Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA Area Office Creates Brochure for Victims' Families

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA Area Office Creates Brochure for Victims' Families

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How to deal appropriately with surviving family members and friends after a worker dies on the job may be one of the most poignant challenges OSHA faces. Thanks in part to the efforts of Ron Hayes and the organization he founded, Families In Grief Hold Together (FIGHT Project), OSHA has taken steps in recent years to improve its responsiveness to the needs of victims' families.

The newest such effort, a brochure specifically designed to provide helpful information to the family and friends of a worker killed on the job, comes out of OSHA's Englewood, Colo. area office.

"It seemed to us that many times families of victims are hungry for information and don't always know where to go to find it," explained John Healy, the director of the Englewood office. He said his office's decision to create the brochure arose after one of his employees saw a similar publication being used in Australia.

Area directors routinely send letters to families explaining the procedures of OSHA inspections, and now Healy includes with his letter a brochure filled with other information that may be helpful to grief-stricken families. …

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