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Workplace Violence and Shootings in the Spotlight

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the seemingly random workplace violence that continues unabated, many employers are again asking how best to protect their employees.

We had blogged previously about “Workplace Violence Prevention: DHS Promotes “Active Shooter Preparedness” Programs – Is Your Company Ready?” In addition, we blogged about an “Airport Active Shooter Incident — What Can Happen in Just 15 Seconds, and What Business Needs to Know.” These blogs illustrate that there are programs that may be developed, with some assistance from models and safety professionals. Active planning ahead of any such instance may lessen the damages and increase safety and early responses.

Originally published by By Seyfarth Shaw LLP (James L. Curtis, Daniel R. Birnbaum, and Craig B. Simonsen) in

The Myth of the 5000 lb. Anchor Point (Does it Exist in 2019)

Choosing the right anchor point can be difficult.

The main criteria most people look for when shopping for an anchor point is that it will withstand a 5000 lbs. load.

Though that is the main selling feature on some anchor points, there are times when your attachment may fail before 5000 lbs. What good is an anchor point that can hold 5000 lbs when it will shear off your wall or building far before reaching its capacity?

Originally published by Josh Borowiec, Simplified Safety:

Construction worker injured at Ridgefield job site flown to hospital

A construction worker who reportedly fell at a job site in Ridgefield on Friday morning was flown via LifeFlight to the trauma center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. (Clark County Fire & Rescue)

Originally published by Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter:

Understanding The New General Industry 1910 Fall Protection Standard

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, OSHA has updated its 1910 General Industry regulations regarding walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment, which will go into effect January 17, 2017. Since its release, we’ve been sifting through, picking out what we feel are the most impactful updates and what they mean to you. There are quite a few changes in the 513 (yes, I said 513!) page update that strike a chord,** most of which were much-needed, and will hopefully make choosing the right fall protection easier and ultimately, make working at height safer.

Originally posted by Guardian Fall Protection Blog:

Understanding The New General Industry 1910 Fall Protection Standard Part II

As promised, this week we return to the OSHA 1910 General Industry update. Last week we covered some of the major issues, and if you missed it, go back and have a read – there are some things you need to know. And now, without further delay, let’s continue to wade through the 1910 tome.

Originally published by Guardian Fall Protection Blog:

Recap of the Pending ANSI/CSA Standards – Everything is Changing

ANSI (United States) and CSA (Canada) standards have, for almost four decades, provided best practices for safe, reliable access to work at height and have delivered a consistent benchmark for safe machine design in North America. Standards set a safety level for all participants in the market. Good standards also bring global markets closer together, driving commonality and stronger market competition.

Originally published by Aerial Pros Author Scott Owyen - Training Manager Genie Aerial Pros:

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.

Originaly published by U.S. Department of Labor:

Fall protection tops OSHA’s annual most-cited violations list

Atlanta – OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard (1926.501) is once again the agency’s most frequently cited standard.

This is the fifth year in a row that the Fall Protection Standard tops the annual list, which was presented Sept. 29 during the NSC Congress & Expo by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and Safety+Health’s Senior Associate Editor Kyle W. Morrison.

Originally published by

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Iron Work Accident

On a regular basis Washington State, as well as other states publish FACE Reports that give a narrative of a particular accident where one or more employees were killed as well as what the employer should have done to prevent this accident from happening.

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