Lanny Berke

Lanny
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Bad stretching can defeat good design
The Boston Consulting Group recently predicted that reshoring of manufacturing operations to the U. S. could create as many as 3 million jobs by the end of this decade
GFCIs — What they are and are not
Useful info on ground fault circuit interupters
Pacemakers aren’t perfect
For most products, preliminary hazard analysis is simple when it comes to battery failure
Test your instructions as thoroughly as your products
A woman was permanently injured when her arm caught in the awning she used to shade her home deck
Prosthetics technologies become safer and more reliable
When a serious accident results in amputation, prosthetic limbs may help the victim regain partial use of the limb. The technologies used in prostheses continue to advance and become safer and more reliable
Inconvenient lockout/ tagout likely gets ignored
I’ve been discussing the details of Lockout/Tagout programs in this space for the past few months (“Lockout/Tagout: The Devil is in the Details,” March 17, 2011; “Lockout/Tagout: When and How?”
"Taped-over" presence sensor contributes to automatic-door injuries
A woman was injured when automatic doors closed on her as she was entering a big-box store. The immediate and lingering injuries proved these doors operate with appreciable force and that it’s necessary to keep them properly adjusted
Lockout/Tagout mistakes lead to injury, death
Over the last two months, I’ve discussed details of lockout/tagout procedures that often trip people up. It’s not just the threat of an OSHA citation that should motivate you to get LO/TO right, however
Unguarded press brake crushes fingers 2
Four fingers on a worker’s hand were crushed when a press brake cycled while he was reaching into it. His employer was operating the machine normally while it undertook a year-long attempt to add safety devices
Lockout/Tagout: When and how?
OSHA estimates that 2% of workplace deaths, about 122 fatalities, could be avoided in establishments affected by the standard if everyone complied with the rule
Too little training and the wrong tools led to dough-machine injury
A worker’s hand was injured when it got caught in a dough-cutting machine. Poor training, the wrong tools, and bad ergonomics contributed to the accident.
The Basics of Lockout/Tagout
OSHA’s 1910.147 standard covering Lockout/Tagout is straightforward, but there’s often confusion about the details. Lanny Berke explains the sections that most often lead to missteps.
Lockout/Tagout and Emergency Stops Missing in Grain-Conveyor Injury
A man was seriously injured when the conveyor he was working on started without warning. Modified equipment, lockout/tagout negligence, and missing e-stops contributed to the accident.
Don’t make these conveyor safety mistakes, part 2 of 3
Suffocation and a broken neck killed a man stuck behind the guard of a conveyor tail pulley. Several safety lapses led to the death, another instance of insufficient conveyor safety.
Don’t make these conveyor-safety mistakes, Part 1 of 3
A worker was suffocated when a supervisor restarted a conveyor he was working on and his hands were caught in its machinery. The incident was one of many involving conveyors that are part of larger machines.

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