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Crane Collapse in Seattle Kills 4


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Climbing up and down the 20-story tower, crews worked to take apart the crane. Each 20-foot piece was fastened to sections above and below it with 8 bolts. Up and down the tower, workers took out 6 of those 8 bolts, and loosened the other 2, preparing the crane to be dismantled. But when the wind picked up, the crane, weakened without the bolts, came crashing down, killing the two workers still on the tower.

This was not an ESC Safety Consultants client or jobsite, but we are extreme sad about the accident and are hopeful we can learn from this and be able to improve the industry.
 

 
Labor secretary: OSHA jobsite inspections likely to increase
Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta told House Appropriations that as soon as a new crop of OSHA agents completes training, he expects jobsite inspections to increase. OSHA hired 76 new inspectors in the 2018 fiscal year. OSHA had conducted 32,000 inspections each year in 2017 and 2018, an increase from 2016 figures. President Donald Trump, he said, is requesting $557 million for OSHA in his Fiscal Year 2020 budget request, an increase from last year, which would pay for additional staff, including 30 additional compliance officers and five more whistleblower investigators.

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Pedestrian Injured in Fort Worth Scaffold Collapse
A pedestrian was injured when a scaffold collapsed outside of a building in downtown Fort Worth. The woman was hospitalized in critical condition and two other construction workers were treated and released at the scene.

A construction worker was tethered to the building, holding on to a ledge from six stories above ground. The man was able to eventually pull himself onto a nearby ladder and was not injured.

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New video shows scaffold collapse that injured 6 workers in downtown Houston
A huge scaffolding collapsed at an apartment building under construction near Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston, and now we're getting a look at the moments just after it happened.

For more information >> ABC13 KTRK - Houston
 

 
Employers Must Post a Copy of Their 2018 OSHA's 300A
Companies are are obligated to post their 2018 OSHA's 300A Form between February 1 and April 30, it must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 20-249 employees in high-risk industries (which includes construction) must submit information from their 300A Form online by March 2, 2019. OSHA has provided a website that offers 3 options for data submission. For more information >> Click Here
 

 
OSHA Penalties will Adjust for Inflation in 2019
OSHA's penalties for violations of workplace safety will increase in 2019 to adjust for inflation. The adjusted maximum penalty amounts will take effect upon publication in the Federal Register.

New penalties for willful and repeat violations will be $132,598 per violation; serious, other-than-serious and posting requirements are $13,260 per violation; and failure to abate violations are $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date. For more information >> Click Here
 

 
OSHA's Top Ten Cited Violations for 2018
1. Fall Protection = 7,216 total violations
2. Hazard Communication = 4,537 total violations
3. Scaffolding = 3,319 total violations
4. Respiratory Protection = 3,112 total violations
5. Control of Hazardous Energy = 2,923 total violations
6. Ladders = 2,780 total violations
7. Powered Industrial Trucks = 2,281 total violations
8. Fall Protection - Training = 1,978 total violations
9. Machine Guarding = 1,969 total violations
10. PPE (Eye & Face Protection) = 1,528 total violations
 

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Fall hazards net roofing contractor over $1.5 million in OSHA fines

A Florida roofing contractor faces penalties of more than $1.5 million for 14 safety violations and has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Great White Construction was cited for failing to protect workers from dangerous falls. OSHA observed employees removing shingles from the roof of a multistory building without the use of proper fall protection equipment. They wore harnesses, but were not tied off. A second inspection at a separate site observed employees working under similar conditions. OSHA said the company has an "extensive prior history of violations," which resulted in 11 separate willful citations. OSHA said it has investigated the company 12 times since 2012, resulting in 22 citations. "In the past five years, Great White Construction repeated violations has demonstrated indifference towards the safety of their employees. Story by Kristen Beckman from Business Insurance.com

Aluminum Services LLC Racks Up $1.9 Million in OSHA Penalties

An aluminum manufacturing company is facing nearly $2 million in fines after OSHA discovered 51 violations. OSHA cited Aluminum Services LLC finding that two employees were hospitalized as a result of two separate incidents. "Aluminum Shapes extensive list of violations reflects a workplace that does not prioritize worker safety and health," says Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator. "The company can more effectively protect its workers by implementing a comprehensive safety and health management system." The first worker experienced chemical burns after entering a tank containing dehydrated sodium hydroxide, aluminum oxide and decomposed metal. Despite employees reporting they were experiencing chemical burns to their skin, the workers were directed to re-enter the tank, suffering further injuries. The second incident occurred when a machine operator suffered a broken pelvis after being caught between the unguarded moving parts of a metal fabrication machine. Story by Stefanie Valentic from EHSToday.com.

A 500 foot crane plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street on February 5, 2016,

A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street on February 5, 2016, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said. The mobile crane's boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car roofs and stretched much of a block after the accident at a historic building about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center. "It felt like a bomb," a woman told CBS New York station WCBS-TV. To see the video of the crane crash and to read more about this CBS/AP online news article please click here.

New Hampshire contractor faces $152K in fines for repeatedly exposing workers to fatal falls

Following a complaint of unsafe conditions at a High & Dry Roofing work site, OSHA inspectors found that employees were working at heights over 20 feet without fall protection and proper ladder safeguards. Inspectors returned two days later and found the same hazards existed. OSHA cited owner Michael Cahoon with ten violations, proposing penalties of $152,460. Violations include setting scaffolding too close to a live electrical line, failing to provide workers with fall protection, hard hats and eye protection, and failing to safeguard workers from contact with operating parts of an air compressor. The company has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Researchers conclude that OSHA citations, penalties reduce workplace injuries

A new study from the Institute for Work and Health concludes that citations with penalties from inspections reduce workplace injuries. Researchers performed a systematic review to determine the effectiveness of the enforcement of occupational safety and health regulation in creating incentives for firms to focus on safety and health issues. While mixed evidence was found on the effectiveness of the general threat of an inspection, the study found strong evidence that actual citations and penalties reduce the frequency or severity of injuries.

Three employees fell 19 feet and were hospitalized when the scaffold platform broke.

The incident occurred while the employees performed roofing work on a ladder-jack scaffold. An inspection by OSHA found the spruce plank used as the platform could not support the weight imposed on it by the workers, was not graded for use in a scaffold, and was clearly marked on its invoice as not for scaffold use. OSHA citing the contractor for three willful, one repeat and five serious violations with a total $294,500 in proposed fines.

Fastrack Erectors fined $511,000 for failing to provide fall protection in worker fatality

An apprentice ironworker fell more than 30 feet to his death while standing on a steel girder on a building under construction in Kansas City. On the job for only a few weeks, the 22-year-old was not provided fall protection by his employer, Fastract Erectors Inc., a subcontractor on the project. OSHA investigated the fatality and cited the company with seven willful and three serious safety violations. Proposed penalties total $511,000.

OSHA finds willful and serious violations in tower collapse that resulted in deaths of 2 cell tower workers

Following the death of two workers from the collapse of a cell tower they were dismantling, OSHA has cited Wireless Horizon Inc. for two willful and four serious safety violations. The tower technicians, ages 25 and 38, were using a load-lifting gin pole attached to the side of the tower with a wire rope sling. The sling failed, causing the gin pole to fall and bring the tower down with it. Both workers fell to the ground during the collapse. OSHA placed the St. Peters, Missouri-based company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program following the incident and proposed penalties of $134,400.

Pennsylvania contractor cited for willfully exposing workers to fall hazards

OSHA has cited JJ Stucco and Stone Inc. for three willful and three repeat safety violations. The inspection was initiated in response to a referral by the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections due to an imminent threat to worker health and safety at the site. The investigation found workers exposed to fall hazards while applying stucco to the exterior of a residential construction site. Proposed penalties total $235,700.

"This employer was placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program after multiple instances of repeated, high-gravity violations," said Nicholas DeJesse, director of OSHA's Philadelphia Area Office. "By refusing to provide the proper fall protection, this company is putting workers' lives at risk. Falls are the leading cause of death in construction. Protecting workers from fall hazards must be a priority."

The employer failed to use scaffolding with adequate bracing to prevent tipping or collapse or to provide fall protection for employees working up to a height of 32 feet. Repeat violations were also cited for additional scaffolding hazards, lack of training on fall dangers and failure to develop and implement a hazard communication program.


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