Falls account for a large amount of on the job injuries, especially in construction. Because of that, many of the safety precautions construction workers take revolve around preventing falls. Unfortunately for 40 year old Santosh Nayak, a construction worker from India, he not only fell from the building he was working on, but landed face down on top of a 6 foot long piece of steel rebar, according to Central European News.
It was a race against the clock to save Nayak’s life, as the rod ruptured his liver, diaphragm and one of his lungs, but doctors now say he is recovering. According to reports, it took the doctors at Apollo Hospital about 2 hours to remove the rebar from his abdomen. Nayak had to sit upright during the entire procedure.
Below is a picture of the man in the hospital before the rebar was removed.
This story is a tough example of how certain safety precautions can reduce major injuries like this. Fall protection measurements and rebar caps could have kept his injuries from being so serious. It’s also a great time to remind your team about the proper procedures when a worker is impaled by any object. According to firstaid.about.com, if you are tending to someone who has been impaled, you should stay safe, call 911, DO NOT REMOVE THE OBJECT (but if it MUST be removed, follow these steps to control the bleeding), do not apply pressure to the object if it’s in an eyeball, shorten the impaled object safely if an ambulance is not available or the patient needs to be moved, secure the object after it’s as short as possible, and follow basic first aid tips.
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As has been expected for a few months now, OSHA has officially removed the requirement for large companies with 250 or more employees to submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301. The administration cited privacy concerns as the reason for the change.
Be careful - owners and contractors are now being held criminally liable for their carelessness and disregard of safety protocols.
Since the 2016 Federal budget was passed, OSHA has increased their maximum citation penalty amount to adjust for inflation on a yearly basis. The 2019 increase has recently been announced.
Last November, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced felonious assault charges against a contractor’s superintendent and a manufacturer’s branch manager after two men suffered horrific injuries on a New York jobsite. Last week, OSHA formally announced citations against the St. Louis, Missouri based contractor.
After an uptick in construction industry fatalities in 2016, a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that both the amount of construction worker deaths and the rate of fatality dropped in 2017.
At the National Safety Council Congress & Expo on October 23, 2018, OSHA’s deputy director of Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, announced their 10 most frequesntly cited safety violations for their fiscal year 2018.
On March 15, 2018, 6 people were killed and 8 others were injured when an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida. Several months later, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released their preliminary report while conducting an official investigation. The NTSB later issued an “Investigative Update” to their preliminary report in August. In Mid-November, the NTSB released a 2nd investigative update, narrowing their root cause theories.