OSHA is partnering with worker safety organizations on #MySafeSummerJob, a social media campaign to educate young workers about their rights in the workplace, how to speak up about dangerous work conditions, and how to protect themselves on the job. Join OSHA, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, and others over the next five weeks – April 15 through May 17 – to promote safety among young workers. Check out materials and ideas at the #MySafeSummerJob website.
Thousands of worksites will join OSHA and its partners for the annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction with events across the country from May 6-10. Employers and workers will pause during the workday to talk about fall hazards, OSHA compliance, and industry best practices to prevent falls in all workplaces. The lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited OSHA violation. Share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.
In early April, OSHA joined industry and labor leaders, and safety professionals for trench safety events in Warren, Ohio, and the Chicago area. Participants received presentations on soil mechanics, shoring equipment, and trench safety regulations. Every year, workers are seriously and fatally injured from trench collapses, often because the trenches are improperly sloped, shored, or shielded. For more information on trenching hazards and solutions, see OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage.
OSHA Chief of Staff Krisann Pearce addresses attendees of the Alliance Program Forum in Washington, D.C.
Representatives from more than 50 current, former, and prospective national alliances met on April 4 for the Alliance Program Forum in Washington, D.C. Participants learned about OSHA’s safety and health initiatives from agency leadership, and shared information with one another about tools and resources to help employers protect workers. OSHA Chief of Staff Krisann Pearce participated in the event and commended attendees for helping OSHA provide workplace safety and health information to 8.9 million employers and workers during fiscal year 2018.
Governors Laura Kelly of Kansas, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, Michael L. Parson of Missouri, and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska signed proclamations recognizing March 25-29 as Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week. The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of grain industry hazards, including bin entry, machine guarding, falls, heat, combustible dust, and struck-by. The governors recognized the efforts of participating organizations to ensure worker safety with proper training, supervision, and equipment.
More information is on the Stand-Up for Grain Safety website.
Dowa THT America Inc. was cited for exposing workers to atmospheric, thermal, electrical, and mechanical hazards while they performed maintenance inside heat-treating furnaces. The company was cited for 25 violations of confined spaces, fall, machine guarding, respiratory, chemical, and electrical safety and health standards. Dowa THT faces $1,339,596 in penalties and has been placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
Read the news release for more information.