The headline from Jacksonville, FL reads, “OSHA: . As being an EHS professional, I feel like I must be able to develop a better retort then, “Well, duh,” but it seems to be awfully appropriate here. Preventable incidents – preventable deaths – are what we do. All incidents, injuries, and fatalities are avoidable so we feel that to be true, because if we didn’t, why would we do this in the first place?The sad truth is that the very existence of that headline implies that the thought of preventing incidents, injuries, and fatalities in the workplace is an alien concept to the non-EHS professional.
The avoidable dying in question took place when a roofing company dropped 24 feet to the floor via a skylight that didn’t…wait for it…have a basic safety cage!
Experienced somebody carried out an evaluation of the work space, experienced an individual been knowledgeable sufficient to find out that skylights really are a drop hazard, experienced someone with authority was adamant that the skylights be guarded, experienced the staff felt motivated adequate to reject to work in a hazardous circumstance, roofing company John W. Mls III would probably be living nowadays.
The good thing is that Osha Safety Training, Pinnacle Roofers, Inc., with two willful and two severe offenses worth $154,000 (would that be a acceptable benefit on the cherished one’s life if their company willfully do something – or neglected to make a move – that triggered your loved one’s dying?). The bad reports is the fact that those charges do nothing to create Mr. Mls back again through the dead.
As we have created about prior to, in posts similar to this and also this, skylights are an usually overlooked risk. Whether or not it is because individuals tend to feel the skylight is sufficiently strong enough to back up them or simply because they are more concerned with the rooftop benefit, over and over companies put their staff in danger close to these lighting fixtures. Yet, abatement of vooeet risk is straightforward. Whether or not a company decides to construct or purchase rails to protect the skylights or install nets or cages, a solution may be in place within a several hours. Rather, workers still die.
For those who own structures with skylights, think about installing long lasting side rails or cages that will help a worker’s bodyweight. This may save tons of head aches in terms of preparing your homes roof work and, possibly, stop a tragedy each time a servicing person heads up to the rooftop for “just a minute” with no preparing at all to find a drip. Maybe this will be the difference in between somebody who just dropped their equilibrium and somebody who plunged for their death. You may helps you to save a life.