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by , on June 23, 2010
OSHA actually addressed logos for flame resistant clothing (arc rated clothing) related to arc flash in an interpretation letter.  This is interesting. They didn’t give specific guidance but indicated the employer is responsible. ASTM F1506 does not require logos to be flame resistant but in a non-mandatory Appendix X1.2.5 it says “Logos, name tags, …...
by , on June 23, 2010
"CHANNELVIEW, Texas - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sneed Shipbuilding Inc. for alleged serious, repeat and other-than-serious violations for exposing employees to electrical and other safety hazards at the company's facility on Market Street in Channelview. Proposed penalties total $59,300. "Welders were using damaged welding leads, and the company failed to repair damaged electrical junction boxes," said David Doucet, director of OSHA's Houston North Area Office. "Electrical hazards like these can cause electrocution." OSHA's Houston North Area Office began its investigation on April 27, finding structural deficiencies on one of the crawler cranes Sneed Shipbuilding maintained and operated, as well as electrical hazards throughout the shipyard. OSHA has issued 19 serious citations, including failing to provide employees with fall protection, guards on grinders, covers over open manholes in decks, and fire extinguishers in areas where flammable paint and solvents are used. A serious violation is one that could cause death or serious physical harm to employees when the employer knew or should have known of the hazard. A repeat violation has been issued for failing to provide employees operating crawler cranes with load rating charts. A repeat violation is issued when an employer previously was cited for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last three years."
by , on June 23, 2010
Now five sites total have been cited for electrical hazards.  We have seen a real uptick in OSHA citations of companies for electrical hazards but this USPS thing has really gotten interesting.  They must have all been doing the same things.  I had a ton of USPS workers in classes over the past four or...
by , on June 17, 2010
Another site of the USPS has been cited for electrical hazards.  Most companies don’t know that if OSHA cites ONE location and this isn’t fixed as ALL locations of the company that the next fine can be considered “willful”.  Intracompany communication of OSHA violations is critical to improving the safety culture and policies and procedures....
by , on June 15, 2010
This news item in that on Friday 6-11-10 an NStar employee was hurt in an arc flash in a manhole in Boston, MA.  Manhole incidents can be very high arc flash energies since most of these systems have higher fault currents and the circuits are often slow acting on protection if protected at all. NStar...