If the causes of accidents were known to us, wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that we could stop accidents from occurring? According to OSHA’s general duty clause, employers must: “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.”
What are recognized hazards?
There are the obvious ones, falls, trips, slips, pinch points, eye and face injuries, etc. Correction or mitigation of these hazards many times involves personal protective equipment. Other hazards such as heat stress can sometimes be controlled administratively such as by scheduling the work for cooler time periods. Engineering controls such as local exhaust ventilation can be used to control hazards such as inhalation of toxic fumes.
Under the general duty clause, employees have the duty to: “comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.” Many studies claim that nine out of ten accidents are caused by unsafe acts. So why don’t we just stop acting unsafely? Humans have free will, the freedom to make a choice based on a
wide range of factors, so why do we often make a decision to work unsafely? A finding from the book, Industrial Accident Prevention, A Scientific Approach by Herbert William Heinrich became known as
“Heinrich's Law” and states that in a workplace, for every accident that causes a major injury, there are 29 accidents that cause minor injuries and 300 accidents that cause no injuries.
Some of the precursors for incidents include:
Lack of training
Just as unsafe conditions are hazards, so, too, are unsafe acts. Life is priceless. Work safely.
Watch the video below to find out more about unsafe conditions and acts.
The Unions are collecting background screen paper work from their members. Have you filled one out? Outage will be starting before you know it!
Attitude is everything
We have all heard the saying “one bad apple spoils the bunch”. The same holds true for attitudes whether it is positive or negative. Attitudes will spread like wild fire. Bad attitudes will have a negative effect on morale, decrease productivity and compromise safety. No one wants to work with a person with a bad attitude. In most cases it means more work for everyone else. With positive attitudes the exact opposite holds true, workers will be productive, take pride in their work, and not compromise safety for the sake of getting it done.
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Completing a scope of work as large as an outage SAFELY takes evaluation, planning, skill, experience, hard work, and above all – TEAMWORK! Preparations for outages begin long before the work itself. Using our core values allows us to consistently meet the challenges of each refueling outage to safely and efficiently generate electricity for the long term. Stay SHARP! Safety, Honesty, Accountability, Respect, and Pride in Craftsmanship
Modern technology can deliver information to our computer screen in seconds. It can link research done by millions of people together to accomplish things that were previously impossible. Technology has improved our lives, both at home and on the job. Great strides have been made in improvements in fall protection systems to help save the lives of workers at height.
Building the Empire State Building in the 1930’s
Falls are the #1 cause of fatalities in construction. One in three of construction worker deaths is caused by falls.
With all the modern technology, why are workers still being killed by falls in construction accidents? Failure to provide fall protection/failure to use fall protection/lack of training/complacency/inadequate systems/lack of planning/inadequate risk assessment/lack of inspection of equipment-these are just SOME of the reasons workers still lose their lives in falls. Are you protected?
Want to know how many workers lost their lives while building the Empire State Building?
Official records state that only five workers were killed during the construction of the empire state building: one worker was struck by a truck; a second fell down an elevator shaft; a third was hit by a hoist; a fourth was in a blast area; and a fifth fell off a scaffold. Over 30 people have jumped to their death from the empire state building. Click on the link below to see the building of the Empire State Building.
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