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What's Wrong with this Picture?

Julie Copeland

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A better question might be… what ISN’T wrong with this picture? Yikes!No one should ever have to go to work feeling exposed and vulnerable to safety dangers

A colleague passed along a story and some photos of a worker in Denmark who recently posted pictures of unsafe work conditions at his worksite. It’s my understanding that the worker was promptly fired for sharing the disturbing photos on Social Media.

Take a few seconds and see for yourself the pictures that got the worker fired -- http://imgur.com/a/3YvDJ.

As the owner of a safety company, I cringed at the pictures. My thoughts went immediately to those workers and their families. I couldn’t help but think of the needless risk that they take every day – risk of falling, risk of being electrocuted, risk of tripping, and more. The pictures tell a horror waiting to happen. There’s a blatant disregard for safety in each of these photos.  I hope the worker that posted these photos helped change things for the better by calling attention to the problems. And I hope that he was able to find work where he and his coworkers are not put at risk.

Over the years, we have seen poor work conditions and a disregard for safety at many organizations. Examples range from minor infractions to major oversights that would have brought hefty fines, and more importantly, put workers at risk for severe injuries.  I’m happy to share that we have helped thousands of organizations improve their work environments making it safer for their workers.

Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) has a Whistleblower Protection Program that enforces the whistleblower provisions of more than twenty whistleblower statutes. The program protects employees who report violations of various workplace safety and health, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health insurance reform, motor vehicle safety, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws.

The US Department of Labor has a website dedicated to this employee protection. As they share on this website, rights afforded by these whistleblower protection laws include, but are not limited to, worker participation in safety and health activities, reporting a work-related injury, illness or fatality, or reporting a violation of the statutes herein. Check it out at http://www.whistleblowers.gov/index.html.

No one should ever have to go to work feeling exposed and vulnerable to safety dangers. No one should have to work where the conditions are as deplorable as the photos I’ve shared. And as OSHA has communicated, no one in this country should feel like they can’t report on unsafe working conditions.

As I’ve said before, training, diligence and proper safety equipment are instrumental elements to reducing workplace accidents and injuries, but when it comes to bringing workers home safe, it is not always enough. Education and PPE combined with commitment take workplace safety to the next level.  Arbill offers a wide range of resources. From whitepapers and single page flyers that cover a variety of safety topics, to our Vantage EH&S training services from the most experienced trainers in the field, Arbill is prepared to meet all of your safety training needs.

For more information about our safety training services, visit Arbill.com or call us at 800.523.5367. See for yourself how our commitment to worker safety will have a positive impact on not only keeping your workers safe and helping your company be more productive, but also saving you money on costly injuries and downtime.

Have a safe day!

Topics: Arbill, workplace safety, OSHA, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), workplace injuries, Whistleblower

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