Tired Medical Residents More Likely to Be Involved in Car Crashes

Those long, hectic work hours in the hospital may help medical residents train for their careers as doctors, but such schedules may also put them at a greater risk of being in a car crash. A poll of 300 Mayo Clinic residents reveals that 11 percent of respondents had been involved in a traffic accident after work, while 43 percent reported “narrowly avoiding” an accident. The respondents attributed the traffic incidents to fatigue and distress, including feelings of burnout or depression. “Just like any other field, residents need their recovery time. In order to make good decisions, physicians need to be physically and emotionally well,” said lead author Colin West, […]

’Twas the Day Before Christmas

Guest blogger Aaron Morrow shares his holiday wish for a season of safety through this special rewrite of “The Night Before Christmas.” ‘Twas the Day Before Christmas ’Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the site The workers were framing the metal studs nice and tight. The drywall was hung by the crew with great care, Knowing the painting crew would soon be there. The supervisors and foremen were going over the plan, Hoping to finish by the day’s end if they can. The safety team is wearing ANSI-approved glasses, shoes and hard hats, Reviewing the daily checklists for the excavators, forklifts and bobcats. When up on the third […]

Setting the Safety Standard for Cage-Free Robots

Baxter is one of a new generation of robots. Called “cage-free” or “industrial partner” or even “inherently safe” robots, these new tools are fundamentally altering our notions of what industrial robots are and what they can do. Baxter might be the perfect employee. He is conscious of his environment, and takes utmost care not to hurt his fellow workers. He is adaptable, amiable and a lighting-fast learner. Best of all, he works tirelessly across multiple shifts – all day if necessary – without breaks, without food and without complaint. Baxter, of course, is the latest in a new kind of industrial robot that has been popping up on […]

OSHA Goes Fishing at SeaWorld, Wants Managers for Interviews

OSHA wants SeaWorld of Florida LLC to comply with administrative subpoenas that require SeaWorld to provide three managers to be interviewed during OSHA’s follow-up abatement inspection. The follow-up inspection is being conducted as a result of previous violations that OSHA identified after a February 2010 drowning of a trainer who was grabbed and pulled under the water by a six-ton killer whale during what SeaWorld described as a “relationship session.” In August 2010, OSHA issued SeaWorld citations related to the incident. SeaWorld contested OSHA’s proposed violations and penalties. SeaWorld has declined to provide personnel to answer questions regarding abatement or correction of a prior violation related to trainers’ exposure to […]

AIHA Offers Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Winter driving offers special challenges. Remember these safe driving tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. The American Industrial Hygiene Association wants you to refresh your safety basics. The following practical safety travel tips are provided by AIHA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Avoid travel, especially in the car, when a weather advisory has been issued. However, if travel is necessary, keep family members informed of your travel plans and estimated arrival. Always carry a mobile phone with a fully charged battery in case of emergency. Winterize your car. Perform routine maintenance to be sure that […]