Crucial Gaps Allow Company Reporting 49 Fatalities to be Named to Most Sustainable List

How can a company report double-digit fatalities in a 1-year period but still be listed as one of the world’s most sustainable companies? Most people would agree that a company’s most sustainable resource should be its employees, however a new study – Current Practices in Occupational Health and Safety Sustainability Reporting – reveals that five organizations listed on the Corporate Knights’ 2011 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World reported more than 10 work-related fatalities in a year – with one organization reporting 49 in a year while another reported 70 worker deaths in a 3-year period (2010-2012). “It’s hard to believe that organizations can report double‐digit […]

Rethinking Using 9-1-1 As Your Confined Space Rescue Plan

Workers die in confined spaces every year. And every year, firefighters die trying to rescue workers from these manholes, sewers, tanks, silos and pits. Most workers enter confined spaces with the expectation that they will be rescued if something goes wrong. But if a crew’s only rescue plan is to call 9-1-1 in the event of a problem, that rescue may not be possible. Take, for example, the case of a welder who entered a confined space from a small opening some 20 feet off the ground via a scaffold. As far as the crew was concerned, the requirements for this permit-required confined space had been met: they had an […]

Temporary Worker Killed at Bacardi Bottling, OSHA Says Company Failed to Train

Bacardi’s Web site invites visitors to “Enter the Party,” but working at the Bacardi Bottling Corp. facility in Jacksonville, Fla., where the company bottles all of the rum it distributes to North America led to a tragic end for the short life of Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis. Davis, a 20-year-old temporary worker, was killed last August on his first day on the job when he was crushed by a palletizer machine. OSHA cited Bacardi Bottling with 12 alleged OSHA violations. Davis was an employee of a temporary staffing service, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, which is contracted by Bacardi Bottling to provide workers for certain jobs. OSHA requires that employers protect the […]