Reliance on Process, not People, for Safety and Quality

August 1, 2022

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Patrick Steininger
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Laurie Harbour
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Lockout-Tagout Citations Dismissed, After Considering Hands-On Work vs. Observation
When it comes to OSHA inspections and citations related to lockout-tagout, does it matter if an employee is injured while operating equipment versus merely visually inspecting its operation?

In this lawsuit review from Doug Ehlke, from Ehlke Law Offices, we learn that “the LOTO standard has certain exemptions and requirements.  One is that if you are required to place any body into the point of operation, the machine needs to be locked out.”

However, in the specific case presented here by Ehlke, while a very unfortunate accident did result, the injured worker was only conducting a visual observation and was not anticipating reaching out into the point of operation. 

“The fact of an accident does not establish the occurrence of an OSHA violation.”
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Webinar: Marijuana and the Workplace
According to a study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, employees who test positive for marijuana, compared to those who don’t, have a 55-percent greater chance of causing an industrial accident, experience 85 percent more injuries, and are 75 percent more likely to miss work. Yet, new marijuana laws enacted in many states now make it increasingly difficult to find workers that meet strict drug-testing criteria.

In the fast-changing landscape regarding marijuana in the workplace, it can be tricky to keep up. Help comes via a webinar offered by Federated Insurance, scheduled for June 21 at 12 p.m. CT, that promises to demystify the complex intersection of marijuana legal reform and safe, productive workplaces
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Exit or Expand? A Guide for Business Owners
The robust acquisition and consolidation of former family-owned precision metal forming and fabricating technology companies continues its strong 5-yr. pace, with expectations it will continue throughout 2023. Both strategic and financial buyers (e.g., private equity) are consolidating competitors to increase market share and expand product lines.

In this exclusive to MetalForming magazine, Len LaPorta, managing director of The DAK Group, explains that while some business owners are looking aggressively into the future, others feel “exhausted” and are ready to cash out at what could be the peak of the M & A frenzy.

“Either way, we see tremendous opportunities for family-owned companies (including PMA members) to either sell or grow through acquisition,” LaPorta says.
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Tackle Turnover by Overwhelming Your Employees with Training Opportunities
“To retain personnel, it’s vital for employers to continually invest in employees and make it clear that they have opportunities to learn new skills, change roles and grow professionally within the organization.”

So notes this Manufacturing.Net article by Jorge Izquierdo, vice president of market development at the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.  He adds: “Encouraging internal mobility enhances retention, engagement and agility, and it reduces time and money spent on hiring. A recent report by LinkedIn notes, ‘Companies that excel at internal mobility are able to retain employees for an average of 5.4 years. That’s nearly twice as long as companies that struggle with it, where the average retention span is 2.9 years.’”
PMA President David Klotz Testifies at USITC on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
Members of the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU) joined other domestic manufacturers, as well as PMA president David Klotz, on July 20, to testify before the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) that the Section 232 tariffs, imposed in 2018, have made the United States an “island of high steel prices,” and are causing supply shortages, shipping delays and the loss of business to overseas competitors. CAMMU Executive Director Paul Nathanson testified that a survey of more than 70 CAMMU member companies found that 84 percent of respondents are having difficulty sourcing steel, and 76 percent are having trouble sourcing aluminum. In addition, 87 percent of respondents are experiencing delays in receiving steel supplies, and 84 percent are experiencing delays in aluminum supplies. Thirty-five percent of respondents reported experiencing supply delays exceeding two months, and 32 percent reported experiencing delays exceeding three months. 
Industry-Related Terms: Case, E-Mail, Forming, LASER, Lines, Point, Prototype, Run
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