February is Heart Month!
The United States Government and Medical Organizations want to recognize the growing trends in heart disease and related illnesses and deaths. No time is better than now to recognize the potential risks involved with heart problems and how it can affect you and your loved ones. One of the biggest steps for anyone is to know the basics of CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
HEART HEALTH FACTS
-Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States.
-There are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., and nearly 90% of those cases are fatal. (February is Heart Month – Are You Trained in CPR? (hsi.com))
-Each year, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation offers a summary of the annual American Heart Association report, most recently titled Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2022 Update. Focusing on OHCA arrest, some of the latest statistics from the report show:
For more information click the link (February is Heart Month – Are You Trained in CPR? (hsi.com))
Connecticut contractor's failure to address hazards turns deadly when trench collapse buried worker at Vernon job site. (Hartford, CT)
Botticello Inc. faces $375K in OSHA fines after death that 'never should have happened'
After a federal investigation, it was determined that a Manchester contractor failed to provide required safeguards which resulted in a trench collapse. Ultimately, this failure to act or comply with legal requirements resulted in the death of an employee on July 22, 2022. The employee was buried as a result of a cave-in when an 8-foot-deep trench collapsed.
"This deadly cave-in and the worker's death should never have happened," said OSHA Area Director Dale Varney in Hartford, Connecticut. "
A PREVIOUS inspection by OSHA issues with the work site and the findings included:
Federal trenching safety standards require:
-protective systems for trenches deeper than 5 feet, and that soil and other materials be kept at least 2 feet from the trench's edge. (Working Safely in Trenches (osha.gov)
-Trenches must also be inspected by a knowledgeable person, be free of standing water and atmospheric hazards and have a safe means of entry and exit before a worker may enter.
To view the full article on the OSHA website click here Connecticut contractor’s failure to address hazards turns deadly when trench collapse buried worker at Vernon job site | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)