Safety Matters

I just came back from a safety training meeting on lockout/tag-out. At first I wondered why I needed to attend as I sit in front of a computer all day. I came from the meeting with a real appreciation for why my company insists that all employees attend. While I may not be directly involved, I do venture out in the shop. Having a working knowledge on safety not only protects me but provides an additional set of eyes for potential issues.

Did you know that of the 125 million US workers, 4,547 died on the job in 2010 and 3.6 million had reportable injuries.  – Some sobering statistics that I do not plan to be part of.

OSHA recently released the top ten citations for 2010. They are:

Subject

Code

Number

Of Citations

Scaffolding, Construction  29CFR 1926.451

8,371

Fall Protection,Construction  29CFR 1926.501

7,559

Hazard Communication, General Industry  29CFR 1910.1200

6,633

Respiratory Protection,General Industry  29CFR 1910.134

3,932

Ladders, Construction  29CFR 1926.1053

3,820

Lockout / Tag out, General Industry  29CFR 1910.147

3,531

Electrical Wiring Methods, General Industry…  29CFR 1910.305

3,381

Powered Industrial Trucks, General Industry..  29CFR 1910.178

3,224

Electrical Systems Design,General Industry…  29CFR 1910.303

2,770

You can find a copy of 29 CFR on the Department of Labor’s website. They also have a plethora of manuals and training info.

I hope the company that you work for is as concerned for its employees as mine is.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer

Phone (513) 671-3322
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