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A social media campaign has launched in Ontario to help educate young workers about workplace safety.

Parachute has introduced #Safe4Life, where young workers can have a conversation about workplace safety concerns. The launch comes at a busy time in the workplace for young workers, who are working at their summer jobs.

Worker Suffers Hand Injury; Company Fined

A worker’s hand was permanently injured after it was pulled into machinery. As a result, a manufacturing company was fined $110,000 for the incident.

The worker attempted to remove a piece of grip tape on a powered roller and the worker’s hand was pulled into the pinch point. This occurred when the machine was running.

The manufacturer failed to ensure the machine had a guard in place to protect workers.

Learn more here.

 

Protect Your Workers During Summer Shutdowns

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During the summer months, many manufacturing companies take a break that is referred to as a summer shutdown.

Summer shutdowns give these companies the opportunity to conduct much needed maintenance and repairs on equipment. By reserving maintenance activities during the shutdown, they can help ensure productivity in the workplace the rest of the year. Sometimes, old equipment is replaced during summer shutdowns.

Companies that conduct summer shutdowns are getting ready for them right now. If your company conducts summer shutdowns, how prepared are you?

Do you have all of the safety supplies you need to ensure equipment and machinery repair work is done without causing any worker injuries?

Before the shutdown begins, make sure you have enough lockout tags to effectively communicate to workers which equipment workers should not try to operate while it’s being serviced.  A complete lockout/tagout program is an effective way to keep workers safe during summer shutdowns and throughout the rest of the year.

Do you have safety signs and safety labels that also provide workers with relevant instructions? Keep workers safe by clearly informing them of potential hazards at the source.

Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is also important to provide during your summer shutdown. From eye protection to hand protection, make sure your workers are protected from safety hazards.

Give Seton a call at 855-581-1218 or visit www.seton.ca and let us help you get ready for your summer shutdown. We can answer any safety questions you have.

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Ontario is conducting safety blitzes that are scheduled to run through July 15, 2016. These blitzes will focus on fall hazards. Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit construction, industrial and mining sites, specifically low-rise and high-rise new build and renovation projects, as well as retail, restaurants and other businesses. Mines and mining plants will also be inspected.

Inspectors will look at a variety of things on the job site, and will make sure employers have proper safeguards in place to protect workers from fall hazards.

Learn more here.

Retailer Fined for Tripping Hazard

A retailer was fined $60,000 after a tripping hazard injured a worker. The worker was off-loading a pallet of paper when the incident occurred.

The worker, walking backward, tripped on an empty pallet and fell. The worker mentioned injuries to a hand and the head, and died in a hospital two weeks later.

To read more, click here.

Worker Injures Hand; Employer Fined

A paper mill operator was fined $55,000 after a worker’s hand was injured on the job.

The worker was operating a winder of a paper machine as one of the worker’s hands was placed on the top of a gate bracket. When a transfer table was automatically raised, the worker’s finger, which was between the locking pin bracket of the gate and the transfer table bracket, was injured.

It was found that there was no guard preventing access to the pinch point.

Read more here.

 

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Manitoba recently appointed Dennis Nikkel as its new chief prevention officer. Nikkel will provide guidance regarding workplace injury and illness prevention.

Nikkel has held many roles for the Manitoba government, including environmental control officer and director of occupational health for Workplace Safety and Health. He has also been the chair of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Workplace Safety and Health since 2011.

Learn more here.

Manufacturer Fined After Worker Death

A manufacturer has been fined $100,000 after a worker was killed at the company’s facility. The worker was fatally wounded after coming into contact with a moving machine part that should have been guarded. It was determined that the guard was broken.

The company pleaded guilty to the change that it failed to ensure that a machine with a moving part was guarded to prevent worker injury.

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Company and Supervisors Fined After One Worker Died, Another Injured

A company and two supervisors pleaded guilty and were fined $133,000 after one worker was killed and another worker was injured during a fall.

The workers were insulating overhead pipes in a mechanical room of a garage. They were positioned on a scissor lift near a door. When the door hit the lift, both workers fell 20 feet below to a concrete floor. One worker died from blunt head trauma injuries and died days later. The other suffered broken bones.

The company was fined for failing to protect workers’ safety and the supervisors were also fined for not properly protecting workers.

Learn more here.

Electrical Safety: What You Need to Know to Keep Workers Safe

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Working with electricity can be very dangerous.  It’s important to ensure that workers understand how to work safety with or near electricity, and that they understand the risks involved. The main types of electrical injuries they can suffer include electrocution, electric shock, burns and falls.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) offers the following tips for staying safe when working with or near electricity:

  • Inspect portable cord-and-plug connected equipment, extension cords, power bars, and electrical fittings for damage or wear before each use. Repair or replace damaged equipment immediately.
  • Always tape extension cords to walls or floors when necessary. Nails and staples can damage extension cords, causing fire and shock hazards.
  • Use extension cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using.
  • Always use the correct size fuse. Replacing a fuse with one of a larger size can cause excessive currents in the wiring and possibly start a fire.
  • Be aware that unusually warm or hot outlets may be a sign that unsafe wiring conditions exist. Unplug any cords or extension cords to these outlets and do not use until a qualified electrician has checked the wiring.
  • Always use ladders made with non-conductive side rails when working with or near electricity or power lines.
  • Place halogen lights away from combustible materials, such as cloths or curtains.
  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to interrupt an electrical circuit before a current sufficient to cause death or serious injury occurs.
  • Use a portable in-line Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) if you’re not certain that the receptacle you’re plugging an extension cord into is GFCI protected.
  • Make sure that exposed receptacle boxes are made of non-conductive materials.
  • Know where the panel and circuit breakers are located in case of an emergency.
  • Label all circuit breakers and fuse boxes clearly.
  • Don’t use outlets or cords with exposed wiring or portable cord-and-plug connected power tools with the guards removed.
  • Don’t block access to panels and circuit breakers or fuse boxes and don’t touch a person or electrical apparatus in the event of an electrical accident.

CCOHS has additional electrical safety tips, including those related to working with power tools and power cords here.

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A construction company was fined $90,000 after a young worker was killed after falling from a roof. The worker was helping to deliver concrete blocks to the roof when he fell.

The worker had received fall protection training, but was not wearing any fall protection gear when the accident happened.

The company admitted guilt to not ensuring that a fall restricting system was used where a guardrail system could not be utilized.

Learn more about the incident here.

Mining Company and Supervisor Fined for Putting Workers at Risk

A mining company and a supervisor were fined $88,000 for safety violations in a mine.

Workers backfilling part of the mine were working with sandfill, a substance consisting of sand, cement and water. The cement was known to cause chemical burns when in contact with skin.

A worker removing sections of pipe to help continue backfilling the area became stuck when sandfill poured around the worker. Seven workers freed the stuck worker, but all had burns on their legs and one needed skin grafts.

The company failed to ensure machinery was locked out and tagged before work was done on the pipes. It also failed to educate workers on the safe procedures for backfilling.

Read more about the fine here.

Recycling Company Fined in Worker Death

A recycling company was fined $225,000 after a worker was killed picking up recycling. The worker lost control of the truck he was driving. He was ejected and died from his injuries.

An investigation revealed that an occupant safety restraint device was not being used at the time of the accidents. Also, the truck’s right-side door safety restraint device was not working. In addition, the right side cab door (where the worker was operating the vehicle) was not closed and latched.

Click here to learn more.

The Fab Five Safety Training Basics

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Every facility has unique hazards that employees must be trained on to protect their health and well-being on the job. However, the following five components should be included in most every employee safety training program.

1. Use Tools and Machines Safely: Most machines have built-in safety features, such as machine guards. Guards are positioned to prevent the operator from coming into contact with dangerous moving parts of a machine. Company policy requires that guards be kept in place. Machine maintenance and servicing call for the use of lockout/tagout procedures, which require special training and authorization. Do not attempt to lock or tag a machine unless you have been authorized to do so.

2. Be Cautious with Chemicals: This means knowing the hazards associated with the chemicals you use on the job. You should be able to read and interpret chemical labels and safety data sheets. You should know what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for your job and when and how to use it. You should also know how to store chemicals properly.

3. Watch for Electrical Hazards: Every work environment involves electricity. It is used to power tools and equipment, as well as to provide light and other conveniences. Because we all depend on electricity, we sometimes fail to realize how hazardous it can be. Electrical mishaps can result in shock, burns, fire or worse.

4. Be Careful When Handling Materials: Moving things from point A to point B is a necessary part of many jobs. Warehouse workers do it constantly. In the process, unfortunately, many are injured because they take safety shortcuts. One of the most dangerous shortcuts employees take is failing to follow safe lifting procedures. Safe lifting requires bending at the knees, keeping your back straight and letting your legs do the lifting. It also means using mechanical aids, such as carts and dollies, whenever possible, and practicing team lifts to lessen the risk of injury.

5. Be a Good Housekeeper: Good housekeeping is not just about keeping things neat and organized, it’s also about keeping the work environment safe and healthful. Everyone is responsible for knowing and following housekeeping procedures as they are laid out by management.

Hot Topic: Farm Safety

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The Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program (CAIR) reported that an average of 104 people died every year from agricultural incidents between 1990 and 2008. Recently, several Canadian farms have come under public scrutiny for questionable safety practices. An eastern Saskatchewan chicken ranch was ordered to stop hiring underage workers last month, following multiple child labour complaints. In Ontario, police are investigating the death of a North Walsingham tobacco farmer who drove his fertilizer spreader off a 75-foot embankment into a pond.

Agriculture is considered one of Canada’s most hazardous industries, so farm owner/operators have considerable challenges to face in keeping workers and visitors safe. Ensuring the safety of not only workers, but other adults and children who may visit or live on the farm is critical. Prominently displaying safety and first aid signs will communicate a safety-first attitude, in addition to offering guidance. Proper PPE and lockout/tagout protocol is also critical in avoiding machine-related injuries. Be careful in selecting workers who are competent, confident, responsible, and capable to operate machinery. If you need assistance establishing safe practices on your farm, check out The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)’s comprehensive FarmSafe Plan.

Farms can be fun, exciting, and lucrative – but only if safety is the #1 priority. The Ministry of Labour offers extensive information on farm equipment and general agricultural compliance and safety. The Canada Safety Council offers the following safety training courses that may be of interest to farm operators and employees.

  • ARGO Operator Course
  • ATV Rider Course
  • Confined Spaces Training Course
  • Ladder Safety Training Course
  • Snowmobile Operators Course
  • Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) Side by Side Course
  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) Training Course

Be sure and stay on top of industry and equipment-related updates, ask questions, and empower the experts in your facility so that your farm can get the most out of the remainder of the season.

School Safety 101

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After a comprehensive series of health and safety inspections in Ontario schools, the Ministry of Labour issued 6,600 non-compliance orders, including 283 stop work orders (June 2012). We want to help ensure you are in compliance BEFORE the new school year begins. Some areas to focus on include: proper labeling & identification, housekeeping practices, safety & facility signage, and PPE & first aid supplies. Areas like science labs must have proper chemical storage, labeling, and ventilation. Both teachers and students who could be exposed to chemical spills and injuries should be outfitted with goggles, face shields, gloves, aprons, and other applicable PPE. First aid equipment, eye wash stations, and fire extinguishers should be easily accessible and clearly indicated.

When it comes to machinery, keep in mind proper training and signage, lockout/tagout, and maintenance. Of course, cleanliness also plays a large role in student and teacher safety. In addition to stocking adequate maintenance and first aid supplies, matting in entrances and high traffic zones can help prevent accidents and improve air quality. Parking lot signs are also critical in keeping students, workers, and visitors safe. Properly identify people and equipment with Seton’s large selection of labels, tags, nameplates, badges, IDs, parking permits, and more.

Once you’ve done your part to ensure safety in and around your school, get the students involved by passing along these fun and effective classroom activities from Live Safe, Work Smart.

Product Spotlight: Mining

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Mining blitzes are scheduled from now through early 2015, giving you extra reason to make sure you’re stocking and utilizing the products that will protect your miners. The three blitzes will focus on: Explosives (July – August), Ground Control (October – November), and Water Management (February – March). Seton has an extensive line of in-stock and fully customizable signs, including glow-in-the-dark and reflective options. Blasting, traffic, exit & evacuation, access restriction & site safety, clearance & capacity, and machine safety signs are critical in letting miners know how to avoid danger. Our mine processing products will cover everything from chemical hazard labeling to pipe & value marking to lockout/tagout. Just as with our signs, our labels and tags are completely customizable to meet your unique needs. Seton’s Personal Safety items (including training materials and posters) will help your workers understand, respond to, and protect themselves from dangerous situations that may arise. Seton is so committed to keeping the mining industry safe and compliant, we have dedicated an entire site it, so please visit seton.ca/mining today.