Posted: June 19th, 2021
The initial response should be at least 150 words and contain a reference list for the sources used to support your response
Describe a time when you encountered a hazard in the workplace that could have caused or did cause an injury. This could be a single incident or repetitive motion issue.
Why did the hazard exist? Was the business negligent in providing proper protection or training for their employees, or was the employee not following workplace rules, protocols, training, etc.?
Discuss the occupational organizations (governmental and/or non-governmental) that might be involved when investigating the workplace injury.
What laws, regulations, policies and/or programs in place to prevent this type of injury?
Your initial response should be at least 150 words and contain a reference list for the sources used to support your response
Environmental justice ensures that all communities are treated fairly and are meaningfully involved in environmental-based decisions, such as where to build a new sanitary landfill, hazardous waste repository, industrial plant, or any other such site that could create an environmental hazard for those who live in the area.
Describe a time when environmental injustice occurred. This can include any current or past events where the community was not fairly and meaningfully involved in the decision-making process.
Who is or was negatively affected? What negative health effects could or did the community experience? What other social factors compound the negative health outcomes of the community?
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I used to landscape for a small company many years ago. It was an interesting job because the types of work were always changing. Many times I would find myself on a tall A-frame ladders with a pull saw that would extend even higher to thin trees. I used to be afraid of heights but I think that past job changed all of that. I would be about 20 feet in the air, on unleveled ground, extending my center of gravity out at least 10 feet, with a sharp object. Luckily, I have never fallen off while doing this, but my buddy who worked with me did many times. Fortunately, he was good at falling and did not come out with an injury. The hazard existed because we did not have the right equipment for the job. If we had a cherry picker type vehicle that we could harness into it would have been much safer. The business was indeed negligent and cared more about money than their employee’s well-being. There were negligent by taking on jobs they did not have the proper equipment for. Matter fact, you would never see the boss show us what to do due to his unwillingness to put himself in that situation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA for short falls under the United States Department of Labor. Their job is to put forth rules, enforce, and inspect businesses to ensure safe practice. If they witnessed the job we were doing with the equipment we had I believe the owner would be fined or at least warned. OSHA has certain guidelines and regulations when it comes to enforcing worker safety. The National Ag Safety Database provides many recommendations for using ladders. Provide solid footing on soft ground to prevent the ladder from sinking (Johnson, N.D). This recommendation definitely could have helped us, providing a solid base for the ladder to bear weight on.
There was a situation at my healthcare facility where we had a psych patient who has caused physical bodily harm in the past. This patient was extremely agitated quick to anger. One day the patient was trying to be physical with the nursing and therapy staff. The patient should have been left alone to calm down, instead the staff was unsuccessfully interacting with the patient. Luckily, no injuries were caused.
The hazard existed because staff was not prepared or trained to work with psych patients, nor was there any procedure in place in case a staff member or another patient gets attacked. I believe this potential situation would have been handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since they deal with violence in the workplace. Staff can press charges but that is such a gray area when dealing with psych patients because we can only speculate if their intent is to cause harm or something entirely different. Staff can possibly press charges against their workplace for not providing a safe workplace, according to OSHA.
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