The standard definition of an emergency goes something like this: "a sudden unforeseen crisis, usually involving danger, that requires immediate action." Most workplace emergencies fit this definition, but not all of them.
For example, a health-related crisis – such as a flu pandemic – may not happen suddenly or require immediate action but it could become an emergency over days or weeks. Unlike most personal emergencies, workplace emergencies require an immediate, coordinated response from many individuals in an organization who may have little information about the crisis.
Safety Notes - A worker is caught in a six-foot-deep excavation while repairing a leaking water main
- Incident: Caught in
- Business: Public Works
- Employee: Laborer
A crew of four employees made a six-foot-deep excavation on the side of a road to repair a leaking water main. Water from the leaking pipe saturated the soil, which made the trench walls unstable.
Q: I am a clerk in a retail garden center. Recently, my employer asked me to use a handheld circular saw to break down some wooden shipping pallets. I've never used one of these saws before. Is my employer required to do something so that I don't hurt myself when I use it?
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Company: NW Natural
Safety manager: Leslie Kantor
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