The worse thing that can happen concerning a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) is when a hazard is not labelled, resulting in a fatality in the workplace. One such event happened for a mine operator not too long ago.
It was a regular day for the middle-age, experienced mine operator, but it was also his last day. He had just completed mining a hole and was standing nearby the push beam holder while shoveling mud from the rails. This area was typically regarded as safe by his colleagues and was common for others to stand in; however, this area was only intended to be a momentary area for miners to step on for getting on and off the machine, not a work area.
This pinch point caught our victim. His head was caught between one push beam and a stationary metal support post, causing trauma which killed him just over an hour after. This resulting in him leaving his family behind and shocking everyone working with him that day.
Afterward, the necessity of proper safety training and utilizing a JHSC was clear. This hazard, widely disregarded by the workforce, was a time bomb waiting to blow. If safety was a larger priority, then perhaps this hazard could have been avoided. It wasn’t though. In fact, the hazard wasn’t seen as a hazard at all by everyone in the workplace. As seen here, some hazards can only be identified by people who have safety in their job description, otherwise assumptions are made that cost lives.