12-23-2003, 04:07 PM #1
Two interesting articles from NY Times...
Both are long --
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/23/na...agewanted=1&hp about a worker who died in a manure pit, and from their a link to a worker who died in a trench collapse.
In the manure pit story,
(Pat Faria being a co-owner of a factory dairy farm & local fire chief, before the Grand Jury that indicted him...)
What is more, Mr. Hubert said, he had evidence that Pat Faria knew all about those dangers and safety laws. For one thing, he had been taught them as part of his volunteer-firefighter training. Mr. Hubert subpoenaed the man who had trained Mr. Faria in "Confined Space Awareness" in a four-hour class for firefighters in 1999.
The trainer explained how he had taught Mr. Faria the dangers of gases in confined spaces, including how hydrogen sulfide is common in spaces where there is wastewater. The trainer said he also taught Mr. Faria about how no one should enter a confined space without an air test, safety harnesses and respirators.
Mr. Faria had been tested on the class material. In fact, his answer sheet was given to the grand jurors.
He passed, the trainer said.
There was more. Pat Faria's farm had a written safety plan, just as California law required.
"Our safety and health program," the plan stated, "will include all necessary mechanical and physical safeguards, inspections to find and eliminate unsafe working conditions or practices, training for all employees in good safety and health practices, use of personal protective equipment wherever necessary."
The plan named Pat Faria as the farm's "safety coordinator" and made him responsible for training and equipping his employees against safety hazards. It also contained an explicit warning about manure pits: "CAUTION! Beware of dangerous gases and oxygen depletion within these structures," it stated, specifically describing the dangers of hydrogen sulfide.
The other article is interesting too, plus it has a line that 2 weeks before the fatal collapse the local Fire Chief had called OSHA to report what was going on, and OSHA issued a warning to the company for unsafe trench practices.
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