Bonfires can be a great centerpiece to a gathering of friends or family—the beautiful, starry night sky overhead, s'mores being made for one and all, stories being passed around, laughter filling the night air—maybe even a few adult beverages to go along with the constellation of people.
Summer is almost everyone's favorite time of year but it's also a peak time for tragedy. The devastating heat can lead to such events.
Most situations are preventable and, with the proper knowledge of how to combat them, can be dealt with properly when the time comes—or even avoided entirely.
According to the National Safety Council's Injury Facts 2016, 372 people died in 2013 from exposure to excessive heat. This is what you need to look out for:
OSHA discovered an ice plant “failed again to guard machinery.” An employee at the location fell into an unprotected conveyor while breaking up ice. It resulted in the amputation of both the worker’s legs below the knee. OSHA laid down the law on November 18 for the May incident, citing the ice company for one willful, five serious and three other-than-serious violations as well as proposed fines of $77,000. In 2012, an employee of the same company had a foot amputated ensuing the touching of a conveyor.
Ron Goodrich failed to adhere to proper safety procedures at the workplace, resulting in severe electrocution and burns.
Travis Roy went head-first into the boards during a college hockey game, rendering him quadriplegic.