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PLANT SAFETY MATTERS

Don't Overlook

STF Hazards
Slips, trips, and falls
can lead to tragic
consequences
in your plant.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT "Preventable Deaths"
published by the National Council of Occupational Safety
and Health (National COSH, coshnetwork.org, Somerville,
MA), there were 818 reported deaths in 2014 from slips,
trips, and falls (STFs). Unfortunately, given the countless
causes of STFs, these types of potentially lethal incidents are
not unusual-even in industrial environments. In fact, year
after year, STFs seem to account for some of the greatest
numbers of reported workplace accidents. Case in point:
In 2016, fall protection was OSHA's most frequently cited
violation (6,906 occurrences).
What's fueling those numbers? Could too many maintenance and safety professionals be focusing primarily on
overt hazards and overlooking others within their facilities?
That's not an effective approach. To protect its workforce and
any visitors to the operation, a site must make sure its safety
program addresses all hazards, including the following three,
less-obvious ones associated with STFs.

Lighting conditions
Despite being surprisingly common in today's industrial
facilities, poor lighting conditions are often neglected.
Lumen depreciation (degradation of light output over time),
burned-out lamps, inappropriate lighting-fixture placement,
and accumulation of dust and particulate matter on fixtures
can lead to inadequate workplace lighting.
Poor lighting, i.e., dimly lit areas, in turn, exponentially
increases the potential for STFs and other workplace

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Top. Regular safety meetings and communication are
foundational to successful safety programs.
Inset. Good, balanced lighting in facilities reduces the potential
for STFs and other workplace accidents. Photo courtesy Motion
Industries

accidents. As an example, shadows created by machines,
shelving, and tall structures can hide a multitude of obstacles
and hazards.
Footcandles (fc) is a measurement of light intensity
commonly used to determine lighting conditions in industrial environments. However, OSHA (U.S. Department of
Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, osha.
gov, Washington) doesn't have guidelines or regulations for
footcandle levels in facilities. Instead, it uses recommended
footcandle levels for different industrial environments
established by the Illuminating Engineer's Society (IES) of
North America. For instance, according to the IES, current
illumination recommendation, general-industrial welders
SEPTEMBER 2017


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology September 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Bionics Will Drive Future Factories
Filling The Skills Gap
Virtual Simulation and Plant Safety
Update Grounding Knowledge
Don't Overlook STF Hazards
Alternative LOTO Measures
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Compressed Air Filters
IR Inspections
Crack The Lube-Fault Code
DCIM Drives Efficiencies
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Cover1
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Editorial
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Bionics Will Drive Future Factories
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Filling The Skills Gap
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Virtual Simulation and Plant Safety
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Update Grounding Knowledge
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Don't Overlook STF Hazards
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Alternative LOTO Measures
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Compressed Air Filters
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - IR Inspections
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Crack The Lube-Fault Code
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - DCIM Drives Efficiencies
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Products
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Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology September 2017 - Final Thought
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