Avetta Industry Watch – Week of December 12

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  • Construction Concerns: Architects and OSHA – Fire Engineering: The fire service has been instrumental in promoting the development and revision of standards related to workplace safety risks facing people in locations and performing activities that are not covered by building and fire codes, especially when it comes to fall protection. For example, it’s currently in discussion for architects and engineers to be required to install fall protection anchor points, as part of each new building’s design.
  • Keeping Pace with Supply Chain Evolution – PYMNTS: It’s just as important for businesses to stay ahead of the technology curve when it comes to general business as it is when it comes to their supply chains. With the increasing trend toward globalization, big data and cloud storage should be integrated  as a practical business application for suppliers of all sizes.
  • OSHA Requests Information on Prevention of Workplace Violence in Healthcare and Social Assistance – The National Law Review: In response to mounting workplace violence in the healthcare and social assistance sector, OSHA has issued a request for information and scheduled a public meeting in January to assess the need for a standard aimed at prevention of  violence perpetrated by patients or clients. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2014, workers in this sector suffered workplace-violence-related injuries over four times higher than workers in the private sector.
  • Supply Chain Trends to Follow in 2017 – Forbes: Amidst all the buzz surrounding 2017 supply chain trends, it can be difficult to determine which will actually come to fruition in the year ahead. From automation to e-commerce, the reduction of employees working in logistics may not be occurring as soon as we think.

Supplier Violations and Fines

  • Hyundai, Kia Supplier Faces $2.5 Million Fine in Death of Worker – Industry Week: An Alabama autoparts supplier is facing $2.5 million in fines, following the issuance of 27 safety violations related to a June incident that led to the death of an employee. Failing to use energy control procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing and exposing employees to crushing and amputation hazards due to improper machine guarding were among the violations issued to the supplier.
  • Amputation, Fractures Lead to Citation for Food Manufacturer – Safety BLR: Following two separate incidents that resulted in an amputation and a bone fracture, OSHA is proposing more than $85,000 in penalties related to the failure to isolate mechanical moving parts when clearing a jam and cleaning. Similar violations were issued to the company back in 2011.

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