Many were surprised last month when NASCAR favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr., announced his departure from racing at the end of this year’s season. The driver was concerned that a future injury may end his career, but could permanently impact his health. His father, the racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr., died during the 2001 Daytona 500.
Servicing and maintaining equipment is dangerous business, causing up to 50,000 injuries and 120 fatalities, including electrocution, burns, crush injuries, cuts, lacerations, amputations, and fractures, each year. Under the new administration, can we expect any changes to OSHA’s lockout/tagout rules or their enforcement?
Think your business is too big to pursue a goal of zero injuries? Union Pacific says it’s inching ever closer. In 2016, Union Pacific became the safest U.S. railroad and achieved the best annual employee safety performance in its 154-year history.
Environmental audits can be great tools to help assess compliance liabilities and provide a basis for minimizing liabilities by bringing to light areas of noncompliance. They can lead to implementation of corrective measures before federal or state inspectors and investigators visit a facility.
For the first time since the ergonomics rule was overturned by using the Congressional Review Act during the last days of the Clinton administration, yesterday, the Senate voted 50-48 to adopt H.J. Res 83, overturning OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally known as the “Volks” rule.