Worm Gear Clamps: A Little Known, Yet Serious Violation

Worm Gear Clamps: A Little Known, Yet Serious Violation

A common finding, and apparently another little-known violation, is the use of worm-gear type clamps for securing air nozzles and other equipment to compressed air hoses (Figure A). I probably see this serious violation at about 90 percent of the facilities I enter....
With Authority Comes Responsibility

With Authority Comes Responsibility

A storm was rolling through my neighborhood bringing wind and heavy rain. I watched what I considered to be both a miracle of nature and the epitome of parenthood unfold in my front yard. A pair of robins had built a nest in a dogwood tree in front of my bay window...
The Importance of Hand Tool Safety

The Importance of Hand Tool Safety

Hand tools and the use of hand tools seems simple and straight-forward; therefore, few employers provide any training in hand tool safety. Likewise, few employers conduct formal tool inspections. However, employees are frequently injured by using unsafe tools or by...
OSHA Revises its Penalty Structure

OSHA Revises its Penalty Structure

Again, OSHA has increased fines to make adjustments for inflation. In case you missed it, the new penalty structure is as follows: Violation Type Penalty Repeated$132,598Willful$132,598 Serious$13,260 Other-Than-Serious$13,260 Posting Requirements$13,260 Employers...
Silica Medical Surveillance Exams…What They Are and  When Do You Need Them?

Silica Medical Surveillance Exams…What They Are and When Do You Need Them?

Approximately 2.3 million people in the United States are exposed to silica on the job.  Workers who inhale these very small crystalline silica particles are at an increased risk of developing serious diseases, which include: Silicosis, which is an incurable lung...