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Back in 2012, OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS) with Revision 3 of the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS), which resulted in the current HazCom 2012 Standard.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
Human errors lead to a fatal 2017 train accident in South Dakota that killed two BNSF roadway workers, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), but the agency ultimately lays the blame on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), for its inconsistent enforcement of federal regulations.
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:00 pm
For Ron Hope, value safety manager for Luck Companies, the range of gloves on the market can be confusing. In his industry, the primary wearers of hand impact protection are maintenance workers carrying out tasks involving heavy lifting, handling steel and swinging hammers.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
If you work in safety in a high-hazard industry, would you be worried if your company injury and illness data sat on OSHA’s website to be accessed by the public? Would you fear publicizing the data could damage your company’s reputation?
Posted: August 1, 2018, 4:00 am
The captain of a tourist duck boat that sank near Branson, Missouri July 19 briefed his passengers about how to use life jackets before the amphibious vehicle entered the water, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) technicians, who’ve been studying a recording from “Stretch Boat 7.” Seventeen people died when the amphibious vehicle sank in Table Rock Lake during a severe storm.
Posted: July 30, 2018, 2:00 pm
It’s vital to provide individuals with the anti-fog (AF) lens coating that meets the rigors of the job. But an effective AF coating is only as good as they eyewear it’s on. If workers are uncomfortable in their fog-free eyewear, they’re likely to remove it.
Posted: July 24, 2018, 4:00 am
New Yorkers who were breathing a sigh of relief after a steam pipe rupture in Manhattan last week caused only a few minor injuries have something new to worry about. News sources are reporting that the smoke in the steam released when the 20” pipe burst contained asbestos, raising concerns about the long-term effects of exposure.
Posted: July 23, 2018, 2:00 pm
For the third time in six years, a branch of one of the world’s largest cargo-handling companies has been accused by workplace safety authorities of a willful violation linked to a worker’s death.
Posted: July 18, 2018, 3:00 pm
The statistics are numbing. Drug overdoses killed 64,070 people in the U.S. in 2016. The death toll was up 21 percent over 2015. All indications are it will be even higher when the 2017 numbers are determined, according to the CDC. Overdoses are more than an epidemic; they’re a national crisis.
Posted: July 12, 2018, 4:00 am
One firefighter is dead and six others hospitalized after battling a massive natural gas explosion in Wisconsin yesterday. One civilian was treated and released.
Posted: July 11, 2018, 6:00 pm

ISHN editor Dave Johnson sat down with Rixio Medina, new president of ASSE/ASSP who is overseeing the transition of the organization's new name.

Posted: June 26, 2018, 4:00 am
Lowe's announced this week that sales of paint strippers containing methylene chloride and the solvent NMP will be phased out in its home improvement stores. The toxic chemicals have been blamed in a number of deaths and injuries to both consumers and workers. This story, which was posted on ISHN.com on June 13, 2017, describes how 21-year-old Kevin Hartley died after being overcome by chemical fumes while stripping a bathtub.
Posted: June 1, 2018, 6:00 pm
The Department of Defense (Do) has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for new restrictions on drones over some national “security sensitive” locations, due to the potential threat posed by malicious drone operations. In response, FAA is establishing new or modifying existing restrictions on drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of the following four sites:
Posted: May 23, 2018, 4:00 am
The rapid rise in severe cases of black lung disease has seen a corresponding increase in lifesaving and expensive lung transplants, which are mostly paid for by public insurance, according to a new study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Researchers found that the rate of lung transplants related to coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) has increased nearly threefold.
Posted: May 22, 2018, 6:00 pm
Eighteen of the 21 workers injured in an explosion at a Texas chemical plant on Saturday have been released from hospitals after being treated for burn injuries and injuries from falling off a scaffold, according to news sources. Both the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and OSHA are investigating the incident at the Kuraray America facility in Pasadena, which may have been caused by a leak of ethylene, a highly flammable gas used in the manufacture of plastics.
Posted: May 22, 2018, 11:00 am
Employees at a Florida health care facility were exposed to verbal threats as well as punches, kicks, bites and other physical assaults – including some using objects as weapons, according to OSHA, which has cited the company for failing to protect its workers from violent mental health patients.
Posted: May 15, 2018, 6:00 pm
Last week’s fatal accident in Florida involving an electrical vehicle is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is giving special attention to how emergency responders – including firefighters and tow truck operators -- dealt with the electric vehicle battery fire that followed the crash.
Posted: May 15, 2018, 4:00 pm
Southwest Airlines flight 1380 took off normally from LaGuardia Airport on the morning of April 17, 2018 – until there was a sudden change in cabin pressure, the aircraft tilted sharply and a “gray puff of smoke” was seen. Interviews conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) with the crew of the troubled aircraft show how quickly a routine flight can turn calamitous.
Posted: May 4, 2018, 2:00 pm
A flight crew’s decision to continue using visual flight rules when visibility was deteriorating due to weather conditions was a major factor in the October 2016 crash of an airplane near Togiak, Alaska that killed both pilots and the passenger.
Posted: April 30, 2018, 4:00 am
After industry objections to several provisions of the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the agency has published a final rule that includes changes to the provisions.
Posted: April 26, 2018, 4:00 pm
Honeywell is recalling its Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 hard hats due to their potential for failing to protect users from impact, posing a risk of head injury. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled hard hats and contact Honeywell to receive a product credit or voucher equal to the purchase price of the recalled hard hat.
Posted: April 26, 2018, 2:00 pm
A farm supply company faces more than a quarter million dollars in penalties for failing to take a malfunctioning forklift out of service, despite employees’ complaints about faulty brakes. OSHA has cited Rural King Supply Inc., for failing to maintain forklifts properly at its Xenia, Ohio facility. Proposed penalties are $258,672.
Posted: April 25, 2018, 4:00 pm
A company’s failure to realize that welding work was being done near flammable materials was behind a fatal explosion, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which has released its final investigation report into the February 8, 2017, blast at the Packaging Corporation of America’s (PCA’s) DeRidder, Louisiana, pulp and paper mill.
Posted: April 25, 2018, 2:00 pm
Organizations adapt to recent regulatory changes pertaining to drug and alcohol program requirements, including testing for opioids. Learn steps organizations can take to enhance their compliance in regard to drug and alcohol policies and processes.
Posted: April 25, 2018, 4:00 am
School bus safety will the focus of a National Transportation Safety Board meeting next month to consider the Special Investigation Report based on the investigation of two 2016 school bus crashes. On Nov. 1st in Baltimore, Maryland, a city school bus crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a commuter bus, killing six people.
Posted: April 24, 2018, 2:00 pm
They look like flash drives (and can be charged on the USB port of a computer), come in sweet flavors like mango and fruit medley, and oh, yes – they deliver a strong dose of nicotine. Their popularity among American middle and high schoolers is raising alarm among public health and medical organizations, six of whom sent a letter to the FDA yesterday calling for strong and immediate action on the teen use of Juul e-cigarettes.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 6:00 pm

A professor of safety management at West Virginia University has been named William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Gary Winn, Ph.D., CHST, who teaches in the school’s Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, heads up the school’s safety management master’s degree program and occupational safety and health doctorate.

Posted: April 19, 2018, 4:00 am
In a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee today, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta today refused to commit not to rescind OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule. The rule, issued in 2016, requires employers to send injury and illness information into OSHA and prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for reporting injuries.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 4:00 pm
Electric car maker Tesla is being accused of underreporting and mischaracterizing worker injuries at its Fremont factory in order to make its safety record appear to be better than it, claims a new report. Reveal, a news site from the Center for Investigative Reporting, says Tesla has been lowering its official injury count by classifying musculoskeletal injuries, toxic fume exposure and other work-related injuries as personal medical issues or minor accidents.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 2:00 pm

I’ve never given much thought to pedestrian safety because I’ve never been in harm’s way or seen pedestrians at risk. That’s until two months ago. In February I attended a conference in Houston.

Posted: April 16, 2018, 4:00 am

Compliance

Learn about OSHA, EPA, MSHA, NFPA, and ISO standards / enforcement, other U.S. regulators and state / local regulators.

After a six-month investigation, OSHA has issued citations to the employer of an Ohio man killed in a trench collapse last December – and they weren’t the first for the company. In the most recent fatality, JK Excavating & Utilities, Inc. employee Zach Hess died when a trench he was working in collapsed.
Posted: July 6, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA is postponing enforcement of certain requirements of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in general industry. Requirements originally scheduled for enforcement on June 25 will not be enforced until Aug. 9.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 4:00 pm
Xcel Energy has been cited for three “serious” safety violations in connection with an electrical explosion at its Becker, Minn., power plant last summer that left three workers significantly injured.
Posted: June 25, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has cited EnviroTech Services Inc. – based in Greeley, Colorado – after an employee died due to lack of oxygen while cleaning the inside of a railcar. A second employee who tried to rescue the co-worker was also overcome, but survived. EnviroTech Services Inc. faces $64,857 in proposed penalties.
Posted: June 21, 2018, 6:00 pm
A Maine roofing contractor could face prison time if he ignores that latest court order to pay his OSHA fines and correct safety violations that endanger his workers – as he did previous court orders. Between 2000 and 2011, OSHA cited Lessard Roofing & Siding Inc. and Lessard Brothers Construction Inc. for safety violations at 11 different work sites in Maine.
Posted: June 19, 2018, 6:00 pm
Most of the provisions of OSHA’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime become enforceable on June 23, 2018. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit, action level, and associated ancillary requirements.
Posted: June 19, 2018, 2:00 pm
If you could prevent 29 worker deaths and 5,842 lost-workday injuries each year1, would you? Those estimates were a major reason OSHA updated 1971’s General Industry CFR 1910 regulations for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems at the end of 2016.
Posted: June 18, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has issued citations to a Wisconsin roofing contractor for exposing its workers to fall and other safety hazards at two different job sites. Proposed penalties are $120,320.
Posted: June 15, 2018, 4:00 am
There is an ongoing debate on how incentives are being used. Incentives should enhance a functional safety program that contains such areas as: return-to-work (RTW), accident investigations, and safety committees.
Posted: June 11, 2018, 4:00 am
Employees at a Wisconsin battery company were exposed to airborne lead at levels 11 times the permissible exposure limit, according to OSHA, which has cited C & D Technologies for two repeated and six serious violations.
Posted: June 8, 2018, 6:00 pm
Because using a ladder is such a familiar skill, it can be easy to overlook the need for safe operating procedures in the workplace. However, ladders continue to be a contributing factor in more than 150 fatalities and 20,000 non-fatal workplace injuries each year.
Posted: June 8, 2018, 4:00 am
General industry and maritime employers must comply with OSHA’s silica standard by June 23, except for phase-in dates for medical surveillance and for engineering controls in the oil and gas industry.
Posted: June 8, 2018, 4:00 am
In recent years, many firms have started to take safety and health more seriously, yet the number of critical violation cases reached a new high in 2017. With 866 cases in which the offender was charged $40,000 or more, it’s clear that compliance is still far from a priority for many businesses.
Posted: June 7, 2018, 4:00 am
An eight-day trial in Billings, Montana last month ended with guilty verdicts against a trucking company and its CEO stemming from a 2012 explosion at an oil and gas processing facility in Wibaux, Mont., that seriously injured three workers. Defendants Woody’s Trucking, LLC and Donald E. Wood Jr. were convicted on 13 of the 14 charges against them, which included conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and obstruction of justice.
Posted: June 6, 2018, 4:00 am
A New Jersey energy company has wracked up 25 safety violations in the wake of an employee fatality that occurred at the company’s Springfield, New Hampshire plant in November 2017. The EWP Renewable Corp. employee suffered fatal injuries after he was pulled into a conveyer.
Posted: June 5, 2018, 4:00 am
Now that the OSHA rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (29 CFR 1910 Subparts D&I) has been effective for more than a year, organizations are still working to understand and implement required changes to fall protection projects, policies and programs.
Posted: June 4, 2018, 4:00 am
It seems the same questions are asked every time a new addition of the National Fire Protection Association’s 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E) comes out.
Posted: June 4, 2018, 4:00 am
Most fear that distracted driving is getting worse. Drivers who report using a cellphone behind the wheel has jumped 46 percent since 2013, and almost half (49 percent) of all drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving, and nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email.
Posted: June 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Wichita, Kansas roofing contractor Jose Barrientos faces $191,071 in fines after OSHA inspectors observed roofers at a Derby, Kansas, residential site working without appropriate fall protection. OSHA cited the employer for failing to provide adequate fall, eye, and face protection; train workers on fall hazards, ladder usage, and hazardous materials; and clear debris from the work area.
Posted: May 31, 2018, 4:00 pm
A South Florida utility company has been cited for multiple violations, after an employee was killed by a steel plate that fell on him as he installed sewer lines at a Naples Park worksite. Douglas N. Higgins Inc. was cited by OSHA for permitting employees to work in a trench without adequate cave-in protection; failing to provide safe entry and exit from a trench, perform atmospheric testing, and train employees on signals used when moving trench boxes; and allowing employees to use defective equipment to hoist a compactor.
Posted: May 30, 2018, 4:00 am
The amputation of a worker’s fingers in unguarded moving belts and pulleys has resulted in 11 citations and $86,615 in penalties against UMC Acquisition Corp. of Downey, California. California OSHA concluded that the company failed to assess the workplace for hazards, ensure that proper lockout/tagout procedures were implemented, and install guards on moving machinery.
Posted: May 18, 2018, 4:00 am
Changes in the NFPA 70E 2018 edition include new guidelines for selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) and an emphasis on the hierarchy of controls for risk assessment. Here are the key NFPA 70E changes that EHS leaders need to know.
Posted: May 16, 2018, 4:00 am
All Power Construction Corp. of Huntsville, Alabama faces $139,684 in proposed penalties following a trench collapse that killed a temporary employee in November 2017. A staffing company, Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc., has $12,934 in penalties levied against it – the maximum allowed.
Posted: May 15, 2018, 2:00 pm
An OSHA investigation into a fire at a New York State manufacturing facility that claimed the life of an employee uncovered a host of safety hazards – for which the company is facing proposed fines of $281,220. New Windsor-based Verla International LTD was cited by the agency for failing to protect its workers from dangerous chemicals, and other hazards.
Posted: May 14, 2018, 6:00 pm
It’s hard to fathom that in this day and age of real-time data, education and technology, worker fatalities in the U.S. have actually increased (up 7 percent in 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Posted: May 14, 2018, 4:00 am

In May of 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” to revise its recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses regulation.

Posted: May 3, 2018, 6:22 pm
California OSHA (Cal/OSHA) has issued four citations and $71,435 in penalties to Consolidated Disposal Services LLC, after a security guard at the company’s dumpster yard in Gardena was fatally struck by a truck while working in the early morning hours.
Posted: May 3, 2018, 2:00 pm
An excavation contractor that exposed its employees to trench cave-in and other hazards is contesting the violations issued to it by OSHA – along with the proposed penalties of $454,750. An OSHA investigation found that while performing work on two municipal water project sites in North Dakota, Kamphuis Pipeline Company failed to:
Posted: May 3, 2018, 4:00 am
The 2022 NESC Revision Submission period opened April 2, 2018, with a deadline of July 16, 2018. Stakeholders are invited to submit edits, changes, and additions for the NESC in order to be considered for inclusion in the 2022 edition, which will be released in August 2021.
Posted: May 1, 2018, 4:00 am
A farm supply company faces more than a quarter million dollars in penalties for failing to take a malfunctioning forklift out of service, despite employees’ complaints about faulty brakes. OSHA has cited Rural King Supply Inc., for failing to maintain forklifts properly at its Xenia, Ohio facility. Proposed penalties are $258,672.
Posted: April 25, 2018, 4:00 pm

Construction Industry Safety and Health

Safety in the Construction Industry covers fall protection, PPE, regulations and best practices.

OSHA is seeking members to serve on its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. The group advises the Secretary of Labor on developing standards and policies affecting the construction industry. OSHA is seeking employee, employer, state safety and health agency, and public representatives with experience and expertise in construction-related safety and health issues to fill 14 vacancies.
Posted: September 20, 2018, 2:00 pm
Petroleum refineries are laden with various thermal and chemical hazards. Adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) is instrumental in providing a safe work environment for employees to complete the task at hand.
Posted: September 18, 2018, 4:00 am

A starkly worded tweet from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) spelled out the fate of a construction worker buried under rubble last Wednesday: “The incident is transitioning from a rescue to a recovery.” The tweet came after first responders dug for three hours in heavy rain through a mixture of mud and concrete for hours in an effort to find the worker who disappeared when a retaining wall cracked and collapsed.

Posted: September 17, 2018, 4:00 pm
A shortage of skilled workers is the number one factor affecting jobsite safety, according to a report by the Q3 2018 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (Index). The report revealed a widespread concern among commercial construction businesses about anticipated labor shortages over the next three years, with 88 percent of contractors expecting to feel at least a moderate impact from the workforce shortages in the next three years.
Posted: September 10, 2018, 4:00 pm
A construction worker was among those killed in the Cincinnati bank shooting; pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. continue to increase and some surprising data on young people who use marijuana every day. These were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: September 8, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has several ways in which it interacts with companies in programs that address industry-specific hazards or that help enhance worker safety on specific projects. The OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) focuses on focus on improving safety and health in major corporations, government agencies, at large construction projects and private sector industries where OSHA has jurisdiction.
Posted: September 6, 2018, 6:00 pm
Working at road construction sites can be dangerous. Between 2011 and 2016, 532 construction workers lost their lives at road construction sites, an average of 89 workers each year. CPWR's Data Center recently explored road construction fatality trends and causes using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Posted: September 6, 2018, 4:00 am
Two Colorado construction companies have been cited by OSHA after an employee fell to his death at a Greenwood Village worksite. The worker fell while installing metal roofing panels on a storage unit building. OSHA cited Hammers Construction Inc. and Montes Construction LLC for failing to use adequate fall protection and restrict employees from standing on the mid-rails of scissor lifts.
Posted: August 29, 2018, 4:00 pm
The construction industry, by its nature, can be dangerous. SangHyun Lee, an associate professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, says wearable sensors can can improve construction worker safety and also reduce costs through better data on worker health. He answers questions about his research.
Posted: August 27, 2018, 4:00 pm

Welding and welding safety are nothing new to us all. While welding equipment today has dramatically improved, the fumes generated remain hazardous and are classified as a carcinogen. Has respiratory protection for welders improved to the same degree?

Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:00 am
Roughly 38 million people will commence with a digging project this year without first having underground utility lines marked, and a line is damaged once every nine minutes because someone started digging without first calling 811.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:00 pm
Before we try to clear the smoke on the issue of medical marijuana, we should first put the subject in its proper context. Regardless of the strength of the arguments in favor of or against medical marijuana usage, its use in the workplace is primarily a safety issue.
Posted: August 12, 2018, 4:00 am
A 28-year-old man who died July 12 was the fifth construction worker killed on the job in New York City in 2018, according to news sources. Angel Espinoza was killed when he was hit on the head by a beam that fell 12 stories from a scaffold that was being dismantled on the roof of a building in the city’s Morningside Heights neighborhood. Espinoza was part of a crew working on a residential building affiliated with Columbia University.
Posted: July 30, 2018, 4:00 am
A crash that happened during yesterday’s evening rush hour in metropolitan Detroit sent two construction workers to the hospital with injuries, according to news sources. Michigan State Police (MSP) said the three-car collision on I-75 in Taylor was caused by a driver following another vehicle too closely.
Posted: July 26, 2018, 4:00 am
Every day 2,000 people are injured in a ladder-related accident. One hundred of those people suffer a long-term or permanent disability. And every day, one person dies; the numbers are continuing to rise.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:00 am
A man is in custody after driving a crane drunk down the Long Island Expressway (LIE) on the evening of July 11. Forty-seven-year-old Brian Sinclair drove a 2000 Liebherr mobile crane drunk for nine miles on the eastbound side of the LIE, starting at the Ronkonkoma entrance at around 6 p.m. The equipment had logos for Bay Crane in Long Island City, N.Y., on the back and the sides.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 6:02 pm
An explosion at a Gatesville, Texas, hospital addition project killed one construction worker, 43-year-old Michael Bruggman, and injured 15 others, according to KWTX. Ten of those injured at Coryell Memorial Healthcare System were in critical condition at one point.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has cited Design Roofing LLC for exposing employees to fall and other safety hazards at residential construction sites in Scott Depot and Culloden, West Virginia. The company faces proposed penalties of $101,988. OSHA inspected the two work sites after receiving complaints of employees working without proper fall protection.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 4:00 am
Lone workers may be found in a fixed facility, or at a remote site, away from a typical base. Many different industries employ lone workers -- construction, utilities, maintenance, agriculture, real estate, delivery, security, and numerous other sectors.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA and McCarthy Building Companies Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska, have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health during the construction of the Veterans Ambulatory Care Center - an addition to the Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 4:00 am
Five safety guidelines from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers may seem basic, but they help ensure safe operating practices every day. It has been said, "We are what we repeatedly do." Workers do not purposely disregard safety rules and warnings, but it is easy to get distracted, to become complacent, even with training.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA cited Bluewater Construction Solutions Inc. for exposing employees to dangerous falls at two south Florida worksites. The Melbourne, Florida-based residential framing contractor faces proposed penalties of $48,778.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has signed an alliance agreement with CareerSafe to provide youth, aged 16-24, educators, and administrators with information and resources on the most common hazards encountered by new workers.
Posted: June 28, 2018, 2:00 pm
With spring’s warmer temperatures, many workers may be heading off to new jobs in construction. As one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, construction poses the greatest safety and health risks to new workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Posted: June 28, 2018, 4:00 am
Death by Trench: Equipment World has just completed a special report on trench hazards and the dozens of preventable deaths that happen ever year. Most chilling is the piece on survivors who tell of the terror they felt being buried under tons of soil.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 2:00 pm
OSHA announced Friday that it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule on crane operator certification. Comments will now be accepted through July 5, 2018. This extension allows stakeholders more time to review the proposed rule.
Posted: June 18, 2018, 4:00 pm
If you could prevent 29 worker deaths and 5,842 lost-workday injuries each year1, would you? Those estimates were a major reason OSHA updated 1971’s General Industry CFR 1910 regulations for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems at the end of 2016.
Posted: June 18, 2018, 4:00 am
Because using a ladder is such a familiar skill, it can be easy to overlook the need for safe operating procedures in the workplace. However, ladders continue to be a contributing factor in more than 150 fatalities and 20,000 non-fatal workplace injuries each year.
Posted: June 8, 2018, 4:00 am
One man was killed and another injured at a New York City construction site when a large piece of glass fell from one of Manhattan’s tallest skyscrapers. According to news reports, 67-year-old security guard Harry Ramnauth died and a 27-year-old sustained injuries that required hospitalization when the eight-foot-by-14-foot glass panel fell at around 10:30 on Saturday morning.
Posted: June 5, 2018, 2:00 pm
Many manufacturers use one of two options to clear the air of welding fumes – filter the dirty air and recirculate clean air inside the facility, or exhaust the dirty air outside and provide clean replacement air from outside.
Posted: June 1, 2018, 4:00 am

Facility Safety

This topic deals with machine guarding, housekeeping, forklift safety, showers & eyewashes, LOTO, flooring, fire safety, security, and emergency response.

Hurricane Florence is no longer a hurricane, but other ferocious storms will likely make an appearance during hurricane season. Among the hazards associated with hurricanes are electrical dangers. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says the following electrical safety tips that can help reduce the risk for injury and damage to homes:
Posted: September 20, 2018, 4:00 am
Although Florence may no longer be a hurricane, the storm still poses plenty of danger for people who are in or will be returning to affected areas. Electrocution, water-borne infections and drowning are among the health risks associated with flooding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has issued the following safety tips:
Posted: September 17, 2018, 4:00 am
Wildeck is demonstrating how its storing, lifting and guarding products perfectly compliment automation applications within the packaging and converting industries in booth No. E-7023 at PACK EXPO 2018, Oct. 14-17, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
As lean manufacturers add a 6th S to the 5S process to emphasize safety, customizable signs and identification labeling that stick securely yet remove cleanly can help to optimize the workspace From the manufacturing floor to the warehouse, the 5S process of organizing the workspace to efficiently achieve consistent quality output is one of the foundational principles of lean manufacturing.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
More electric utilities and energy companies are turning to cybersecurity vendors for protection against attempted attacks, a growing threat highlighted by the recent disclosure of Russian hacking into their communications networks last year.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Most utilities recognize drones can play a role in expediting inspection of infrastructure like transmission lines. Utilities deploy drones after major events, too, such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. Industry experts believe within a few years, linemen will carry drones in their trucks and use them like other high-tech tools such as handheld thermal scanners.
Posted: September 11, 2018, 4:00 am
Without proper footwear and appropriate support for the job, employees can be subject to more than just discomfort. Workers are often faced with back, ankle, knee and hip pain, bad posture and foot problems like plantar fasciitis, sprains, bunions and corns.
Posted: September 11, 2018, 4:00 am
A construction worker was among those killed in the Cincinnati bank shooting; pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. continue to increase and some surprising data on young people who use marijuana every day. These were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: September 8, 2018, 4:00 am
The timing was coincidental. On the same day a shooter opened fire in a Fifth Third Bank in downtown Cincinnati, killing three people and wounding two others, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker convened an active shooter/hostile event response (ASHER) program for first responders and school officials at the headquarters of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Posted: September 7, 2018, 4:00 pm

A construction supervisor who was overseeing work on the Fifth Third Bank building in downtown Cincinnati was among those killed when a gunman opened there yesterday morning, according to news sources. A spokesman for Gilbane Building Company said the company was “absolutely grief-stricken” over the death of 64-year-old Richard Newcomer, who was working on the third floor of the building at the time of the shooting.

Posted: September 7, 2018, 4:00 am
Rockford Systems, LLC. announced today it will be commemorating National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) on October 4-5, 2018, by inviting members of the Rockford community -- including students, educators, business people, media and public officials -- to an Open House at its facilities in a collective effort to educate the public about advances in manufacturing career opportunities and to improve perceptions of manufacturing.
Posted: September 6, 2018, 4:00 am

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 1:00 PM CDT. Duration: 45 minutes + live Q&A Speaker Greg Richmond, AVO Training Institute, Training Specialist.

Posted: August 29, 2018, 4:00 am
Preventive safety evaluations help protect personnel and equipment, cut costly downtime and losses, and minimize liability exposure. This article highlights common areas of hazards in a manufacturing facility, and some potential solutions to explore.
Posted: August 28, 2018, 4:00 am
Throwing household waste such as small batteries, cleaning products, and light bulbs in the trash may not be environmentally friendly behavior, but in most cases, it’s not against the law. However, businesses face many more limitations and regulations on what can and can’t be thrown away.
Posted: August 28, 2018, 4:00 am
Regardless of where in the world your facilities are located, natural disasters present a potential risk. From tornadoes and hurricanes to massive blizzards and wild fires, countless events happen without warning throughout the year.
Posted: August 22, 2018, 4:00 pm
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is condemning the formal approval of new building safety codes in Connecticut, alleging that changes made to the previous codes will increase the state’s residents’ vulnerability to fire.
Posted: August 21, 2018, 4:00 pm
By its directive, the electrical safety standard, NFPA 70E®, calls upon employers, contractors and employees to work together and, through an expanded risk assessment, clearly define a means by which compliance can be achieved for the protection of all involved.
Posted: August 21, 2018, 4:00 am
Credit for launching the nanotechnology revolution frequently goes to Richard Feynman’s 1959 talk to the American Physical Society, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” And even if you disagree with this credit, I hope you can agree that Feynman’s enthusiasm for “small science” certainly fed the imaginations of scientists, philosophers, and deep thinkers about a future built upon nanotechnologies.
Posted: August 20, 2018, 4:00 am
The total cost of safety cannot be underestimated. A life is priceless. Direct costs such as worker’s compensation, medical and legal expenses, and indirect safety costs such as training, accident investigation, implementation of corrective measures, lost productivity, equipment and property repairs add up quickly.
Posted: August 20, 2018, 4:00 am
In a stinging rebuke to the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal court has called EPA’s delay in implementing the Obama administration’s chemical disaster rule “arbitrary and capricious” and told the agency to implement the rule.
Posted: August 20, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has cited ArtiFlex Manufacturing for exposing workers at its Wooster location to amputation hazards after an employee suffered a partial finger amputation. The company faces $213,411 in proposed penalties.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:00 pm
A list of thirty OSHA voluntary requirements for placements and performance of emergency showers and eyewashes.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 4:00 am
To help prevent injuries and deaths from working with hazardous chemicals, OSHA requires employers to establish a hazard communication program [29 CFR 1910.1200.]
Posted: August 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Still-raging wildfires in California have already claimed eight lives and destroyed countless homes and other buildings – and they are likely to be followed by more fires, say the experts. Extreme heat and breezy conditions are forecast for the week ahead. That and the bone dry landscape make residents who’ve escaped the worst so far unable to breathe a sigh of relief – yet.
Posted: July 31, 2018, 6:00 pm
An explosion onboard a towboat that killed three workers has resulted in OSHA issuing a total of 55 violations to five companies. The January 2018 incident in Calvert City, Kentucky shipyard occurred when employees were cutting and welding in an atmosphere containing flammable gases. In addition to the fatalities, three workers were critically injured.
Posted: July 26, 2018, 6:00 pm

Hazard alerting signs must be placed to alert and inform viewers from a safe viewing distance, according to ANSI Z535.2-2011, Sections 11 and 12. • They must be legible, and must not be a distraction or create a hazard themselves.

Posted: July 24, 2018, 4:00 am
In September 2013, OSHA issued a new rule that incorporated the latest versions of standards for safety signs and tags by the American National Standards Institute. This was the first update in 40 years for OSHA's workplace safety sign and tag formats. Following current best practices for safety signage designs in construction and general industries, employers must adopt the newer ANSI tag and sign formats over time.
Posted: July 24, 2018, 4:00 am
Digital signage is growing in popularity as a powerful communications tool for workplaces. Innovations include use of touchscreen technology, video walls, digital fabric graphics, and high-resolution content displays.
Posted: July 24, 2018, 4:00 am
High-tech screens are popping up everywhere, but it’s not true that putting up screens has anything to do with an organization’s digital transformation strategy or being high-tech. A screen on a wall might mean a designer or architect thought that particular wall was a good spot, without regard to the safety application on the screen or the connection to the organization’s overall safety goals.
Posted: July 24, 2018, 4:00 am

New components include: Safety alert symbol (Black exclamation point within a yellow triangle with a black border) • Indicates a potential personal injury hazard exists. • It is only used on DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION signs, labels and tags.

Posted: July 24, 2018, 4:00 am

Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) features news, studies and emerging developments relating to health.

If you’re in construction, maritime, hydraulic fracturing, or other general industries using silica, the new silica standard and silica dust should matter to you. Chances are, you could be getting exposed to dangerous respirable silica dust that you can’t even see. And, what you can’t see, can hurt you.
Posted: September 20, 2018, 4:00 am
Petroleum refineries are laden with various thermal and chemical hazards. Adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) is instrumental in providing a safe work environment for employees to complete the task at hand.
Posted: September 18, 2018, 4:00 am
Back in 2012, OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS) with Revision 3 of the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS), which resulted in the current HazCom 2012 Standard.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
Digitalization has improved safety over the past three years, even where cutbacks have been widespread, according to 40 percent of those surveyed by DNV GL. “Technology has helped us improve safety monitoring systems; data analytics helps us determine which processes, areas and equipment are more accident-prone; while we have wearable equipment to monitor workers in case they faint or fall,” noted one respondent, Lu Nianming, secretary-general of the China Chemical Safety Association (CCSA).
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
What are the big headlines in the respiratory protection world this year? Here are three areas safety and health professionals are watching closely.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Without proper footwear and appropriate support for the job, employees can be subject to more than just discomfort. Workers are often faced with back, ankle, knee and hip pain, bad posture and foot problems like plantar fasciitis, sprains, bunions and corns.
Posted: September 11, 2018, 4:00 am
It’s easy to think of head injuries as catastrophic, and they certainly can be. It’s also easy to think of hard hats as the only head injury prevention solution, and they certainly do provide essential protection.
Posted: September 10, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA is reminding emergency crews and residents of the Gulf Coast region of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi faced with debris caused by Tropical Storm Gordon to be aware of hazards they may encounter and take steps to stay safe.
Posted: September 7, 2018, 6:00 pm
Most organizational leaders are relatively clear about what they desire from their safety staff, but shouldn’t these same leaders ask what’s needed of them to achieve ongoing EHS success?
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
For Ron Hope, value safety manager for Luck Companies, the range of gloves on the market can be confusing. In his industry, the primary wearers of hand impact protection are maintenance workers carrying out tasks involving heavy lifting, handling steel and swinging hammers.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Experienced employers — from industrial safety managers to construction supervisors -- keep a close eye on measures for worker fall protection. Failures in this category have led OSHA’s annual list of top 10 most-cited violations for most of the past decade.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Producing flame-resistant (FR) fabrics dates back to around 450 B.C. when textiles made from asbestos, which was known to have fire-resistant properties, were used to wrap the bodies of the deceased before they were placed on funeral pyres.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Do blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) affixed to forklifts pose an unnecessary risk? Prompted by employee concerns, a client asked me this question. Choose your answer now, and see if it wavers or changes as you progress through this article.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Most often, people who have Dry Eye Syndrome are middle-aged or older. An estimated 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 have dry eyes. Although Dry Eye Syndrome is more common to middle age and beyond, younger industrial workers often are subjected to conditions that cause the same symptoms.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Almost every homeowner has a toolbox filled with trusted tools to help get the job done. Tools that are reliable, and trusted to perform time and time again. Tools that are easy to use and don’t require instruction manuals. The same is true for safety professionals who keep people safe.
Posted: August 30, 2018, 4:00 am
Preventive safety evaluations help protect personnel and equipment, cut costly downtime and losses, and minimize liability exposure. This article highlights common areas of hazards in a manufacturing facility, and some potential solutions to explore.
Posted: August 28, 2018, 4:00 am
We know that most of us don’t like to be bounded by a set of rules around our actions and our behaviors; however, there is no sustainable safety culture if there is no operational discipline.
Posted: August 23, 2018, 4:00 am
A list of thirty OSHA voluntary requirements for placements and performance of emergency showers and eyewashes.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 4:00 am
At least 17 large fires are burning across California, and dozens more throughout other Western states, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres, sending toxic pollutants into the air and contaminating water supplies. The air quality in certain areas — particularly near California's massive Mendocino Complex Fire in the northern part of the state — is among the worst officials have ever seen.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 6:00 pm
The Environmental Protection Agency has a proposal on the drawing board that critics say could expand the use of asbestos — an industrial material known to cause cancer and lung disease. Since the health hazards of asbestos emerged 40 years ago, use of the material has dropped dramatically across the globe. By 2013, more than 60 countries had implemented partial or full bans of asbestos.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 2:00 pm
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a statewide air quality alert in early August due to smoke spreading across northern Minnesota and southern Minnesota. Smoke from wildfires in western Canada will continue to affect Minnesota. Air Quality Indices in the orange category spread eastward across northern Minnesota Friday, making air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 12:33 pm
With more experience traveling the real world seeing safety programs in action (or inaction) I realized that words matter. They not only communicate, but they can shape the very approach you take to your safety programming. They can get you stuck or they can liberate your safety culture.
Posted: August 3, 2018, 4:00 am
Fuel economy standards intended to combat climate change by reducing gas emissions are in for a rollback, if a proposal announced today by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration goes into effect. Passed during the Obama administration, the standards were scheduled to become progressively tougher over time for new vehicles. The Trump administration proposal would freeze the standards at their 2020 levels for six years.
Posted: August 2, 2018, 6:00 pm
If you work in safety in a high-hazard industry, would you be worried if your company injury and illness data sat on OSHA’s website to be accessed by the public? Would you fear publicizing the data could damage your company’s reputation?
Posted: August 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Contractor gets fined $250K in worker’s death, OSHA makes changes to electronic recordkeeping rule and New Yorkers found that they had more to fear than steam from a burst pipe in Manhattan. These were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: July 28, 2018, 4:00 am
After reaching a low point in the late 1990s, the national prevalence of coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (black lung) in miners with 25 years or more of tenure now exceeds 10 percent and in some areas is much higher than that, according to a study published in the American Public Health Association’s American Journal of Public Health.
Posted: July 27, 2018, 2:00 pm
Standard teaching techniques apply to all types of learning. But safety training exists on a level of its own given the life and death stakes involved. While safety professionals need to find teaching ideas that work, many find themselves falling back on the same tired slide presentations.
Posted: July 24, 2018, 5:00 pm
It’s vital to provide individuals with the anti-fog (AF) lens coating that meets the rigors of the job. But an effective AF coating is only as good as they eyewear it’s on. If workers are uncomfortable in their fog-free eyewear, they’re likely to remove it.
Posted: July 24, 2018, 4:00 am
Safety training has been around forever. There are also safety orientations, safety coaching, safety mentoring, safety education, safety feedback. These staples of safety programs have one thing in common: showing employees how to recognize risks, know the rules, and avoid injury or illness.
Posted: July 23, 2018, 4:00 am
A simple, fast, and inexpensive blood test is proving effective at accurately detecting the level of pesticide exposure among agricultural workers.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:00 am

Government Regulations

Government Regulations provides the latest information about government regulations that address occupational safety and health issues as well as environment and public health issues.

Six months after the fatal collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, OSHA has announced citations against multiple contractors. The catastrophic failure of the bridge on March 15 occurred before the structure was even officially open, just days after crews dropped a 950-ton span in place. One bridge worker and five motorists were killed. Eight other people – five of them employees - were injured.
Posted: September 21, 2018, 4:00 am
If you’re in construction, maritime, hydraulic fracturing, or other general industries using silica, the new silica standard and silica dust should matter to you. Chances are, you could be getting exposed to dangerous respirable silica dust that you can’t even see. And, what you can’t see, can hurt you.
Posted: September 20, 2018, 4:00 am
Don’t count on the tobacco companies to reverse the sharp rise in e-cigarette use among teens. That’s the message the American Heart Association (AHA) is sending to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who promised last week that the federal government would act to curtail youthful e-cigarette use.
Posted: September 18, 2018, 4:00 pm
The U.S. Labor Department says its new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) will strengthen compliance assistance outreach by promoting a greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations. In announcing the new office last month, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said OCI efforts will help companies prevent violations and protect Americans' wages, workplace safety and health, retirement security, and other rights and benefits. As part of its work, OCI will work with the enforcement agencies to refine their metrics to ensure the efficacy of the Department's compliance assistance activities.
Posted: September 18, 2018, 4:00 am
Motorcycle crash prevention technology, a legislative move to shield autonomous vehicles from federal regulations and sobering new U.S. obesity statistics were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: September 15, 2018, 4:00 am
Good news! Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh does not think it is unreasonable for workers to expect to come home safely at the end of the day, even if they work in the entertainment industry. So he claims in his response to a written question from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Unfortunately, “expecting” isn’t doing. And Kavanaugh, in his dissent from the SeaWorld case, in his testimony before Congress, and now in his written responses, seeks to take away the ability of workers to make that expectation a reality.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 6:00 pm
Back in 2012, OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS) with Revision 3 of the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS), which resulted in the current HazCom 2012 Standard.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has cited pallet manufacturer Buckeye Diamond Logistics Inc. - which operates as BDL Supply - for lockout/tagout hazards after an employee suffered an amputation at the Columbus-based company. OSHA proposed penalties of $191,794 for two repeated and four serious violations.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
Consumer advocates are attacking a bill heading for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate that would clear legal obstacles for the deployment of driverless cars — a proposal that, critics say, lacks safeguards needed to protect the public and largely would let vehicle manufacturers regulate themselves. The measure, which is being pushed by auto and tech industry lobbyists, is called the AV START Act, standing for “American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies.”
Posted: September 13, 2018, 11:00 am
Employees of a woodworking company in Greenville, Alabama performed their work without protective eyewear and respirators. Those were among the violations that got Harrison Industries LLC - operating as Structural Wood Systems Inc. – multiple OSHA citations and faces $85,362 in proposed penalties.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 6:00 pm
A new proposal released by the EPA yesterday would reduce the frequency of methane leak inspections required of oil and gas companies, and give those companies more time to fix leaks when they find them – changes the agency admits could harm public health. The move is the Trump administration’s latest effort to relax Obama-era regulations intended to combat climate change.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 2:00 pm
What are the big headlines in the respiratory protection world this year? Here are three areas safety and health professionals are watching closely.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
If there is one constant in regulatory compliance, it’s change. This is a challenging reality for professionals whose success depends on keeping up with the regulations governing their respective industries.
Posted: September 11, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has several ways in which it interacts with companies in programs that address industry-specific hazards or that help enhance worker safety on specific projects. The OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) focuses on focus on improving safety and health in major corporations, government agencies, at large construction projects and private sector industries where OSHA has jurisdiction.
Posted: September 6, 2018, 6:00 pm
Dan Petersen, one of the great thinkers in the history of occupational safety, in a 2005 book, “Measurement of Safety Performance,” tore apart the traditional barometers of safety performance, the OSHA total case incident rate, total lost-workday cases, fatalities and other measures.
Posted: September 6, 2018, 4:00 am
Virginia Occupational Safety and Health issued five citations and $304,130 in penalties to Lanford Brothers Company for exposing workers to respirable crystalline silica hazards while using jackhammers to remove concrete from bridge piers.
Posted: September 5, 2018, 4:00 am
Experienced employers — from industrial safety managers to construction supervisors -- keep a close eye on measures for worker fall protection. Failures in this category have led OSHA’s annual list of top 10 most-cited violations for most of the past decade.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
For Ron Hope, value safety manager for Luck Companies, the range of gloves on the market can be confusing. In his industry, the primary wearers of hand impact protection are maintenance workers carrying out tasks involving heavy lifting, handling steel and swinging hammers.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
A measure gaining traction in New York City would require restaurants to serve healthy beverages rather than sugary drinks in kids’ meal combos. The Healthy Kids Meals Bill announced this week by NYC Speaker Corey Johnson would make water, milk and 100% fruit juice the standard beverages in restaurant offerings aimed at children.
Posted: August 30, 2018, 4:00 am
Two Colorado construction companies have been cited by OSHA after an employee fell to his death at a Greenwood Village worksite. The worker fell while installing metal roofing panels on a storage unit building. OSHA cited Hammers Construction Inc. and Montes Construction LLC for failing to use adequate fall protection and restrict employees from standing on the mid-rails of scissor lifts.
Posted: August 29, 2018, 4:00 pm
Employees and visitors at a Louisiana manufacturing facility drank potentially contaminated drinking water for four years after deficiencies in the water system were identified, according to the EPA and the DOJ. The two federal agencies say they’ve reached a settlement with CertainTeed Corporation to resolve alleged violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) at the company’s Lake Charles Polymer Plant in Westlake, Louisiana.
Posted: August 29, 2018, 2:00 pm
A complaint brought OSHA inspectors to a rubber and plastic manufacturing plant in Killbuck, Ohio, where they found that employees were being exposed to nearly four dozen safety and health violations.
Posted: August 28, 2018, 4:00 pm
Throwing household waste such as small batteries, cleaning products, and light bulbs in the trash may not be environmentally friendly behavior, but in most cases, it’s not against the law. However, businesses face many more limitations and regulations on what can and can’t be thrown away.
Posted: August 28, 2018, 4:00 am
The U.S. Justice Department announced a 22-count indictment Thursday against a Nebraska railroad services company and its owners related to an April 2015 explosion that killed two workers and injured a third.
Posted: August 28, 2018, 4:00 am
In a recent address to attendees of the National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt expressed the hope that a “turning point” was just ahead in the sometimes-rocky relationship between OSHA and the industry.
Posted: August 27, 2018, 2:00 pm
A controversial new emissions rule from the EPA, contaminants in a street drug send hundreds to hospitals and a fire safety group accuses a state of watering down safety requirements in its building codes. These were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: August 25, 2018, 4:00 am
Cal/OSHA has issued citations to an outdoor advertising company for serious safety violations after a worker suffered third-degree burns when a metal pole he was using to install a sign on a billboard came into contact with an overhead power line.
Posted: August 24, 2018, 2:00 pm
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce acknowledges that human activities are contributing to climate change, but feels that the Obama-era Clean Power plan was not an effective way to address that. The American Public Health Association contends that the EPA’s just announced proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan – the Affordable Clean Energy Rule – is “an attack on public health.”
Posted: August 23, 2018, 6:00 pm
OSHA has put together a new set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and training videos on the agency’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in construction.
Posted: August 23, 2018, 4:00 am

In a move that quickly generated controversy, the EPA yesterday unveiled a replacement for the Clean Power Plan that it proposed repealing in October 2017 because it “exceeded EPA’s authority.”

In its place, the agency rolled out what it’s calling the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule which would establish emission guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

Posted: August 21, 2018, 4:00 am

Occupational Safety

Learn about the latest safety issues affecting various industries.

Recent studies show that the occurrence of Pneumoconiosis, or Black Lung disease, among coal miners across the Nation has skyrocketed beyond anything ever seen before in the industry. Younger, less experienced miners are contracting the disease at an earlier age, subjecting them to a shortened and debilitating existence until they ultimately succumb to the ravages of the illness.
Posted: September 21, 2018, 2:00 pm
OS+H Asia 2018, the region’s leading exhibition on workplace safety and health, recently closed in Singapore with a 15% visitor increase: more than 5,000 trade visitors from 36 countries took part over three days to see the latest innovations presented by 200 exhibitors from 20 nations. The event also welcomed more than 40 visiting delegations and groups representing various sectors such as building and construction, offshore marine, electrical and electronics as well as engineering services, warehousing and logistics.
Posted: September 21, 2018, 4:00 am
Six months after the fatal collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, OSHA has announced citations against multiple contractors. The catastrophic failure of the bridge on March 15 occurred before the structure was even officially open, just days after crews dropped a 950-ton span in place. One bridge worker and five motorists were killed. Eight other people – five of them employees - were injured.
Posted: September 21, 2018, 4:00 am
A too-large catch was behind the sinking of a commercial fishing vessel last year off the coast of Virginia, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report. There were no injuries or fatalities among the crew, but the five people on board the Langley Douglas had to be rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.
Posted: September 20, 2018, 6:00 pm
OSHA is seeking members to serve on its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. The group advises the Secretary of Labor on developing standards and policies affecting the construction industry. OSHA is seeking employee, employer, state safety and health agency, and public representatives with experience and expertise in construction-related safety and health issues to fill 14 vacancies.
Posted: September 20, 2018, 2:00 pm
If you’re in construction, maritime, hydraulic fracturing, or other general industries using silica, the new silica standard and silica dust should matter to you. Chances are, you could be getting exposed to dangerous respirable silica dust that you can’t even see. And, what you can’t see, can hurt you.
Posted: September 20, 2018, 4:00 am
Two Employees Killed in Robbery at Upstate New York Chili’s Restaurant- DeWitt, NY — A Chili’s restaurant was robbed early Saturday morning, and two employees who were closing up have been shot and killed. The incident occurred just after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning at a Chili’s Bar and Grill in DeWitt, New York. The chain was part of the ShoppingTown Mall on East Erie Boulevard, where officers responded to the call at 1:04 a.m., according to the Post Standard.
Posted: September 19, 2018, 6:00 pm
It didn’t take very long into the first morning of the construction industry safety conference for me to start second-guessing myself. While the prominent event presented a unique opportunity for me to network with contractors and safety directors who work directly in the field, and it allowed me direct access to the people who manage safety policies and procedures within an industry where Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) members’ equipment is used, I couldn’t help but wonder if the other attendees had different viewpoints about safety than I did.
Posted: September 18, 2018, 2:00 pm
The U.S. Labor Department says its new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) will strengthen compliance assistance outreach by promoting a greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations. In announcing the new office last month, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said OCI efforts will help companies prevent violations and protect Americans' wages, workplace safety and health, retirement security, and other rights and benefits. As part of its work, OCI will work with the enforcement agencies to refine their metrics to ensure the efficacy of the Department's compliance assistance activities.
Posted: September 18, 2018, 4:00 am
Petroleum refineries are laden with various thermal and chemical hazards. Adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) is instrumental in providing a safe work environment for employees to complete the task at hand.
Posted: September 18, 2018, 4:00 am
Ensuring that workers do only jobs they’re trained for is critical in industrial safety. An untrained worker who botches a job can do a lot of damage. But in the rush to get things done, proper vetting can get overlooked. How can supervisors in the field know for sure about whether a particular worker is qualified to do a specific task or operate a certain piece of machinery? It’s challenging on the factory floor and even more so in the field.
Posted: September 17, 2018, 5:00 pm

A starkly worded tweet from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) spelled out the fate of a construction worker buried under rubble last Wednesday: “The incident is transitioning from a rescue to a recovery.” The tweet came after first responders dug for three hours in heavy rain through a mixture of mud and concrete for hours in an effort to find the worker who disappeared when a retaining wall cracked and collapsed.

Posted: September 17, 2018, 4:00 pm
Customized design and installation of an industrial dust collector are critical for optimal performance, safe operation and fast return on investment. Camfil APC offers a range of dust testing services to help manufacturers understand the characteristics of dusts produced during their operation and make informed decisions about equipment, filter cartridges and engineered controls to mitigate dust hazards.
Posted: September 17, 2018, 4:00 am
Our brains are powerful information processing systems, but they are not an unlimited resource. Our brains evolved to look for efficiency. This efficiency often happens without us even realizing it. These biases arise because of how our brain handles information and help us get to decisions quickly, but may also place the quality and effectiveness of our decisions at risk.
Posted: September 17, 2018, 4:00 am
VelocityEHS, the global leader in cloud-based environment, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability solutions, announced today it will provide disaster relief organizations, emergency responders and local businesses affected by Hurricane Florence access to its MSDSonline safety data sheet (SDS) library at no cost.
Posted: September 17, 2018, 4:00 am
Ergonomically friendly casters, FR apparel for cold weather and a wireless way to send real-time alerts to workers in hazardous locations were among the top occupational safety and health products featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: September 16, 2018, 4:00 am
Motorcycle crash prevention technology, a legislative move to shield autonomous vehicles from federal regulations and sobering new U.S. obesity statistics were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: September 15, 2018, 4:00 am
Good news! Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh does not think it is unreasonable for workers to expect to come home safely at the end of the day, even if they work in the entertainment industry. So he claims in his response to a written question from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Unfortunately, “expecting” isn’t doing. And Kavanaugh, in his dissent from the SeaWorld case, in his testimony before Congress, and now in his written responses, seeks to take away the ability of workers to make that expectation a reality.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 6:00 pm
Reducing workplace injuries will be the focus of an Arbill Manufacturing Day panel discussion coming up in October that will feature ISHN Dave Johnson as a panelist. Johnson is the industry’s longest-tenured editor, with 31+ years’ experience leading ISHN. He and co-panelists Dave Blanchard of EHS Today and Jerry Laws of Occupational Health & Safety will share their insights on the state of workplace safety.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 2:00 pm
Messe Düsseldorf will participate in the NSC Congress & Expo 2018 order to promote its program of regional and international occupational safety trade fairs organized around the globe. At NSC booth 3657, visitor and exhibitor information for A+A 2019, International Trade Fair with Congress for Safety, Security and Health at Work (November 5 - 8, 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany), INOS+H 2019 (Spring 2019 in New Delhi, India) and TOS+H 2020 (May 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey) as well as other industry related trade shows, will be available.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
According to accidents reported under RIDDOR in 2017, nine percent of fatal injuries were found to be caused by contact with moving machinery. Improving facility safety is critical to safeguard staff, but did you know safety can impact productivity and machine effectiveness too? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, shares his three tips for machine safety.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has cited pallet manufacturer Buckeye Diamond Logistics Inc. - which operates as BDL Supply - for lockout/tagout hazards after an employee suffered an amputation at the Columbus-based company. OSHA proposed penalties of $191,794 for two repeated and four serious violations.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
Back in 2012, OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS) with Revision 3 of the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS), which resulted in the current HazCom 2012 Standard.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
Employees of a woodworking company in Greenville, Alabama performed their work without protective eyewear and respirators. Those were among the violations that got Harrison Industries LLC - operating as Structural Wood Systems Inc. – multiple OSHA citations and faces $85,362 in proposed penalties.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 6:00 pm
Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc. (DIG) recently announced that it has been recognized by the Utility Contractors Association of Ontario (UCA) with the Association's 2018 Safety Performance Award. Each year the UCA recognizes contractors who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to safety and achieved outstanding safety results. This year DIG was recognized in the category of contractors with over 250,000 hours of work performed.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 1:00 pm
A Tennessee power company lineman was killed when the lift bucket he was working in suddenly burst into flames. Dean Batey with Duck River Electric was working to repair a security light on a power line pole when the lift bucket he was in caught fire.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Atlas Oil Company was named the Excellence in Health and Safety award winner and a finalist in the Trucking Company of the Year and Oilfield Services Company of the Year award categories at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Awards for their outstanding work and impressive safety record in the region.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Did the cost cutting that came as the result of lower oil prices beginning in 2014 place the oil and gas industry at a higher safety risk? Though the perception is largely positive—49 percent of the respondents in DNV GL’s survey do not think that the focus on profitability in recent years has negatively impacted safety performance—the responses are mixed, with some expressing their concern to the contrary.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
For the fourth time in the past decade, Dominion Energy Ohio has received the American Gas Association (AGA) Safety Achievement Award for excellence in employee safety. The award recognized Dominion Energy Ohio's 2017 employee safety performance. The award is natural gas utility industry trade group's highest employer safety honor.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
An electrical lineman was blasted earlier this year with thousands of volts of electricity and died of his injuries in North Carolina. T.C. Simpsom was working on a power line in the Mulberry community of Wilkes County, about 80 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, when the accident happened. He died after spending two days in critical condition.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am

Transportation Safety

Transportation Safety covers motor vehicles, railway and air transportation and includes both occupational and non-occupational hazards.

A too-large catch was behind the sinking of a commercial fishing vessel last year off the coast of Virginia, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report. There were no injuries or fatalities among the crew, but the five people on board the Langley Douglas had to be rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.
Posted: September 20, 2018, 6:00 pm
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning drone owners and operators they may face significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm.
Posted: September 13, 2018, 4:00 pm
Consumer advocates are attacking a bill heading for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate that would clear legal obstacles for the deployment of driverless cars — a proposal that, critics say, lacks safeguards needed to protect the public and largely would let vehicle manufacturers regulate themselves. The measure, which is being pushed by auto and tech industry lobbyists, is called the AV START Act, standing for “American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies.”
Posted: September 13, 2018, 11:00 am
Many high-risk traffic situations between motorcycles and other motor vehicles could be prevented if vehicle drivers were better able to detect and anticipate the presence of a motorcycle when entering or crossing a road, making a turn or changing lanes.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 pm
Lineman Jairus Ayeta died while working near the Carr Fire, a large wildfire that burned 229,651 acres in northern California before being contained on August 30, 2018. Ayeta was 21 years old and from Uganda. He worked as an apprentice lineman and was part of a PG&E crew working in dangerous terrain to restore power when he was involved in a vehicle-related accident.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
A pilot who mistaken lined up with a taxiway instead of a runway nearly caused his or her small plane to collide with four passenger jets that were on the taxiway, according to a preliminary report on the incident by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Posted: September 11, 2018, 4:00 am
Human errors lead to a fatal 2017 train accident in South Dakota that killed two BNSF roadway workers, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), but the agency ultimately lays the blame on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), for its inconsistent enforcement of federal regulations.
Posted: September 7, 2018, 2:00 pm
Working at road construction sites can be dangerous. Between 2011 and 2016, 532 construction workers lost their lives at road construction sites, an average of 89 workers each year. CPWR's Data Center recently explored road construction fatality trends and causes using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Posted: September 6, 2018, 4:00 am
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) does not typically investigate motorcycle crashes. However, the high number of motorcyclist deaths in the U.S. compelled the agency to study that mode of transportation in order to determine ways to prevent crashes and improve safety.
Posted: August 31, 2018, 6:00 pm
The landing gear collapse on a FedEx MD-10-10F, wide-body cargo jet was caused by corrosion that led to fatigue cracking, according to an NTSB report released Thursday. Shortly after the FedEx MD-10-10F touched down at the Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport Oct. 28, 2016, the flight crew reported hearing a “bang” as the brakes were applied.
Posted: August 29, 2018, 6:00 pm
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report on a fatal multi-vehicle accident in Boise, Idaho on June 16, 2018, shows how quickly things can spiral out of control in highway work zones.
Posted: August 28, 2018, 6:00 pm
Summer vacation for students around the country is drawing to a close as the nation’s schools prepare to open their doors for the new school year. So, while you’re making that list of school supplies the kids will need, take a look at these safety steps from the American Red Cross and make your student’s trip back to the classroom a safe one.
Posted: August 27, 2018, 6:00 pm
Despite concerns that a rise in automated vehicles will displace significant numbers of truck drivers, a new report finds that only a modest number of truck driver jobs, if any, will be affected.
Posted: August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm
Jennifer Homendy was sworn in Monday as a board member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) during a brief ceremony at NTSB headquarters. The addition of Homendy means the agency now has all five board member positions filled.
Posted: August 21, 2018, 4:00 am
For the second time in recent months, the U.S. Department of Labor has extracted penalties from a California farm business blamed for the deadly crash of a vehicle transporting migrant field workers to their jobs.
Posted: August 20, 2018, 6:00 pm
The emerging trend of drug-impaired driving will be paired with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) usual effort to combat drunk driving in a new series of public service announcements that will run through one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads - the Labor Day holiday weekend (Aug. 15-Sept. 3).
Posted: August 20, 2018, 4:00 pm
Every year 258 million tons of waste is thrown away in the US and the majority of it is collected by refuse vehicles and recycling trucks. From narrow residential streets to commercial premises, and waste handling and recycling sites, navigating roads and maneuvering refuse vehicles safely can be a tough challenge.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:00 am
A shrimp boat captain’s decision to continue a journey even though his ship had a hole in the hull was what caused the demise of Lady Damaris, a trawler that sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017. That determination by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was based on an investigation into the June 22 incident, which fortunately did not result in any injuries or fatalities.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 4:00 pm
The ability of commercial aircraft to move safely through the skies – particularly in the vicinity of airports – is a prominent part of the test drone operators must take in order to get a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Posted: August 11, 2018, 4:00 am
Alcohol-related accidents can affect a workplace more than you might think. Not only are you at risk of being involved in an accident with an impaired driver if you drive for a living, but if you choose to drink and drive in your time away from work, you could put your career or future employment opportunities at risk.
Posted: July 31, 2018, 4:00 am
The captain of a tourist duck boat that sank near Branson, Missouri July 19 briefed his passengers about how to use life jackets before the amphibious vehicle entered the water, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) technicians, who’ve been studying a recording from “Stretch Boat 7.” Seventeen people died when the amphibious vehicle sank in Table Rock Lake during a severe storm.
Posted: July 30, 2018, 2:00 pm
A man is in custody after driving a crane drunk down the Long Island Expressway (LIE) on the evening of July 11. Forty-seven-year-old Brian Sinclair drove a 2000 Liebherr mobile crane drunk for nine miles on the eastbound side of the LIE, starting at the Ronkonkoma entrance at around 6 p.m. The equipment had logos for Bay Crane in Long Island City, N.Y., on the back and the sides.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 6:02 pm
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a marine accident brief and a related safety alert Thursday, warning mariners of the dangers of icing following the agency’s investigation of the sinking of the fishing vessel Destination.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 6:00 pm
Drones have thoroughly worked their way into a variety of non-business uses, from videotaping weddings to capturing beautiful images of scenic tourist attractions, so it’s likely that they are also finding their way into the nation’s favorite summertime holiday. The Federal Aviation Agency wants drone operators to keep safety in mind.
Posted: July 3, 2018, 6:08 pm
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched a contest that will award $350,000 in prize money to technology firms and safety stakeholders who come up with better ways to apply advanced analytics and technological innovations to crash statistics. The goal, according to Under Secretary for Policy Derek Kan: to “dramatically improve safety on our roads.”
Posted: June 29, 2018, 4:00 pm
Last month, without any warning or explanation, Vanessa Sutherland announced her resignation as Chair of the Chemical Safety Board. Earlier this week we learned why. More money and more love.
Posted: June 29, 2018, 2:00 pm
Automakers have packed many of their new models with distracting infotainment features that allow drivers not only to play music and get directions, but to talk, text and use social media while tooling down the road. Now new research has found that two popular smartphone-based systems –Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto – are somewhat simpler and safer to use than the built-in electronics.
Posted: June 27, 2018, 3:00 pm
A fatigue crack was the cause of engine failure and a fire on a British Airways flight that ended prematurely, with passengers and crew fleeing a cockpit that was filling with smoke. The September 8, 2015 flight from Las Vegas to London came to an abrupt end, after its pilot heard a loud “bang” during takeoff and aborted the flight.
Posted: June 21, 2018, 2:00 pm
If you see a lot more motorcycles and scooters on the road today than usual, there’s a reason. It’s the 27th annual Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day, a day meant to demonstrate the benefits of getting to work via something other than a car or SUV.
Posted: June 18, 2018, 4:00 am
As the nation’s fleet of small recreational and commercial drones keeps soaring — the government projects nearly 3 million will be in the skies by 2022 — safety concerns are rising even as federal enforcement stalls. The Federal Aviation Administration has collected 6,117 reports of potentially unsafe use of drones from February, 2014 through April of this year, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office.
Posted: June 14, 2018, 2:00 pm

Oil and Gas Industry Safety & health

Discussions of key hazards and safety practices in the oil and gas energy extraction and processing industry.

As artificial intelligence (AI) systems begin to control safety-critical infrastructure across a growing number of industries, DNV GL has released a position paper on the responsible use of AI. The paper asserts that data-driven models alone may not be sufficient to ensure safety and calls for a combination of data and causal models to mitigate risk.
Posted: September 13, 2018, 4:00 am
A new proposal released by the EPA yesterday would reduce the frequency of methane leak inspections required of oil and gas companies, and give those companies more time to fix leaks when they find them – changes the agency admits could harm public health. The move is the Trump administration’s latest effort to relax Obama-era regulations intended to combat climate change.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 2:00 pm
For the fourth time in the past decade, Dominion Energy Ohio has received the American Gas Association (AGA) Safety Achievement Award for excellence in employee safety. The award recognized Dominion Energy Ohio's 2017 employee safety performance. The award is natural gas utility industry trade group's highest employer safety honor.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced that it has appointed Jon Franke to the role of Vice President of Safety and Health for the company, effective Sept. 1. Franke is currently PG&E’s Vice President of Power Generation.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Six awards were handed out at an event held in Aberdeen (Scotland) Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). Organized by Oil and Gas UK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by French oil giant Total, the event honored WorleyParsons’ James Ellerton the award for safety leadership, while William Davidson from Nexen won safety representative of the year.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Digitalization has improved safety over the past three years, even where cutbacks have been widespread, according to 40 percent of those surveyed by DNV GL. “Technology has helped us improve safety monitoring systems; data analytics helps us determine which processes, areas and equipment are more accident-prone; while we have wearable equipment to monitor workers in case they faint or fall,” noted one respondent, Lu Nianming, secretary-general of the China Chemical Safety Association (CCSA).
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Atlas Oil Company was named the Excellence in Health and Safety award winner and a finalist in the Trucking Company of the Year and Oilfield Services Company of the Year award categories at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Awards for their outstanding work and impressive safety record in the region.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Did the cost cutting that came as the result of lower oil prices beginning in 2014 place the oil and gas industry at a higher safety risk? Though the perception is largely positive—49 percent of the respondents in DNV GL’s survey do not think that the focus on profitability in recent years has negatively impacted safety performance—the responses are mixed, with some expressing their concern to the contrary.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
A previous NIOSH report (2016)1 described the death of nine oil and gas extraction workers that occurred during gauging or sampling activities at open thief hatches on crude oil storage tanks. Hydrocarbon gases and vapors (HGVs) and associated oxygen displacement were the primary or contributory factors in these fatalities.
Posted: August 30, 2018, 2:00 pm
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among Canadian oil and gas drilling sector workers has increased by 12 per cent, from 33 per cent in 2012 to 45 per cent in 2017, according to hearing-test data collected by employers. Even more alarming: out of the 294 oil and gas drilling workers with NIHL, 194 — 65 per cent — were under the age of 35.
Posted: August 27, 2018, 4:00 am
A blowout and massive fire at an oil well in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma January 22, 20118 occurred shortly after drilling crew members removed the drill pipe from the well in a process known as “tripping,” according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which has found that that conditions existed that could have allowed a gas influx into the wellbore during the tripping operation.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:00 am
Radians recently launched VolCore™, their new line of Flame Resistant (FR) workwear that helps protect workers from short-term thermal hazards, including arc flash and flash fire. VolCore AR/FR workwear self-extinguishes and does not melt when exposed to flame, dramatically reducing the severity of burn injuries.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has cited Patterson-UTI Drilling, Crescent Consulting LLC, and Skyline Directional Drilling LLC for exposing employees to fire and explosion hazards after five employees suffered fatal injuries.
Posted: August 1, 2018, 6:00 pm
If anything has come to define the human experience throughout history, it is a willingness to take risks, to face the unknown with a confidence that borders on arrogance and come out the victor.
Posted: July 16, 2018, 4:00 am
One firefighter is dead and six others hospitalized after battling a massive natural gas explosion in Wisconsin yesterday. One civilian was treated and released.
Posted: July 11, 2018, 6:00 pm
With warmer weather comes an increased risk of heat stress. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 alone, exposure to environmental heat led to 37 work-related deaths and another 2,830 injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work.
Posted: July 10, 2018, 4:00 am
A fatigue crack was the probable cause of a 2017 pipeline rupture in South Dakota that spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil, according to a pipeline accident brief released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Posted: July 9, 2018, 4:00 am
FR apparel today is more stylish, functional and performance-driven. Workers transition from work to date night, working out, doing chores around the house in their FR clothing and they want to look good. They also demand performance.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 4:00 am
Building on BrandSafway’s long-standing tradition of safety excellence, 20 of its refinery and plant crews earned the Contractor Safety Achievement Award from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association based on the crews’ outstanding safety records in 2017.
Posted: June 14, 2018, 4:00 am
An eight-day trial in Billings, Montana last month ended with guilty verdicts against a trucking company and its CEO stemming from a 2012 explosion at an oil and gas processing facility in Wibaux, Mont., that seriously injured three workers. Defendants Woody’s Trucking, LLC and Donald E. Wood Jr. were convicted on 13 of the 14 charges against them, which included conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and obstruction of justice.
Posted: June 6, 2018, 4:00 am
Many manufacturers use one of two options to clear the air of welding fumes – filter the dirty air and recirculate clean air inside the facility, or exhaust the dirty air outside and provide clean replacement air from outside.
Posted: June 1, 2018, 4:00 am

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigation team that deployed to the April 26, 2018, explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin. This is a brief update of the CSB’s ongoing work: The CSB investigation team arrived in Superior the evening of April 26 and to date has photo-documented a large percentage of the refinery.

Posted: May 16, 2018, 4:00 am
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) team investigating an explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin has narrowed its focus to equipment within the refinery’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or FCC, unit. The April 26, 2018 blast injured approximately 20 employees and caused an evacuation of residents in the surrounding area.
Posted: May 14, 2018, 4:00 am
Falls remain a persistent cause of work-related death, and workers in construction and oil and gas extraction are more likely than other workers to die from falling, according to NIOSH research published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 2:00 pm
When activity levels increase or people are exposed to extreme environments, water is lost more rapidly and needs to be replaced more frequently. Maintaining adequate hydration levels in the body can help avoid both acute and chronic health problems ranging from minor headaches to death.
Posted: April 1, 2018, 4:00 am
A natural gas explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl and injured four others in Dallas earlier this year wasn’t the only one that rocked that neighborhood, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is investigating the incidents.
Posted: March 26, 2018, 6:00 pm
A floor hand was caught between a pipe handling catwalk machine and a stanchion post on the drill floor of a dynamically positioned drillship. The operation at the time of the incident was picking up pipe from the pipe handling catwalk machine, making up at the rotary table, and running in the hole.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 4:00 am
When the body is unable to cool itself through sweating, serious heat illnesses may occur. The most severe heat-induced illnesses are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If actions are not taken to treat heat exhaustion, the illness could progress to heat stroke and possible death.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 4:00 am
Frostbite results from exposure to severe cold. The nose, cheeks, ears, toes, and fingers are the parts most frequently frostbitten. Symptoms: Frostbite is more likely to occur when a high wind is blowing that takes heat from the body rapidly. Usually frostbite is not associated with pain but rather with a feeling of intense coldness and numbness.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 4:00 am
Safety is a core value for the oil and natural gas industry, which works to improve safety in the workplace through ongoing research, standards development, training, information sharing, and advocacy. These efforts are paying off. The injury and illness rate for the U.S. oil and natural gas industry remains well below the national average for all private sectors.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 4:00 am

Top OSHA Violations

In this column, ISHN will report in each issue on one of the 12 most frequently cited OSHA standards.

What are the big headlines in the respiratory protection world this year? Here are three areas safety and health professionals are watching closely.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
It’s easy to think of head injuries as catastrophic, and they certainly can be. It’s also easy to think of hard hats as the only head injury prevention solution, and they certainly do provide essential protection.
Posted: September 10, 2018, 4:00 am
If you work in safety in a high-hazard industry, would you be worried if your company injury and illness data sat on OSHA’s website to be accessed by the public? Would you fear publicizing the data could damage your company’s reputation?
Posted: August 1, 2018, 4:00 am
If you could prevent 29 worker deaths and 5,842 lost-workday injuries each year1, would you? Those estimates were a major reason OSHA updated 1971’s General Industry CFR 1910 regulations for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems at the end of 2016.
Posted: June 18, 2018, 4:00 am
Because using a ladder is such a familiar skill, it can be easy to overlook the need for safe operating procedures in the workplace. However, ladders continue to be a contributing factor in more than 150 fatalities and 20,000 non-fatal workplace injuries each year.
Posted: June 8, 2018, 4:00 am
A worker painting an electric maintenance tower comes in contact with an energized power line and falls 70 feet – striking a second employee working on a lower level and causing him to fall as well.
Posted: July 1, 2016, 4:00 am

Training requirement violations occur in nearly every standard included in OSHA’s top 10 violations list, including fall protection, respiratory protection, lockout-tagout, machine guarding and electrical safety.

Posted: June 1, 2016, 4:00 am
Electrical accidents in the workplace can have horrific consequences.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 4:00 am
Lockout/tagout (29 CFR 1910.147) was the fifth most frequently cited OSHA violation during the period October 2014 to September 2015. There were 3,350 citations reported across all industries during that time with $9,686,894 in penalties.
Posted: April 1, 2016, 4:00 am

When engineering control measures aren’t possible or sufficient to reduce exposure to harmful contaminants such as dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors, OSHA requires – through its 1910.134 standard1 – that workers be provided with respiratory protection.

Posted: March 10, 2016, 7:00 pm

When engineering control measures aren’t possible or sufficient to reduce exposure to harmful contaminants such as dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors, OSHA requires – through its 1910.134 standard1 – that workers be provided with respiratory protection.

Posted: March 1, 2016, 5:00 am
Every year, about 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Noise-related hearing loss has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns for more than 25 years.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 5:00 am

OSHA standard 1910.305 covers electrical wiring methods, components and equipment for general use.

Posted: December 18, 2015, 5:00 pm

OSHA standard 1910.305 covers electrical wiring methods, components and equipment for general use.

Posted: December 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

OSHA’s respiratory protection standard 1910.0134 was the fourth most-frequently cited rule in fiscal year 2014, a ranking which reflects the importance of respirators among the types of protective equipment for workers who must perform tasks in hazardous environments.

Posted: November 3, 2015, 5:00 am

In fiscal year 2014, OSHA issued 2,396 citations and almost $7 million ($6,891,521)in penalties for violations of its machine guard standard (1910.212), making it the ninth-most violated standard in the time period.

Posted: October 1, 2015, 4:00 am

OSHA’s standard on ladder safety — 1926.1053 — was among the top 10 most-cited violations in fiscal year 2014, with 2,911 citations and 2,267 inspections within that timeframe in all industries.

Posted: August 6, 2015, 4:00 am

OSHA’s standard on ladder safety — 1926.1053 — was among the top 10 most-cited violations in fiscal year 2014, with 2,911 citations and 2,267 inspections within that timeframe in all industries.

Posted: August 3, 2015, 4:00 am

Workers performing tasks while on scaffolding can be exposed to fall hazards involving considerable height, a factor which makes scaffolding-related violations especially serious.

Posted: July 1, 2015, 1:30 pm
Training is an essential component of many of the standards set by OSHA that are most frequently violated year after year.
Posted: June 1, 2015, 4:00 am
Violations related to electrical hazards led to 2,192 citations (from 1,681 OSHA inspections) and a total of $2,817,950 in penalties in 2014, making 1910.303 the eighth most frequently cited standard, according to the agency.
Posted: May 27, 2015, 6:00 pm
Violations related to electrical hazards led to 2,192 citations (from 1,681 OSHA inspections) and a total of $2,817,950 in penalties in 2014, making 1910.303 the eighth most frequently cited standard, according to the agency.
Posted: May 1, 2015, 4:00 am
OSHA standard 1910.147 The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) covers the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected energization or startup of the machines ,/p>
Posted: April 1, 2015, 4:00 am
OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication Standard was the second most frequently standard cited during fiscal year 2014, right behind fall protection.
Posted: March 3, 2015, 5:00 am
With nearly $20 million in penalties across all industries, fall protection topped the list of OSHA’s most frequently cited standards during fiscal year 2014
Posted: January 5, 2015, 5:00 am
OSHA standard 1910.305 covers electrical wiring methods, components and equipment for general use.
Posted: December 2, 2014, 5:00 am
OSHA penalized employers $1,746,465 for violations of its respiratory protection standard 1910.134 in fiscal year 2013, from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 4:00 am
OSHA’s powered industrial truck standard moved up from seventh place to sixth on the agency’s top ten most frequently cited standards for Fiscal 2013
Posted: October 2, 2014, 4:00 am
Here are the stats for machine guard standard (19100212 General requirements for all machines) violations cited by Federal OSHA during the period October 2012 through September 2013
Posted: September 3, 2014, 4:00 am
OSHA’s standard on ladder safety – 1926.1053 – was one of the top ten most frequently cited standards violations in fiscal year 2013
Posted: August 1, 2014, 4:00 am

Industrial Hygiene

Anticipated, detection, evaluation and control of hazardous conditions (such as excessive noise) and hazardous substances (such as toxic chemicals).

The International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) has announced that Roger Alesbury MSc, Dip OH, CFFOH will be the recipient of the IOHA Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious award will be conferred during the 11th IOHA International Scientific Conference (IOHA 2018), hosted by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in Washington, DC in September 2018.
Posted: September 5, 2018, 4:00 pm
Almost every homeowner has a toolbox filled with trusted tools to help get the job done. Tools that are reliable, and trusted to perform time and time again. Tools that are easy to use and don’t require instruction manuals. The same is true for safety professionals who keep people safe.
Posted: August 30, 2018, 4:00 am
OSHA has put together a new set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and training videos on the agency’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in construction.
Posted: August 23, 2018, 4:00 am
ACGIH® will present The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS): A Comprehensive Course for Working With Safety Data Sheets (SDS) webinar series beginning on October 2, 2018.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:00 am
The workers’ compensation system can be used for more than processing work-related illness or injury insurance claims. The data collected through this system provide valuable information to identify how these injuries and illnesses happen, so that they can be prevented.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 6:00 pm
IQ may be a predictor of who suffers an injury or illness at work. A 68-year population study published in 20171 found that IQ is inversely associated with all major causes of death, including accidents.
Posted: August 3, 2018, 4:00 am
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury impacting workers today. And unlike most injuries it is painless, progressive, permanent and preventable.
Posted: August 3, 2018, 4:00 am
To help prevent injuries and deaths from working with hazardous chemicals, OSHA requires employers to establish a hazard communication program [29 CFR 1910.1200.]
Posted: August 1, 2018, 4:00 am
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®) is pleased to announce they have received two dotCOMM awards, a Platinum award in for their second IH Heroes comic On the Fly and a gold award for AIHA's Annual Report.
Posted: July 30, 2018, 4:00 pm
ACGIH® announced today the release of its two-tier Under Study list pursuant to changes previously made to its TLV®/BEI® Development Process. In 2006, ACGIH® began providing additional information on the status of chemical substances and physical agents that are on the Under Study list.
Posted: July 26, 2018, 4:00 am
A work environment may not seem like a confined space at first glance, but the surprising truth is that confined spaces exist in many forms. They are found in nearly every industry. Without a doubt, confined spaces expose workers to very real dangers.
Posted: July 26, 2018, 4:00 am
ACGIH® and its renowned Industrial Ventilation Committee present a popular continuing education course in September. Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation & Practical Applications of Useful Equations will be held September 17–21, 2018 at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Blue Ash in Cincinnati, Ohio. Earlybirds who register for the course on or before August 20, 2018 will save $100.00.
Posted: July 26, 2018, 4:00 am
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) was recognized twice by both the APEX Awards and the Content Marketing Awards for the IH Heroes Outreach program and the I Am IH™ web series. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®) will receive two APEX Awards for Publication Excellence from Communications Concepts, Inc. AIHA won a Grand Award in the Electronic Media category for the IH Heroes™ comic and a Certificate of Excellence for the IH Heroes™ series.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:00 pm
Inhalation of toxic gases can kill you. It’s important that you perpetually monitor your breathing air to ensure that you and your employees are breathing air that is safe and free of such gases all the time.
Posted: July 19, 2018, 4:00 am
If anything has come to define the human experience throughout history, it is a willingness to take risks, to face the unknown with a confidence that borders on arrogance and come out the victor.
Posted: July 16, 2018, 4:00 am
Confined spaces such as tanks, containers and shafts represent a major danger. The good news is that you can significantly reduce the risks involved by understanding these environments and measuring air quality — before entering them. Here’s what you need to know.
Posted: July 13, 2018, 4:00 am
We are the indoor generation. The EPA’s National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS) conducted 1992-1994 found that Americans spend about 87% of their time in enclosed buildings and about 6% of their time in enclosed vehicles.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 4:00 am
On average, excessive heat causes 650 deaths in the United States every year. Thirty-nine of those took place on the job in 2016 – double the amount that occurred only two years prior.
Posted: June 1, 2018, 10:49 pm
With about a decade to go until I slow down in my career, I’m now at the stage where I want to share what I’ve learned through experience and education. It’s called expatiate. Here are my hard-learned top seven career tips.
Posted: June 1, 2018, 4:00 am
The safety industry has worked diligently over the past decade to improve the effectiveness of refrigerant, toxic and combustible gas sensors. The latest digital technologies have been employed at the sensor and systems levels to add greater intelligence and communications capabilities.
Posted: May 31, 2018, 4:00 am
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2015 there were 2,905,900 recordable cases of workplace injuries and 4,836 workplace fatalities. All companies should have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to help identify hazards in the workplace and protect all employees.
Posted: May 29, 2018, 4:00 am
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) announced the recipients of the 2018 AIHA Named Awards, which honor individuals who provide significant contributions to the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professions. The award recipients will be recognized on Wednesday during the Mark of Excellence Awards Breakfast at AIHce EXP.
Posted: May 20, 2018, 4:00 am
If there’s no occupational exposure limit (OEL) listed for a chemical ingredient or byproduct in a SDS, you can conduct an online search for the chemical by CAS number and include the qualifier DNEL — derived no effect levels. CAS is required on an SDS, DNEL is not.
Posted: May 9, 2018, 4:00 am
You wouldn’t drive a vehicle without putting on your seat belt. You wouldn’t ride a bike without putting on a helmet. You don’t go to bed at night without locking your doors. When it comes to gas detection, safe and simple practices like these are no different.
Posted: May 3, 2018, 4:00 am
In 2018, ACGIH® published on the Notice of Intended Changes, a statement on the occupational health aspects of new lighting technologies. It describes the circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral effects of light. Over the past decade a revolution in indoor lighting has been underway, fueled partly by the new technologies of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and solid-state, light-emitting-diode (LED) lamps, and partly by efforts to reduce the consumption of electrical energy.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 4:00 am
ACGIH® offers two of its most popular reference resources in one product! The just released 2018 TLVs® and BEIs® with 7th Edition Documentation, CD-ROM offers access to: Everything contained in the 2018 TLVs® and BEIs® book – all of the TLVs® for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and all of the BEIs® (including the Notice of Intended Changes and Appendices).
Posted: April 10, 2018, 4:00 am
ACGIH® will present Current Topics for Managing Occupational Heat Stress on May 10, 2018 at the following times: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time; 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time; 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time; 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 4:00 am
ACGIH® has released its 2018 editions of the TLVs® and BEIs® book and the Guide to Occupational Exposure Values. The information in the user-friendly, pocket-sized TLVs® and BEIs® book is used worldwide as a guide for evaluation and control of workplace exposures to chemical substances and physical agents.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 4:00 am
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA), announced the new members of its Board of Directors for 2018. The new Board members will be inducted at AIHA's Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, May 23, during the 2018 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce EXP) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Posted: March 16, 2018, 6:00 pm

Best Practices

Dan Markiewicz's 30+ years of experience applies best practices to emerging safety and health issues.

Use Improved Visual Literacy to deliver enhanced safety performance; advance your safety program; and engage employees. COVE – the Center of Visual Expertise – announces dates for its forthcoming two-day Visual Literacy program. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn: 1) Identify, interpret and act upon visual information; 2) Improve hazard awareness, pre-job analysis, BBS; 3) Enhance risk management and communication; and 4) Mitigate bias and improve decision making.
Posted: September 17, 2018, 4:00 am
According to accidents reported under RIDDOR in 2017, nine percent of fatal injuries were found to be caused by contact with moving machinery. Improving facility safety is critical to safeguard staff, but did you know safety can impact productivity and machine effectiveness too? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, shares his three tips for machine safety.
Posted: September 14, 2018, 4:00 am
Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc. (DIG) recently announced that it has been recognized by the Utility Contractors Association of Ontario (UCA) with the Association's 2018 Safety Performance Award. Each year the UCA recognizes contractors who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to safety and achieved outstanding safety results. This year DIG was recognized in the category of contractors with over 250,000 hours of work performed.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 1:00 pm
An electrical contractor recently celebrated reaching the milestone of one-million safe working hours. Wayland, Michigan-based Windemuller said in August, 2018 it hit the mark without any recordable OSHA injuries as of July. The company’s streak started in May 2016.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
A decade-old standard developed to help companies with risk management has been revised and adopted as a U.S. national standard. The new version reflects the evolution of risk management from a separate, departmentalized activity to an integrated management competency.
Posted: September 11, 2018, 4:00 pm
Do blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) affixed to forklifts pose an unnecessary risk? Prompted by employee concerns, a client asked me this question. Choose your answer now, and see if it wavers or changes as you progress through this article.
Posted: September 1, 2018, 4:00 am
Preventive safety evaluations help protect personnel and equipment, cut costly downtime and losses, and minimize liability exposure. This article highlights common areas of hazards in a manufacturing facility, and some potential solutions to explore.
Posted: August 28, 2018, 4:00 am
Roughly 38 million people will commence with a digging project this year without first having underground utility lines marked, and a line is damaged once every nine minutes because someone started digging without first calling 811.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:00 pm
IQ may be a predictor of who suffers an injury or illness at work. A 68-year population study published in 20171 found that IQ is inversely associated with all major causes of death, including accidents.
Posted: August 3, 2018, 4:00 am
We are the indoor generation. The EPA’s National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS) conducted 1992-1994 found that Americans spend about 87% of their time in enclosed buildings and about 6% of their time in enclosed vehicles.
Posted: July 5, 2018, 4:00 am
Preventive safety evaluations help protect personnel and equipment, cut costly downtime and losses, and minimize liability exposure. These are often known as Residual Risk Reduction or R3. This article highlights common areas of hazards in a manufacturing facility, and some potential solutions to explore.
Posted: June 1, 2018, 4:00 am
If there’s no occupational exposure limit (OEL) listed for a chemical ingredient or byproduct in a SDS, you can conduct an online search for the chemical by CAS number and include the qualifier DNEL — derived no effect levels. CAS is required on an SDS, DNEL is not.
Posted: May 9, 2018, 4:00 am
Behavior-based approaches to safety versus the promise of "Safety II" type approaches like Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) will be explored through a series of sessions at Safety 2018. Are the two approaches contradictory or complementary? How do employee perceptions affect safety?
Posted: May 2, 2018, 4:00 am

Yesterday’s risk management practices are no longer adequate to deal with today’s threats and they need to evolve. This reasoning drove ISO to revise risk management standard 31000:2009 to 31000:2018.2

Posted: April 18, 2018, 4:00 am
Safely operating large, potentially dangerous construction and agricultural equipment can be challenging. Information that enhances training and usage can help reduce the risks of working with such equipment. One source of information about equipment safety is the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which has resources available to both its 900+ members and to the general public.
Posted: March 29, 2018, 4:00 am
If there’s a workplace fatality, or if injury/illness rates are too high, or workplace hazards and risks are perceived to be great, employers, disgruntled workers and outside interested parties, such as OSHA, often seek an EHS revolution -- rapid fundamental change.
Posted: March 23, 2018, 4:00 am
With #womensmarch and #metoo bookending 2017, many U.S. employers are likely to establish new policies and procedures in 2018 to better manage workplace sexism. How does this practice impact occupational health and safety?
Posted: February 20, 2018, 5:00 am

OSHA has cut deals with employers and industry associations ever since the agency’s beginning. About one-third of cited employers don’t take OSHA’s deal. They just correct and pay. Will more of this group deal with OSHA in the future?

Posted: December 1, 2017, 5:00 am

Lack of deep cleaning and other actions/inactions help unwanted guests in the room, such as bed-bugs and germs, to multiply and spread to bedding and even packed clothes.

Posted: November 26, 2017, 5:00 am

Your plan must be based on your organization's vision for future safety performance. Frame it as a set of actions that will: Further a safety culture change from reactive to proactive, provide the functioning capability to lead the change, and provide governance requirements to sustain the change.

Posted: October 17, 2017, 4:00 am

There's a great imbalance between the two inseparable forces of safety and health. This imbalance is evident in Table I. The CSP® and the CIH® are the top safety and health credentials in our field. Both pre-date OSHA, and both have grown in quality and value over the years.

Posted: October 13, 2017, 4:00 am

Old pros were trapped in a prescriptive career- the OSHA regulation says this, now do it. Doing it took nearly all of the pro's time. There was little time for best practices. The old pros did, however, build great foundations upon which young pros may leap from compliance practices to conformance objectives.

Posted: September 12, 2017, 4:00 am

My job was on the line. Within minutes after the CEO chewed my ear, I arranged a confidential meeting with the operating company president. I briefed him on the situation, described changes that must occur, and I promised to protect his plant management the best I could.

Posted: August 29, 2017, 4:00 am

To sell something, you often ease the customer into a buying mood. The following will help you convince management to adopt NIOSH’s 2013 Recommended Weight Limits.

Posted: July 30, 2017, 4:00 am

You want to see the OHS profession grow, right?  One way is to increase your engagements with current topics. Let’s explore how this works.

Posted: June 1, 2017, 4:00 am

I approached a couple of employees, and asked if one of them would volunteer to wear an air sampling pump. One employee, "If you tell me who you voted for president, I might wear the pump." I knew at that point that I'd get some honest results from industrial hygiene (IH) sampling.

Posted: May 1, 2017, 4:00 am

Social nocebo1 is a contagious illness that impacts upwards of one-quarter of people who encounter it. Conditions are ripe for a rise of social nocebo in the workplace. The following are key actions that occupational safety and health pros must take to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control social nocebo.

Posted: April 28, 2017, 6:00 pm

Ivanka Trump’s upcoming (May 2017) book, “Women who work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” contains an unwritten message for the demographic mean 53-year-old male OSH pro: “you need to change with the times.”

Posted: March 1, 2017, 5:00 am

Compliance bias is the belief that U.S. government mandates such as OSHA regulations are sufficient for most organizations to achieve injury and illness prevention objectives. This bias is outdated and dead wrong.

Posted: February 8, 2017, 5:00 pm

Compliance bias is the belief that U.S. government mandates such as OSHA regulations are sufficient for most organizations to achieve injury and illness prevention objectives. This bias is outdated and dead wrong.

Posted: February 1, 2017, 5:00 am

Electrical Safety

Electrical standards compliance, electrical safety tips, electrical safety trends.

Although Florence may no longer be a hurricane, the storm still poses plenty of danger for people who are in or will be returning to affected areas. Electrocution, water-borne infections and drowning are among the health risks associated with flooding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has issued the following safety tips:
Posted: September 17, 2018, 4:00 am
Numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics put electrical line workers among the top ten most dangerous jobs in the United States. The job of a lineman is fraught with dangers. Utilities are targeting a zero fatality rate, but about 3 million nonfatal recordable incidents were reported in 2014.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
A Tennessee power company lineman was killed when the lift bucket he was working in suddenly burst into flames. Dean Batey with Duck River Electric was working to repair a security light on a power line pole when the lift bucket he was in caught fire.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
An electrical lineman was blasted earlier this year with thousands of volts of electricity and died of his injuries in North Carolina. T.C. Simpsom was working on a power line in the Mulberry community of Wilkes County, about 80 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, when the accident happened. He died after spending two days in critical condition.
Posted: September 12, 2018, 4:00 am
Three University of Idaho graduates have developed a safety device that utility workers clip onto their hard hats. It beeps and flashes when workers approach a high-voltage electrical source, reducing the risk of electrocution.
Posted: September 11, 2018, 6:00 pm
Are you ready for the shift in call-center staffing from mostly humans to largely chatbots? Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020 customers will manage 85 percent of their interactions with companies without interacting with humans. Utility call-centers dealing with anxious customers calling about service problems might use chatbots to engage in text messaging conversations with customers seeking outage information.
Posted: September 11, 2018, 4:00 am
Most utilities recognize drones can play a role in expediting inspection of infrastructure like transmission lines. Utilities deploy drones after major events, too, such as floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. Industry experts believe within a few years, linemen will carry drones in their trucks and use them like other high-tech tools such as handheld thermal scanners.
Posted: September 11, 2018, 4:00 am
Hazards never stand still — and neither do the NFPA’s standards for preventing them. Is your company up to date on the latest requirements for arc flash and flash fire protection?
Posted: August 21, 2018, 4:00 am
A 21-year-old contract worker in Elkhart, Indiana was electrocuted Friday morning while working on power lines owned by Indiana Michigan Power. News sources say the victim, who was employed by Robert Henry Corp., made contact with an active power line. He died at the scene.
Posted: July 16, 2018, 6:00 pm
Xcel Energy has been cited for three “serious” safety violations in connection with an electrical explosion at its Becker, Minn., power plant last summer that left three workers significantly injured.
Posted: June 25, 2018, 4:00 am
A man who suffered serious burns in a suspected arc flash incident at the Central Norseman gold mine in Australia was reported in a stable condition at a Perth hospital. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety confirmed it was investigating the incident.
Posted: June 25, 2018, 4:00 am
Georgia Power faces $112,000 in proposed fines from OSHA after an arc flash severely burned an electrician at its Bowen plant in the fall of 2015. OSHA’s investigation of the Bowen generating facility resulted in two repeated, five serious, and two other-than-serious safety citations.
Posted: June 25, 2018, 4:00 am
An arc flash that burned two contract workers at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee was not was not due to any equipment or plant-related issues, according to an investigation by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
Posted: June 21, 2018, 4:00 pm
Follow electrical safety procedures to prevent electrical hazards. Electricity used in welding is available as: single phase, 120 Volts (V) or 240 V; and triple phase 575 V in Canada and 480 V in the USA.
Posted: April 24, 2018, 4:00 am
Organizations such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) and OSHA offer safety guidelines to help employers and workers avoid welding hazards. Employers should ensure all workers have an opportunity to comply with the following important guidelines in the workplace:
Posted: April 24, 2018, 4:00 am
A company with a troubled track record on safety experienced a workplace fatality last week, when an employee died in an apparent electrocution. The Feb. 15 early morning incident at Carbide Industries in Louisville, Kentucky claimed the life of 38-year-old Patrick Childers, according to news reports.
Posted: February 20, 2018, 3:00 pm
Safety professionals, “electrical safety ambassadors” and would-be electrical workers may want to tune into a Twitter Chat next week hosted by the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s (ESFI) Communications Committee.
Posted: February 16, 2018, 5:00 pm
A Minnesota energy company says it will contest the $21,000 in fines leveled against it by the state’s OSHA for an incident at the company’s Becker power plant that left three workers with severe burns over large portions of their bodies.
Posted: February 14, 2018, 5:00 am
For over a decade, thousands of users have deployed Permanent Electrical Safety Devices (PESDs) to reduce the risks in isolating electrical energy. This elegantly simple innovation increases the probability that workers are only exposed to ‘zero voltage’ when doing an absence of voltage test. The cumulative experience end users have amassed by using PESDs encouraged UL to create a new product specification for permanently mounted Absence of Voltage Testers (AVTs).
Posted: January 11, 2018, 5:00 am
From arc flash accidents to electric shock hazards in pools and marinas, here are the top electrical safety stories from 2017 that were featured on ISHN.com.
Posted: December 27, 2017, 5:00 am
An arc flash at the Panda Power station in south Sherman, Texas, sent one employee to the hospital. Sherman Fire says It happened around 7:30 a.m. at 510 Progress Drive in Sherman. The Panda Sherman Power Project is a clean natural gas-fueled, 758-megawatt combined-cycle generating facility. The plant can supply the power needs of up to 750,000 homes.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:00 pm
Zach Spicer, a substation supervisor for DES, Dickson County, Tenn., suffered second-degree burns to his face and neck and third-degree burns Aug. 25 afternoon on his hands and forearm at the DES Old White Bluff Substation just as he prepared to teach a class. He was accessing a breaker cabinet, high voltage side when contact or an arc formed, causing an electrical fault that released heat and energy.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 3:00 pm
Electrical contractors are responsible for the health and safety of employees who are exposed to a variety of hazards. Some of these hazards are obvious, such as electrical shock and electrocution. Others, such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), back injuries, slips and falls, or automobile-related incidents may not be as obvious.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:00 am
An arc flash occurs during a fault, or short circuit condition, which passes through this arc gap. The arc flash can be initiated through accidental contact, equipment which is underrated for the available short circuit current, contamination or tracking over insulated surfaces, deterioration or corrosion of equipment and, or parts, as well as other causes.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:00 am
Five to 10 arc flash explosions occur in electric equipment every day in the United States, according to a presentation by Eddie F. Jones, Square D / Schneider Electric, and Progress Energy. This number does not include cases in which the victim is sent to an ordinary hospital. Instead, these incidents are so severe the victims require treatment from a special burn center.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:00 am
The US Department of Labor estimates that every day in the United States five to ten Arc Flash Explosions occur on the job. Arc Flashes are incredibly violent and devastating to any worker exposed to the instantaneous phenomenon. Most of the time the exposure will result in serious injury or even death. Electrical equipment is designed to withstand up to a certain amount of current.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:00 am
According to CAGR market research released in December, 2017, one trend in the market is multiple functionalities of arc flash protection equipment. The latest trend in the market is safety equipment with multiple functionalities, i.e., apparel and safety equipment that are not only used for protection against arc flashes but other hazards as well. Vendors offer arc flash protection equipment with a combination of high visibility and flame-resistant (FR) capabilities, providing protection against multi-hazards.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:00 am
More than 7.1 million customers were without power across Florida and in parts of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina as a result of Hurricane Irma. As the storm moved through the region, companies were able to address more than 1.25 million outages, due largely to recent investments in energy grid technology and automation.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 4:00 am
Severe weather happens year-round. Tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms can seriously damage power lines and other electrical equipment. Storm damage causes dangers that lurk after a storm has passed. Safe Electricity encourages you to be aware of and prepared for those dangers.
Posted: September 18, 2017, 4:00 am

Eager to get to that project you’ve been planning – the one that will require you to use power tools? In addition to the obvious hazards (saws cut off about 4,000 fingers in the U.S. each year, for instance), there are electrical hazards that you may not be thinking about – but you should be.

Posted: August 9, 2017, 4:00 am