Saturday, September 11, 2010

Long Overdue Increase in OSHA Inspections

Construction Sign Postings in Rome, Italy.  Workers are required to  wear gloves, hard hat, work boots, and a full body harness on this work site.

14 deaths per day is the statistics of the day.  How can the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) consider itself successful with a statistic like that?  It is long overdue for OSHA to increase the number of inspections and the number of violations it issues.  There are companies who have never seen an OSHA inspection and they have been in business for over 50 years.  We did a training class where one worker had caustic burns on his hands and three workers were diagnosed with silicosis.  The company had never been inspected by OSHA.  Until OSHA actually gets serious about performing the number of inspections necessary to  prevent injuries, statistics such as 14 deaths per day will continue to be common place.  The link shows a video of a worker for Cintas, handling the clearing of a blockage the way he was taught to clear blockage.  Though the company says it didn't know this was going on, the question is how did they think the blockage was being cleared considering they did not teach the workers a different procedure to clear the blockage.  Again another situation where the accident could have been prevented and the life of a worker saved.
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