A couple of weeks ago I posted Machine guarding CNC Mills and Lathes (OSHRC Decision) and got all kinds of negative feedback as if I was the OSHRC.  But I do have to admit that I agree with the OSHRC's decision 100% and this video will demonstrate why the makers of the CNC style machines want their doors closed and interlocked...

WARNING! - Viewer Discretion is Advised!  No blood and guts, but the video may be upsetting to some viewers.  Worker died from his injuries suffered in this accident caught on CCTV.

As safety professionals, we are asked to perform human miracles on a weekly basis... when someone gets hurt on the job, it is our role, and far too often our role alone, to somehow make sure that not only does the injured worker not "do that unsafe act again" but to also ensure that no one else commits said act.  Often times this would be considered an absolute miracle if we could actually pull off such a feat.  Case in point, this week's video, filmed on August 3 after a commercial passenger jet crash landed hard in Dubai, showed passengers grabbing their personal belongings from the overhead compartments even as oxygen masks dropped down and smoke started to fill the cabin.  Flight attendants were trying their darndest to get people out of the plane WHICH WAS ON FIRE and SMOKE can be seen filling the cabin.  Not only does this behavior shock me to my core (although sadly it does NOT surprise me), just watch the behaviors of the passengers during the flight safety briefing on your next flight - and we wonder why this is the resulting behavior.  Sometimes I do not think people realize the flight crew will NOT leave anyone behind so if the plane catches fire or explodes while they are getting everyone off, they go down with the proverbial ship.  So stopping to grab your belongings is an unbelievably selfish act and could cost the life of the crew.  You can hear the urgency in the crew's voices as they attempt to get people to leave their belongings and exit the plane down the slide.

 

 

This is an excellent overview of line break/equipment opening hazards and precautions.

Albemarle - Line Break Procedure from Launch Media on Vimeo.

OSHA cited Phoenix Industrial Cleaning for 28 serious safety violations following the death of a worker who fell from a ladder inside of a storage tank, apparently after being overcome by methylene chloride vapors at a chemical manufacturing facility in Wheeling, IL on Nov. 29, 2012.  The company performs industrial cleaning of cooking exhaust ventilation, tanks, silos and similar equipment at industrial and commercial work sites. OSHA has conducted four previous inspections, two of which resulted in citations for violating standards on confined spaces. The last OSHA inspection was in 2001.

Eighteen of the serious violations involve confined space entry requirements, such as failing to develop and implement a confined space entry program for workers cleaning chemical storage tanks; train workers on acceptable entry conditions; provide testing and monitoring equipment for atmospheric hazards; provide a means of communication between workers entering a confined space and the attendant; provide rescue emergency equipment and a retrieval system to facilitate a no-entry rescue; have proper entry-control permits; and determine the proficiency of rescue service available to perform emergency rescue for exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Five of the serious violations that involve OSHA's respiratory protection standards include failing to evaluate the respiratory hazards present and select appropriate respiratory protection based on such hazards, provide a written respiratory protection program and train workers on such a program and conduct medical evaluations for workers required to use respiratory protection and proper fit-testing respiratory protection.

Additional serious violations involve OSHA's methylene chloride standard, such as failing to provide workers with information and training on the hazards associated with methylene chloride, assess exposure and provide effective protective garments. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Confined space hazards are addressed in specific standards. For more information see, http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/confinedspaces/index.html.

OSHA has proposed fines of $77,200.  CLICK HERE for more from OSHA.

 
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