Archive | October, 2013

Cal/OSHA Fines Mira Loma Warehouse for Unsafe Working Conditions

21 Oct

Warehouse located in Mira Loma was fined for a number of unsafe and illegal working conditions this month.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued 12 citations – half of which were considered serious in nature – Thursday against the warehousing contractor.
Citations from Cal/OSHA inspectors included:
• Blocked fire exits
• Falling boxes of merchandise
• Insufficient number of restrooms
• No plan in the event of an injury on the job
• No effective training on heat exposure or heat illness
• Lack of proper foot protection including steel-toed boots
• Blocked aisles
• Insufficient lighting
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How to Build a Strong Safety Culture

17 Oct

Here are 10 steps you and your management can take to build a strong safety culture, thereby improving safety performance and preventing accidents:

1. Define safety responsibilities for all levels of the organization (e.g., safety is a line management function).
2. Develop upstream measures (e.g., number of reports of hazards/suggestions, number of committee projects/successes, etc.).
3. Align management and supervisors through establishing a shared vision of safety and health goals and objectives vs. production.
4. Implement a process that holds managers and supervisors accountable for visibly being involved, setting the proper example, and leading a positive change for safety and health.
5. Evaluate and rebuild any incentives and disciplinary systems for safety and health as necessary.
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Federal OSHA Top 10 Citations Reported – Up 56% in 2013

3 Oct

Fall protection is once again the top OSHA-cited workplace safety violation with more than 8,000 citations. Fall protection is the annual leader in the OSHA Top 10 Violations list, which was announced Oct. 1 at the annual National Safety Congress in Chicago. The 2013 Congress marks the 100th anniversary of the National Safety Council’s charter.
The 10 top OSHA violations (along with the associated OSHA standard) are:

There were 42,502 violations in the OSHA Top 10 in 2013, a 56.3% increase from the 27,186 in the OSHA Top 10 in 2012.
This year’s Top 10 list differs only in the order of finish and in the number of violations. The first four remain unchanged from 2012, but there were almost 1,000 more citations in 2013 for fall protection than in 2012. Wiring methods moved from eighth to fifth on this year’s list, which machine guarding dropped from sixth to tenth.
“Today’s presentation reminds us that it’s very important to learn from the past and address these top violations to help make our workplaces safer,” said National Safety Council president and CEO Janet Froetscher
OSHA top violations in 2013