Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule: Reporting Fatalities and Severe Injuries

OSHA’s updated recordkeeping rule expands the list of severe injuries that all employers must report to OSHA. Establishments located in states under Federal OSHA jurisdiction must begin to comply with the new requirements on January 1, 2015. Establishments located in states that operate their own safety and health programs should check with their state plan for the implementation date of the new requirements.

Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule: Reporting Fatalities and Severe InjuriesOSHA’s updated recordkeeping rule expands the list of severe injuries that all employers must report to OSHA. Establishments located in states under Federal OSHA jurisdiction must begin to comply with the new requirements on January 1, 2015. Establishments located in states that operate their own safety and health programs should check with their state plan for the implementation date of the new requirements.


Starting January 1, 2015:

All employers * must report to OSHA:

 All work-related fatalities within 8 hours

Within 24 hours, all work-related:

 Inpatient hospitalizations

 Amputations

 Losses of an eye


Temporary Hires and Loaners To Your Company

Are You Providing Adequate Safety Training to Temporary Workers?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is taking steps to address a spate of fatalities among temporary workers and others who are new to their jobs. A memo to regional administrators directs field inspectors to assess whether employers that use temporary workers are complying with their duty under the law.

OSHA inspectors will use a new code in their information database to identify situations in which temporary workers are exposed to safety and health violations. They will also assess whether these workers received training in a language they could understand. OSHA is working with the American Staffing Association and employers that use staffing agencies to promote best practices.

The big problem, according to OSHA, is that employers fail to provide safety training to temporary workers. Or, if instruction is given, it does not adequately address a hazard that could contribute to a fatality. One of the most egregious cases was that of a 21-year-old temporary employee who died on his first day on the job at a bottling plant in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2012.

The young man was crushed to death by a palletizer machine. OSHA issued two willful citations, claiming that the beverage company failed to train temporary workers on using lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental machine start-ups. At the time of the accident, OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels commented, "A worker's first day at work shouldn't be his last day on earth." He emphasized that employers are responsible for ensuring safe working conditions and for training all employees, including temporary workers.

To reiterate: While temp companies often provide general safety training to employees, your company should decide up-front who will be providing job-specific safety training. Whether you provide that training to temps or not, be sure the quality is something you can stand by and stick to that policy.


This is copied from an email that I received from a reputable safety company.  If you would like a copy please contact me with your email information and I will gladly forward you a copy.

Heavy Equipment Rental Company Cited by US Labor Department's OSHA After Truck Crane Crushes Worker

HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Hawthorne Pacific Corp. in Kahului, Maui, for 13 alleged serious violations and two other-than-serious violations of safety standards. The heavy equipment rental and repair company faces fines following an Oct. 23, 2012, incident in which one of its cranes fatally crushed a worker.

"Hawthorne Pacific Corp. failed in its responsibility to ensure that workers followed the manufacturer's requirements for the safe operation and maintenance of equipment," said Galen Lemke, director of OSHA's Honolulu Area Office. "This tragic accident could have easily been prevented had the employer addressed these issues."

OSHA's Honolulu Area Office inspection found that outriggers designed to stabilize the truck-mounted crane that crushed the worker were not extended, allowing it to tip, and that the company failed to properly inspect and maintain records of critical items on the crane. The industrial boom truck crane had been out of service for more than six months and had not had a complete inspection before use. The company also failed to properly tag keys for the truck crane as "do not use" because a warning indicator wasn't functioning.

The inspection also found that shop equipment and compressed gas cylinders were not properly secured or anchored, some equipment was not in good operating condition, electrical outlets were not properly protected and machines were not properly guarded to prevent amputation or other injuries. The company also failed to make eye or body wash facilities accessible in key areas where workers were exposed to corrosive liquids. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Proposed fines total $70,000.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


Link to OSHA Report:


Hard Hats or Hard Heads?

There is a lot of misinformation or lack of information flying around regarding one of our more visible symbols - our hard hat.  Per our CBA Section 9.12 - The employer shall provide hard hats to all employees.  All hard hats must meet all safety requirements and be approved by the Union.  The hard hats we currently use are manufactured by Bullard.  Our hard hats are Type 1 Class E & G.  Type 1 tells us that the hard hat is rated for impacts only on the top of the head.  Class E & G tells us that the hard hat is intended to reduce exposure to both low voltage and high voltage.  Class G hard hats are rated for 2200 volts phase to ground, while Class E hard hats are rated for 20,000 volts phase to ground.  So that means our hard hats, both the full brim and the cap style, are rated up to 20,000 volts phase to ground.

The other concern is in regards to the useful life of a hard hat.  The statement below is directly from a Bullard bulletin regarding that very issue.  The date stamp on the hard hat is there to indicate the date of manufacturing and should not necessarily be used as the only means to determine an "expiration date" of a hard hat.  I will add my disclaimer at this point and time - While the manufacturer states that an item may still be serviceable, a safety officer has the prerogative to be stricter.  So yes they can condemn your "brand new" hard hat because it was manufactured more than five years ago.


Warranty vs. Useful Life

Bullard hard hats and caps have a two (2) year warranty from date of manufacture. As long as the product is stored properly, according to manufacturer’s recommendations, the actual “useful life” of the hard hat does not begin until the helmet is placed in service.

Flukes Ten Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity

Did you know the NFPA 70E requires that your employer is required to train you on how to select an appropriate meter?  Did you know that you as the employee must demonstrate to your employer that you know how to properly use your meter?  Did you know that the NFPA 70E Standard also dictates that in order to be "qualified" you need to be trained to select the correct meter and then trained on the limitations of the meter you select and use?

Now think back... how many of us have ever received official "how to" training?  Fluke has done a write up called "10 Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity". To download the article click on the Download Forms tab.  While this is not to be considered official training in any shape or form it is a good introdcution.

Worker, 66, critically injured in Kailua-Kona trench cave-in

By Star-Advertiser staff


A 66-year-old worker was critically injured Wednesday when a trench on a Kailua-Kona street caved in, the Hawaii Fire Department said.

The man identified as a worker for E.M. Rivera was working in the trench when the wall of a roughly 8-foot utility trench collapsed, a fire official said.

The man had difficulty breathing and trauma to his face, the Fire Department said.

He was initially in serious condition, but his condition worsened to critical when he was being transported by ambulance to  a hospital, the fire official said.

The company had been doing work for Hawaii County on Kaiminani Drive when the cave-in occurred, according to the Fire Department.




Hawaii island electrocution victim identified

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hawaii County police have identified the man who died in an industrial accident in Mountain View last Thursday as Yves Morel, 56, of Raleigh, N.C.

An autopsy conducted Friday determined that he died from high-voltage electrocution, police said.

Police said Morel was inspecting a newly installed water tank when he received a fatal shock at about 9 a.m.

The incident happened at a site off Route 11, near North Kulani Road.

A 51-year-old Hono­kaa man who was working nearby was able to de-energize the electrical system, and sustained minor injuries from exposure to electricity, police said.

Morel was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:32 a.m.




OSHA cites Halekulani for 17 safety violations

By Ian Scheuring - bio | email


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited Halekulani Corp. with 17 safety violations after a routine inspection of the Waikiki hotel - and hints that it suspects other hotels may also have violations were they to be inspected.

"The hotel industry is one of the biggest employers in Hawaii, and it's critical that owners and operators have strong safety and health programs," said Galen Lemke, director of OSHA's Honolulu Area Office.

OSHA called 14 of the violations serious, which in agency parlance means the potential for death or serious injury. Those violations, OSHA said Tuesday, involve personal protective equipment use and availability, fire extinguisher maintenance and inspection, and the provision of appropriate equipment for electrical work.

The announcement said OSHA also found that the property "failed to provide training in hazardous waste operations and emergency response standards." Three violations considered less serious involved a lack of labeling and access to electrical panels and labels on gas cylinders.

"Halekulani has an obligation to protect its staff and ensure a safe working environment," said Lemke.

Halekulani has 15 days to respond formally to OSHA. It can respond by complying, contesting the findings, or meeting with Lemke. Penalties could add up to $49,000, OSHA said.

Halekulani has more than 450 rooms and more than 800 employees. It regularly wins a place on national and international lists of the world's best hotels.

Tuesday Afternoon Halekulani released the following statement:


On April 26, 2013, Halekulani received a written notification detailing the results of an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA"), which took place on January 16, 2013. All of the issues brought up at the January inspection were immediately addressed for rectification. Halekulani is working to clarify and address any other citations noted in the subsequent April notification.


Said Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation, "There is nothing of greater importance, nor that we take more seriously, than the safety and well-being of our guests and our staff, which will always be our unconditional priority."


 On April 26, 2013, Halekulani received a written notification detailing the results of an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA"), which took place on January 16, 2013. All of the issues brought up at the January inspection were immediately addressed for rectification. Halekulani is working to clarify and address any other citations noted in the subsequent April notification.Said Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer of Halekulani Corporation, "There is nothing of greater importance, nor that we take more seriously, than the safety and well-being of our guests and our staff, which will always be our unconditional priority."


Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved




A more detailed report from Pacific Business News:



One of the OSHA citations they received was for lack of labeling and access to electrical panels.  I know we do a lot of work on hotel and other commercial properties.  As electricians part of our job is to take care of labeling and updating panel schedules.

Be mindful of what you are doing out there.  For the 2013 year Federal OSHA is handling all General Industry safety inspections.  Federal OSHA also governs all our work on Federal Property including military installations.


Electrocution leads to OSHA inspection, $189K fine

October 4, 2012 by Fred Hosier

An employee was electrocuted while working to restore power to a pumping station. OSHA heard about the fatality and investigated. The agency says workers lacked safety gear. The investigation determined the employee came into contact with energized electrical parts. The electrocution occurred in April.

OSHA says Halcon Resource Corp. of Electra, Texas failed to adequately train employees in the hazards of electrical repairs near energized equipment.

The company now faces two willful and seven serious OSHA fines. The serious citations are for failing to:

  • provide training on safe work practices, and
  • provide electrical protective equipment, such as gloves, for employees performing maintenance work.

The serious violations include failure to:

  • provide specific lockout/tagout procedures
  • ensure energy sources of electrical equipment are locked out before performing maintenance
  • test electrical personal protective equipment
  • ensure only qualified personnel perform testing and maintenance on electrical equipment.

The proposed penalties total $189,000.

The company has 15 business days to contest the fines.

Halcon Resources is a Houston-based oil and gas servicing company and does business as WG Operating.



Electrical Worker Dies on the Big Island

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a fatal industrial accident in the Puna District on Thursday morning.

Just before 9:15 a.m., police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics received a report of an apparent industrial accident at a job site just off Route 11 near the North Kulani Road intersection in Mountain View.

Responding officers discovered that a 56-year-old man had been inspecting the electrical system for a newly installed water tank when he apparently was electrocuted from the energized system. A 51-year-old Honokaʻa man, who was working nearby, attempted to assist the victim. He was able to de-energize the electrical system but not before sustaining minor injuries from exposure to electrical current.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives are conducting further investigation into this incident, which is classified as an industrial accident.

Police are awaiting positive identification and notification of the next of kin before releasing the name of the victim.


Source: http://bigisland.hawaiinewsnow.com/news/news/147763-police-man-electrocuted-puna-job-site


Our prayers go out to the family of our fallen brother.  Don't let his death be in vain.  We all need to realize the potential for injury and death associated with our trade.  After talking to people that are familiar with or were in the vicinity of this incident the worker broke several tennents set forth by the NFPA 70E Standard for Electical Safety in the Workplace.  As an electrician be sure to get trained in the most current NFPA 70E Standard.  If you feel your employer or shop needs to be educated let the union know.  We are all in this together.

PFAS - What Everyone Should Know


Safety harnesses save many lives and injuries. However, continual vigilance is needed to train and supervise workers to ensure harnesses are used safely. All phases of fall protection need to be examined for each particular application. Workers and emergency response personnel must be trained to recognize the risks of suspension trauma.

Before the potential fall:

  • Workers should be use caution to work alone in a harness.
  • Rope/cable tenders must make certain the harness user is conscious at all times.
  • Time in suspension should be limited to under five minutes. Longer suspensions must have foothold straps or means for putting weight on the legs.
  • Harnesses should be selected for specific applications and must consider: compliance (convenience), potential arrest injury, and suspension trauma.
  • Tie-off lanyards should be anchored as high and tight as work permits.

After a fall:

  • Workers should be trained to try to move their legs in the harness and try to push against any footholds.
  • Workers hanging in a harness should be trained to try to get their legs as high as possible and their heads as close to horizontal as possible (this is nearly impossible with many commercial harnesses in use today).
  • It the worker is suspended upright, emergency measures must be taken to remove the worker from suspension or move the fallen worker into a horizontal posture, or at least to a sitting position.

For harness rescues:

  • The victim should not be suspended in a vertical (upright) posture with the legs dangling straight. Victims should be kept as nearly horizontal as possible, or at least in a sitting position.
  • Rescuers should be trained that victims who are suspended vertically before rescue are in a potentially fatal situation.
  • Rescuers must be aware that post-rescue death may occur if victims are moved to a horizontal position too rapidly.

Recommendations on harnesses:

  • It may be advantageous in some circumstances to locate the lanyard or tie-off attachment of the harness as near to the body's center of gravity as possible to reduce the whiplash and other trauma when a fall is arrested. This also facilitates moving legs upward and head downward while suspended.
  • Front (stomach or chest) rather than rear (back) harness lanyard attachment points will aid uninjured workers in self-rescue. This is crucial if workers are not closely supervised.
  • Any time a worker must spend time hanging in a harness, a harness with a seat rather than straps alone should be used to help position the upper legs horizontally.
  • A gradual arrest device should be employed to lessen deceleration injuries.

Be Aware of the Dreaded Toolbox Talk

Those of you who have undergone our OSHA 30 training have no doubt heard my lesson on toolbox talks.  Most workers think it's just another item on the To-Do List that gets in the way of work and production.  Other times companies just put a note in the weekly paycheck or some generic safety sheet on a clipboard and tell everyone to read it and sign.  But does anyone actually read it?  There in lies the problem... How do you ensure the safety message is getting across to everyone?  In this day and age of smart phones, Facebook, Instagram, and mobile web a lot of the time your guys probably aren't even paying attention during your safety meetings.  So what do you do?  Sorry I can't help you there, but you DO need to get serious about it.

I've been warning everyone that I train that you as the Pusher, Foreman, or Person-In-Charge are responsible and therefore legally obligated when conducting these daily or weekly safety meetings.  Yes I am talking liability!  You need to make sure your workers are indeed listening and paying attention.  I warned everyone that OSHA could come along and ask you what you covered in your safety meetings and that they would even ask your workers what you talked about.  Well its finally come to be... I just got word last night from one of our CPR/First Aid instructors that Federal OSHA on Federal jobs are indeed doing that.  They are asking the foremen what was covered in the safety meeting and then talking to the workers to see if they were paying attention.  With the "partnership" between Fed OSHA and HIOSH it's only a matter of time before it comes to the private jobs on which most of us work.


Be Aware of the Dreaded Toolbox Talk!!!

Hawaii Worker Fatalities in 2011

This is a brief list of deaths that occurred on the job in 2011 here in Hawaii.  When I see the list of the 2012 worker fatalities I will post it too.

Most if not all of these deaths were preventable.  OSHA stresses training workers to identify hazards on and around their jobsites.  The Hawaii Electricians Training Fund is always willing and able to assist you with this.  After the members complete our classes the responsibilty of implementation falls on you as the employer and them as the ones performing the work.



Falcon Landscaping, LLC, Honolulu, HI 96817 - Worker trimming a tree fell when rotted limb gave way.


Moo's Machine Works, Inc., Honolulu, HI 96819 - worker testing an articulating boom was killed when the boom fell and struck him.


Donaldson Enterprises Inc, Waipahi, HI 96797 - Five workers were killed and one injured after an explosion occurred while destroying illegal fireworks.


Grove Farm Fish Hukilau Foods, Honolulu, HI 96814 - Worker found unconscious on ocean floor while performing commercial diving, later died from unknown cause.


Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. , Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 - Truck driver ejected and crushed by truck that flipped over after losing control while making a turn on restricted airport roadway.


Marys Tree Service & Landscaping, Lahaina, HI 96761 - Tree trimmer fell nearly 50 feet when his safety belt broke while trimming coconut fronds.


Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, Keanu, HI 96749 - Worker died when he struck a tree after crossing the center line on a private road.


Gozip LLC, Hilo, HI 96720 - One worker was killed and another worker was hospitalized after a zipline tower collapsed.


Aloha Tree Experts, Kailua, HI 96734 - Worker was killed when he fell 28 feet from a tree that fell over at its base.

A Safe You Is A Safe Me

We often don't realize that while our unsafe act may not harm us, it may in fact harm or even kill someone else.  That is why by looking out for yourself and taking the time to do things correctly and safely could literally save lives.

Here is a good example from right here on the Big Island just a couple streets over from where I used to play as a small kid.


February 10, 2012



(Stephens Media).  A 42-year-old woman is dead after her pickup truck was crushed when a utility truck turned on its side Thursday morning on Kaiminani Drive in Kailua-KonaHawaii County Police Department Sergeant Raymond Childers said a westbound Leleiwi Electric Inc. utility truck’s bucket lift apparently snagged a utility line that caused the truck to flip on its side and slide donwn the road several yards before hitting a silver 2011 Ford F-250.  The pickup truck was traveling east and had nearly come to a stop about 150 feet west of Kaiminiani Drive’s intersection with the Ane Keohokalole Highway when the utility truck’s bucket lift crushed the pickup.  The driver, identified as Sheila Goto, was pronounced dead at 12:22 p.m.  Goto was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated.  Her two passengers were taken to the Kona Community Hospital.  Kaiminani Drive, between Laui Street and the Ane Keohokalole Highway was closed for nearly six hours while police investigated the accident.  The road was reopened around 3:30 p.m.  A negligent homicide investigation is underway and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.  Those with information on the fatal crash should call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.


Source: http://prgnewshawaii.com/2012/02/10/hawaii-island-news-10-february-2012-through-11-february-2012/

Man Dies After Falling From a Scaffold in Makiki

This accident occurred on February 8, 2013.  A man was working on an improperly contructed scaffold.  The reports state that he fell 30 feet and sustained critical injuries and later died.  That is why OSHA has strict laws regarding work on scaffolds and scaffold construction.

The Hawaii Electricians Training Fund currnetly offers training to meet just about all of your scaffold training needs.  We currently offer User/Awareness training that is mandated by OSHA for all workers who may be expected to work on a scaffold.  We also have a Competent Person level class which is needed for all companies with scaffolds because part of the duties of the competent person is to conduct mandatory daily inspections.  Other items that are covered in the scaffold section are Aerial Lifts/Bucket Trucks and Scissor Lifts, which we are also capable of providing training for.

Please contact our office if you or your company need training for scaffolds, aerial lifts/bucket trucks, or scissor lifts.


KITV News footage of the accident site:



OSHA 29CFR1926 Subpart L - Scaffolds


Dawning of a new day...

It has been 176 days since I have come on board as the the Hawaii Electricians Training Fund's Safety Coordinator.  With a new coordinator comes new ideas, new methods, and new life.  I tell everyone that I've ever taught:

"I am not the safest person even though I am a safey trainer.  I realize that in our line of work there a lot of dangers and we all have our own ways of dealing with those dangers.  In the time that you're with me we're going to talk about anything and everything that could go wrong and what OSHA has to say about it.  What you do with the knowledge you get from here is up to you."

And that is what I trully believe.  My job is to ensure that all the members of LU IBEW 1186 are taught all that they need to know in order to work safe. 

What they do when they leave our doors is completely up to them and up to the shops that they work for.  The job of the training office is to provide safety training and certifications that are needed so that all of our members are able to work on a job.  The enforcement of the training and the applicable laws invariably fall upon the shoulders of the companies.  OSHA states that it is the duty of the employer to ensure that their employees are working in accordance with OSHA standards.  It is the responsibility of the employer to monitor their employees and to take, if needed, any corrective measures to ensure they are in compliance.

This Blog is a chance for me to keep our members and our Signatory Contractors up to date about what is going on here at training and in the world of safety.  I will also post links and news updates to highlight any safety accidents that happen here at home in Hawaii.  Check back often and feel free to post your comments, questions, and concerns.


- Mahalo


Photo: Sunrise at our HCC Pole Yard where Oceanic Time Warner Employees are undergoing safety training for ladders and pole climbing.