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Operator crushed between forklift and storage rack

First published by Safety+Health an NSC publication
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Photo: NIOSH

Report number: 71-225-2022
Issued by: Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program
Date of report: Aug. 8, 2022

A 54-year-old forklift operator and his co-worker were installing large metal storage racks in a warehouse. The operator was using a forklift to raise the racks so leveling shims could be installed under the uprights, while the co-worker drilled anchor holes in the floor. The operator parked the forklift, shut off the engine, set the parking brake and exited the forklift – leaving the forks raised about 39 inches. Unknowingly, he had parked on top of the cord of his co-worker’s drill. In an attempt to free the cord, the co-worker got in the forklift, started the engine and put it in gear. He did not know how to release the parking brake, so the operator reached into the cab and released it. Once the brake released, the forklift started moving forward toward the metal racks. The co-worker swerved to avoid the racks, crushing the operator between the rear of the forklift and one of the metal uprights. The co-worker panicked and jumped from the forklift, which came to a stop when its forks ran into a wall. The operator was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. Investigators found that neither worker had completed a required operator training program before operating the forklift. The operator had received on-the-job training and was authorized by the employer to operate the forklift, but the co-worker was neither trained nor authorized.

To help prevent similar occurrences, employers should:

  • Instruct unauthorized workers never to operate forklifts, even if only for a short time. Likewise, instruct authorized operators to prevent unauthorized workers from operating them.
  • Train workers to identify and evaluate unexpected situations not specifically addressed in job hazard analyses, control the hazards safely if possible, and check with a supervisor if the hazard cannot be controlled or if they have questions.

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Senate confirms Robin Hutcheson as FMCSA administrator

First published by Safety+Health an NSC publication
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Photo: National Association of City Transportation Officials

Washington — Robin Hutcheson is the first permanent, Senate-confirmed leader of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in almost three years, after the Senate approved her nomination as agency administrator Sept. 22.

Hutcheson has served as FMCSA’s acting administrator since January. She was elevated to that position after Meera Joshi, President Joe Biden’s previous nominee to lead the agency on a permanent basis, withdrew her candidacy in December.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on June 22 voted to advance Hutcheson’s nomination after Biden announced in April his intention to nominate her.

Hutcheson is a former deputy assistant secretary for safety policy at the Department of Transportation. She also served as director of public works for the City of Minneapolis and transportation director for Salt Lake City. Hutcheson also is a past president and member of the board of directors for the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

FMCSA hasn’t had a permanent leader since Raymond Martinez stepped down in October 2019. Jim Mullen and Wiley Deck served as acting agency administrators after Martinez resigned.

In a press release, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear congratulates Hutcheson on her confirmation and calls her “true partner” with the industry.

“Whether it is addressing safety concerns, ongoing supply-chain issues or workforce development, she has been open to engaging with our industry, and we look forward to continuing our ongoing, candid dialogue about these challenges and to engaging with her and her agency to implement solutions that uphold safety and improve efficiency in trucking and across the supply chain.”

In a separate release, Mark Allen, president and CEO of the International Foodservice Distributors Association, congratulates Hutcheson and says he and the organization “look forward to continuing to work with her on today’s most pressing trucking and supply-chain issues.”


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FMCSA proposes return of Medical Examiner’s Handbook

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Washington — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting comment on its plan to revise and restore the agency’s Medical Examiner’s Handbook, which guides personnel who complete physical exams for commercial motor vehicle drivers.

According to a notice of proposed regulatory guidance published in the Aug. 16 Federal Register, FMCSA withdrew the handbook in 2015 because “some of the information was obsolete” or “prescriptive in nature.” Medical examiners and training organizations were told that the document, first published in 2008, should no longer be construed as agency guidance.

The proposed revision and reinstatement of the handbook, which offers regulatory requirements and guidance to medical examiners, reflects the work of the FMCSA Medical Review Board. Members of the board were appointed by the transportation secretary to “provide FMCSA with medical advice and recommendations on medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of CMV operators, ME education and medical research.”

Examiners have consulted federal regulations on drivers’ physical qualifications on a case-by-case basis since the handbook was withdrawn.

Comments are due Oct. 31.


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OSHA awards more than $11.7 M in grants to educate workers, employers on workplace safety, health

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Harwood grants focus on targeted training, hazard awareness, creating safety training programs

 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $11,746,992, in grants to support worker and employer education to make workplaces around the nation safer and healthier.

Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is making grants to 90 nonprofit organizations in fiscal year 2022 for education and training on hazard recognition and injury prevention, workers’ rights, and employers’ legal responsibilities to provide safe and healthful workplaces.

Named for late Susan Harwood, former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment, the grants are awarded in the Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building categories. During her 17 years with OSHA, Dr. Harwood helped develop federal standards to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction.

OSHA grants are awarded to non-profit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, Native American tribes, and local and state-sponsored colleges and universities. Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education and assistance.

A list of fiscal year 2022 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards follows this release.


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MSHA Emergency Unit wins world championship at international competition testing mine rescue skills

First published by MSHA

Event challenged teams from North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration’s “Mine Emergency Unit” bested competitors from around the world and finished first at the International Mines Rescue Competition, held Sept. 11-16, 2022, in Beaver, West Virginia.

After a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the biennial event resumed at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy where highly skilled teams from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, India, Poland and Zambia competed.

The competition included knowledge and skills challenges based on emergency scenarios, including mine fires and roof collapses. During the events, teams simulated rescues, fighting fires, high-angle rope rescue, first aid, team theory, and technical and team skills. In addition to testing understanding and abilities, the event provides comprehensive learning opportunities for teams to develop greater mine rescue skills and maintain response readiness.

“Mine rescues competitions are demanding tests for highly trained first responders who may face mine emergencies,” explained Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Chris Williamson. “These events help prepare mine rescuers and ensure that first responders remain safe even as they selflessly risk their lives to save others.”

Among the event’s top finishers were Consol Energy’s “Bailey Blue Team” from Pittsburgh, Doe Run Company’s “Maroon Team” from St. Louis, and Genesis Alkali’s “Blue Team” from Green River, Wyoming. In all, this year’s competition included four teams from the U.S.; five from Canada; three teams from Australia, India, and Zambia; two from Colombia; and one each from Poland and Finland.

“The employees of the Mine Safety and Health Administration are dedicated to supporting the commitment and sacrifice of mine rescuers,” Assistant Secretary Williamson added. “We are very proud that our own Mine Rescue Unit has been recognized as the world champion, and look forward to defending our crown in Colombia in 2024.”

This marks the second time the MSHA MEU Team has finished in the top spot. The MSHA team previously won the first International Mines Rescue Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in 1999. The contest began following the 1998 deaths of six Polish miners at the Niwka-Modrzejow coal mine in Sosnowiec.


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Trucking survey asks: What are the industry’s top concerns?

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Arlington, VA — Trucking industry stakeholders are encouraged to help identify the most critical issues facing the industry by participating in an annual survey conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Respondents are asked to rank their top three issues from a selection of 28. The list includes:

Respondents can submit additional concerns not on the list, as well as suggest potential strategies for addressing each issue.

The survey results will be used to help ATRI, the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, develop possible strategies for the concerns.

“The annual Top Industry Issues Survey has long been a crucial part of understanding the issues facing our country’s supply chain,” ATA Chair Harold Sumerford Jr. said in a press release. “ATRI’s research provides a chance for thousands of trucking industry professionals, from drivers to executives, to weigh in on the most important topics that affect trucking and collectively decide on the best strategies for addressing each.”

The deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 7. Survey results are slated to be released Oct. 22 during the 2022 ATA Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego.


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #18

First published by MSHA

MINE FATALITY – On August 17, 2022, a general inside laborer died when he was caught between a supply car and its coupler.  The victim was sitting on the supply car which was coupled to a locomotive parked in a track spur.  The locomotive was struck by another locomotive pulling three loaded cars into the mine.  The impact knocked the victim off the supply car, killing him.

Accident scene where a general inside laborer died when he was caught between a supply car and its coupler.  The victim was sitting on the supply car which was coupled to a locomotive parked in a track spur. 
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Best Practices:
  • Assure track switches are in the proper position for your direction of travel and the latches are in contact with the rail.
  • Make sure miners are in a safe location away from equipment parked in a track spur when other equipment is passing along the main rail line.
  • Make sure miners communicate their location and intended movements with the dispatcher.  Repeat the switch alignment back to the dispatcher, where applicable.
Additional Information:

This is the 18th fatality reported in 2022, and the fourth classified as “Powered Haulage.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #20

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MINE FATALITY – On September 1, 2022, a roof bolter was electrocuted when he contacted a metal hook that became energized after it penetrated the 480-volt cable that supplied electrical power to a roof bolting machine.

Accident scene where a roof bolter was electrocuted when he contacted a metal hook that became energized after it penetrated the 480-volt cable that supplied electrical power to a roof bolting machine.
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Best Practices:
  • Make sure miners use suitable, non-conductive ropes with appropriate breaking strengths when pulling or handling electrical cables.  Never attach conductive parts to the non-conductive rope, such as metallic hooks.
  • Make sure miners use proper Personal Protective Equipment when handling cables.
  • Train miners to examine the work area and identify potentially hazardous conditions.
Additional Information:

This is the 20th fatality reported in 2022, and the first classified as “Electrical.”


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MSHA – Mine Fatality #19

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MINE FATALITY – On August 23, 2022, a contract mechanic received fatal injuries while performing maintenance on the bucket (dipper) of an electric rope shovel.  A plastic block, used to prop open the dipper door, dislodged causing the dipper door to close and pin the victim against the back edge of the dipper.

Accident scene where a contract mechanic received fatal injuries while performing maintenance on the bucket (dipper) of an electric rope shovel.
Photo property of MSHA
Best Practices:
  • Make sure miners are positioned in a safe location and away from potential pinch point areas.
  • Make sure miners securely block equipment against motion before beginning maintenance or repairs.
  • Assure blocking material is substantial and installed correctly to support and stabilize the load.
  • Make sure miners conduct repairs according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Additional Information:

This is the 19th fatality reported in 2022, and the eigth classified as “Machinery.”


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ATA Celebrates America’s Truck Drivers

First published by ATA

Washington – American Trucking Associations leaders, on behalf of the association and the industry, are celebrating and thanking the nation’s truck drivers this week as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

“Every day, our country’s 3.7 million truck drivers deliver America’s freight safely, securely and efficiently – they are the glue that keeps our economy and nation together,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “And while they should be appreciated all year round, we are proud to recognize them this week during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.”

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11-17, provides the trucking industry an opportunity to formally recognize the efforts of professional truck drivers. State trucking associations, industry suppliers, law enforcement and motor carriers of all sizes from coast to coast are set to host appreciation events for the men and women who safely deliver more than 70% of the country’s total freight tonnage.

More than 80% of American cities and towns exclusively rely on trucks to deliver their goods, and driving a truck is the top job in 29 states.
As part of the weeklong celebration, ATA is bringing its rolling classroom, Interstate One, to Capitol Hill today and inviting policymakers to talk to members of America’s Road Team about the industry and try their hand at a driving simulator.

“Our drivers – whether they are delivering emergency relief goods or simply doing their normal runs – can be counted on to get the job done,” said ATA Chairman Harold Sumerford Jr.“We should thank them every day, but I call on my fellow Americans – along with our industry – to recognize these hardworking men and women this week.”

ATA members celebrate NTDAW with cookouts and other events, and Trucking Moves America Forward is recognizing drivers with a series of billboards around the country in partnership with many state trucking associations. TMAF will also be thanking truck drivers and sharing need-to-know industry facts on the radio airwaves on Red Eye Radio, Westwood One Sports and Westwood One talk radio programs.  To participate in NTDAW, or show how you’re celebrating drivers – post your events on social media with the hashtag #ThankATrucker.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is sponsored by the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry (ACT I). ATA and ACT I are asking the motoring public to thank professional drivers through fuel pump advertising this month.

For more about National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, click here. American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight.


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