Deaths on Amazon's warehouse floor … avoid Halloween hazards … how to increase near miss reporting by 370%

Top Story: "Go back to work": outcry over deaths on Amazon's warehouse floor

Hello – Holly Callender with the EHS news you may have missed this month.

In September, Billy Foister, a 48-year-old Amazon warehouse worker, died after a heart attack at work. According to his brother, an Amazon human resources representative informed him at the hospital that Billy had lain on the floor for 20 minutes before receiving treatment from Amazon’s internal safety responders.

The incident is among the latest in a series of accidents and fatalities that have led to Amazon’s inclusion on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s 2019 Dirty Dozen list of the most dangerous employers in the United States. The report cited six Amazon worker deaths between November 2018 and April 2019, and several news reports over the past few years that have detailed dangerous working conditions.

NSC reminds parents and drivers to avoid Halloween hazards

With crowds of trick-or-treaters expected in neighborhoods around the country, the National Safety Council (NSC) urges caution for everyone out on the roads during the Halloween holiday.

Most crash-related pedestrian fatalities occur when it is dark, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and pedestrian deaths spike Halloween night. Increased pedestrian traffic, alcohol consumption and lower visibility because of costumes and masks, as well as shorter daylight hours, increase the risk of crashes or incidents.

How one company increased near miss reporting by 370%

Pro-Sapien client LBC Tank Terminals (LBC) is a global provider of responsible logistics solutions headquartered in Belgium. In 2017, the company fired up an innovative HSE technology project to complement its new integrated and holistic approach to Corporate Social Responsibility.

This new approach consisted of LBC’s five core values: responsibility, transparency, respect, integrity and empowerment. As a result, the mentality of addressing HSSEQ as a separate department was removed — safety is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of department.

Moreover, LBC shifted the focus to proactive reporting: capturing potential incidents alongside actual incidents. Sign up for Pro-Sapien and LBC's near miss reporting webinar here.

‘I want to be a leader and considered an authority within the industry’: In conversation with Robert Jukes, SHP’s Rising Star UK for 2019

“For me the best part of my role is people. I generally love speaking to people and developing relationships. I enjoy working on projects which deliver a general improvement to the health and safety of my colleagues. For me it does not matter if you spend £10 or £10,000, I get a sense of accomplishment when a colleague has recognised that we have made a genuine improvement to their health and safety.

Whether it be from implementing a new safe system of work to delivering new training, the importance of explaining the why and the how to employees is key. These conversations can be very rewarding. They help not only build the safety culture of an organisation but also improves the culture of the whole organisation."

Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially heart attack, stroke survivors

Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone, according to a new study and a separate meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.

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A University of the West of Scotland graduate with a BA in Journalism, Holly joined the marketing department in 2018 and brings a wide range of experience to the team. Outside of business, Holly enjoys cycling, cooking and yoga. As the Digital Marketing Executive, Holly coordinates Pro-Sapien's social outreach and blog content, and can be reached at holly.callender@pro-sapien.com.