This is in three parts.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


The company’s welding operations include MIG welding, spot welding and robotic welding. The Health Professional conducted personal air sampling and self-sampling in the welding area on February 20, 2009 for welding fumes and ozone. As a result of the sampling, ozone overexposures to both the The health professional and the employee sampled were recorded as follows:

Sample Results – TWA – PEL
Health Prof – 0.126 P – 0.1 P
Employee – 0.452 P – 0.1 P

Even safety and health professionals can be overexposed during sampling.

Near miss

April 12, 2009

A co-worker in another office had a recent experience with a near-miss related to abrasive blasting in an area that had blasting booths. An employee was using steel shot for abrasive blasting. The booth door was closed. However, there was a small hole in the rubber seal along the base of the closed booth door.

Although he was approximately 10-15 feet away from the booth, a particle came through the hole and impacted him just below his eye protection. There was not an injury, but it really reinforces the need to wear eye protection when on inspections.

Good old days?

April 5, 2009


In the old days, the ironworkers were allowed to climb steel as far they could built it. It was pure survival of the fittest. Those that made it had no use for fall arrest. Even this worker on the John Hancock on Chicago would probably fall because the rope is just a knot. The free fall of over 9 feet would paralyzed him if it held.  It was an illusion of safety. It was 1985 when I saw the first attempt to protect the connector. Then a little steel erection company connected out of a bucket in Creston IL in 1986. It changed the world for these guy.