A Shocking Design Failure

Colin Brigham, CIH, CSP, Safety Management and Ergonomics Expert
Case Description: A high school science teacher was using a hot plate on the top of her laboratory bench in a demonstration to the class. The hot plate was being used to heat and mix material in a glass vessel. While the hot plate was still turned on, she bent over and began to unplug the hot plate and received an electrical shock that threw her back, causing her to strike the back of her head on the tray of a large dry erase board. The teacher sustained brain damage. Continue reading “A Shocking Design Failure”

Occupational Chemical Exposure: Likely to Cause Disability?


Colin Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA VP, CSPHP, OSHA, Safety Management and Ergonomics Consultant ::::
Case Summary: An employee at a manufacturing plant and her husband brought a civil action suit against a subcontractor that had performed work at the manufacturing plant. They alleged that the work performed by the subcontractor caused her to sustain serious, painful, and permanent injuries due to airborne chemical exposures. The work involved cutting concrete flooring to install piping and sump pumps to collect and pump away subsurface water.
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