An outside clothes dryer caught fire and caused some damage to the residence. An ACS engineer investigated the cause of the fire. The dryer was not under any recall, and the extension cord to the dryer was ruled out. Significant lint accumulation was observed outside the drum, but only the portion on the left side … More From the Archives: House Fire #2
A contractor was attempting to survey roof damage from a storm. As he climbed the ladder provided by the property owner, he fell on reaching the top of the ladder while attempting to step off onto the roof. An ACS expert was assigned to investigate. The fiberglass extension ladder was rented while lacking foot pads. … More From the Archives: Ladder Safety #2
A residential home was destroyed by fire that had originated in the attic in the vicinity of a propane furnace vent. An ACS engineer investigated the fire. After ruling out electrical systems in the area of origin, it was determined that the propane furnace had been venting into the attic space rather than externally from … More From the Archives: House Fire #1
A woman working at a retail store fell from a ladder and was injured while reaching for a product on one of the shelves. The shelf was 8 feet from the ground, the employee was 5 feet tall, and the 4 foot step ladder could only accommodate a 2 foot climb safely. The decals on … More From the Archives: Ladder Safety, #1
Recently, Colonel Hanavan wrote a series of volumes on the C-7A Caribou in Vietnam. First Lieutenant Jensen (at the time) worked in safety as well as piloting cargo. His service included being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Dr. Elizabeth Jensen’s presentation to the American Society of Safety Engineers (soon to be Safety Professionals) Energy Corridor meeting is linked below. Practical Cybersecurity: Where You Fit into the Big Picture
There are various models that emphasize different components that combined into an accident. While Heinrich’s Axioms of Industrial Safety are most widely applied, there are others that target relationships among the contributing factors to an injury. As a brief introduction, I’d like to share a few of our investigations and a model that aligns with … More Incidents & Accident Models
As many of us know, technology can come as a double-edged sword. The use and incorporation of a particular technology cannot reduce effectiveness particularly in life-threatening situations. Smart technology, the use of computer-based algorithms to solve problems, is no less sensitive to judicious application. Questions that must be addressed include: How reliable are the sensors … More Technology in the Fire Service
The article below describes OSH research approaches to deal with the fact that if a safety program is working effectively, then nothing happens. How do you measure savings from non-events to justify the costs of an OSH program? The experts at ACS Engineering & Safety have years of experience investigating failures, fires, and accidents. Almost … More Researching Safety From Experience
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