Author: Danielle Thomas
After a coal mine facility fatality on September 17, 2019 MSHA encourages an emphasis on MSHA safety best practices. An electrician was electrocuted after contact with an energized conductor.
MSHA Safety Reminders for Electrical Work
- Lock out and tag out the electrical circuit yourself. Never rely on others to do this for you.
- BEFORE entering an electrical enclosure or performing electrical work:
- Open the circuit breaker or load break switch away from the enclosure and de-energize the incoming power cables or conductors.
- Open the visual disconnect away from the enclosure and confirm that the incoming power cables or conductors have been de-energized.
- Lock out and tag out the visual disconnect.
- Ground the de-energized phase conductors.
- Wear properly rated and well maintained electrical gloves when troubleshooting or testing energized circuits, follow the proper steps before performing electrical work.
- Use properly rated electrical meters and non-contact voltage testers to ensure electrical circuits have been de-energized.
- Only use qualified, trained workers. Ensure electrical work is performed by a qualified electrician or someone trained to do electrical work under a qualified electrician’s direct supervision.
- Identify circuits and breakers.
Continue Reading »
In Bladen County, North Carolina an unprotected worker falls from building resulting in a fatality. The worker, Mildred Gray Williams fell approximately 15 feet while replacing metal roofing on the Bladen County Water Rescue Building.
Williams was a firefighter for the West Lake Fire Department, but at the time of the accident was working for Young’s Construction.
“This is such a tragic event for our community,” said Sheriff Jim McVicker. “Because this is a work-related death, we are required to report this incident to the North Carolina Department of Labor for investigation which we have done.”
Although Williams was pronounced dead at the scene after the fall, she was escorted to the Cape Fear Valley – Bladen County Hospital by local first responders.
The Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) is investigating the accident, according to officials with the N.C. Department of Labor.
As of October 1st, 2019 there are new OSHA inspection changes in effect. These factors will allow consideration of outside factors into inspections. The OSHA Weighting System, OWS, replaces the previous system that was put in place during 2015.
The new approach will encourage the appropriate resources to promote safe & healthy workplaces. The management system will focus enforcement activity on strategic and critical areas where OSHA can have the greatest impact.
Rather than focusing the inspection on a time-weighted basis it will have a more balanced approach. There will be three work elements that are part of the OSHA inspection changes: enforcement activity, essential enforcement support functions, and compliance assistance efforts.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
Inspection Preparation Worksheet
The OSHA Review Commission is an independent federal agency, providing administrative trial and appellate review, created to decide contests of citations or penalties resulting from OSHA inspections of American work places. The Review Commission functions as a two-tiered administrative court, with established procedures for (1) conducting hearings, receiving evidence and rendering decisions by its Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and (2) discretionary review of ALJ decisions by a panel of Commissioners.
The Commission made several technical amendments to the rules of procedure and they were published to the Federal Register on August 30, 2019.
Download the document here.
In 2016 a skylight fall protection miss resulted in a worker fall and fatality. Brian Iszak, a roofing contractor, fell through a flat roof and landed on the floor below. Casey Jones, another worker onsite said, “I turned around and caught the top of his head going through … through my peripheral.”
The fall hazard on the roof was covered by something similar to sheet metal, according to Michel Morin on site. It was held in place with a few screws that were not fully attached.
Had proper safety precautions been taken, a skylight fall protection miss would not have occurred. Skylight guardrail, skylight screens, and skylight nets would have been acceptable forms of fall protection.
The Raptor Skynet is an cost-effective, OSHA approved fall protection solution for roofer contractors. It is reusable and can be installed within a few minutes. Should a worker experience a fall, this net will catch them and prevent a fall to a lower level or sub-floor. Learn more about the Raptor Skynet from Fall Protection Systems.