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IMOCO employs highly skilled professionals who are experts in their field. Shawn Brown is one such expert. Brown is an Optical Alignment Project Manager. He has 30 years of experience working in the construction field, and 20 working specifically with Optical Alignment technology. While this technology is extremely important for the precise installation of machinery that companies and individuals know they require, many don’t understand what Optical Alignment really is. That’s where Shawn comes into play.

IMOCO's certified trainer for OSHA10 and OSHA30, Bob Revels, commented on the importance IMOCO places on safety saying, “Since 2009, IMOCO has had zero lost time injuries. This is almost unheard of in the industry.”

 

Here is a safety mistake that happened at another company. Imoco takes safety very seriously and hates to hear of such an unfortunate event elsewhere: 


Worker’s Finger Amputation at a Window Manufacturer's Facility Resulted in $74,826.00 OSHA Fine for Failing to Correct Safety Hazards 

 

OSHA began an inspection on May 16, 2016 concerning a complaint that alleged an amputation injury that took place at the window manufacturer’s facility in January 2016 had not been reported. It was also conducted as part of OSHA's national emphasis program focused on amputations.

Inspectors cited that company for serious violations involving:

  • No established energy control program. (Lockout / Tagout) 1910.147( c )(1)
  • Powered industrial trucks operated by employees without proper training. 1910.178(l)(1)(i)
  • Unguarded machinery. 1910.212(a)(3)(ii)
  • A mechanical power press operated without a single-stroke mechanism, which prevents worker exposure to amputation hazards and other injuries. 1910.217( c )(1)(i)
  • Mechanical power presses not periodically and regularly inspected and tested. 1910.217(b)(3)(i)
  • Damaged electrical equipment. 1910.217( e )(1)(i)

The other-than-serious violation was due to the lack of a written hazard communication program. An expanded explanation of this company’s cited violations can be seen at the internet site.


Take a moment to inspect your facility for these and other safety violations. Make sure you have properly trained your employees, and that they are complying with that training.

 

According to the National Safety Council, the top causes of unintentional Injury and Death in homes and communities are:

 

  1. Poisoning: In 2011, poisonings overtook motor vehicle crashes for the first time as the leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death for all ages combined. Poisoning deaths are caused by gases, chemicals and other substances, but prescription drug overdose is by far the leading cause.
  2. Motor Vehicle Crashes: No one wakes up thinking they will lose a loved one in a car crash, but motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death overall. Impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and inexperience can cause a life to be cut short in the blink of an eye. 
  3. Falls: More than 29,000 people died in falls in 2013. Falling is the third leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all age groups, but it's the #1 cause of death for those 71 and older, according to Injury Facts 2015. The good news: Aging, itself, does not cause falls.
  4. Choking and Suffocation: Suffocation is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury-related death over all age groups, and choking on food or other objects is a primary cause. Suffocation is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for people 87 and older. Mechanical suffocation is the #1 cause of death for infants.
  5. Drowning: Not including boating incidents, about 10 people drown every day. It's the fifth leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all ages, and the #1 cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, mostly due to children falling into pools or being left alone in bathtubs.
  6. Fires and Burns: Fire is the sixth leading cause of unintentional-injury-related death over all ages. About 2,200 deaths were caused by burns and injuries related to fire in 2013. Often fires start at night, when family members are asleep. A working smoke alarm will cut the chances of dying in a fire in half. 
  7. Natural and Environmental Incidents: Disasters are front-page news even though lives lost are relatively few compared to other unintentional-injury-related deaths. Weather-related disasters claim hundreds of lives per year. The National Safety Council encourages families to learn all they can about emergency preparedness, and always have an emergency kit on hand. If you'd like to learn more about about this information straight from the source check out the National Safety Council website.

Questions to Consider: 

Does your company require pre-employment drug testing of your employees?

Do employees who operate your company vehicles have a good driving record?

Do you know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver?

Do you conduct fire extinguisher training at your facility?

Have you conducted emergency drills at your facility this year?

 

 

If our Safety Director, Bob Revels, can help you with safety inspections, or safety training needs that you may have, give him a call. Bob is an Authorized OSHA 10 & 30 Trainer with over 30 years of safety experience. You can contact him by calling 828-335-0088. Some examples of help he might give: Forklift Training, Global Harmonized System (Hazard Communications training), Fall Protection Training, Lockout / Tagout Training, Recordkeeping, Drug Testing, etc.

 

Dislcaimer: Please note that while all information is presented as accurately as possible, it is not to be used as a source of legal safety advice nor is the author or IMOCO, Inc. to be held responsible for any damages that arise from the use of it.

Bob Revels, Safety Director


Bob Revels has been in the safety business for over 40 years. In that time he’s learned a few things about the importance of taking safety seriously, and how to effectively train a team to be leaders in safety in their industry.

OSHA Recently Cited and Fined a Louisiana Company $157,147

 

When two employees lost consciousness and collapsed on May 17, 2016, OSHA was contacted to report unsafe working conditions. The workers were exposed to hazardous gas while entering a sewer system. OSHA investigators found the company allowed the workers inside a confined space without having tested the space for hazards.

 

Safety is number one! Here's Bob Revels, our Safety Director, teaching a safety training class. IMOCO does on-site training courses for safety training including OSHA 10 and OSHA 30.