Preliminary investigation from Delaware State Police said the incident occurred around 8:11 a.m., Tuesday Jan. 31. Police said a male subject fell from a roof of the power plant on 29416 Power Plant Road and died as a result of the fall. Was he wearing fall protection gear, was it properly tethered or did he think nah, I don’t need to waste time with all that gear for a quick job? Make sure they follow your safety rules.
The same safety orientation needs to be offered to Temporary workers as well. The safety of temporary workers is a shared responsibility. To assume that these workers know how to respond to an emergency, or how to LOTO “that” machine or know how to ride a man-lift is irresponsible. Don’t assume the agency has given them the necessary safety orientation as well especially those specific items that apply to only your facility. Give them a chance to succeed and survive.
Safety orientation and training is also critical for your regular employees as this company found out. OSHA cites Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery on training. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a citation in January alleging Marathon Petroleum Corp’s Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas, failed in 2016 to train workers in changes in the operation of a coking unit. Really! They apparently didn’t think it was worth the time and effort to make sure their own employees wouldn’t die if something went wrong, because, after all, what could go wrong? OSHA also alleges Marathon failed to document training of the workers, according to a second citation. The first thought that should go through your head whenever you put in a new piece of equipment, modify a piece of equipment, change a procedure or anything that chances the current practice, is the training you need to give before anyone begins operating it. Your workers deserve to have a chance to survive any emergencies that may occur at work.
Poor or lack of training is a great indicator of poor leadership which in turn gives you a company behaving badly. When you begin to look closer beyond the lack of training you’ll see poor housekeeping, expired or damaged inventory, equipment in need of repair but still used at the risk of employee injury. What’s even more disturbing is when those companies basic business is transporting people to and from their jobs like the Metro in Washington, D.C. Union: D.C. Metro transit system has long record of putting safety last and BART in the San Francisco bay area, BART hits record low in survey of its riders. It’s not enough to worry about safety at work, now you have to worry if you’ll get to work in one piece which brings me to the incident where two railroad maintenance workers were killed on the job when hit by another train. We all figured it was just poor communication within the Amtrak but it seems to go even deeper and is very troubling. The autopsies revealed that one maintenance worker was had cocaine in his system and the other tested positive for morphine, codeine and oxycodone. To add to this mess, the engineer operating the train that hit and killed the workers tested positive for marijuana. This is also an indication of poor leadership as it seems everyone needs some kind of drug to get through the day. Read for yourself, Tests: Maintenance Workers Killed By Train Were On Drugs.
Relatives criticize PG&E for 2010 pipeline blast that killed 8 and Iowa Spill Is The Largest Of Diesel Fuel In US Since 2010 Just two of the many reasons why we DO need regulations. Also why not ask the over 4,000 humans who died last year in industrial accidents. We can’t depend on companies self regulating themselves. Look at PGE. The asked for a rate increase so they could track and upgrade the buried gas lines in Northern California and instead they gave themselves bonuses with the money and then 8 people were murdered due to their indifference to human life. You should also read this article as well, Commentary: Regulation saves lives by Jim Weygand.
I’m sure you’re like me and am always looking for new and more interesting ways to train and bring safety to the forefront. Here’s a great one and I love this. Lorry drivers trained on bikes in bid to cut cycling deaths in London. Getting employees to see things from another point of view. Maybe having forklift drivers walk around the warehouse and working forklifts? Call it what what you want, thinking outside the box or being a dreamer, anything that helps get the point across with a different twist is fantastic.
That’s it for this episode folks. Training is the most critical aspect of safety. You need to know how and what to do so you can go home the same way you arrived. Thanks for stopping by and please, don’t ever keep quiet about safety, for the life you save may be your own.