It cannot be overstated how crucial it is for companies to have thorough employee training programs available. Especially when daily operations involve dangerous activities or materials, all workers need to be trained properly and kept in the loop of all safety regulations.
For example, if employees are given old or outdated information, it might not be enough to keep them protected while working. That is what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) believes happened in Wheeling, Illinois, last year, when a 37-year-old man died while cleaning a tank at Sunnyside Corp.
What caused the fatal accident?
According to the Chicago Tribune, the man breathed in methylene chloride vapors and fell to his death. OSHA told the news source that the employee was not wearing the proper respiratory equipment for the hazardous material that he was working with.
OSHA has cited Phoenix Industrial Cleaning, the company that sent workers to Sunnyside, $77,200 in fines and 28 violations, 18 of which deal with employees working in confined spaces and without a rescue plan.
"No job should cost a person's life because of an employer's failure to properly protect and train workers," Diane Turek, OSHA's area director in Des Plaines, told the news source. "Phoenix Industrial Cleaning failed in its responsibility to evaluate working conditions and provide proper respiratory and personal protective equipment to workers cleaning storage tanks containing hazardous chemicals."