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An Unannounced Inspection




Unit VIII Case Study Scenarios;SCENARIO # 1: An Unannounced Inspection;The Situation: An OSHA inspector arrives at your worksite requesting to talk with you about an;inspection based on the health and safety complaints of a worker. You are in your office and the;OSHA inspector is at the reception office. You know this worker to be a highly disgruntled;individual who is constantly questioning all aspects of his job and the work environment. The;area he works in is currently undergoing a major renovation for a process change for the;product in the line, but it is still trying to produce the older version of the product at a lower;volume than before. Your area supervisor is a competent individual, but they are working under;a lot of stress with the changeover, therefore, you are only 80% sure that the claims listed in the;complaint are groundless and without merit. The worker is also heavily involved in an effort to;unionize the plant employees. In addition, your plant manager is in another state at corporate;headquarters for some important meetings.;The Questions: How would you act, what actions should you take, and what would you do?;Should you challenge the validity of the OSHA inspector's request, or their right to enter the;workplace? Or should you request a warrant to enter the workplace, and thereby gain some;time to make sure everything is in order back in the plant? Can you gain any time to check with;your in-area safety supervisor first? Or, should you immediately comply with the request for the;inspection? Explain your answers.;SCENARIO # 2: Serious Near-Miss Crane Incident;The Situation: You are the EH&S professional at your company's shipyard. You have just;received a call from a production supervisor that there has been a very serious near miss;accident out in the assembly area. Your company is manufacturing the second Littoral Combat;Ship (LCS) for the US Navy. This new generation high speed, trimaran design warship has been;designed to carry out a wide range of tactical, combat, and support operations in the near-shore;(littoral) environment. The project is severally over budget and has received a considerable;amount of criticism for it. Successful completion of the project at this phase will be a prime;determinant in your companies securing the very lucrative follow-up contracts for more LCS's.;Everyone in the shipyard feels the pressure to complete this project ASAP.;Apparently a very large 20 ton overhead crane had some cables snap and has partially;collapsed while trying to hoist a large section of the vessel into place for its final welding;operation. When you arrive on scene, you see the section wedged overhead between some;support beams and walkways. About a dozen hourly workers are scattered about as they leaped;to safety after hearing the cables snap. There are many bumps, bruises and scratches on the;workers, but they all are able to be treated internally at your nurse's office. In this initial;assessment, there appears to be no need for, or request on the part of the employees, to go to;any outside medical consultant or hospital emergency room.;Almost immediately you can hear the men complaining that the first attempt to lift the unit did;not work and then the production engineer's decided to jury rig some extra cables to lift the;unit in place. In addition, one individual said that they were trying to hoist about 28-30 tons, and;that was just too much for the old crane. Another offered that the cables themselves had not;been changed out in a couple of years and that was against OSHA regulations. Everyone said;that they could hear the unit groan and screech before the cables snapped and the crane;partially collapsed.;Before you walk off with the supervisors to inspect the damage one of the workers offers the;opinion that this is an imminent danger situation. About 30 minutes later, you are meeting with;the engineers and supervisors on one the overhead platforms continuing your inspection of the;damage: when a supervisor comes up and tells you that he has heard that an hourly employee;has just called OSHA and told them of the situation and that they used the term imminent;danger in their conversation.;The Questions: What are your most important concerns? What should you do next? What;information is the most critical for you to have right away? What directions would you give to the;supervisors and engineers? When should you inform your facility manager and what should you;tell him/her? Should you meet with the hourly employees and what will you discuss with them?;How will you handle the OSHA inspector should one show up in the next few hours?;Instructions: For Scenario # 1 AND # 2, you are required to discuss a sequential Action Plan on;your part that addresses all of the issues presented. It should be a minimum of about 500-600;words (that's about two pages when double spaced, 12 pt type, 1 margins) and must follow the;APA formatting guidelines.


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