In just two days last week, OSHA announced penalties against seven companies – the common thread, almost every one involved employees working at heights or working in trenches. The incidents are from different OSHA regions. Sounds like a good time to review company policies on working at heights and trenching and reinforce communications of those policies to personnel, doesn’t it?
This story happened a couple thousand miles from oilfields, but it has a lesson about preparing for the unexpected. If nothing else it is a reminder of how important it is to ID all the hazards in a hazard analysis. 233,000 gallons of molasses spilled in Honolulu Harbor. The company, which is very well prepared for oil or chemical spills, had nothing in its response plan for molasses. Just a reminder to everyone living in a SEMS world if we don’t identify what can go wrong during a hazard analysis, we can’t expect to prevent it or respond to it. Here is the story from CBS: Molasses spill hits Hawaii