Heat-related injuries in Florida land company in hot water

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC a Thomasville, Georgia based company that specializes in helping municipalities and industrial customers protect and improve natural water resources, faces steep penalties after failing to protect employees working in excessive heat. While working on a project conducting welding and fabrication in Key West, Florida, an employee sustained heat exhaustion and was […]

Stiles Construction works with USF SafetyFlorida and earns the first Pilot SHARP Award

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Company: Stiles Construction Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida NAICS Code: 236116, New Multifamily Housing Construction (except For-Sale Builders) Employees: 25 On-Site/ 250 Corporate Wide Stiles Construction is a privately held company that provides many different types of construction services. They specialize in high-rise residential, mixed use residential, car dealerships, parking garages, supermarkets, and municipal work just […]

Are you familiar with the current OSHA reporting requirements?

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Written by: Luis Silva, Health Consultant The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated the reporting rule on January 1, 2015, expanding the list of severe injuries that all employers must report to OSHA.  Previously, employers had to report all work-related fatalities and only work-related hospitalizations of three or more employees.  Effective January 1, 2015, […]

Continued Emphasis on Electrical Safety

| OSHA

Written by: Keith Brown, Safety Supervisor According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fatal work related injuries for calendar year 2017 in Florida totaled 299, of which 19 were the result of exposure to electricity. Though this is a decrease in electrical work related fatalities from that of 2016, which experienced 23 fatalities, […]

What’s Wrong with This Picture

| Featured News, OSHA

Written by: Adam Marty, PhD, Health Consultant A one-gallon plastic juice container that contained acetone, a category 2 flammable liquid, was observed in a production area.  The container had become brittle and was breaking apart at the top. Many flammable liquids are solvents which can degrade certain types of plastics causing the plastic to become […]

Landscaping Safety

| OSHA

Written by: Gabe Garcia, USF SafetyFlorida Safety Supervisor Florida is considered the Sunshine State. While most states are covered with that white, fluffy stuff during the winter season, us Floridians enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Due to our weather conditions and fertile ground, it makes Florida the mecca for the Landscaping Industry. Landscaping is one of […]

Silica Success

| OSHA

Written by: Dr. Adam Marty, USF SafetyFlorida Safety & Health Consultant The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been enforcing provisions of the new respirable crystalline silica standards for several months now, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime.  The new standards have set a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

| OSHA

Photographs are a learning tool of how accidents can be prevented. Thank you to Noel (Mac) McCatty, Jr., our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for November.   Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) can pose serious hazards if not used correctly. Can you spot the hazard in the image above? Hazard(s) B56.1 No modifications or alterations to a powered […]