. An open file drawer
    2. Exposed cords that cross a floor
    3. A carpeted floor
    4. Reading while walking

  4. An experienced forklift driver can drive and shout orders to his crew at the same time.
    1. True
    2. False

  5. Once you've been on the job a while, you can skip some safety procedures. After all, you've done these types of things thousands of times without incident.
    1. True
    2. False
View the answer key.

Be sure to check out DuPont Sustainable Solutions' hazard recognition training DVDs and interactive online courses, including best-sellers like:
  • The Newcomers follows five new employees on their first day while your employees keep count of how many hazards are missed. The shocking and sobering ending will help drive home this important safety message.

  • Just Another Day tackles the issue of complacency head on by showing the devastating consequences of letting routine get in the way of safety.

  • Safety Orientation: On Alert comes in an eight- or fifteen-segment version and allows you to customize training to fit your sites needs.

And don't miss these other titles:
  • Retail Safety Orientation

  • Sales Reps' Safety: Empowered To Perform

  • Pharmaceutical Sales Reps' Safety: Scenes Of Success

  • Hazard Recognition And Control

  • Hazard Recognition For Utility Workers
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