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The DOL Reports a Rise in On-the-Job Latino and Contractor Deaths in 2013

PaintSquare, Health & Safety
September 17, 2014


2013 saw a 7% increase in the number of deaths among Hispanic and Latino workers on the job despite an overall decline in fatal work injuries in the United States. This preliminary release of data by the Department of Labor also reports an increase in the number of contractor deaths; numbers that typically increase when final data becomes available in the spring of 2015.

(Click the picture to go to the OSHA website, scroll down to "Most Frequently Cited" to find the link to a PowerPoint to download the file.)


Construction deaths topped the goods-producing sector in 2013. Specialty trade contractors accounted for 476 of the 796 deaths.

Read the full article to learn more on the key findings, industry highlights and types of fatal events that are accounted for in the report. The article will also reveal the characteristics of the workers and contractors who were killed and some geographical data on where these fatalities have taken place.


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 In the News - Confined Space H&S Violation

"Spit and Sniff?" - Safe Test for Entering Confined Space?

September 2014 PaintSquare News  PaintSquare

A Texas worker was asphyxiated by hydrogen sulfide as he lowered himself into a railcar to perfrom industrial cleaning.

A total penalty of $10,800 was issued by the courts to Austin Industrial for OSHA citations that played a role in the death of  31 year old Jaime Godines. Godines, an industrial worker, working for Austin Industrial under a contract at the Lubrizol plant in Deer Park, TX, died after entering the railcar which is considered a permit required confined space and requires respiratory protection. In question are the cleaning process, the lack of confined-space permit, and failure to properly identify and evaluate repiratory hazards in the workplace and train employees working with hazardous chemicals.

Click here to read the full article and the circumstances that lead to the worker's death.

 Enclosed railcar

 Proper identification of chemical hazards and proper respiratory protection are necessary to prevent health hazards when working in confined spaces, such as a railcar, tank car or other enclosed spaces.    

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eLearning Updates

Mathematics is a basic and important tool. You use simple mathematics daily in planning and executing your work. Therefore, mathematical accuracy is critical for a profitable job.

We have four new eLearning lessons in the LMS. They are found in the following courses:

COR 1004 Basic Mathematics and Measurements

-Lesson 1 Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division
-Lesson 2 Basic Measurements

COR 1005: Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, and Basic Geometry

-Lesson 1 Fraction Basics
-Lesson 2 Decimals, Percentages, and Basic Geometry 


At the end of each lesson, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your math skills using the online assessment.

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