Help Workers Elevate Safety to a New Level on Cranes and Derricks June 2011 In August 2010, federal OSHA issued a new standard on cranes and derricks in construction, and Cal/OSHA is expected to bring its own rules for cranes and derricks into alignment with the new federal standard this year. Employees who work on cranes and derricks must receive training under the new regulation. Federal OSHA estimates that the new rule will save 22 lives and prevent 175 injuries each year. . . . more »
Keep Workers' Hands Clear; Safe Operating Procedures for Workers Using Miter Saws May 2011 A crew from Petersen Brothers Construction in Brea was installing an adjustable paver pedestal system at a worksite in 2008 when a worker was injured using a miter saw. The worker was cutting plastic tubing, the tube "kicked," and the employee cut his thumb on the saw. A follow-up inspection by Cal/OSHA resulted in two citations against Petersen Brothers for not maintaining the miter saw in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and not training the saw operator. . . . more »
Owens-Illinois Glass Container, Inc., of Oakland manufactures glass bottles. After a Cal/OSHA inspection triggered by an employee complaint, the facility was cited for violating the guarding requirements for hot pipes and hot surfaces found in General Industry Safety Orders Section 3308 because the areas around its bottle manufacturing machinery were not guarded. Workers were exposed not only to the hazards of moving machinery but also to the risk of burns.
Kitchen Safety Checklist November 2010 The holidays are upon us--it's a time when food is prepared in abundance, cooks try a little harder than usual, and people who don't normally venture into a kitchen may try their hand. That means it's also a good time for a kitchen safety refresher. . . . more »
New Cal/OSHA Rule Requires Rollover Protection And Operator Training for Power Lawn Mowers November 2010 On Aug. 30, 2004, Michael Petrini was mowing at the Santa Barbara Mission when the lawn tractor he was riding hit a rock and tumbled over a ledge. Petrini was killed. Because of their son's death, Petrini's parents petitioned the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to amend General Industry Safety Orders Section 3563, Power Lawn Mowers, to require rollover protective systems (ROPSs) and seat belts, which they feel could have spared their son's life. . . . more »