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Appeals Board decisions: Board rules that primary employers cannot delegate safety responsibilities
November 2014
At Aware Products in Chatsworth, workers manufacture and package shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products. Maria Mata, a temporary employee leased to Aware by Staffchex, a temporary agency, had worked at the facility for 5 years, operating a bottle filling and capping machine. Four to six times a week, the machine would jam. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Policy for out-of-service equipment
September 2014
A system for identifying malfunctioning or broken equipment and tools, and removing them from service, is vital to worker safety. But what happens once the "out-of-service" tag is applied? Without a clear policy, workers may not know how to handle this equipment. Is the equipment permanently out of service? If not, under what conditions can it be returned to service? Our policy will help you provide your workers with important guidance. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions Workers are struck; Employers' appeals are struck down
February 2014
Sometimes a worker is in the wrong place at the wrong time--for example, right in the path of something that's about to move. That's what happened to two workers who were struck by objects that moved unexpectedly. In both cases, the employers were held liable because of failures at the management level. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Safety equipment sign-out sheet
COCA Online Exclusive November 2013
Having the right gear can mean the difference between life and death for workers. But if you have equipment that is used on a task basis, rather than being assigned to a specific worker, it may have a tendency to "wander off" and not come home. . . . more »
Crushing injuries: Recent fatalities highlight hazards; Identify and control crushing hazards
September 2013
Five California workers were fatally crushed in June and July of this year. . . . more »
Featured resource: How does your PSM program stack up?
September 2013
Following the Chevron Richmond oil refinery fire in August 2012, California formed an Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety to examine ways to improve public and worker safety through enhanced oversight of refineries and to strengthen emergency preparedness in anticipation of any future incident. . . . more »
Elevating work platforms: The 5 leading causes of deadly accidents and how to prevent them
January 2013
Work at elevation always exposes workers to the hazard of a deadly fall. The use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs, also known as aerial work platforms or AWPs), such as boom lifts and scissor lifts, can provide a measure of safety. Unfortunately, the enhanced safety provided by guardrails as well as the ability to have both hands free to work and a place to put tools and equipment are to some degree offset by the hazards of the elevating equipment itself. . . . more »
Featured resource: Check your welding, cutting, and brazing safety
January 2013
Whenever workers are welding, cutting, or brazing, they are at risk. Fire is the most obvious hazard, but compressed gas cylinders, electricity, and hazardous welding fumes also pose hazards. Check your welding, cutting, and brazing operations for safety with this checklist, adapted from federal OSHA. . . . more »
Crushing injuries: Investigations find victims weren't trained on job hazards; Prevent this common killer
August 2012
In May, California's Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (CA-FACE) program released its investigation reports on two workers who were fatally crushed at work. The two incidents occurred under very different circumstances--one worker was in an excavation, and the other was performing maintenance on a vehicle. But the program's recommendation for preventing the hazard was the same: Both workers should have been trained in the hazards of their jobs. . . . more »
Construction: Watch out for that bulldozer! How to keep pedestrians safe around moving equipment
July 2012
At a Glendale worksite, a carpenter was struck and killed by a front-end loader when he walked through the area where the loader was operating to retrieve work materials from storage and was in the loader's blind spot. Cal/OSHA cited the employer for a violation of Construction Safety Orders (CSO) Section 1592 for failing to control its earthmoving equipment in a way that protected workers on foot. It was assessed an $18,000 fine. . . . more »
Appeals Board Decisions: Recent Cases Highlight Excavator Hazards; Beware Of Equipment and Site Hazards
January 2012
Workers on and around excavators are exposed to hazards created by the equipment itself as well as hazards that vary by worksite--and either type of hazard can cause serious injuries or death. Two recent cases illustrate these hazards. . . . more »
Legislation: Governor Signs Occupational Safety-Related Laws; New Requirements For Safe Patient Handling, Body Artists, and Pipelines
December 2011
The Legislature had a busy session in 2011, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed a flurry of bills into law this fall--including three that will affect occupational safety and health in California. We'll provide an overview of those laws. . . . more »
Trainer's Handbook: Safe Work Procedures Can Prevent Deadly Nail Gun Injuries; Train Workers to Safely Handle This Powerful Equipment
December 2011
Nail guns are used every day on many construction jobs. Although they boost productivity, nail guns also cause tens of thousands of painful injuries each year. . . . more »
Standards Update: Cal/OSHA Adopts Updates to Ship Building Rules and First Aid for Electrical Workers
December 2011
Cal/OSHA recently adopted two federal rules that bring its regulations into line with new and existing federal rules. Both rules were "Horcher adoptions," meaning that the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has made only editorial and format changes necessary to conform the federal standards to California's other state laws and standards. . . . more »
OSHA and NIOSH release nail gun safety guide
November 2011
Federal OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have teamed up to publish a new guide designed to help employers and workers prevent work-related nail gun injuries. The guid . . . more »
Appeals Board Decisions: 'Transportation' Standard Applies to Parked Forklift Load; Three Key Findings You Should Know
November 2011
Loren Roose worked as a preventive maintenance and repair technician for Forklift Sales of Sacramento, Inc., in Fresno. While Roose was at a customer's facility in 2005, he was asked to repair the wheels on a pallet jack. . . . more »
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