A 79-year-old man working on a oil rig in western New York was killed recently by falling equipment at his work site. The unfortunate incident occurred on Wednesday, when the older gentleman was working with a group of employees on the rig. The group was "servicing the hydraulic well" when suddenly a number of cables and pulleys snapped, causing the equipment to fall and strike the 79-year-old. He was declared dead at the scene.
The parents of worker killed by a crane have been awarded $1 million in the settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit. The couple's 30-year-old son was working for Yonkers Contracting when the cable on a crane snapped. The cane then collapsed and crushed the young worker.
Each week it seems another workplace explosion occurs somewhere in the U.S. Why? Is the frequency of these accidents increasing? Or is mainstream media finally paying due attention to the problem of dangerous work environments?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged in part with creating and enforcing workplace safety standards in both the public and private sectors. The organization is also tasked with educating workers, training employers and assisting workplaces with solving safety-related challenges. In striving for progress in all of these areas, OSHA has helped to prevent countless work-related injuries and illnesses.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) was targeted for dozens of inspections by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in both 2009 and 2010. Inspections at 42 separate USPS worksites revealed a number of safety hazards and safety standards violations in regards to electrical work. Given the potential for work-related injuries stemming from these electrical hazards, OSHA insisted that the USPS reform its approach to electrical work and fix every related hazard.