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AES Marine informs safety, health and environmental professionals in the production, manufacturing, construction and service sectors about trends, management strategies, loss prevention, regulatory news and new products that help them provide a safe and healthy workplace.

Employees State Workplace Fatality Preventable 
February 18, 2019

Following a crushing injury this past Friday, the 15th of February, a production line worker with 24 years of experience with the company was pronounced dead Sunday.  The worker was pinned in a machine, suffering critical injuries to his abdomen, at the GE Appliance Park refrigeration production line in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

A local news channel released an investigative news story with co-workers reporting, ‘…there was numerous complaints about ‘faulty safety features.’  “There is a gate that when it opens, it’s supposed to stop the line as a safety precaution and it did not work.”  “The company loves to tell us that safety is their No.1 issue but it’s not.  They put it on the back burner,” the co-worker stated.

 

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A spokesperson for GE released the following statement, “There is an ongoing investigation of the incident. We have a robust safety process and are already working with OSHA. We are committed to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees.” Louisville Metro Police Department are also investigating the “workplace accident.”

For further information about this or any other Environmental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health compliance processes, news or events, periodically visit our website www.aesmarine.com or contact our offices (210) 430-3469.

 

117 Lives Taken by The Sea 
February 11, 2019

117 lives taken by the sea

Last month, an Italian Navy patrol plane spotted a dinghy vessel with “about 120 persons aboard” sinking into sea. The planed dropped two life-rafts near the sinking vessel, which inflated, and subsequently an Italian Navy Destroyer also launched a helicopter to the scene. A total of three survivors (two from a life-raft and one from the water) were rescued by the helicopter crew. All three survivors, requiring emergency medical treatment, were flown to a hospital and treated for hypothermia.

The three, are the last survivors of “about 120” migrants who were launched from Libyan shores on the smugglers’ dinghy vessel with migrants from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Sudan; all of whom were trying to reach Europe. The survivors reported the vessel began taking on water “after a few hours, it began sinking and people began drowning.” The survivors stated they had started their voyage the day before.

The survivors stated, “many of those on-board wear not wearing life vests,” a life-saving piece of equipment which requires an extra cost when boarding a smuggler’s boat in Libya; which many of the migrants cannot afford. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), almost 2,300 people died at sea or went missing trying to reach Europe in 2018. The Italian government has banned private rescue boats from bringing migrants to Italian shores, claiming their efforts could facilitate trafficking.

For further information about this or any other Environmental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health compliance processes, news or events, periodically visit our website www.aesmarine.com or contact our offices (210) 430-3469.

API Oil Gas Safety Report 
January 21, 2019

Recently, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a Workplace Safety Report showing that occupational injuries and illnesses for the oil and gas industry occur at a substantially lower rate than many other industries and are continuing to decline.

“Safety has always been paramount to the natural gas and oil industry. As this report demonstrates, the industry’s leading workplace safety record reflects our commitment to safe and health working environments,” stated Debra Phillips, vice president of API Global Industry Services (GIS). “With strong industry leadership, we continue to enhance our approach to training, prevention and continuous improvement – incorporating advanced technologies, materials and practices as we strive toward our industry-wide goal of zero incidents.”

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API Oil Gas Safety Report

An Employee’s Life is Worth? 
January 14, 2019

An Employees Life is Worth

Last week, for the first time in thirty (30) years, an Indiana state lawmaker filed legislation to revise Indiana’s workers’ compensation system and penalties for workplace safety violations. Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) filed the bill following a local news investigation focusing on the death of Shacarra Hogue, who was crushed inside a press machine at Fort Wayne Plastics on January 7, 2018.

Following the 23-year-old death, state investigators discovered Fort Wayne Plastics had removed safety features from that machinery, so employees could physically climb inside it. Hogue was fatally wounded after a coworker turned on the press as she stood in it. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration ultimately fined the company $6,300, and since Shacarra Hogue did not have any dependents, Hogue’s family received only $10,000 in workers’ compensation payouts.

Rep. Carbaugh new legislation would increase maximum penalties for employers cited for certain safety violations, increase from $7,000 to $100,000 the fine imposed on a company for each worker killed in a workplace incident involving company fault, and remove the opportunity for a negotiated reduction in penalties. “Hopefully, a penalty such as this would make employer think twice; ….it doesn’t cost much to risk the life employees,” Rep. Carbaugh stated upon filing the bill. For further information about this or any other Environmental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health compliance processes, news or events, periodically visit our website www.aesmarine.com or contact our offices (210) 430-3469.

 

Legal Marijuana Use in the Workplace
January 07, 2019

Canadian WorkSafeBC has launched an awareness campaign in an effort to educate employers and workers about possible impairment for the use of legalized recreational marijuana. WorkSafeBC has launched this campaign to advise employers to develop policies that address possible impairment at work and has published literature which outlines managing workplace impairment and policy development.

Tom Borklehurst, director of prevention practices and quality at WorkSafeBC released a press statement, “Impairment in the workplace isn’t a new issue in British Columbia, but it’s become top of mind as cannabis becomes legal for recreational use. We’re reaching out to employers and workers to remind them that they share responsibility for managing impairment in the workplace.”

Canada, like ten states in the United States have legalize recreational cannabis use. However, these states, like Michigan, have already been developing legislation to instruct employers on handling employees who utilize cannabis. For example, Michigan ballot initiative stated, “Employers may not refuse to hire, discharge, discipline, or otherwise take an adverse employment action against a person…because of that person’s violation of a workplace drug policy or because that person was working while under the influence of marijuana.” Also, although legal, the employer is not required to permit recreational marijuana consumption, “in any workplace or on the employer’s property.”

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Standards Clarified for OSHA Issuing Citations
December 18, 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interpretation letter to explain the requirements and how they apply the citation process to employers for exposing employees to respiratory hazard from exposure to an air contaminant. However, when a citation isn’t warranted, a “hazard alert letter” may be submitted to an employer.

The OSHA Act requires each employer to “furnish to employees, employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” OSHA, when enforcing this requirement, must ensure the following elements have been established to prove a violation of the general duty clause:
1. The employer failed to keep the workplace free of a hazard to which employees of that employer were exposed;
2. The hazard was recognized;
3. The hazard was causing or was likely to cause death or serious physical harm; and,
4. There was a feasible and useful method to correct the hazard.

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Manufacturer Exposing Workers To Amputation Hazards
December 3, 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has issued a citation to Sabel Steel Service Inc. for exposing workers to potential amputation, fall and other hazards at its Alabama facilities. The fines could add up to more than $310K for serious and repeated violations.

The inspections conducted by OSHA representatives were part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations. The purpose of this program is to identify and to reduce workplace machinery and equipment hazards which have the potential cause amputations. This program is planned to continue through September 2019 and is subject to be extended.

“Employers are required to conduct regular assessments of their workplaces to identify safety hazards that can put employees at risk for serious or fatal injuries,” stated OSHA Mobile, Alabama Area Office Director Joseph Roesler.

Manufacturer Exposing Workers To Amputation Haazrds

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I Risked My Child's Life! November 26, 2018

I risked my Childs life

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Safety begins at home! This is an all too familiar phrase heard throughout almost every industry. Unfortunately, one family discovered that in appreciating the hard work their children were performing, they would actually be placing their children at risk. Being aware and constantly worrying about safety is not just a work-related issue, safety awareness should encompass every aspect of your life.

We constantly try to predict the future in order to help decide what we should do next and also over the longer term. When we predict that we are likely to come to some harm, then we feel unsafe. The greater the likelihood of this happening, the more unsafe we feel. Physical safety means freedom from physical harm. Such harm can come from other people and from our environment. We realize when to be safe, why to be safe, and unfortunately, we go out of way to learn how to be safe only when there is an immediate threat.

This past fall, a family in upstate New York never realized that by demonstrating their daughters’ honor roll status on a bumper sticker of their family vehicle, they would be providing the tools to child predators.  Although successfully prevented, a convicted sexual offender attempted to engage one of the daughters in the neighborhood park by calling out her name (7-year-old “Tabitha”) and claiming her sister (using her sister’s name as well, 8-year-old “Maggie”) was in trouble.  Trusting the man, Tabitha began to approach the stranger when another parent stopped her.  Safety preparation takes planning, discussion, time and training.  An accident/unwanted event occurs when we lack safety awareness.

 

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Workplace Accident Claims Woman's Life November 20, 2018

A young lady was killed in a workplace accident last week at FreightCar America.  Angel Foster, the deceased, was severely injured after being caught in a piece of machinery.  She was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.

 

Aleiah Bailey, a close friend of the deceased and former worker (welder) at FreightCar, had previously left the company since she experienced too many close calls/near accidents.  “My mom called me at like 2:30.  My kid and I were in bed and she said, ‘Angel died.’  I was thinking ‘no’,” Bailey said.

 

The accident occurred late Tuesday evening on the assembly line.  FreightCar America’s vice president of human relations, David Benson, did not give specific details regarding the accident, but say supers supervisors wouldn’t knowingly place workers’ lives in danger.  “We run very strict safety rules and protocols, we’d never let that happen,” Benson said.

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Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.  FreightCar America resumed production two days later.  For further information about this or any other Environmental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health compliance processes, news or events, periodically visit our website www.aesmarine.com or contact our offices (210) 430-3469.

Children are Being Injured and Killed November 12, 2018

children are being injured and killed

"Children are being injured or killed...," is an opening salvo to a petition on the White House website which is aimed at making school bus safety a federal law. This petition was introduced following the death of three siblings who were killed in Indiana when they were struck by a pickup truck while walking to their bus stop. This story was publicized by CNN on the 2nd of November, who deported five fatalities were reported in three days, with incidents in Indiana, Mississippi, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The petitioners have requested thath both the President and Congress inititate the legislation that will keep our children safe by "instituting severe penalties on persons who choose to violate the red lights on a bus such as 30 days in jail, 90-days DL (Driver's License) suspension, 12 points on license and mandatory minimum $5,000.00 for the first offense.

The petition was inititated on the 31st of October and is required to have 100,000 signatures in 30 days (the 30th of November) to receive a response from the White House. By Sunday afternoon, the 11th of November, the petition had less than 1,500 signatures.

For further information about this or any other Enviromental Regulatory, Occupational Safety and Health compliance processes, news or events, periodically visit our website www.aesmarine.com or contact our offices (210) 430-3469