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(AZ Family)   Airline goes around and around and around with OSHA after employee dies on a conveyor belt   (azfamily.com) divider line 30
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2012-09-18 02:01:41 AM
Wow I bet the airline fee for that is a biatch.
 
2012-09-18 02:04:17 AM
Why would OSHA be contesting the citations? OSHA issued the citations.

How do they know he was killed instantly when it said he was crushed and asphyxiated. Asphyxiation is not instantaneous.

The article is poorly written crap.
 
2012-09-18 02:07:27 AM
FTFA:OSHA is now blaming US Airways for the accident, accusing the airline of not doing enough to train its employees on how to shut down the equipment.

"We're talking about a fatality here,"


We're also talking about a guy who knew that these conveyers were constantly shifting around with violent force and not a whole lot of safety barriers who still climbed onto moving equipment.

Methinks this wasn't entirely the airline's fault. Tragic, but not exactly the wisest choice by this guy.
 
2012-09-18 02:44:54 AM
Eyewitnesses report that as he realized his predicament, he called for someone named Jane to get him off the belt, to which he referred as "this crazy thing."
"It was strange" said Jake Devichek, another handler in the same area. "We don't even have any employees named Jane."
 
2012-09-18 03:37:48 AM

""We're talking about a fatality here," Perkins said. "


I rather talk about the babality, so much funnier.


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2012-09-18 03:41:25 AM
It's only $21k, that can't be that much to an airline. They get bailed out for more than that all the time.
 
2012-09-18 03:42:35 AM
FTA: OSHA is contesting the citations and charges, although we're told it's rare for citations to be reclassified.

OSHA is contesting the charges that it brought against the airline? Can I contest my claims that this article needs a sanity check?
 
2012-09-18 03:51:59 AM
What is this.. I don't even.
 
2012-09-18 03:53:04 AM
The belt didn't "suddenly drop." That's a vertical sorting unit (VSU.) They raise up and down to divide bags between different belt lines. This guy was an idiot for getting onto an active belt system without engaging an e-stop.
 
2012-09-18 03:53:24 AM
This is really sad. Also, why am I absolutely not shocked that this happened at US Airways of all places.
 
2012-09-18 03:53:24 AM
It's like a bad Mel Gibson movie.

/which one is anybody's call
 
2012-09-18 03:54:53 AM
www.scifi-movies.com

Carousel > Conveyor belt
 
2012-09-18 03:58:12 AM

powhound: It's like a bad Mel Gibson movie.

/which one is anybody's call


More like the hastily covered up incident that occurred during the shooting of the finale of Toy Story 2.

fark Pixar and their unsafe working practices.
 
2012-09-18 04:35:55 AM
a US Airways employee trying to remove a suitcase stuck on one of those belts was killed instantly.

...there was a portion above him that suddenly lowered or dropped onto him and caused some blunt force trauma and asphyxiation, which resulted in his death


I'm sorry, asphyxiation is hardly what I would call instant death
 
2012-09-18 05:05:50 AM
"Reworking recurrent training on lockout/tagout procedures into a format that is easier to understand and better complies with safety and regulatory requirements than previous versions.

WTF does lockout/tagout procedures have to do with knowing how to turn off a conveyor belt? He's not turning it off so he can tag it out of service.

And as everyone else pointed out. Why would OSHA be contesting the fines they issued? Talk about Journalism fail.
 
2012-09-18 05:18:16 AM

foxdie262: This guy was an idiot for getting onto an active belt system without engaging an e-stop.


I think he just worked too hard and ended up spreading himself thin.
 
2012-09-18 05:56:22 AM
dilbert.com 


/Obvious?
 
2012-09-18 06:15:59 AM
They found him face-down on the conveyor belt, 15 minutes later? If the belt had stopped running, they would have noticed it immediately, which tells me that this must have been a very gruesome discovery.
 
2012-09-18 06:34:21 AM
What if you worked with the guy, and he was a dick at work. And you said to yourself " I wish he was dead"!

More specifically "I wish he would be crushed by the conveyor belt apparatus, and his body not discovered for 15 minutes".

That would be weird!
 
2012-09-18 06:48:54 AM

strangeluck: "Reworking recurrent training on lockout/tagout procedures into a format that is easier to understand and better complies with safety and regulatory requirements than previous versions.

WTF does lockout/tagout procedures have to do with knowing how to turn off a conveyor belt? He's not turning it off so he can tag it out of service.

And as everyone else pointed out. Why would OSHA be contesting the fines they issued? Talk about Journalism fail.


Lock-out/tag-out is the standard procedure for entering any piece of industrial equipment. It shuts off the machine (lock-out) and makes sure no one else can turn it back on (tag-out).
 
2012-09-18 06:51:58 AM

mojodragon: They found him face-down on the conveyor belt, 15 minutes later? If the belt had stopped running, they would have noticed it immediately, which tells me that this must have been a very gruesome discovery.


He did lock out the conveyor belts from running, he just failed to lock out the vertical switching unit. It does seem more like a training issue, rather than a miscalculating employees.
 
2012-09-18 06:55:06 AM
www.justsaypictures.com
 
2012-09-18 08:02:52 AM

cptjeff: FTFA:OSHA is now blaming US Airways for the accident, accusing the airline of not doing enough to train its employees on how to shut down the equipment.

"We're talking about a fatality here,"

We're also talking about a guy who knew that these conveyers were constantly shifting around with violent force and not a whole lot of safety barriers who still climbed onto moving equipment.

Methinks this wasn't entirely the airline's fault. Tragic, but not exactly the wisest choice by this guy.


The OSHA fines just make them look bad to the public, the real financial hit is for the Work Comp death claim. If the employee had a spouse or dependents you can be paying a claim that can start at $250K. And the larger the company, the higher the deductibles so it comes entirely out of pocket.
 
2012-09-18 08:04:14 AM
Saw this in Die Hard 2
 
2012-09-18 08:50:15 AM

T.M.S.: More like the hastily covered up incident that occurred during the shooting of the finale of Toy Story 2.

fark Pixar and their unsafe working practices


Huh? You piqued my interest, but I cannot find anything online - what are you talking about?
 
2012-09-18 09:02:52 AM
bravo subby

/snerk
 
2012-09-18 09:48:17 AM

booger42: T.M.S.: More like the hastily covered up incident that occurred during the shooting of the finale of Toy Story 2.

fark Pixar and their unsafe working practices

Huh? You piqued my interest, but I cannot find anything online - what are you talking about?


Go watch the last 15~20 minutes of Toy Story 2.
 
2012-09-18 10:33:41 AM
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2012-09-18 01:00:19 PM

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2012-09-18 01:52:00 PM

cptjeff: FTFA:OSHA is now blaming US Airways for the accident, accusing the airline of not doing enough to train its employees on how to shut down the equipment.

"We're talking about a fatality here,"

We're also talking about a guy who knew that these conveyers were constantly shifting around with violent force and not a whole lot of safety barriers who still climbed onto moving equipment.

Methinks this wasn't entirely the airline's fault. Tragic, but not exactly the wisest choice by this guy.


Getting hurt on the job doesn't always mean there was OSHA violations. The question is whether the workplace was 'safe enough.'

For example, an office I used to work at had someone trip over their own chair and then wanted 'something done' or they'd tell OSHA. Really, fat ass? You got up, stretched, then lost your balance and tripped over your own industry standard office chair..what kind of protections do you want? A safety harness for your desk? There was really nothing that could be done to make that job any safer without resorting to shiat like helmets and skating pads for a desk job, in case you fall over.

Any place where there's big machinery means there better be a lot of safety equipment. A local factory had a guy trip and fall (simple fall, like the office worker I mentioned) and fall into moving machine parts and get horribly injured. OSHA violation? Yep, but they didn't have to pay a fine as long as they installed some rails and shiat to keep that from happening again. The place went from "i'm not going in there...I have no idea which one of those machines is going to reach out and eat me!" to "I have no doubt which areas are safe for me and which areas are not. I'd let my kid play in here!"
 
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