Case studies provide real-life examples of why it is important for learners to complete safety training and apply that knowledge back on the job. Let’s look at a few.
In the month of June alone, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued statements regarding citations to five companies where training might have helped save a worker’s life.
- OSHA proposed fines of $157,000 against a plumbing company, as a result of a January 16 incident in which a worker died from injuries sustained when a trench collapsed at a jobsite in Hastings, Nebraska. The company was cited for failing to train workers on trenching hazards and four other safety violations
“This tragedy might have been prevented with the use of protective shoring that the company planned to bring to the jobsite that afternoon. All too often, compromising safety procedures has tragic consequences, and hazards like these cause numerous deaths and injuries every year,” said Bonita Winingham, OSHA’s area director in Omaha. “No job should cost a worker’s life because an employer failed to properly protect and train them.”
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- OSHA also cited a hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal company, for 22 safety and health violations and proposed $325,710 in fines as a result of a December 28 fire and explosion at the Cincinnati waste treatment facility in which a worker was fatally burned. The violations include failure to provide new training to employees assigned to handle waste materials, train workers on the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for protection from various materials that are part of their routine assignments, and provide training and PPE to employees assigned to work on energized circuits.
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In tomorrow’s Advisor, we’ll look at three more cases—plus explore an exciting, out-of-the-box safety training resource in PowerPoint available now.