Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s standards for machine guarding in the general, construction, maritime, and agricultural industries. Working with machinery and moving machine parts is common in many workplaces, and according to OSHA, it has […]
Are you concerned about the possibility of amputations in your facility? Are you in an industry targeted by one of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) inspection and enforcement programs? First, machinery that is not properly locked out or adequately guarded can lead to worker amputations. Second, OSHA’s enforcement remains strong. The agency’s rules […]
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on August 10 cited Safeway Inc. with violations of the agency’s lockout/tagout, machine guarding, and other standards at the company’s dairy facility. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $339,379. The agency inspected a Denver milk packaging plant operated by Safeway after a worker lost four fingers while operating a molding […]
Of the nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2016, 19,740 occurred in the food manufacturing industry.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) cited a Santa Ana, California, ceramic materials manufacturer for willful failure to guard machinery after an employee was fatally injured. The agency is seeking more than $250,000 in penalties for the cited violations.
Does your safety program effectively protect workers when they are exposed to moving machine parts and hazardous energy? The machine guarding and lockout/tagout (LOTO) standards are consistently on the list of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards—read on for a Q&A on the basics, as well as an opportunity to join our live […]
OSHA recently cited an Ohio tool manufacturer for not providing adequate protection to an employee who suffered a partial finger amputation when he was caught in the pinch point of a conveyor belt. The employer faces a $213,411 penalty. The company was cited for a similar violation in 2016, says OSHA, which has placed the […]
Recently, a subscriber asked the following question: If we have rotating machinery that is contained in latched cabinets, is it an OSHA requirement that we require the use of a tool to access these cabinets?
Recently, one of our subscribers asked the following question: