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Injury at Tesla Solar Business Draws Company’s Biggest Safety Fine

Federal safety officials fined Tesla Inc. more than $110,000, the biggest safety fine in the company’s history, after an employee received a high-voltage electrical shock at a solar energy facility in Massachusetts.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued nine “serious” safety citations against Tesla last month, with fines totaling $110,863. The citations stem from an injury to a Tesla employee working on a solar energy project at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. KEEP READING

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2016

The BLS report was released December 2017. A total of 5,190 workers died from an occupational injury in 2016. That number increased by 7 percent from 2015 and is the highest count since 2008. This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008. Continue Reading

Michael Foods faces $188K in OSHA fines after September worker death

Michael Foods Faces OSHA Fines

WAKEFIELD, Nebraska | The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Michael Foods Egg Processing in Wakefield with six safety violations totaling $188,464 in proposed penalties as a result of an investigation into a fatal incident that occurred at the plant in September. READ FULL ARTICLE

 

Stark Safety Offers Program Updating Services

The ultimate purpose of a gap analysis is to identify where your over-all electrical safety program may be falling short for compliance and for being effective.

The best way to improve a program is to have a third party objectively review it and identify where it may be lacking.

The following is a broad scope for an overall gap analysis for your electrical safety program:

  • A review of existing documents including but not limited to existing :
    • Electrical safety
    • LOTO policies
    • Training materials, methods, knowledge verification
    • Electrical one line diagrams and documents related to your arc flash analysis (Reports or project files, samples of Labels)
    • List of PPE items you have and who has
  • Description of job classifications, titles and jobs tasks that involve electrical
  • Who you would have in control of authorizing if and when power can be made electrically safe (communication chain of command)
  • Review listing of existing work group descriptions and any existing scope of work that can be provided to evaluate their exposure to electrical
  • Perform audit on group’s activities, and inspect PPE and other related protocol, equipment
  • Follow up meetings to:
    • Review our findings of existing program gaps that client would need to make decision on improvement options. (via phone/web conference or on site)
    • Review meeting for Policy draft presentation and discussion
  • It is often most effective (but not required), if a site inspection is a part of this process to see actual work conditions, task evaluate and also how workers are responding to existing process and policy.

2018 NFPA 70E Safety Seminars in Eastern PA

Anderson CSS in conjunction with Stark Safety Consultants is proud to present a 2 days of 2018 NFPA 70E safety seminar. SEE OUR CALENDAR

 

 

2016 SSC Digital Brochure is now live!

STARK SAFETY CONSULTANTS 2016

Our first issue of our digital brochure is now available at the GET INFORMED button on our home page.  Or you can use the QR code below.

SSC 2016

 

Thanks; Stark Safety Consultants.

See us at NECA show – Chicago Sept 26-Oct 1

2015 NFPA 70E: Key changes for PPE

The new NFPA 70E is just a few weeks from being published.  Here are a few upcoming changes that may have impact on your PPE approach and methodology:

  • Hazard Risk Category 0 has been removed
  • Tables have been restructured -determine if task is an arc flash hazard…then separate page for verifying system parameters for PPE determination
  • HRC globally removed and replaced with PPE level
  • 2 methods for determining selection of PPE -either but NOT Both methods can be used on same piece of equipment
  • Arc flash analysis revised to be “part” of an overall electrical risk assessment (label alone not necessarily enough to determine safe work practices)
  • Warning labels: Incident or arc flash PPE category to be on the label….BUT NOT BOTH

For more info and help addressing these changes contact Stark Safety Consultants at: Info@starksafetyconsultants.com

 

Tyndale posts 1910.269 final rule Q&A

Tyndale OSHA 1910 269 FAQ

Arc flash – The dangers persists

According to data from National Fire Protection Association, the National Safety Council, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 arc flash accidents happen every day in the U.S. – and more than 3,600 disabling electrical contact injuries happen every year.

Last year in Oregon two workers were seriously burned in arc flash incidents:

To read the entire article, click here:

http://www.cbs.state.or.us/osha/construction-depot/2013-02/2013-02-03.html#.USTNpmcQO0J