The headline from Jacksonville, FL reads, “OSHA: . As being an EHS professional, I feel like I should 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 should do. All incidents, injuries, and fatalities are avoidable so we believe that to be true, as 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 declined 24 toes to the ground via a skylight that didn’t…wait for it…have a safety cage!
Had somebody done an assessment in the work area, got somebody been experienced enough to learn that skylights certainly are a tumble threat, got an individual with power insisted that the skylights be safeguarded, got the workers experienced motivated enough to refuse to work in a harmful scenario, roofer John W. Mls III would possibly be alive today.
The good news is that Osha 10 Training, Pinnacle Roofers, Inc., with two willful and two serious offenses well worth $154,000 (would that be a acceptable benefit on your adored one’s lifestyle if their workplace willfully did anything – or failed to take action – that resulted in your loved one’s dying?). The bad news is that those charges do nothing at all to take Mr. Mls back from your deceased.
As we have written about just before, in content articles such as this and also this, skylights are an often ignored risk. Whether it is because people tend to believe the skylight is strong enough to back up them or simply because they’re much more concerned about the rooftop benefit, over and over businesses put their employees in danger close to these fittings. Yet, abatement of vooeet hazard is easy. Whether a company determines to develop or purchase rails to safeguard the skylights or set up nets or cages, an answer may be in position in a several hours. As an alternative, staff continue to die.
For those of you who very own properties with skylights, consider installing permanent side rails or cages that will assistance a worker’s weight. This may conserve plenty of head aches with regards to organizing your homes roof function and, possibly, stop a tragedy whenever a upkeep person heads approximately the roofing for “just a minute” without organizing at all to find a leak. Maybe this will be the real difference between someone who just dropped their equilibrium and a person who plunged to their dying. Perhaps you can save a life.