News & Events
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.
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.
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I Risked My Child's Life! November 26, 2018
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.
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 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.
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Analyzing Aimltaneous Operations (SIMOPS)
October 1, 2018
Phase and/or Task Analysis are helpful tools for industries that involve a rapidly changing work environment, various contractors, and widely different operations…does this sound familiar? An operation which involves any type of work that presents any hazard not experienced in previous operations, or an operation where a new subcontractor or work crew is required to perform the work, should never be allowed to begin until it has been properly analyzed, risk assessed, and any identified hazards mitigated.
Before beginning each phase of any work task, the contractors and job leaders should review the work plan and assess the hazards of each job phase. They should only coordinate appropriate logistics and support, but they should also prepare for hazards that can be expected and establish a plan to eliminate or control them. These hazards can be identified using various hazard analysis tools. There are various hazard analysis tools and resources available for workplace safety. One important purpose of hazard analysis, is to discover those hazards that may develop when combing multiple activities in close proximity to one another, also known as Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS)
Chemical Company Pleads Guilty
September 24, 2018
Earlier this month, seven workers were exposed to escaping chlorine gas at a Chemical Industries' storage facility in Jalan Samulun, Singapore. The facility, where liquid chlorine leaked from a 1-tonne cylinder, is on a small island of Tuas. The leak resulted the activation of an alarm from a chlorine detector, resulting in workers activating the chlorine gas emergency scrubber and exhaust system to regulate the ventilation.
Two workers quickly put on their personal protective equipment (PPE) and attempted to stop the leak. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful, and the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) was then called in and mitigated the leak. Afterwards, Chemical Industries (Far East) Ltd pleaded guilty to a charge under the Workplace Safety and Health Act for “failing to take reasonably practicable measures” to ensure the safety and health of persons performing company business. Last week the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced the company has been fined $200,000 for the chlorine leak.
Another Deepwater Horizon Incident
September 17, 2018
Are we looking at another Deepwater Horizon Incident? The disaster, which resulted in 11 dead offshore drilling workers and left 17 others injured, was recently back in the news. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill(also known as, the BP spill), has been considered to be the largest marine oilspill in the history of the petroleum industry. The BP spill, which was the result of multiple systemic failures, led to enhance and restrictive requirements under the Obama administration.
The investigation determined the systemic failures were shared by all involved, including the U.S. Government:
• The oil company, BP, which accumulated hundreds of safety violations at the time of the explosion, was pushing operations to work faster and ‘do what needed to be done to complete drilling operations.’
• The operator, Transocean, failed to report alert systems and interpret critical data, highlighting poor training.
• State and local communities were ill-prepared for such a spill, resulting in significant economic hardships.
• Government regulators had approved three successive changes to the well’s design, a week before the explosion.
All of which led to new safety rules, accountability standards, and environmental stewardship; “the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight in U.S. history,” Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management. However, the Trump administration has “rolled back this excessive bureaucracy created by the previous administration” to give more responsibility to states for offshore oil and gas drilling and making it easier for businesses to operate. Leaving many politicians asking, ‘What will happen when another Deepwater Horizon incident occurs?’
Eleven Dead in One Week
September 10, 2018
On Monday, September 3rd, eight workers were killed in an explosion at a Denel munitions depot near Somerset West. The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to a heavy plume of smoke and engulfing fire. An emergency services spokesperson stated, “upon arrival four persons were confirmed to have sustained fatal injuries and as fire-fighters conducted search and rescue efforts for six other persons, they discovered three other lives were claimed.”
The Rheinmetall-Denel plant, which is jointly owned by German and South African companies, manufacturers munitions and explosive products for the South African Military, the South African Police, as well as multiple international clients. On Thursday, September 6th, the South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) said it was worried about workplace safety following this latest incident, the first of which claimed eleven lives in one week.
Another incident, later in the week, took the lives of three firefighters who were responding to a fire at a building housing in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD). The CBD has the most-dense collection of skyscrapers in Africa. However due to security concerns, many of the buildings are unoccupied and many of the building are poorly maintained. The Citizen, a tabloid-style newspaper distributed nationally in South Africa, is reporting the government has admitted that the building in question did not comply with the stipulations of occupation, health and safety standards.
Manslaughter Charges for Woekplace Fatalities
September 4, 2018
An Australian federal parliamentary inquiry is exploring the proposal of industrial manslaughter laws being introduced in Western Australia to prevent workplace deaths. Worker’s organizations, unions, are pushing to make industrial manslaughter a specific criminal offence under workplace health and safety legislation, saying “financial penalties on their own are not an effective deterrent.”
Last week, the union addressed a public hearing requesting a senate inquiry into an industrial death in Australia and the union requested the offence should encompass circumstances where any person (workers and bystanders) who is killed in a work-related incident. Union representatives sited an incident where three pedestrians were killed when a wall on the edge of a Grocon site collapsed in Melbourne in 2014, stating “this would protect members of the public as well.”
During the public hearing, many other recent workplace fatality incidents where reviewed and discussed. The most common outcome for any company who was found to be negligent of a workplace fatality usually resulted in a monetary fine. Many families and union representatives are requesting laws which would remove industry self-regulation and make industry manslaughter a criminal offense. These same family members are asking, “At what point does the company have criminal liability?”
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