Bullets May Be Hazardous To Your Health, But Not For the Reasons You Think.

Earlier this month, OSHA cited an indoor shooting range in Pennsylvania for workplace hazards and fined the owners $135,000 dollars.  The offenses?    Four willful, eight serious, and two other-than-serious violations for exposing workers to lead and excessive noise exposure. According to a news report, “during a sampling period on Nov. 13, OSHA said safety officers […]

Read More »

OSHA’s “Name and Shame” Regulations Hit The Street.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long-awaited changes in injury reporting requirements on May 11th, saying it was going to “nudge” employers to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.   “Shove” is more like it. Although the actual regulatory language is relatively short, there is a lot to digest there and it will […]

Read More »

Wasps Vs. Airplane: Wasps Win

From Australia comes a story of a potential airliner crash caused by a wasps’ nest.  The plane had flown in from Singapore and was headed back on the return trip.  It was on the ground for two hours.  The first takeoff attempt had to be scrubbed because of an instrument problem.   As soon as […]

Read More »

Think Scaffolds are Dangerous? Try Working on Hong Kong’s Bamboo Scaffolding.

Some jobs are just naturally scary.  Professional Bull Rider.   Alligator wrestler.  Presidential Election Pollster.  OK, that just seems scary this year. And then there is construction work in Hong Kong. WOW!  Hong Kong is one of the last major cities to still use bamboo scaffolding on its building  projects.  Half construction workers, half circus […]

Read More »

The Workplace Safety Rules Changed and Most Companies Don’t Even Know It.

In late March, a Houston company selling Christmas trees was hit with fines of $117,000 for OSHA violations.  The case stemmed from a worker injury in December, triggering an inspection that found more than a dozen serious violations.  The most significant thing about the case is that, prior to last year, OSHA would probably never […]

Read More »

And Now We Have Fighting Bulldozers.

On the streets of Houston we routinely have small altercations between wrecker crews competing to haul off cars, but we have nothing to even compare with what happened in China recently.   It seems rival excavator companies couldn’t agree on who was going to do the bulldozing, so they just fought it out on the street. […]

Read More »