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OSHA Fines Arrow Plumbing LLC After Fatal Trench Collapse

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:19:00 +0000

Blue Springs, Mo.-based Arrow Plumbing LLC faces more than $700,000 in penalties after a 33-year-old employee died in a trench collapse.

On Dec. 15 2016, 33-year-old Donald Meyer arrived at a job site and began to perform his duties as a plumber. He never returned home.

While working in a 12-ft-deep unprotected trench, the walls collapsed around Meyer, burying him in 10 ft. of dirt. Rescue crews did not recover his body until that night.

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OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present and Future

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:49:00 +0000

Ergonomics was a hot topic for OSHA in the 1990s, with the agency issuing a standard for ergonomics in 2000, which quickly was repealed in 2001. So why should employers continue to concern themselves with ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of work. From an OSHA perspective, it is the process of designing the job to fit the employee, rather than forcing the employee’s body to fit the job. This process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress on the body and eliminate potentially disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

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SLC 2017 Speaker Q&A: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of Lockout/Tagout

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:19:00 +0000

This upcoming session at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference discusses some of the challenges confounding employers about lockout/tagout and offers guidance to employers to maintain compliance with OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard.

Collin Warren, a partner with Fisher Phillips, knows that lockout/tagout (LOTO) is one of the most demanding compliance issues for employers. As such, it generates OSHA citations that can be difficult to defend.

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Survey Findings Show Workers are Unprepared for Cardiac Emergencies

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:39:00 +0000

Survey findings from the American Heart Association show most employees feel they are not trained and unprepared should a cardiac emergency occur.

More than 10,000 cases of cardiac arrests annually occur in the workplace.

Does your workplace have access to CPR and first aid training? Does it have an automated external defibrillator (AED) should a cardiac emergency occur?

Two new surveys from the American Heart Association (AHA) shows that most U.S. employees are not prepared or trained to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace.

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North Carolina Prepares for New Drug Formulary and Treatment Guidelines

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:01:00 +0000

Sponsored by HealthWorks Safety
North Carolina is poised to embark on a new drug formulary for workers’ compensation claims that will impact how injured workers are treated—a change that may result in significant savings while curbing opioid addiction and promoting optimal employee care.

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