Solving the Problem of Worker Fatigue: Blame the Worker?

Sometimes you read stupid stuff and you just want to go back to bed and sleep, sleep, sleep. And speaking of sleep, Business Insurance has an article this week about the “one of the most frequently overlooked but critical questions to answer in employer safety programs.” The question: how much sleep are employees getting? The…

Lac-Mégantic Trial Moves Forward

The trial of three rail employees blamed for the deaths of 47 people due to a train carrying 73 cars of highly combustible crude oil that derailed in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic is in its second week. Three former employees of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA), Thomas Harding, 56, Richard Labrie, 59, and Jean Demaitre, 53, are being…

Who Is Responsible For Worker Safety?

One of the free services we provide here at Confined Space world headquarter is helping journalists write better articles. Here we have a news outlet doing the right thing: “News4 I-Team’s Lindsay Bramson started watching construction sites after learning 12 construction workers have died in the past two years.” And, not surprisingly, finding some serious…

Trench Death: ‘Mom, I got in a ditch today, and it started caving in on me and I got out’

There is so much sad and infuriating about this story that it’s hard to know where to begin. How about here? Donald J. “DJ” Meyer was buried alive last December 10 at the bottom of an unshored 12-foot deep trench in Belton, Mo. Meyer, an employee of Arrow Plumbing, had a 9 year old son,…

Dispatches from the Front of the War on Worker Safety: Short Stuff

Major, Radioactive Oops:  More than 30 nuclear experts inhaled uranium after radiation alarms and ventilation systems at a Department of Energy weapons site were switched off.  The incident raises significant questions about safety in the nation’s premier nuclear labs: “not only were the labs’ procedures and responses riddled with errors, but even after attention was…

Blame The Worker — The Error of Blaming Incidents on “Human Error”

A New York subway train derailed earlier this week, injuring thirty-four  riders and striking fear into the hearts of subway riders who had believed their biggest concern was subway delays, not injury or death on the way to work. Thankfully, after only two days, and without even having to conduct a lengthy, troublesome, expensive investigation,…