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Training: Walking & Working Surfaces

AES E-Learning provides an online Learning Management Services (LMS) which makes it easy to build courses, assign them to learners, and accurately track results. The best part of our LMS platform is that it is a cloud-based training system, which means you don’t need help from your IT department to start-up and maintain an effective Training Program. You can literally begin having your team members accessing training resources today.

AES has excellent E-Learning Providers and Developers ready and capable to help you develop client-specific training material or procure and deliver commercial training products. One such commercial training available to all our clients and the general public, includes the OSHA’s Walking and Working Surfaces regulation (29 CFR 1910).

Although this training covers a wide range of issues that review a high rate of slips, trips and fall incidents; this online training module will simplify and provide training for your team members to easily understand the hazards associated with Walking an Working Surfaces. After completing this training, students will learn where these hazards exist, learn how to identify them, and how to reduce the risk of injuries from falls.

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Texas Pipeline Worker Dead

Texas Pipeline Worker Dead
A week ago (Wednesday, the 8th of August), multiple explosions rocked an El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline in Midland Country, Texas. A 30-year veteran of the energy industry and operations manger at Navitas Midstream Partners, 63-year-old Bud Taylor of San Angelo, Texas was responding to a leak which resulted in an explosion that subsequently took his life. Two additional explosions occurred, which also resulted in four other pipeline workers and two fire-fighters being injured.

All five were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. Last Friday, a hospital spokesman announced Taylor died from his injuries with one of the four pipeline workers remaining in critical condition and two others in serious condition. The workers were treated and subsequently released.

Although the causes of the leak, which lead to multiple explosions and fires, are still unknown, the company is cooperation with local, state as well as federal authorities who have began and/or initiated an investigation. Midland County is home to the Permian Basin oilfield, one of the largest oilfields in the United States. Currently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has filed no violations against Navitas, however this recent incident that killed Taylor and injured six others is considered a serious event. AES Marne will continue to monitor this investigation and provide any updates that follow.

For further information about this or other Environmental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health Compliance process, periodically visit our website or contact our offices at (210) 430-3469

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OSHA Provides $10.5 Million In Training Grants

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced funding opportunities for Targeted Topic Training Grants, Training and Educational Materials Development Grants, and Capacity Building Grants. OSHA has made $10.5 million available for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, as well as colleges and universities.

The grant program, also known as the Susan Harwood Training Grants, supports the creation of training and education programs for workers and employers on workplace safety and health hazards, responsibilities and rights. Target audiences include undeserved, low-literacy, and high-hazard industry workers and employers. Funding opportunities for grant opportunities are available through September 2, 2018. Organizations may apply online at

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How Many Deaths Are Too Many?

In the past month, New York City, the city recognized as the modern-day center of world economics and industry, has experienced four (4) fatalities, in three (3) separate workplace accidents. All of these incidents are still being investigated, as it is not clear what led to these tragedies. However, the timing and increase in frequency of workplace fatalities has brought safety to the forefront attention of local lawmakers and workplace health agencies. These include:
• on June 25, two men were killed when eleven slabs of Corian fell on them at XPO Logistics;
• on July 24, a YRC Freight worker was killed at a farm in Eden when a 3,700 pound of scaffolding fell on him; and,
• on July 25, a Spectrum contractor was electrocuted in Yorkshire after contacting a primary electric line.

Workplace safety applies to all people in all industries. Safety begins with employer ownership, and the employers’ willingness to implement and enforce safety management systems in the workplace. It is the responsibility of both employers and employees to know how to keep their workplace as possible and when to address irregular or unsafe conditions.

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OSHA Safety Campaign: SAFE + SOUND WEEK

Improving the safety and health program is one of the most effective ways to reduce injuries and illnesses, as well as improve overall business operations. Workplace safety programs can increase worker satisfactions, improve productivity and reduce costs associated with workplace injuries.

Promoting this mission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is encouraging all business owners to commit to workplace safety and health by participating in Safe+Sound Week, August 13-19, 2018. This nationwide event has been created to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, workers’ participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

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Workplace Electrocution Claims Another Life

Last Friday morning, Elkhart Police were called to investigate the death of a 21 year old employee who was working on power lines when he made contact with an active power line. The victim was found dead at the scene. The worker, a contractor working on a line owned and operated by Indiana Michigan Power, was transferred to the Medical Examiner Department for autopsy as police are continuing their investigation.

This is the worst outcome imaginable for any workplace electrical incident. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), about 76,000 office workers nationwide have disabling injuries every year. Although the most frequent type of incidents are falls, (either from heights, tripping or slippery surfaces), many injuries also occur as the result of contact with electrical equipment or appliances. To protect our workforce, we should properly educate them and ensure that the workplace is safe and free from electrical hazards. Some methods or precautions to aid in preventing workplace electrical accidents, include but are not limited to:

Use only equipment that is properly grounded or double-insulated.
• Only use equipment that has been approved by a national testing laboratory or regulatory authority.
• Unplug or disconnect machinery or equipment before servicing or repairing and check to make sure the machinery or equipment is actually disconnected, powered down and turned off prior to service.
• Do not ignore warning signs. It an item makes an unusual noise, smokes or sparks, take it out of service immediately and tag it “DO NOT USE”.
• Do not use electrical machinery or equipment near water or wet surfaces.

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An increase in the number of people killed due to workplace accidents has become a significant reminder for the need of a continued focus on worker protection. In the past week alone;
• Two men in South Edmonton who suffered serious injuries were sent to the hospital after a metal train cart incident.
• A 64-year old man died while working at a construction site at the Bay Roberts Mall.
• An elderly man died in a Monaghan farm accident after falling into a slurry pit.
• A worker was crushed in a hydraulic lift accident at Foutaindale, suffering a crushed chest and pelvis.
• Among many other accidents.

Recent statistics revealed workplace fatalities have been on the rise as opposed to last year. With almost six months left in 2018, and decreasing workplace safety processes, we are surely to see a much greater increase for the year. This does not even include those who are seriously injured at work as well. When you consider the emotional and financial implications on families, the impact of workplace accidents has both an impact on employers and families. What is your company doing to combat this trend?

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Two Dead, Fourth Accident in Two Years

In the wake of an ongoing Federal Investigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigation a workplace injury from earlier this year. However, now XPO Logistics is undergoing an additional workplace investigation for its fourth accident in two years. On Monday, the 25th of June, XPO Logistics sustained an industrial accident in Lockport, New York which has left two men dead.

The previous accident, which occurred in January this year, and is still being investigated by OSHA, is a workplace injury involving forklift operations. Although the incident is still under investigation, it is unclear as to whether the company was fined for this or any other previous violations.

The other two previous accidents in early August 2017, at its New York City location, and XPO employee was injured when he was struck by a tractor trailer. The employee sustained “several fractured ribs” and was hospitalized. Only a few months earlier, in June 2017, a truck driver at the Albany XPO Warehouse fractured his pelvis when he was struck by an 800 pound box. The employee was “hospitalized for more than two days”.

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Is your child riding a bicycle this summer? Bike riding can be both a fun and healthy event. It can also
give your child a good sense of independence. However, a bicycle is a bicycle, not just a toy. You must make sure that your child is aware of safe riding. Here are some safety tips in order to make sure that your child is safe this summer:

• Always have your child wear a helmet every time he/she rides a bike.
• Always teach your child the safety rules of the road to help keep them safe while riding on/near the street.
• Always make sure your child’s bike is kept in good working order.
• Make sure your child can be seen easily, by always wearing bright-colored or reflective clothing.
• Don’t allow your child to ride when it is dark.

By having your child learn safety early in life, you can help ensure a lifetime of safe bicycle riding. As a rule, children should avoid riding on the road, they should ride on the sidewalk. Make sure that your child is able to demonstrate the skill and knowledge needed to keep safe. Your children will mimic your behavior. The methods and safe work practices you used to operate your automobile is seen by your children. Always be a model of safety for your children.

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Last week, a Rhode Island resident was painting a home in Woonsocket, when Emergency Services were notified that the man had been injured. A 64 year old resident of Pawtucket, was electrocuted while painting a home last Friday about 1 PM. He was transported to the hospital and died Saturday evening.

Ted Kresse, A National Grid spokesperson, reported that several utility workers were dispatched to the scene of the accident and subsequently de-energized the area so that first responders (Emergency Services) could provide assistance. Although there is no specific cause identified for the 64 year old man to be electrocuted, Kresse stated that further details will be released following a complete investigation, and “they are working with authorities to determine what happened”.

Local, as well as federal agencies are beginning to inquire about the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), also responded to the scene.