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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 hospitalized after working in direct sunlight. The heat index reached a whopping 83-88 degrees Fahrenheit. OSHA cited the employer for failure to protect workers exposed to outdoor heat hazards, as well as for failing to […]

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 to name a few. Stiles Construction is a part of Stiles Corporation, a full-service commercial real estate firm with a clear mission: Invest. Build. Manage. Stiles services include development, construction, tenant project management, brokerage, property […]

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 […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

| USF Safety Florida

Written by: Garrick Johnson, Health Consultant Hazard: Electrical wiring or equipment not subject to deposits of combustible residues but located within a spraying area was not of the explosion proof type approved for this hazardous location. Specifically, standard fluorescent lighting fixtures were used to illuminate an inside spray booth. Applicable Standards: OSHA 1910.107(c)(4) – Wiring conformance. Electrical wiring and equipment shall conform to the provisions of this paragraph and shall otherwise be in accordance with subpart S of this part. NFPA 33 6.4 – Electrical Devices in Spray Areas. Consequences: […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture

| Featured News, USF Safety Florida

Photographs are a learning tool of how accidents can be prevented. Thank you to Keith Brown, our USF SafetyFlorida contributor for June. Hazard(s):                    At a fuel servicing area, diesel fuel (NFPA Class II Combustible Liquid; GHS Category 3 Flammable Liquid) was being stored in and dispensed from a 500-gallon unlabeled tank.   Violation(s):                  29 CFR 1910.106(g)(8) – Conspicuous and legible signs prohibiting smoking shall be posted within sight of the customer being served. 29 CFR 1910.1200(f)(6) – The employer shall ensure that each container of hazardous […]

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

| Featured News, USF Safety Florida

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational diseases and is the second most self-reported occupational illness or injury. An effective hearing conservation program must be implemented by employers in general industry whenever worker noise exposure is equal to or greater than 85 dBA for an 8-hour exposure or in the construction industry when exposures exceed 90 dBA for an 8-hour exposure. Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise exposures on the job and over 9 million are at risk for hearing loss from occupational exposure to […]

Working Outdoors in Warm Climates

| Featured News, USF Safety Florida

Written by: Winfred Marrero Pagan, USF SafetyFlorida Safety Consultant Working outdoors in warm climates, especially during the hot summer months, pose a hazard for outdoor workers. Workers must protect themselves against heat, sun exposure and other related hazards. Occupational exposure to heat can result in injuries, disease, reduced productivity, and even death. Workers who are exposed to extreme heat conditions, or that work in hot environments both indoors or outdoors, or even those engaged in strenuous physical activities, may be at increased risk of occupational-related illnesses caused by heat stress, […]

Keeping Young Workers Safe

| Featured News, USF Safety Florida

Do you employ young workers? Young workers are classified as any worker under age 24. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young workers suffer disproportionately from workplace injuries, with a nonfatal injury rate estimated to be two times higher than among workers age 25 or over. […]