Occupational Safety

Safety at every rung

Training workers on using ladders is a must Seth Patterson discovered a common thread across more than 350 NIOSH ladder fatality reports: insufficient training. “Most of these incidents might have been avoided if the companies provided effective ladder training,” said Patterson, an environmental, health, and safety engineer with Lockheed Martin. According to Mike Kassman, director …

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OSHA standards and the ‘competent person’

Who qualifies? A competent person, according to OSHA, is “capable of detecting existing and predictable dangers in the workplace or working conditions that are unclean, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has the authority to take quick remedial action to eliminate them.” A competent individual must also be familiar with OSHA guidelines and be …

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OSHA Actions Impact the Construction Industry

OSHA’s current agenda affects other employers, too. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) intends to take steps that will have a direct impact on construction businesses. Proposed adjustments to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) are one of the most visible. They are intended to comply with changes in the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System …

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LRT Crash: What can we learn from this incident.

On May 24, two trains – an off-service train driven manually and another carrying passengers running in fully-automated mode – collided head-on in the tunnel between the Kampung Baru and KLCC stations. This is among the findings of the nine-member investigation committee on the LRT collision, he said in a press conference on Thursday (June …

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Prasarana offers RM1,000 in compensation to all 213 LRT crash victims each, will also cover medical costs, lost income

Source: Malay Mail KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Public transport operator Prasarana Malaysia Bhd today announced an RM1,000 compensation package for over 200 passengers after the collision between two trains on the LRT Kelana Jaya line last night. Its chairman Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman also claimed the incident was beyond the company’s control, and …

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LRT train mishap: 47 commuters seriously injured in accident on LRT Kelana Jaya line

Source: The Star KUALA LUMPUR: An accident has occurred involving two trains on the LRT Kelana Jaya line. According to Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah 47 commuters suffered severe injuries, while 166 others had minor injuries. All injured have been sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for treatment. AskRapidKL said on its Twitter …

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National Forklift Safety Day event to emphasize training

Source: Safety and Health In 2019, incidents involving forklifts accounted for 79 fatal on-the-job injuries and 8,140 nonfatal injuries requiring days away from work, according to Injury Facts – a National Safety Council database. “We understand there is a critical need for effective forklift operator training,” ITA President Brian Feehan said in a press release, …

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How to achieve company-wide buy-in of your organization’s safety program.

Sources: EHS Today Implement a safety incentive program. Mellard recommends utilizing a rewards program where gift cards and other apparel are awarded for following safety protocols. This helps to show employees—and their families—that safety behavior is valued and rewarded. The program should be simple, and rewards should be given often since safety behavior needs to be …

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How to Improve and Promote Safety in Construction

Sources: EHS Today The construction industry poses unique health and safety challenges for its workers. In fact, about one out of every five workplace deaths in calendar year 2019 were construction-related, according to OSHA. Luckily, health and safety processes play a vital role in minimizing risks. The Importance of a Safety Culture Aside from minimizing health …

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World day for safety and health at work

Sources: Lexology Since 2003, the International Labor Organization (ILO) celebrates World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This commemoration is carried out to promote awareness in employers to ensure their workers a decent and free of risks job, that threaten their integrity and quality of life. Every year, to celebrate World Day for Safety …

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