BMSA Safety Newsletter
July 2015



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7 Steps to a Safe and Healthy Workplace


1.Understand how a safe and healthy workplace benefits workers, families, and the entire community.

2. Know  your responsibilities for keeping a safe and healthy workplace.

3. Develop a system for organizing safety and health efforts.

4. Know the laws and regulations for the work you do.

5. Address specific work hazards and have regular safety meetings.

6. Incorporate a safety culture with mutual respect and open communication.

7. Celebrate your safety accomplishments and continue to strive to do better.

(Source: SafetyWorks!) 


Don't Tell OSHA Injury was Due to Careless Worker

Telling OSHA that an injury was the worker's fault is a sure way to get inspected, according to the head of the agency. OSHA administrator David Michaels made the comment at a National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health meeting, "When employers say an injury was a worker's fault, an inspection will likely take place."


For the first 5 1/2 months of OSHA's revised injury reporting rule, the agency received more than 5,400 reports of fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye. The agency doesn't have enough staff to send an inspector to every company that reports one of these injuries. Michaels says they're inspecting 34% of cases. But OSHA is "engaging" with every employer that calls in a reportable injury. OSHA asks the employer to conduct its own inspection to determine causes.  


Michaels told the NACOSH meeting that the root cause of injuries is hardly ever the employee's fault. What does OSHA want to hear about after an employer has investigated an injury? These factors: 

(Source: SafetyNewsAlert) 

Electrical Safety in the Workplace


Working with machinery and power tools presents inherent electrical risks. Electrical hazards are in the Top 10 OSHA violations for the lumber and building material industry. To ensure electrical safety, here are some basic electrical safety tips:


1. Check for warm or hot outlets that are often a sign that an unsafe wiring condition exists.

2. Ensure outdoor circuits, and those located near water are protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) or use a portable in-line GFCI.

3. Don't use outlets or cords that have exposed wiring.

4. Use fiberglass or wood ladders when working near electricity or power lines.

5. Verify that the ground wires are connected and working properly before use.    


Office workers can be prone to electrical hazards also. To avoid these hazards office workers should follow these basic safe practices: 
  • Use only appliances with grounded plugs connected to grounded (three prong) outlets.
  • Disconnect any electrical equipment that malfunctions or gives off a strange odor.
  • Don't use cracked, frayed, or broken electrical cords.
  • Don't overload circuits by plugging one extension cord into another.
  • Don't attach extension cords with staples, hang from nails, or suspend them by wires.
  • Don't force a plug into an outlet.

(Source: Safety Services Company) 

The Aging Workforce


The "baby boomers" are growing older and our workforce is aging with them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of workers over age 55 will increase steadily from 12% in 2000 to 20% by 2025. The physical changes associated with aging could affect workers and their safety on the job.  Employers should prepare for changes by examining work tasks and determining the physical requirements for each job. Job tasks should not require that employees work at their maximum power repeatedly or over extended periods of time; this can lead to injury to a worker of any age. A worker's balance, vision and hearing may also change with age. For example, a worker age 60 generally requires eight times the amount of light to see as clearly as a 20-year-old.  Employers can also provide non-skid flooring, the addition of handrails, and an emphasis on good housekeeping can prevent slips and falls. Communication methods may also need evaluation because verbal commands may be more difficult for an older worker to hear.  


Both employers and employees will need to work together to make sure that the older worker can do the job safely within their physical abilities. Employers should always try to fit the job task and tools to the individual for maximum safety and this is especially important for older workers. Likewise, older employees need to know their limits. If there are job tasks that they cannot safely do anymore, they need to communicate with their supervisor and consider job accommodations to protect themselves and their coworkers.


(Source: State Fund) 

Forklift Safety with Proper Training, Inspection and Operation

OSHA estimates that there are more than 100 forklift-related fatalities every year and it is the number one OSHA violation for the lumber and building material industry. The administration also said that nearly 95,000 serious injuries happen every year because of unsafe forklift operations. Here are tips involving forklift safety. 


Training and Inspection:

  • Check above your head for any obstructions.
  • Inspect vent caps for clogs and forks for cracks or bends.
  • Examine to see if the battery and fire extinguisher are fully charged and secured.
  • Test the horn to ensure that it can be heard throughout the workplace.
  • Check to see if the vehicle makes strange sounds and that the floor brakes and pedals work smoothly.
  • Make sure the gearshift and clutch shift without jerking.
  • Check to see if the lights and gauges of the dash control panel work properly.

Guidelines in Forklift Operations:

When traveling in a forklift or operating it, DO ...
  • Use your seat belt and keep your head, arms, hands, legs and feet inside the vehicle.
  • Keep to the right in 2-way traffic.
  • Slow down if there are people, other vehicles around, and when turning. 
  • Slow down and sound the horn at corners, blind curves or other places where visibility is obstructed.
  • Keep the load as low as possible and ensure the forks are tilted back.
  • Keep a safe distance from edges of ramps, docks and platforms.
  • Allow anyone to stand/pass under raised forks, whether they're loaded or empty.
  • Allow anyone to use the forks as a man lift.
  • Tilt the load forward while the load is raised or the vehicle is moving down hill.
  • Allow stunt driving or horse play on or around the forklift.
  • Run over loose objects like scrap material or debris.
  • Drive sideways/across slope or over makeshift bridges.

(Source: Safety Services Company)  



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