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President Trump’s pick for new labor secretary is, predictably, drawing support and opposition from the right and left segments of the U.S. political spectrum. Trump announced his selection last week via Twitter, naming Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. Tweeted Trump: “Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience....”
Posted: July 23, 2019, 4:00 am
California employers are going to have to move fast in order to comply with an emergency occupational safety regulation expected to go into effect in early August. The rule adopted last week by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is aimed at protecting workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 pm
A health problem that has plagued astronauts returning from space – and some earthbound people as well – is lessened by daily exercise, researchers have found. Orthostatic hypotension - a temporary drop in blood pressure occurring when a person stands up after sitting or lying down - has caused newly returned astronauts to faint or feel dizzy.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 2:00 pm
Workers toiling in a trench in St. Louis, Missouri were in danger because their workspace was unprotected by a trench box or some other trench protection, according to OSHA, which cited R.V. Wagner Inc for multiple violations. The citations issued to the Affton, Missouri-based company were for a project involving the installation of concrete storm water pipes. Proposed penalties for violations of trench safety standards: $212,158.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am

Next to the real thing, virtual reality training is the best way to learn. VR training has been around for many years and in many forms, but generally was limited to people with deep pockets such as the military, NASA and the airline industry with use of flight simulators, for example.

Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
More than 1,200 miners could lose their healthcare by the end of the year, unless Congress takes action on the American Miners Act of 2019. Sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin D-W.Va., the measure, Senate Bill 27, would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to transfer funds to the 1974 United Mine Workers of America Pension Plan. Bankruptcy laws are expected to free the Westmoreland Mining Company of its responsibilities under the coal act, leaving miners – including those suffering from black lung disease – in the lurch.
Posted: July 19, 2019, 6:00 pm
The 2016 case of a worker killed by an electric shock while repairing a ceiling light fixture came to a close recently, with an administrative law judge affirming OSHA citations issued to the man’s employer. The fatality involved a worker who was untrained in electrical safety work practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) judge ruled that Jersey City Medical Center willfully failed to train the employee for the hazardous electrical work he was directed to perform.
Posted: July 19, 2019, 4:00 pm
Patrick Pizella, the man who’ll become acting Labor Secretary tomorrow, is “hard-working and no-nonsense” and will likely push for more employer-friendly safety standards, according to a former colleague. Deputy U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) secretary since April 2018, Pizella will fill the vacancy left by the recent departure of Alexander Acosta, who resigned amid controversy over his role in a lenient 2008 plea deal with convicted sex offender – and billionaire – Jeffrey Epstein. Pizella held positions in several agencies during four different Administrations, including on the Federal Labor Relations Authority, to which he was appointed by President Barack Obama.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 6:00 pm
Last October, Erick Solis, a 19-year-old temp worker at a Los Angeles food company, lost two fingers when his hand got caught in an unguarded dough-rolling machine. Cal/OSHA, the state job safety agency, cited the company, JSL Foods Inc., for willful violations because an almost identical accident had happened before.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 am
A 24-year-old Wisconsin man died last week at an Amazon construction site in suburban Wisconsin after falling approximately 30 to 40 feet, police said. Police received a call at 10:09 a.m. for an industrial accident at the future Amazon site. Zachary Dassow of Kansasville, Wisconsin, was operating a four-wheel ATV on an upper floor and drove it out a window, falling more than 30 feet, according to police.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:00 pm

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing new guidance intended to help make people fully aware of the abuse or addiction possibilities of the prescriptions they’re taking. Drug Abuse and Dependence Section of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products - Content and Format doesn’t just deal with prescription medications that are scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Medications not scheduled under the CSA that have dependence potential are also addressed.

Posted: July 17, 2019, 2:00 pm
The EPA has approved the use of a powerful pesticide that the agency’s own research determined was lethal to honeybees. The agency’s approval of the insecticide sulfoxaflor, manufactured by DowDupont, comes just days after the USDA acknowledged that it has stopped tracking the honeybee population. The agency’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collected statistics on the number of honey bee colonies and U.S. honey production for decades, to help track honey bee mortality. Lack of data going forward will make it difficult to gauge the effect of sulfoxaflor use on the been population.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
While consumers participate enthusiastically in Prime Day, a sales bonanza staged each year by Amazon, the company’s workers regard it with something less than enthusiasm. The $5 billion in sales the world’s biggest online retailer is predicted to generate over the 2-day event is expected to exacerbate what are alleged to be already stressful conditions for the company’s employees.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 am
An airplane that crashed right after takeoff in Addison, Texas last month seemed to lack a normal power level as it taxied down the runway, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into the incident, which claimed the lives of ten people. On the morning of June 30, 2019, the plane – which was bound for St. Petersburg, Florida - collided with a hangar and terrain after takeoff from Addison Airport (KADS).
Posted: July 15, 2019, 6:00 pm
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is resigning his position, saying he does not want a 2008 plea deal involving billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to become a distraction for the Trump administration. Acosta said he called President Trump this morning to tell him about the resignation, which will take effect in a week. The president praised Acosta as a "tremendous talent.”
Posted: July 12, 2019, 3:00 pm
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) doesn’t normally investigate minor accidents, but a collision between a truck and a shuttle caught the agency’s attention – because the shuttle was autonomous. There were no injuries to the seven passengers and one attendant aboard the shuttle or to the driver of the truck in the November 8, 2017 incident in Las Vegas involving a commercial truck and the autonomous shuttle. The shuttle incurred minor damage and the truck had a minor abrasion to one of its tire.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 2:00 pm
A teenager who graduated from high school last month was killed July 2nd in a warehouse incident in Indiana. News sources say 18-year-old Timothy “TJ” Rich Jr. died at an Aldi warehouse in Greenwood. Rich was loading a truck when a dock plate – a device used to bridge the gap between a truck and the warehouse floor – came down, killing the teen.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 4:00 am
The Four Seasons Hotel Houston is not just a luxury hotel that includes premiere restaurants, a health club and spa and, of course, guest rooms. It is also the first hotel to be federally certified VPP Star – a milestone in the hospitality industry. It accomplished that status through a combination of creative activities (i.e. “VPP Jeopardy,” an improved Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2), and the creation of an Injury Prevention Committee.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
A new report by American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers translates the toll cancer takes on Americans into cold hard figures. In 2015 alone, the disease took more than 8.7 million years of life and $94.4 billion in lost earnings among people ages 16 to 84 in the U.S. Why crunch the numbers? Why assess the pain caused by the nation’s top killer in terms of dollars and cents?
Posted: July 11, 2019, 4:00 pm
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has come up with a new chemical management strategy that can quickly and accurately assign chemicals into categories, or “bands,” in order to protect workers from potentially harmful substances in the workplace. A vast number of chemical substances do not have occupational exposure limits (OELs) for the workplace.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 2:00 pm
The engines on a plane full of skydivers sounded normal, according to a witness, but moments later, it crashed just after takeoff from a Hawaii airport, killing all 11 people aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) initial report into the June 21, 2019 incident provides no insight into possible causes of the crash. The NTSB investigation is ongoing.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 4:00 am
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has recorded five new public service announcements (PSAs) discussing how to keep workers safe while performing cleanup and recovery operations following hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. The 30-second audio messages, recorded in English and Spanish, cover potential hazards posed by chainsaws, downed power lines, unstable surfaces, contaminated floodwaters, and mold exposure.
Posted: July 9, 2019, 4:00 pm
If you want to reduce your risk of having a heart attack, skip the supplements and cut down on salt instead. That’s the conclusion of a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, which also found that one supplement might actually increase your risk for having a stroke. The goal of the study was to explore the potential for nutritional supplements and dietary interventions to prevent “cardiovascular outcomes,” such as death, myocardial infarction, stroke, and coronary heart disease.
Posted: July 9, 2019, 2:00 pm
The skies over a dozen U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) locations are about to get a little less friendly for drones, otherwise known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). As of July 11, drone operators are forbidden to fly their aircraft over the following “national security sensitive” locations, based on a request by the DOD:
Posted: July 9, 2019, 4:00 am
A Long Island, New York construction company faces nearly a quarter of a million dollars in penalties in the death of an employee who was killed when a building he was working on collapsed. OSHA issued willful and serious citations against Northridge Construction Corp., with proposed fines of $224,620.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 2:00 pm
Two employees of New York City Transit (NYCT) were struck by a subway train – one fatally - because the Rail Control Center failed to let the train dispatcher and tower operator know that flaggers were on the track. That’s the conclusion of a just-released National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report on the incident, which occurred on November 3, 2016 in a tunnel between the Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue stations.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 4:00 am
It’s probably no surprise that Hawaii, with its year-round, paradise-like weather, ranks as the happiest state in America, in a Gallup 2018 well-being poll. However, based on the states ranked #2, #3 and #4, weather clearly is not the deciding factor in happiness. Hawaii’s position in the top spot was its seventh such ranking since Gallup began tracking the nation’s wellbeing back in 2008.
Posted: July 7, 2019, 4:00 am
OSHA inspected the company in December 2018 after an employee was electrocuted while using a damaged portable lamp when cleaning the inside of a metal tank. A second employee suffered electrical shock injuries in an attempt to assist the injured co-worker. Inspectors determined that the lamp's cord had exposed bare conductors, and the lamp was unsuitable for use in wet locations. They also found a damaged extension cord used to connect the lamp to power.
Posted: July 5, 2019, 5:00 pm
Cincinnati Metro, a service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, had a stellar safety year in 2018. While providing about 14 million rides throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, Cincinnati Metro: reduced overall preventable accidents by 20%; reduced collisions by 80%; had zero lost-time injuries in maintenance,
Posted: July 3, 2019, 4:00 pm

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.

A young temp worker suffers a life-altering injury, outdoor workers at risk from venomous snakes and nurses suffer from sleep deprivation. These were among the occupational safety and health stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: July 20, 2019, 4:00 am
Two Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients have developed free training programs to help protect construction workers from fall hazards. The University of Tennessee training program offers three modules on OSHA's role in workplace safety, health and safety standards affecting construction workers, and preventing common types of falls at construction sites.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
A 24-year-old Wisconsin man died last week at an Amazon construction site in suburban Wisconsin after falling approximately 30 to 40 feet, police said. Police received a call at 10:09 a.m. for an industrial accident at the future Amazon site. Zachary Dassow of Kansasville, Wisconsin, was operating a four-wheel ATV on an upper floor and drove it out a window, falling more than 30 feet, according to police.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:00 pm
According to a report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a high number of American workers were seriously injured or died on the job due to traumatic brain injuries. The study found that construction workers sustain more traumatic brain injuries than workers at any other type of workplace in the United States. Between 2003 to 2010, more than 2,200 construction workers died due to a traumatic brain injury.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 6:00 pm
Oregon OSHA has launched a free online course to help employers and workers across the state meet the agency’s requirements to eliminate fall hazards, prevent falls, and ensure that workers who do fall do not die. The two-hour course, “Fundamentals of Fall Protection,” includes six parts with 28 videos and is designed to supplement employers’ fall protection training programs.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
Once again, fall-related violations were behind most of the biggest fines OSHA issued to construction companies in the second quarter of 2019. One of the contractors, Shawn D. Purvis, has been charged criminally in relation to a death that occurred on one of his company's jobsites.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am

A construction worker died after he fell June 21st from the flyover being built over Beltway 8 near Highway 288 in the Houston area. The incident occurred about 4:30 a.m. along the South Beltway feeder road heading west toward Highway 288, according to Harris County Precinct 7. Houston firefighters say than man fell at least 30 feet from above, but it is not clear exactly where he fell from. They tried CPR on him when they arrived at the scene, but he did not survive.

Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
A construction worker was trapped for at least 90 minutes after a 10-foot-deep hole opened up outside Disney's Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded just before 2 p.m. to a construction area next to the rideshare pickup and drop-off area in the parking lot.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am

Mobile elevated work platforms are powerful, durable, and useful machines that help workers perform a wide range of tasks at height. Training operators and other workers on the safe use of these machines is crucial to decrease the risk of injuries, property damage and liability.

Posted: July 12, 2019, 4:00 am

From warehouses and distribution facilities to the factory floor, thousands of workers depend on safety knives to perform important jobs while providing an extra layer of injury-preventing protection.

Posted: July 11, 2019, 4:00 am
A Long Island, New York construction company faces nearly a quarter of a million dollars in penalties in the death of an employee who was killed when a building he was working on collapsed. OSHA issued willful and serious citations against Northridge Construction Corp., with proposed fines of $224,620.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 2:00 pm

Broadly speaking, a confined space is an area that is large enough for a worker to enter and do work, but that is difficult to get in and out of easily, and not designed or intended for regular occupancy.

Posted: July 1, 2019, 2:59 pm
A worker’s high-profile death at a baseball stadium, workplace violence at a car dealership and not all types of sitting are equally bad for your health. These were among the top occupational safety and health stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: June 29, 2019, 4:00 am
A recent spate of construction deaths in the U.S. illustrate the dangers faced by workers in the industry – in a variety of circumstances. A fall from a highway killed a worker in Harris County, Texas June 21. News reports say the man, a subcontractor with Choctaw Construction who was from Mexico, fell to his death at the Highway 288 expansion project being developed by Blue Ridge Transportation.
Posted: June 27, 2019, 6:00 pm

Falls from an elevation are a leading cause of death amongst contraction workers, and one third of those falls are from ladders. However, some of these fatalities could be prevented simply with the implementation of the three-point control technique.

Posted: June 24, 2019, 4:00 am
A CBS policy change angers safety advocates; the final frontier is the target of government regulations and a mining safety rule change gets reversed in court. These were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: June 22, 2019, 4:00 am
California OSHA issued four citations and $68,438 in penalties to USF Reddaway Inc. after a worker was fatally struck by a tractor at a truck terminal. Inspectors found that the company failed to ensure operators were competent to operate terminal tractors and did not implement traffic controls. Visit OSHA's website for information on trucking industry safety.
Posted: June 21, 2019, 6:00 pm

Trucking can be a hazardous profession for drivers – and that’s before the driver has even set foot in the cab or put the vehicle in gear. For good reason -- fleets focus much of their attention on minimizing risks on the road, but there are also risks when a driver is on his or her feet as well, due to the risk of a fall.

Posted: June 19, 2019, 4:47 am
Work being done to prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is raising concerns about worker safety. A report entitled, “The Dark Side of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics,” published last month by the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) union, claims that laborers – many of them foreign workers – are being overworked and discouraged from reporting poor employment conditions.
Posted: June 17, 2019, 4:00 pm
A Maine contractor who was indicted on manslaughter charges after the death of an employee – his own half-brother – maintains that he is not culpable because his workers are not his employees and he cannot compel them to use fall protection. Shawn D. Purvis, owner of Purvis Home Improvement Co. in Saco, pleaded not guilty to the charges in April.
Posted: June 17, 2019, 4:00 am

It’s 2019 and the robots haven’t taken over...yet. Despite wild internet theories and predictions that robotics and automation would take jobs away from Americans, especially in the labor and trades, the United States is actually looking at a large skills gap in the trades and an even larger number of unfilled jobs.

Posted: June 11, 2019, 4:31 am
United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced it is participating in a nationwide series of trench safety educational events during the Trench Safety Stand Down, which takes place June 17-21. These events will help organizations and their workers advance knowledge about trench hazards and safe work practices in trenching and excavation work.
Posted: June 11, 2019, 4:00 am
Authorities are trying to determine if severe weather was the cause of a construction crane collapse yesterday in Dallas that killed one person and injured six. Severe storms with strong winds were moving through the area at the time of the incident in the city’s downtown. The crane plunged through four floors of an apartment building and onto a parking garage, causing some of the garage’s floors to collapse and burying vehicles in the rubble.
Posted: June 10, 2019, 4:00 am
Workplace violence strikes in Virginia Beach, surprising data about medical marijuana and occupational fatalities and job burn-out gets some official recognition. These were among the top occupational safety and health stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: June 8, 2019, 4:00 am
When it comes to safety in the construction industry, “the gap between what is said and what is actually done is alarming,” according to the authors of a new report that showcases research critical to the advancement of the industry. Overall, 90 percent of the hundreds of construction professionals who responded to a survey for the “People in Construction 2019 Report” by FireStarter Speaking & Consulting identified safety as a top priority.
Posted: June 7, 2019, 2:00 pm
Construction workers are at risk of death or serious injury if they enter an unprotected trench and the walls col¬lapse. A trench is defined as a narrow underground excavation that is deeper than it is wide, and is no wider than 15 feet or 4.5 meters [OSHA]. Hazards associated with trench work and excavation are well defined and preventable.
Posted: June 6, 2019, 6:00 pm
OSHA cited online pet supply company Chewy, Inc., after a worker suffered fatal injuries while operating a stand-up industrial truck. The company faces maximum penalties of $14,323 for exposing workers to struck-by and crushing hazards.
Posted: June 6, 2019, 4:00 pm
OSHA inspectors who arrived at a Florida construction site to investigate an employee’s near-fatal fall didn’t have to look far to find fall and other safety hazards at the project. Three of the four Florida-based residential contractors involved with the project earned citations for fall hazard-related violations. The four companies were cited for a total of 12 violations, with $220,114 in proposed penalties.
Posted: June 3, 2019, 6:00 pm
The new and improved line of helmets expands on Petzl’s industry standard personal protective equipment by offering new models, updated features, and a wide range of accessories to better address the constantly evolving needs of the construction and general industry sectors.   The VERTEX helmet (shown above) is designed with a six-point suspension system that conforms to the shape of the users head for maximum comfort.
Posted: June 3, 2019, 4:00 am

Driving while fatigued can be a common occurrence for long-haul truck drivers, and studies have shown it can be as problematic as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Yet almost a third of people in a AAA survey said at least once in the prior month they had driven while so tired that they could barely keep their eyes open.

Posted: June 3, 2019, 4:00 am

Facility Safety

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

Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced an agreement with HealthCare Facility Compliance Corp. (HCFC) to offer Grainger health care customers a comprehensive Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solution.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
The Center of Visual Expertise presents a one-hour free webinar on Wednesday July 24: “Learning to SEE: A New Perspective on Risk Utilizing Visual Literacy. In this webinar, COVE Chairman and Managing Director Doug Pontsler introduces concepts that help enable workers to process visual information more clearly.
Posted: July 19, 2019, 6:02 pm
Bacharach, a leading provider of HVAC-R gas instrumentation and monitoring solutions, today introduced the new MVR-SC controller designed to seamlessly pair with MVR-300 refrigerant monitors to provide real-time status of refrigerant leaks throughout a facility. The key functions of the MVR-SC include:
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 am
UL, a global safety science leader, announced the acquisition of Healthy Buildings International, Inc., a U.S.-based indoor environmental testing and sustainability services company with expertise in indoor environmental quality, sustainability services for green building certifications, energy audits and water audits.The acquisition enables UL to extend its sustainability and air quality expertise across the built environment value chain to building owners and expand in global markets.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 am
Vahid Ebadat, CEO, Stonehouse Process Safety (Stonehouse) today announced that Stonehouse has moved into expanded corporate headquarters located in Lawrenceville, NJ. The new expanded testing laboratories will allow Stonehouse to meet increased demand for combustible dust testing and other process safety testing services. Stonehouse provides expert process safety consulting, testing, training and litigation support services in the specialist areas of dust flash fires & explosions, NFPA 652 dust hazard analysis (DHA), gas & vapor flammability, electrostatic hazards and self-heating/thermal decomposition.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 am
While consumers participate enthusiastically in Prime Day, a sales bonanza staged each year by Amazon, the company’s workers regard it with something less than enthusiasm. The $5 billion in sales the world’s biggest online retailer is predicted to generate over the 2-day event is expected to exacerbate what are alleged to be already stressful conditions for the company’s employees.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 am
Baltimore, Maryland-based A-Safe Inc. has unveiled TrailerKerb, a temporary barrier (or kerb) that provides resistance when forklift trucks get close to the edge of flatbed trailers during loading and unloading operations at the dock.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:00 am
Regardless of where you work and how many employees the company has, the environment almost certainly has visual cues that help people spot and avoid dangerous things. That's because OSHA provides approved colors to use around workplaces to designate hazards. Learning about them could help you bring more visual organization to an area and keep workers safer.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 4:00 pm
A teenager who graduated from high school last month was killed July 2nd in a warehouse incident in Indiana. News sources say 18-year-old Timothy “TJ” Rich Jr. died at an Aldi warehouse in Greenwood. Rich was loading a truck when a dock plate – a device used to bridge the gap between a truck and the warehouse floor – came down, killing the teen.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 4:00 am
Rite-Hite has improved the sealing power at the 4th side of the dock with its innovative PitMaster V Dock Face Sealing System.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 4:00 am

From warehouses and distribution facilities to the factory floor, thousands of workers depend on safety knives to perform important jobs while providing an extra layer of injury-preventing protection.

Posted: July 11, 2019, 4:00 am
Multiple hazards at Ohio workplace: OSHA issued 23 citations and $183,738 in penalties to Ohio Gratings, Inc., for inadequate machine guarding and recordkeeping, failing to ensure that workers used personal protective equipment, and exposing workers to struck-by hazards and flammable liquids.
Posted: July 10, 2019, 4:00 pm
Safety professionals know how it's necessary to take an all-encompassing look at how to keep workers productive and out of harm's way. For example, those employees might need personal protective equipment, but they also require training that teaches them how to do their jobs without encountering unnecessarily dangerous situations. In short, overlooking one aspect of worker safety could make all the other components of a program useless.
Posted: July 10, 2019, 4:00 am
Rockford Systems, a premier provider of machine safeguarding and combustion safety solutions, today announced the expansion of its RS360™ workplace safety portfolio with a new Remote Safeguarding Assessment service. The Remote Safeguarding Assessment is designed for customers with less complex machine safeguarding requirements that need to be evaluated for CFR OSHA 1910, ANSI B11 series standards, and NFPA 79/70E compliance.
Posted: July 9, 2019, 6:19 pm
Wildeck, Inc. is pleased to announce that they will display their industrial mezzanine at this year’s Pack Expo show in Las Vegas, NV. A functioning demonstration unit will be on display in booth US-8420 for show participants interested in learning about how these sturdy work platforms help growing companies obtain additional square footage.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 4:00 am
After evaluating the risk from electric power generation, transmission and distribution facilities, the EPA says no additional federal requirements are needed to cover the costs of possible hazardous substance releases. Using the authority of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Section 108(b), EPA analyzed the need for financial responsibility requirements for the electric power industry.
Posted: July 5, 2019, 2:00 pm
Charah® Solutions, Inc. is doing something right when it comes to safety. The Louisville, Kentucky company which provides environmental and maintenance services to the power generation industry just found out that it’s on the receiving end of a total of seven prestigious safety awards from the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) for an outstanding record of employee safety in 2018.
Posted: July 5, 2019, 4:00 am
The Atlanta Braves are being sued by the widow of a man who died in a walk-in beer cooler at SunTrust Park – a death her lawyers attribute to problems in the cooler known to the Braves prior to the incident. Marvin Todd Keeling, a beer tap inventor, died while installing beer taps in the cooler at SunTrust Park on June 26, 2018.
Posted: June 27, 2019, 2:00 pm
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will be reviewing a recent policy change, after testimony at its public meeting on Tuesday from occupational health experts and worker advocates opposed to the agency’s decision to stop naming accident victims in its reports. CSB Interim Executive Kristen acknowledged “a lot of passion around this subject,” and said that she’d asked the agency’s general counsel to review the policy and to report back with recommendations.
Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:00 am
Russelectric, A Siemens Business, a leading manufacturer of power control systems and automatic transfer switches, announces that it will be attending the ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition, held July 14-17 in Baltimore, Maryland. ASHE is a trusted national conference and exhibition for health care facility management and engineering professionals.
Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:00 am
Our new self-closing EdgeHalt™ Adjustable Safety Gate makes it easy to protect your team from the dangers of an elevated guardrail opening. This one gate is flexible enough to fit a large range of openings, reducing the need to measure every opening within your facility. Plus, it's stocked and ready to ship within three days!
Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:00 am

When employees perform maintenance on machinery or equipment, you must ensure that they know how to protect themselves from the release of hazardous energy. OSHA’s control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) standard at 1910.147 requires you to create procedures for employee protection.

Posted: June 26, 2019, 4:05 am
A shooting at a San Francisco Bay car dealership yesterday left three people dead – two of them employees. News sources are reporting that a gunman killed two workers and then himself at the Morgan Hill Ford Store. Morgan Hill police were called to the scene just after 6 p.m. When they arrived they found the gunman already dead, with a handgun lying next to him.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 4:00 am
The ABUS Granit™ is held as one of the most secure padlocks in the world and has been developed to meet the highest standards in terms of quality and security. The Granit™ 37ST/55 is the first stainless steel padlock in its series. Built to withstand extreme weather conditions, the body and shackle are made of stainless steel.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 4:00 am
Messe Düsseldorf and its local partner Tezulaş Fuar will organize the fourth edition of TOS+H Expo, the Turkish Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition, from May 3 – 6, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. Held concurrently will be the X. International Occupational Safety and Health Congress, managed by the Turkish Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:00 am
Wildeck, Inc. is pleased to announce that Paul Mihelich will be transitioning from Wildeck’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing to Wildeck’s Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Installations. In this new role, Mihelich will be responsible for managing Wildeck’s relationships with several key accounts and working to ensure the smooth installation of Wildeck’s guarding, mezzanine, lift and access products.
Posted: June 24, 2019, 4:00 am
Wildeck, Inc. is proud to announce and welcome David Milner as the company’s new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In his new role, Milner will be responsible for coordinating the company’s sales and marketing functions, overseeing the efforts of Wildeck’s internal and external sales representatives and expanding the company’s distribution network.
Posted: June 24, 2019, 4:00 am
When metalworking fluids are used during machining processes, they generate airborne mists that can pose a health and safety risk to workers. To help facilities ensure a safe work environment and regulatory compliance, Camfil APC offers the EM Expert coolant mist collector.
Posted: June 21, 2019, 4:00 am
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s decision to reverse a policy of including the names of workers killed in the incidents it investigates is drawing fire from safety advocates. In a letter to the CSB, more than fifty organizations and individuals demand that the agency reinstate its policy of naming the fatally injured workers in its reports – something it had previously done since 2014. The CSB stopped the practice recently because doing so “may infer culpability on the part of the entity responsible for the operation of the facility where the incident occurred,” according to a spokesperson.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 4:00 am
OSHA has cited Southern Tire Mart LLC – based in Columbia, Mississippi – for failing to protect employees from serious safety hazards after a worker suffered fatal injuries while attempting to mount a monster truck tire rim at the company’s retreading facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The company faces $341,195 in fines.
Posted: June 18, 2019, 6:00 pm

Environmental Health and Safety

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

OSHA will hold its annual Safe + Sound Week this year from August 12th to the 18th. The event encourages employers to implement workplace safety initiatives, and highlight workers’ contributions to improving safety. Businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs, and improve productivity.
Posted: July 23, 2019, 2:00 pm
California employers are going to have to move fast in order to comply with an emergency occupational safety regulation expected to go into effect in early August. The rule adopted last week by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is aimed at protecting workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 pm
A health problem that has plagued astronauts returning from space – and some earthbound people as well – is lessened by daily exercise, researchers have found. Orthostatic hypotension - a temporary drop in blood pressure occurring when a person stands up after sitting or lying down - has caused newly returned astronauts to faint or feel dizzy.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 2:00 pm

Next to the real thing, virtual reality training is the best way to learn. VR training has been around for many years and in many forms, but generally was limited to people with deep pockets such as the military, NASA and the airline industry with use of flight simulators, for example.

Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
A young temp worker suffers a life-altering injury, outdoor workers at risk from venomous snakes and nurses suffer from sleep deprivation. These were among the occupational safety and health stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: July 20, 2019, 4:00 am

Gravity doesn’t need to go to school. She is a master at pulling all objects toward the center of our blue planet and has been doing so since the dawn of time. So, yep, she is the grand master. Whereas we mere mortals are still learning how to counter her effects.

Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 am
Outdoor workers can experience a number of hazards. One often unexpected hazard is a venomous snakebite. Venomous snakes may be encountered in workplaces throughout the United States. The most likely geographic locations where outdoor workers would encounter venomous snakes is in the American South, Southwest, and West. From 2008-2015, the greatest number of deaths from venomous snakebites occurred in the southern and mid-western United States.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 pm

Training companies include cloud-based training, eLearning, streaming video, classroom lectures, blended learning, behavioral observation training, coaching, comprehensive training processes for teams and workforce materials.

Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has launched Think and Act Fire Smart, a one-stop information center for wildfire preparedness and recovery. The resource center aims to raise awareness about the hidden dangers in the cleanup process that follows a devastating wildfire, especially in urban areas.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 pm
The EPA has approved the use of a powerful pesticide that the agency’s own research determined was lethal to honeybees. The agency’s approval of the insecticide sulfoxaflor, manufactured by DowDupont, comes just days after the USDA acknowledged that it has stopped tracking the honeybee population. The agency’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collected statistics on the number of honey bee colonies and U.S. honey production for decades, to help track honey bee mortality. Lack of data going forward will make it difficult to gauge the effect of sulfoxaflor use on the been population.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
UL, a global safety science leader, announced the acquisition of Healthy Buildings International, Inc., a U.S.-based indoor environmental testing and sustainability services company with expertise in indoor environmental quality, sustainability services for green building certifications, energy audits and water audits.The acquisition enables UL to extend its sustainability and air quality expertise across the built environment value chain to building owners and expand in global markets.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 am
Lion Technology Inc., a leader in regulatory compliance training for 40+ years, recently launched of a suite of consulting services to empower industry professionals to achieve more with their environmental and hazardous materials compliance efforts. “Now, industry professionals can leverage our regulatory expertise to optimize their time and focus on creating value for their organizations,” says Lion President Tammy Kent.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 am
Two major health organizations are suing the EPA over the agency’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan – the first-ever federal policy aimed at reducing harmful carbon pollution from power plants – and the move to replace it with the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule. The American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association, represented by attorneys from the Clean Air Task Force, claim that the EPA has abdicated its legal duties and obligations to protect public health.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 2:00 pm
OSHA is urging vigilance among employers and employees to address the types of workplace hazards that tend to peak in the summer months. Hazards related to heat exposure, falls, trenching and excavation, struck-by objects and vehicles, electrical safety, workplace violence, grain bin engulfment and other risks in agricultural operations have been at their highest in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in July, August, and September in the past three years.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:00 am

Whether you’re working around dangerous chemicals, electrical systems, or fire-prone areas, you need to make sure you’re wearing the right flame-resistant (FR) clothing. If a fire occurs, FR clothing will minimize the severity of the burns, improving your chances of survival.

Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:00 am
The Secretary of Labor resigns, NIOSH introduces a new chemical management banding strategy and U.S. states get ranked by happiness. These were among the stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: July 13, 2019, 4:00 am

Mobile elevated work platforms are powerful, durable, and useful machines that help workers perform a wide range of tasks at height. Training operators and other workers on the safe use of these machines is crucial to decrease the risk of injuries, property damage and liability.

Posted: July 12, 2019, 4:00 am
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has come up with a new chemical management strategy that can quickly and accurately assign chemicals into categories, or “bands,” in order to protect workers from potentially harmful substances in the workplace. A vast number of chemical substances do not have occupational exposure limits (OELs) for the workplace.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 2:00 pm

From warehouses and distribution facilities to the factory floor, thousands of workers depend on safety knives to perform important jobs while providing an extra layer of injury-preventing protection.

Posted: July 11, 2019, 4:00 am
HexArmor is pleased to announce the release of their latest innovative product, HexShade UV by Snap Brim. HexShade UV will complement the launch of their new safety helmet line being released in July. HexShade UV is a revolutionary safety helmet accessory that offers wearers a firm, weather-resistant panel to extend shade up to three inches from the helmet’s brim.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 4:00 am
“Until MSHA sets and strictly enforces an evidence-based, silica-specific dust standard, along with improved procedures for measuring and monitoring silica, the agency will not be fulfilling its mission to ‘prevent death, illness and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for U.S. miners."
Posted: July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has recorded five new public service announcements (PSAs) discussing how to keep workers safe while performing cleanup and recovery operations following hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. The 30-second audio messages, recorded in English and Spanish, cover potential hazards posed by chainsaws, downed power lines, unstable surfaces, contaminated floodwaters, and mold exposure.
Posted: July 9, 2019, 4:00 pm

Not many people walk around throughout their day with a risk assessment in hand. We should, however, always have an informal risk assessment tool in our mind that allows us to perform at least a cursory assessment until we can dig deeper or in a more formal way.

Posted: July 9, 2019, 4:00 am
Although the use of asbestos has been banned in European Union (EU) nations since 2005, the substance remains a health risk in Europe due to its ubiquitous presence in many private and public buildings. Asbestos was one of the major agenda items at last month’s seminar on chemicals and worker protection held in Lisbon. Hosted by the European Trade Union Institute in Lisbon in collaboration with the General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers (CGTP), the gathering brought together more than 40 union representatives from 21 European countries.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 6:00 pm
Industrial Scientific, a global leader in connected sensing technology is pleased to announce that it has signed and closed on a definitive agreement to acquire SAFER® Systems, headquartered in Westlake Village, California. SAFER Systems is a global leader in real-time plume modeling and mitigation solutions for the chemical, oil & gas, and transportation industries. Their next-generation, cloud-based platform integrates gas and meteorological sensor data in real time to provide organizations with the intelligence needed to confidently prepare for, and respond to, incidents. SAFER Systems serves customers in 23 countries.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 4:00 am

“Today we’re going to talk about something bigger than PPE, policies and practices. Something we’ve never discussed before. Can’t really fit it into a toolbox. It’s called life.

Posted: July 8, 2019, 4:00 am

Construction work zones are dangerous. Every day, workers who step foot on highways and roads risk danger from vehicle traffic and heavy equipment. Completing work is important, but when safety takes a back seat to production schedules, the result can be deadly.

Posted: July 5, 2019, 4:00 am
The staff of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News wishes you a happy 4th of July. Although many people will get today off work others – especially public service personnel who perform vital services – will be on the job. Whatever your work status, we hope you get a chance to enjoy the festivities and fireworks, grilling and sunshine, friends and family. There’s still plenty of summer left, so we thought we’d provide you with some reminders about how to enjoy the season safely.
Posted: July 4, 2019, 4:00 am

We all love our spreadsheets. For years, EHS professionals have relied almost exclusively on spreadsheets to collect, analyze, and share data. We can do just about anything we want with our spreadsheets, and if you know visual basic, you can really have fun with them.

Posted: July 3, 2019, 4:00 am

Broadly speaking, a confined space is an area that is large enough for a worker to enter and do work, but that is difficult to get in and out of easily, and not designed or intended for regular occupancy.

Posted: July 1, 2019, 2:59 pm

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.

President Trump’s pick for new labor secretary is, predictably, drawing support and opposition from the right and left segments of the U.S. political spectrum. Trump announced his selection last week via Twitter, naming Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. Tweeted Trump: “Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience....”
Posted: July 23, 2019, 4:00 am
California employers are going to have to move fast in order to comply with an emergency occupational safety regulation expected to go into effect in early August. The rule adopted last week by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is aimed at protecting workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 pm
Workers toiling in a trench in St. Louis, Missouri were in danger because their workspace was unprotected by a trench box or some other trench protection, according to OSHA, which cited R.V. Wagner Inc for multiple violations. The citations issued to the Affton, Missouri-based company were for a project involving the installation of concrete storm water pipes. Proposed penalties for violations of trench safety standards: $212,158.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today announced an agreement with HealthCare Facility Compliance Corp. (HCFC) to offer Grainger health care customers a comprehensive Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solution.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
A young temp worker suffers a life-altering injury, outdoor workers at risk from venomous snakes and nurses suffer from sleep deprivation. These were among the occupational safety and health stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: July 20, 2019, 4:00 am
More than 1,200 miners could lose their healthcare by the end of the year, unless Congress takes action on the American Miners Act of 2019. Sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin D-W.Va., the measure, Senate Bill 27, would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to transfer funds to the 1974 United Mine Workers of America Pension Plan. Bankruptcy laws are expected to free the Westmoreland Mining Company of its responsibilities under the coal act, leaving miners – including those suffering from black lung disease – in the lurch.
Posted: July 19, 2019, 6:00 pm
The 2016 case of a worker killed by an electric shock while repairing a ceiling light fixture came to a close recently, with an administrative law judge affirming OSHA citations issued to the man’s employer. The fatality involved a worker who was untrained in electrical safety work practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) judge ruled that Jersey City Medical Center willfully failed to train the employee for the hazardous electrical work he was directed to perform.
Posted: July 19, 2019, 4:00 pm
Patrick Pizella, the man who’ll become acting Labor Secretary tomorrow, is “hard-working and no-nonsense” and will likely push for more employer-friendly safety standards, according to a former colleague. Deputy U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) secretary since April 2018, Pizella will fill the vacancy left by the recent departure of Alexander Acosta, who resigned amid controversy over his role in a lenient 2008 plea deal with convicted sex offender – and billionaire – Jeffrey Epstein. Pizella held positions in several agencies during four different Administrations, including on the Federal Labor Relations Authority, to which he was appointed by President Barack Obama.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 6:00 pm
Last October, Erick Solis, a 19-year-old temp worker at a Los Angeles food company, lost two fingers when his hand got caught in an unguarded dough-rolling machine. Cal/OSHA, the state job safety agency, cited the company, JSL Foods Inc., for willful violations because an almost identical accident had happened before.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 am

Gravity doesn’t need to go to school. She is a master at pulling all objects toward the center of our blue planet and has been doing so since the dawn of time. So, yep, she is the grand master. Whereas we mere mortals are still learning how to counter her effects.

Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 am

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing new guidance intended to help make people fully aware of the abuse or addiction possibilities of the prescriptions they’re taking. Drug Abuse and Dependence Section of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products - Content and Format doesn’t just deal with prescription medications that are scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Medications not scheduled under the CSA that have dependence potential are also addressed.

Posted: July 17, 2019, 2:00 pm
Once again, fall-related violations were behind most of the biggest fines OSHA issued to construction companies in the second quarter of 2019. One of the contractors, Shawn D. Purvis, has been charged criminally in relation to a death that occurred on one of his company's jobsites.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am

Training companies include cloud-based training, eLearning, streaming video, classroom lectures, blended learning, behavioral observation training, coaching, comprehensive training processes for teams and workforce materials.

Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
The EPA has approved the use of a powerful pesticide that the agency’s own research determined was lethal to honeybees. The agency’s approval of the insecticide sulfoxaflor, manufactured by DowDupont, comes just days after the USDA acknowledged that it has stopped tracking the honeybee population. The agency’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collected statistics on the number of honey bee colonies and U.S. honey production for decades, to help track honey bee mortality. Lack of data going forward will make it difficult to gauge the effect of sulfoxaflor use on the been population.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
Two major health organizations are suing the EPA over the agency’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan – the first-ever federal policy aimed at reducing harmful carbon pollution from power plants – and the move to replace it with the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule. The American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association, represented by attorneys from the Clean Air Task Force, claim that the EPA has abdicated its legal duties and obligations to protect public health.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 2:00 pm
OSHA is urging vigilance among employers and employees to address the types of workplace hazards that tend to peak in the summer months. Hazards related to heat exposure, falls, trenching and excavation, struck-by objects and vehicles, electrical safety, workplace violence, grain bin engulfment and other risks in agricultural operations have been at their highest in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in July, August, and September in the past three years.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:00 am

Whether you’re working around dangerous chemicals, electrical systems, or fire-prone areas, you need to make sure you’re wearing the right flame-resistant (FR) clothing. If a fire occurs, FR clothing will minimize the severity of the burns, improving your chances of survival.

Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:00 am
The Secretary of Labor resigns, NIOSH introduces a new chemical management banding strategy and U.S. states get ranked by happiness. These were among the stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: July 13, 2019, 4:00 am

Mobile elevated work platforms are powerful, durable, and useful machines that help workers perform a wide range of tasks at height. Training operators and other workers on the safe use of these machines is crucial to decrease the risk of injuries, property damage and liability.

Posted: July 12, 2019, 4:00 am
“Until MSHA sets and strictly enforces an evidence-based, silica-specific dust standard, along with improved procedures for measuring and monitoring silica, the agency will not be fulfilling its mission to ‘prevent death, illness and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for U.S. miners."
Posted: July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
Multiple hazards at Ohio workplace: OSHA issued 23 citations and $183,738 in penalties to Ohio Gratings, Inc., for inadequate machine guarding and recordkeeping, failing to ensure that workers used personal protective equipment, and exposing workers to struck-by hazards and flammable liquids.
Posted: July 10, 2019, 4:00 pm
The skies over a dozen U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) locations are about to get a little less friendly for drones, otherwise known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). As of July 11, drone operators are forbidden to fly their aircraft over the following “national security sensitive” locations, based on a request by the DOD:
Posted: July 9, 2019, 4:00 am
Although the use of asbestos has been banned in European Union (EU) nations since 2005, the substance remains a health risk in Europe due to its ubiquitous presence in many private and public buildings. Asbestos was one of the major agenda items at last month’s seminar on chemicals and worker protection held in Lisbon. Hosted by the European Trade Union Institute in Lisbon in collaboration with the General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers (CGTP), the gathering brought together more than 40 union representatives from 21 European countries.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 6:00 pm
Improving knowledge of regulatory changes and safety best practices has been a common theme among attendees of the nearly 60 complimentary seminars hosted by J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. during the first half of 2019. And that trend looks to continue with nearly 25 more events scheduled for the third quarter of this year.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 4:00 am
OSHA inspected the company in December 2018 after an employee was electrocuted while using a damaged portable lamp when cleaning the inside of a metal tank. A second employee suffered electrical shock injuries in an attempt to assist the injured co-worker. Inspectors determined that the lamp's cord had exposed bare conductors, and the lamp was unsuitable for use in wet locations. They also found a damaged extension cord used to connect the lamp to power.
Posted: July 5, 2019, 5:00 pm
After evaluating the risk from electric power generation, transmission and distribution facilities, the EPA says no additional federal requirements are needed to cover the costs of possible hazardous substance releases. Using the authority of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Section 108(b), EPA analyzed the need for financial responsibility requirements for the electric power industry.
Posted: July 5, 2019, 2:00 pm

Construction work zones are dangerous. Every day, workers who step foot on highways and roads risk danger from vehicle traffic and heavy equipment. Completing work is important, but when safety takes a back seat to production schedules, the result can be deadly.

Posted: July 5, 2019, 4:00 am
An alarming increase in the incidence of the black lung disease among the nation’s coal miners has led to a call by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and the United Steelworkers International Union (USW) for a new standard to protect miners from the silica dust that causes the disease. In a letter to David Zatezalo, the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), UMWA President Cecil Roberts and USW President Leo W. Gerard noted that changes in mining practices have led to increased exposure to silica for miners.
Posted: July 3, 2019, 1:00 pm

We all love our spreadsheets. For years, EHS professionals have relied almost exclusively on spreadsheets to collect, analyze, and share data. We can do just about anything we want with our spreadsheets, and if you know visual basic, you can really have fun with them.

Posted: July 3, 2019, 4:00 am

To record or not to record? That is the question when an employee gets sick or injured at work. In most cases, injuries that occur at work are work-related and must be recorded to maintain compliance with OSHA regulation. That said, OSHA provides nine specific exceptions to this general rule.

Posted: July 2, 2019, 2:11 pm

Occupational Safety

Learn about the latest safety issues affecting various industries.

OSHA will hold its annual Safe + Sound Week this year from August 12th to the 18th. The event encourages employers to implement workplace safety initiatives, and highlight workers’ contributions to improving safety. Businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs, and improve productivity.
Posted: July 23, 2019, 2:00 pm
President Trump’s pick for new labor secretary is, predictably, drawing support and opposition from the right and left segments of the U.S. political spectrum. Trump announced his selection last week via Twitter, naming Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. Tweeted Trump: “Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience....”
Posted: July 23, 2019, 4:00 am
ZipStitch is surgical quality wound closure to help close minor lacerations quickly with no needles or puncturing of the skin. ZipStitch is the most advanced wound closure device available without a prescription. It is designed to enable virtually anyone to professionally treat cuts that can’t be closed with bandages, on the spot, wherever they may be. Ideal for a first aid kit, ZipStitch can save time and money and provide peace-of-mind for workers who are out of range of a hospital.
Posted: July 23, 2019, 4:00 am
In response to increased demand for its flame resistant products, Mount Vernon FR has announced the expansion of operations at its Trion, Georgia, facility. The additional 4,500 square feet of production space will be home to new state-of-the-art FR treatment equipment that will increase Mount Vernon FR’s production and finished fabric capacity by 20%.
Posted: July 23, 2019, 4:00 am
Malta Dynamics’ new line of Personal Fall Arrest System bags is designed for safety and convenience. Available with 25-foot and 50-foot options, these personal fall arrest systems are not just convenient – this bag is essential. This complete all-purpose and ready-to-go carry bag includes:
Posted: July 23, 2019, 4:00 am
California employers are going to have to move fast in order to comply with an emergency occupational safety regulation expected to go into effect in early August. The rule adopted last week by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is aimed at protecting workers from hazards associated with wildfire smoke.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 pm

Next to the real thing, virtual reality training is the best way to learn. VR training has been around for many years and in many forms, but generally was limited to people with deep pockets such as the military, NASA and the airline industry with use of flight simulators, for example.

Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
Workers toiling in a trench in St. Louis, Missouri were in danger because their workspace was unprotected by a trench box or some other trench protection, according to OSHA, which cited R.V. Wagner Inc for multiple violations. The citations issued to the Affton, Missouri-based company were for a project involving the installation of concrete storm water pipes. Proposed penalties for violations of trench safety standards: $212,158.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
Vector Solutions, the leader in industry-focused eLearning and performance support solutions, has acquired IndustrySafe, a leading safety management software provider that helps organizations efficiently record, track and trend safety data to improve workplace safety, ensure regulatory compliance, reduce risks, and save time and costs.
Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
Safety glasses, comfortable hard hats and a barrier to enhance forklift safety are among the top occupational safety and health products featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: July 21, 2019, 4:00 am
A young temp worker suffers a life-altering injury, outdoor workers at risk from venomous snakes and nurses suffer from sleep deprivation. These were among the occupational safety and health stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: July 20, 2019, 4:00 am
The Center of Visual Expertise presents a one-hour free webinar on Wednesday July 24: “Learning to SEE: A New Perspective on Risk Utilizing Visual Literacy. In this webinar, COVE Chairman and Managing Director Doug Pontsler introduces concepts that help enable workers to process visual information more clearly.
Posted: July 19, 2019, 6:02 pm
The 2016 case of a worker killed by an electric shock while repairing a ceiling light fixture came to a close recently, with an administrative law judge affirming OSHA citations issued to the man’s employer. The fatality involved a worker who was untrained in electrical safety work practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) judge ruled that Jersey City Medical Center willfully failed to train the employee for the hazardous electrical work he was directed to perform.
Posted: July 19, 2019, 4:00 pm
Slips, trips, and falls are the second most common type of fatal work-related injuries and the third most common type of non-fatal work-related injuries in the United States (1, 2). Although falls from heights are more likely to result in a fatality, falls on the same level (which often start as a slip or trip) occur more frequently and can cause injury. Recent US Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that 50% of all same-level falls resulted in more than 10 days away from work (1, 2, 3).
Posted: July 19, 2019, 4:00 am
Patrick Pizella, the man who’ll become acting Labor Secretary tomorrow, is “hard-working and no-nonsense” and will likely push for more employer-friendly safety standards, according to a former colleague. Deputy U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) secretary since April 2018, Pizella will fill the vacancy left by the recent departure of Alexander Acosta, who resigned amid controversy over his role in a lenient 2008 plea deal with convicted sex offender – and billionaire – Jeffrey Epstein. Pizella held positions in several agencies during four different Administrations, including on the Federal Labor Relations Authority, to which he was appointed by President Barack Obama.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 6:00 pm
Two Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients have developed free training programs to help protect construction workers from fall hazards. The University of Tennessee training program offers three modules on OSHA's role in workplace safety, health and safety standards affecting construction workers, and preventing common types of falls at construction sites.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 pm

U.S. adolescents (< 18 years) experience a higher rate of job-related injuries compared with adults. Safety education is considered critical to the prevention of these incidents. To prepare middle- and high-school students for safe and healthy employment, NIOSH and its partners developed a free curriculum, Youth@Work—Talking Safety, built on a theoretical framework of foundational workplace safety and health competencies that are fundamental to all jobs.

Posted: July 18, 2019, 2:00 pm
Last October, Erick Solis, a 19-year-old temp worker at a Los Angeles food company, lost two fingers when his hand got caught in an unguarded dough-rolling machine. Cal/OSHA, the state job safety agency, cited the company, JSL Foods Inc., for willful violations because an almost identical accident had happened before.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 am
Bacharach, a leading provider of HVAC-R gas instrumentation and monitoring solutions, today introduced the new MVR-SC controller designed to seamlessly pair with MVR-300 refrigerant monitors to provide real-time status of refrigerant leaks throughout a facility. The key functions of the MVR-SC include:
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 am
A 24-year-old Wisconsin man died last week at an Amazon construction site in suburban Wisconsin after falling approximately 30 to 40 feet, police said. Police received a call at 10:09 a.m. for an industrial accident at the future Amazon site. Zachary Dassow of Kansasville, Wisconsin, was operating a four-wheel ATV on an upper floor and drove it out a window, falling more than 30 feet, according to police.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:00 pm
According to a report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a high number of American workers were seriously injured or died on the job due to traumatic brain injuries. The study found that construction workers sustain more traumatic brain injuries than workers at any other type of workplace in the United States. Between 2003 to 2010, more than 2,200 construction workers died due to a traumatic brain injury.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 6:00 pm
Outdoor workers can experience a number of hazards. One often unexpected hazard is a venomous snakebite. Venomous snakes may be encountered in workplaces throughout the United States. The most likely geographic locations where outdoor workers would encounter venomous snakes is in the American South, Southwest, and West. From 2008-2015, the greatest number of deaths from venomous snakebites occurred in the southern and mid-western United States.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 pm

Training companies include cloud-based training, eLearning, streaming video, classroom lectures, blended learning, behavioral observation training, coaching, comprehensive training processes for teams and workforce materials.

Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
Introducing, the first to market 100% made in USA Rx Safety frame by OnGuard® Industrial Safety Eyewear. Available in 4 attractive non-conductive metal free styles that are 100% made from USA materials and molded and assembled by a US employee right here in our home state of Massachusetts. Style features include comfort fit temples made of soft touch material providing added grip and superior comfort, a replaceable bridge that maximizes comfort and extends product life, available with a full seal option as well.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
Once again, fall-related violations were behind most of the biggest fines OSHA issued to construction companies in the second quarter of 2019. One of the contractors, Shawn D. Purvis, has been charged criminally in relation to a death that occurred on one of his company's jobsites.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am

A construction worker died after he fell June 21st from the flyover being built over Beltway 8 near Highway 288 in the Houston area. The incident occurred about 4:30 a.m. along the South Beltway feeder road heading west toward Highway 288, according to Harris County Precinct 7. Houston firefighters say than man fell at least 30 feet from above, but it is not clear exactly where he fell from. They tried CPR on him when they arrived at the scene, but he did not survive.

Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
A construction worker was trapped for at least 90 minutes after a 10-foot-deep hole opened up outside Disney's Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded just before 2 p.m. to a construction area next to the rideshare pickup and drop-off area in the parking lot.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week published an updated list of the safety recommendations associated with the agency’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements following the recent closure of eight safety recommendations. Of the eight closed safety recommendations; four (P-17-003, H-15-020, A-09-092, and H-09-018) were closed with acceptable action taken, one (P-18-003 ) was closed with acceptable alternate action taken, one (M-16-028) was closed with a status of exceeds recommended action, and safety recommendation H-12-029 was unfortunately closed with unacceptable action taken.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
Oregon OSHA has launched a free online course to help employers and workers across the state meet the agency’s requirements to eliminate fall hazards, prevent falls, and ensure that workers who do fall do not die. The two-hour course, “Fundamentals of Fall Protection,” includes six parts with 28 videos and is designed to supplement employers’ fall protection training programs.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has launched Think and Act Fire Smart, a one-stop information center for wildfire preparedness and recovery. The resource center aims to raise awareness about the hidden dangers in the cleanup process that follows a devastating wildfire, especially in urban areas.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 pm

Transportation Safety

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

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week published an updated list of the safety recommendations associated with the agency’s 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements following the recent closure of eight safety recommendations. Of the eight closed safety recommendations; four (P-17-003, H-15-020, A-09-092, and H-09-018) were closed with acceptable action taken, one (P-18-003 ) was closed with acceptable alternate action taken, one (M-16-028) was closed with a status of exceeds recommended action, and safety recommendation H-12-029 was unfortunately closed with unacceptable action taken.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:00 am
An airplane that crashed right after takeoff in Addison, Texas last month seemed to lack a normal power level as it taxied down the runway, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into the incident, which claimed the lives of ten people. On the morning of June 30, 2019, the plane – which was bound for St. Petersburg, Florida - collided with a hangar and terrain after takeoff from Addison Airport (KADS).
Posted: July 15, 2019, 6:00 pm
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) doesn’t normally investigate minor accidents, but a collision between a truck and a shuttle caught the agency’s attention – because the shuttle was autonomous. There were no injuries to the seven passengers and one attendant aboard the shuttle or to the driver of the truck in the November 8, 2017 incident in Las Vegas involving a commercial truck and the autonomous shuttle. The shuttle incurred minor damage and the truck had a minor abrasion to one of its tire.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 2:00 pm
The engines on a plane full of skydivers sounded normal, according to a witness, but moments later, it crashed just after takeoff from a Hawaii airport, killing all 11 people aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) initial report into the June 21, 2019 incident provides no insight into possible causes of the crash. The NTSB investigation is ongoing.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 4:00 am
Convergence Training / RedVector, a Vector Solutions brand and award-winning producer of online safety training and learning management tools with a specialization in delivering 3D modeling and course animation, has released 13 new driver safety courses to inform employees about driving hazards and train them in safe driving techniques.
Posted: July 9, 2019, 4:00 am
The skies over a dozen U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) locations are about to get a little less friendly for drones, otherwise known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). As of July 11, drone operators are forbidden to fly their aircraft over the following “national security sensitive” locations, based on a request by the DOD:
Posted: July 9, 2019, 4:00 am
Two employees of New York City Transit (NYCT) were struck by a subway train – one fatally - because the Rail Control Center failed to let the train dispatcher and tower operator know that flaggers were on the track. That’s the conclusion of a just-released National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report on the incident, which occurred on November 3, 2016 in a tunnel between the Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue stations.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 4:00 am
Improving knowledge of regulatory changes and safety best practices has been a common theme among attendees of the nearly 60 complimentary seminars hosted by J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. during the first half of 2019. And that trend looks to continue with nearly 25 more events scheduled for the third quarter of this year.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 4:00 am
Cincinnati Metro, a service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, had a stellar safety year in 2018. While providing about 14 million rides throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, Cincinnati Metro: reduced overall preventable accidents by 20%; reduced collisions by 80%; had zero lost-time injuries in maintenance,
Posted: July 3, 2019, 4:00 pm
Parents who view off-highway vehicles (OHVs) as suitable for drivers too young to have drivers’ licenses should take note: they can be just as dangerous as street-legal vehicles. OHVs include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), and utility task vehicles (UTVs). The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is alerting parents and all off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders to not allow their children to drive adult-size OHVs and to use caution when allowing them to ride OHVs.
Posted: July 3, 2019, 4:00 am
A truck driver who was terminated for refusing to drive in dangerous weather must be reinstated by his employer, Freight Rite, Inc. OSHA issued that order – along with stiff penalties - after determining that the employee told Freight Rite management “of his reasonable apprehension of danger to himself and to the general public due to the hazardous road conditions”.
Posted: July 1, 2019, 6:00 pm
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding Americans to keep safety front and center. If you’re planning to fly somewhere, remember that fireworks are hazardous and are not allowed on aircraft. They are not allowed in carry-on baggage nor packed luggage. There are also other items that are used every day that are considered hazardous when brought on airplanes.
Posted: July 1, 2019, 2:00 pm
With auto manufacturers producing more vehicles with automated driving components, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has developed a technical report to help companies safely manage their high-tech fleets. The report identifies key factors that fleet managers should consider when selecting automated vehicles and outlines a plan to assist with their safe operation.
Posted: July 1, 2019, 4:00 am
The public will learn next month what caused an Amtrak train to collide head-on with a stationary CSX train near Cayce, South Carolina, when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announces the results of its investigation into the incident. The engineer and conductor of the Amtrak train died as a result of the collision, which occurred on Feb. 4, 2018.
Posted: June 28, 2019, 5:00 pm
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) performed a crashworthiness test last week on a Fokker F28 aircraft at the Landing and Impact Research Facility at NASA’s Langley Research Facility in Hampton, VA. The Fokker F28 is a regional jet that is used on short to medium-haul flights to transport passengers from hubs to regional airports.
Posted: June 26, 2019, 4:00 pm
The release off a final report on a fatal 2017 Amtrak train derailment gave the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) an opportunity to voice its frustration over repeated delays of a final rule that was published in 2016. Implementation of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 270, “System Safety Program,” has been stayed six times and is currently deferred to September 4, 2019.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 6:00 pm
On December 18, 2017, at 7:34 a.m. Pacific standard time, southbound Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) passenger train 501, consisting of 10 passenger railcars, a power railcar, a baggage railcar, and a locomotive at either end, derailed from a bridge near DuPont, Washington.
Posted: June 25, 2019, 4:00 pm
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao delivered the keynote address at the 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Here is Secretary Chao’s speech: Let me give a shout out to our Department of Transportation employees across the country who are watching this important Safety Summit from your offices.
Posted: June 24, 2019, 4:00 pm
The U.S. Department of Transportation is in the midst of building a regulatory framework in order to “retain United States leadership and enable the limitless potential and possibilities of commercial space.” That’s the message delivered by Acting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Daniel K. Elwell recently in Le Bourget, France, to an aerospace industry Commercial Space Panel at the Paris Air Show.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 4:00 pm
By allowing someone with a known physical impairment to drive a school bus, an Iowa school district is partly responsible for a 2017 crash and fire that killed both the driver and a female student who was his passenger. That determination is part of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation into the Dec. 12 incident in Oakland, Iowa involving a bus operated by the Riverside Community School District.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:00 pm
Flooding caused by heavy rainfall is one of the possible causes of a fiery train derailment earlier this year that killed and injured horses and leaked high-hazard, flammable chemicals into the environment, including a nearby river.
Posted: June 18, 2019, 2:00 pm
To help promote ongoing motor carrier compliance, J. J. Keller — the nation’s leader in transportation regulatory compliance — has unveiled its NEW transport daily insight skill for Amazon Alexa. Linked to their popular transportation newsletters as part of the J. J. Keller Compliance Library, this intuitive Alexa skill delivers on-demand, transport-related compliance tips each day — and enabling it is quick and easy!
Posted: June 18, 2019, 4:00 am

The sinking of a towboat in the Lower Mississippi River near New Orleans last March that killed two mariners is being blamed on the towboat company, in a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). A Marine Accident Brief issued by the agency said the company’s decision to ignore its own pre-employment hiring procedures led to an inadequately vetted pilot on board the Natalie Jean, a towing vessel on which he did not have previous experience.

Posted: June 14, 2019, 4:00 am
In a state v. federal fight regarding worker protections, California and the bus industry are butting heads over hours of service (HOS) regulations. The latest salvo was fired this week, when California Attorney General Xavier Becerra urged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to deny a petition by the American Bus Association (ABA) that claims California labor protections for bus drivers are preempted by federal law.
Posted: June 12, 2019, 2:00 pm
Driving Dynamics Inc., a provider of driver safety training and risk services for fleet-based organizations that operate light-to-heavy duty vehicles in North America and around the globe, announced today enhancements to its legacy advanced performance behind-the-wheel safety training program, DriveReady Advantage™ (DriveReady) and publication of the summer-fall open enrollment schedule for the course.
Posted: June 6, 2019, 4:00 am
Some 67 percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). In response, association officials have launched a new radio and media campaign urging drivers to slow down and remain alert in highway work zones.
Posted: May 29, 2019, 2:00 pm
“It was a dark and stormy night” might be the title of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) report on a passenger flight from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Florida that ended with the plane resting in the shallow water of a river. There were no serious injuries to the 142 passengers and crew onboard, but the airplane was substantially damaged in the May 3rd incident at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station (KNIP).
Posted: May 28, 2019, 4:00 pm
Charter flight operators need to follow the same safety measures that major passenger airlines comply with, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is in the process of investigating a string of recent accidents involving for-hire aircraft. The latest incident occurred May 13, 2019, when a mid-air collision between two floatplanes near Ketchikan, Alaska killed five people and injured ten others. Both aircraft were conducting “flightseeing” tours that allowed passengers aerial views of scenic attractions.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 2:00 pm
Two federal agencies are taking steps to speed up the introduction of vehicles equipped with automated driving systems (ADS) on U.S. roads. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have issued advance notices of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) “on the removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers” to the use of ADS in the U.S.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 2:00 pm
Failure to provide an effective mitigation for a hazardous curve and inadequate training of a locomotive engineer led to the overspeed derailment of an Amtrak passenger train that hurtled off a railroad bridge and onto a busy highway in DuPont, Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Tuesday.
Posted: May 22, 2019, 6:00 pm

Oil and Gas Industry Safety & health

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

Whether you’re working around dangerous chemicals, electrical systems, or fire-prone areas, you need to make sure you’re wearing the right flame-resistant (FR) clothing. If a fire occurs, FR clothing will minimize the severity of the burns, improving your chances of survival.

Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:00 am
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will be reviewing a recent policy change, after testimony at its public meeting on Tuesday from occupational health experts and worker advocates opposed to the agency’s decision to stop naming accident victims in its reports. CSB Interim Executive Kristen acknowledged “a lot of passion around this subject,” and said that she’d asked the agency’s general counsel to review the policy and to report back with recommendations.
Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:00 am

Trucking can be a hazardous profession for drivers – and that’s before the driver has even set foot in the cab or put the vehicle in gear. For good reason -- fleets focus much of their attention on minimizing risks on the road, but there are also risks when a driver is on his or her feet as well, due to the risk of a fall.

Posted: June 19, 2019, 4:47 am
More than a hundred groups and hundreds of individuals from Pennsylvania have signed onto a letter to the state’s governor, calling for an official investigation into recent reports of rare cancers in counties heavily impacted by shale gas development over the last decade. The letter also calls for the Governor Tom Wolf to suspend all gas drilling permits until the investigation shows that fracking is not the cause of what appears to be an emerging public health crisis.
Posted: June 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
OSHA has cited both a contractor and the operator of a natural gas processing plant in Houston, Pennsylvania, following a fire that killed one worker and left three others badly burned. The agency cited Energy Transportation LLC, the company contracted to clean lines and vessels at the plant, for violations of the process safety management (PSM) standard, and for exposing employees to flammable vapor and liquid while they off-loaded waste material from a vessel into a mobile tank.
Posted: June 14, 2019, 4:00 pm
The US Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) investigation into an Oklahoma blowout that killed five workers blames the incident on a lack of regulations governing onshore drilling safety as well as shortcomings in safety management systems and industry standards utilized by the industry. The CSB’s final investigation report into the Pryor Trust gas well explosion in Pittsburgh County calls on regulators, industry groups, the state of Oklahoma and companies to address such gaps.
Posted: June 12, 2019, 4:00 pm

Driving while fatigued can be a common occurrence for long-haul truck drivers, and studies have shown it can be as problematic as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Yet almost a third of people in a AAA survey said at least once in the prior month they had driven while so tired that they could barely keep their eyes open.

Posted: June 3, 2019, 4:00 am
The global industrial protective fabric market is projected to reach $9 billion dollars by 2025, according to a new growth forecast analysis by Global Market Insights, Inc. Driving that growth: use by the chemical industry. Global petrochemical market size will surpass USD 950 billion by 2025 due to growing demand for plastics and lubricants.
Posted: May 10, 2019, 4:00 am
Petroleum gases and vapors consist of harmful toxins like benzene, butane, and methane. In the oil and gas industry, petroleum gases are often referred to as “sweet gas” or hydrocarbon gas. Employees that work with oil storage tanks have the highest risk of exposure. OSHA records show that there were 9 deaths from exposure to petroleum gases since 2010.
Posted: May 7, 2019, 4:00 am
The digital oilfield holds promise of introducing disruptive new cost-cutting efficiencies, greater levels of production and new business models with the potential to transform the energy industry in the same way digitalization has transformed many other sectors of the economy.
Posted: May 7, 2019, 4:00 am
Gas analyzers, sensors, and detectors have become a key part of several industries in recent years due to their effective contribution in averting mishaps related to gas leakage. The global gas analyzers, sensors, and detectors market is thus likely to grow at a steady rate in the coming years due to the rapid growth of the industrial sector across the world.
Posted: May 7, 2019, 4:00 am
The role physical activity plays in heat-related illness, this year’s “Dirty Dozen,” and a giant coffee chain finds that it has to protect its workers from dangerous objects left behind by drug users. These were among the occupational safety and health stories featured this week on ISHN.com.
Posted: April 27, 2019, 4:00 am
The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is calling on the EPA to review its existing Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) study to determine the effectiveness of existing regulations as well as the viability of utilizing inherently safer alkylation technologies in petroleum refineries. In a letter sent to the EPA, the CSB notes that in the last four years, the agency has investigated two refinery incidents where an explosion elevated the threat of a release of HF.
Posted: April 25, 2019, 4:00 am
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the Aug. 10, 2016, natural gas fueled explosion and fire in a Maryland apartment building that killed seven people was caused by the failure of an indoor mercury service regulator with an unconnected vent line. The unconnected vent line and failed service regulator resulted in a leak of natural gas that accumulated in the apartment building’s meter room until it reached explosive levels and ignited.
Posted: April 24, 2019, 4:00 pm
The IPIECA – the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance - and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) have launched a new suite of guidance for the oil and gas industry: ‘Managing fatigue in the workplace’ The guidance includes fatigue management in the workplace, performance indicators for fatigue risk management systems, assessing risks from operator fatigue, and fatigue in fly-in, fly-out operations.
Posted: March 26, 2019, 2:00 pm
What are potential obstacles to building an effective Process Safety Management (PSM) program? From what I’ve seen there are three related obstacles to building an effective PSM program. The first is engagement. It really takes commitment from everyone up and down the chain of command to build a best-in-class PSM program. Related to this is timely and relevant communication so that everyone from the shop floor up to the C-suite is on the same page. And the third obstacle is availability of decision-useful data.
Posted: March 20, 2019, 6:00 pm

In these days and times, knowing what we know, with most cars buzzing or beeping until the seat belt is fastened, why on earth would anyone choose to drive or ride without the obvious and easy protection that safety belts provide?

Posted: March 20, 2019, 4:00 am
OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the State of North Dakota, and Bakken Basin Safety Consortium have signed an alliance to protect employees, and promote safety and health in the oil and gas industry. The two-year alliance will target both employees and employers.
Posted: March 19, 2019, 4:00 pm
Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a common, highly hazardous industrial chemical linked to breast cancer and immune system cancers like non-Hodgkin lymphoma and lymphocytic leukemia (see EPA IRIS Exec Summary, Dec 2016). Concerned community members in Illinois made it a 2018 campaign issue after two federal agencies released studies showing elevated cancer risks outside Chicago.
Posted: March 15, 2019, 4:00 am
"We see big opportunities to deploy innovative strategies and technologies to monitor, measure and ultimately prevent emissions," said Matt Kolesar, regulatory manager at ExxonMobil’s XTO Energy affiliate, Since 2017, ExxonMobil has expanded its U.S. methane leak detection program, committed to its first global methane target, supported methane monitoring technology innovation and encouraged EPA to regulate methane emissions at new and existing sources.
Posted: March 15, 2019, 4:00 am
The goal behind the digital oilfield is to optimize oilfield operations through the provision and implementation of data and analysis tools. These digital methodologies are becoming more common in logistics and machinery monitoring - areas that can be translated from other industries. The Holy Grail still remains providing real-time, reliable production data.
Posted: March 15, 2019, 4:00 am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be assisting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its investigation of a fatal, Feb. 23, 2018, natural gas-fueled explosion in Dallas, Texas. The USACE began taking soil samples this week in the area of Espanola Drive and Durango Drive in Dallas, to help the NTSB evaluate the technical accuracy of the preliminary geotechnical assessment report.
Posted: March 14, 2019, 6:00 pm

Most organizational leaders are aware of the direct impact that a dust explosion could have on their facility. Even when it is understood that hazards exist within a system and that protection measures have been recommended, a flawed cost-benefit analysis could result in no action being taken.

Posted: March 12, 2019, 4:00 am
The fracking boom that’s made the U.S. the world’s top oil producer shows no signs of slowing down. But in Texas, the boom’s had what the state is calling an “unintended consequence," as oilfield highways have become overwhelmed with heavy truck traffic, there’s been an uptick in the number of deadly crashes. Officials are exploring solutions to this ongoing problem.
Posted: March 7, 2019, 5:00 am
Dennis Mason's body was found, face down, between his truck and a crude oil tank at a well site near Kingfisher, Okla. Investigators immediately suspected he was killed by toxic vapors from the oil. But they weren't able to prove it, because state medical examiners didn't test Mason's blood for petroleum chemicals before declaring his death natural, the result of heart failure. OSHA inspectors had quickly sent word to the medical examiners that they suspected his death was related to his job hauling oil for Sunoco Logistics Partners.
Posted: March 6, 2019, 3:00 pm
A consultant hired by Broomfield, CO to assess risks at planned Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. well sites within the city identified 36 gaps in safety plans, most of which have since been addressed by city and company best practice guidelines. However, the consultant, Norwegian-based DNV-GL, did find that two of its recommendations are still not covered by the documents intended to ensure the health and safety of residents.
Posted: March 6, 2019, 5:00 am
“With the oil field traffic, everybody is in a hurry,” said Heather Lopez about the roads in Eddy County and neighboring Lea County. “Everybody runs like it is the end of days. Drivers get impatient. Trucks pull out in front of cars. They figure they are bigger and you are going to stop.” Figures compiled by Eddy County show there were 17 roadway fatalities in the county in both 2018 and 2017 and seven in 2016. In Lea County, according to the New Mexico State Police, there were 24 traffic fatalities in 2018, 12 in 2017 and 10 in 2016.
Posted: March 6, 2019, 5:00 am
Texas oil and natural gas companies are fueling our lives and funding our state and local budgets. From production to pipelines, to refineries and ports, new technologies and innovations allow for safer, more efficient, and less impactful energy production, all while employing hundreds of thousands of Texans in good-paying jobs and providing funding for our schools, roads and first responders.
Posted: March 6, 2019, 5:00 am
The American Petroleum Institute issued a new recommended practice that revises recommended procedures to promote and maintain safe and healthy working conditions for personnel in drilling and well servicing operations. First published in 1981, the latest version of Recommended Practice 54 (RP 54) applies to rotary drilling rigs, well servicing rigs, and special services as they relate to operations on location, API said.
Posted: March 6, 2019, 5:00 am
There's a new safety orientation program for contractors in the oil and gas industry that aims to save time and money for employers. Thousands of contractors have to attend safety orientation for each company they work for each year. That leads to a lot of repetition and lost hours they could be working. Safety is one of the number one concerns for workers in the oil and gas industry.
Posted: March 6, 2019, 5:00 am

Top OSHA Violations

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

Gravity doesn’t need to go to school. She is a master at pulling all objects toward the center of our blue planet and has been doing so since the dawn of time. So, yep, she is the grand master. Whereas we mere mortals are still learning how to counter her effects.

Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 am

When employees perform maintenance on machinery or equipment, you must ensure that they know how to protect themselves from the release of hazardous energy. OSHA’s control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) standard at 1910.147 requires you to create procedures for employee protection.

Posted: June 26, 2019, 4:05 am

Industrial work environments are not ideal for comfort. They are often hot, stuffy, and stifling. Factor in the appropriate PPE that many workers are required to wear, and regulating body temperature can become extremely difficult, if not impossible. Without preventative measures, the results can be fatal.

Posted: June 4, 2019, 9:19 pm

A good starting point for all employers when attempting to minimize the risk of workplace violence is to conduct a hazard assessment, and then provide employees with the protective measures needed to eliminate or reduce exposure to potential hazards.

Posted: May 7, 2019, 4:00 am
A Texas manufacturing company faces more than a quarter of a million dollars in penalties, after OSHA inspectors determined it exposed its employees to falls and other hazards. Molding Acquisition Corp. - operating as Rotoplas – was cited for a dozen violations by OSHA – ten serious and two willful – for failing to protect employees from serious safety hazards at its location in Fort Worth.
Posted: May 3, 2019, 2:00 pm

We have all read the articles or posts on the questions regarding confined spaces such as “What is a confined space?” or “What makes your confined space permit required?” You might have even been asked “How do you re-classify a permit-required confined space?” or one of my favorites, “When do I need a rescue team at my confined space?” Let’s break it all down.

Posted: April 17, 2019, 4:00 am
A New York City firefighter was killed in the line of duty last week when he fell more than 50 feet to his death while responding to a traffic accident in Brooklyn.
Posted: January 14, 2019, 5:00 am
This occupational safety and health standard is intended to address comprehensively the issue of classifying the potential hazards of chemicals, and communicating information concerning hazards and appropriate protective measures to employees, and to preempt any legislative or regulatory enactments of a state, or political subdivision of a state, pertaining to this subject.
Posted: January 7, 2019, 5:00 am
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 54 fatalities in 2009 from scaffold staging. In a BLS study, 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents said either the planking or support gave way, slipping, or being struck by a falling object. All can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.
Posted: January 7, 2019, 5:00 am
OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard applies to general industry, construction, shipyards, marine terminals, and longshoring. The OSHA respirator standard applies to all occupational airborne exposures to contaminated air where the employee is.
Posted: January 7, 2019, 5:00 am
Factors contributing to falls from ladders include haste, sudden movement, lack of attention, the condition of the ladder (worn or damaged), the user's age or physical condition, or both, and the user's footwear.
Posted: January 4, 2019, 5:00 am
OSHA statistics indicate that there are roughly 85 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries each year, with 42 percent of the forklift fatalities from the operators being crushed by a tipping vehicle.
Posted: January 4, 2019, 5:00 am
Workers servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be seriously injured or killed if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance activities can be serious or fatal. Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts.
Posted: January 4, 2019, 5:00 am
Falls are the leading cause of death in construction. In 2016, there were 370 fatal falls to a lower level out of 991 construction fatalities (BLS data). These deaths are preventable.
Posted: January 4, 2019, 5:00 am
OSHA requires employers to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment. Eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards.
Posted: January 4, 2019, 5:00 am
OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in long shoring operations. In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.
Posted: January 3, 2019, 5:00 am
Machine safeguarding is the best way to prevent amputations. Guards provide physical barriers to hazardous areas. They should be secure and strong, and workers should not be able to by-pass, remove or tamper. Guards should not obstruct the operator’s view or prevent others from working.
Posted: January 1, 2019, 5:00 am
When OSHA revised the walking-working surface standard in 2016, part of the goal was to make the general industry standard more consistent with existing construction standards.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 4:00 am
When turnaround season comes to your facility, managers and turnaround personnel face a big dilemma: How do you successfully and safely complete the turnaround on a tight schedule?
Posted: October 9, 2018, 1:05 am
OSHA’s hazard communication standard requires employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace to implement a formal hazard communication program that includes processes for managing and maintaining safety data sheets, container labels, chemical inventory lists, a written HCS plan, and employee training on OSHA’s standard specific to the employer’s work environment. 
Posted: October 8, 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
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

Industrial Hygiene

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

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has come up with a new chemical management strategy that can quickly and accurately assign chemicals into categories, or “bands,” in order to protect workers from potentially harmful substances in the workplace. A vast number of chemical substances do not have occupational exposure limits (OELs) for the workplace.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 2:00 pm
“Until MSHA sets and strictly enforces an evidence-based, silica-specific dust standard, along with improved procedures for measuring and monitoring silica, the agency will not be fulfilling its mission to ‘prevent death, illness and injury from mining and promote safe and healthful workplaces for U.S. miners."
Posted: July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article ran on the ISHN website back on May 20, 2000. We thought it would be interesting to present it to you today, some nineteen years later, as a means of comparing the occupational safety and health profession today with the way it was perceived by the people in it nearly two decades ago. Additional note: We've changed the name of the American Society of Safety Engineers to its current moniker, American Society of Safety Professionals, in order to avoid confusion.

Posted: July 1, 2019, 4:00 pm

Broadly speaking, a confined space is an area that is large enough for a worker to enter and do work, but that is difficult to get in and out of easily, and not designed or intended for regular occupancy.

Posted: July 1, 2019, 2:59 pm
There is uncertainty surrounding law enforcement officers’ exposure to and health effects from opioids encountered while at work protecting the public. Over the past several years, the media have reported instances of opioid exposures and health effects among first responders and other public service workers across the U.S.
Posted: June 28, 2019, 4:00 am
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has introduced the FASSP designation for Society Fellows. Used after an individual’s name, FASSP is a recognizable way to identify recipients of the Society’s highest honor. The announcement was made by ASSP President Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP, FASSP, during Sunday night’s Past Presidents and Fellows Reception at the Safety 2019 Professional Development Conference and Exhibition.
Posted: June 11, 2019, 6:03 pm
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA®) inducted its new Board of Directors during its annual business meeting at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce EXP) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 23. The Board of Directors for 2019-20 includes the following officers:
Posted: June 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
One year after adopting a new organization name as part of a larger rebranding strategy, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has introduced a new name – Safety Focus – for its annual immersive, week-long education event. The announcement was made Monday by ASSP President Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP, at the Safety 2019 Professional Development Conference and Exhibition. “We are aligning all of our events to the new brand,” Medina said.
Posted: June 10, 2019, 2:00 pm

Workers who are required to do their jobs in extremely hot environments — from construction sites to chemical plants and offshore oil rigs — can be at risk of serious heat-related injuries and illnesses.

Posted: June 10, 2019, 4:33 am
Think Tanks will take place in various locations around the Exposition at Safety 2019. These discussions encourage participation by taking a deeper dive into a problem or situation faced by OHS professionals. Everyone will be asking questions, discussing possible solutions or sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t. Topics include engaging young professionals, safety guardrails, temporary workers, workplace harassment, confined space safety, among many others.
Posted: June 7, 2019, 4:00 am
The American Industrial Hygiene Association, a gateway to renowned industrial hygiene/occupational health (IH/OH) knowledge and expertise, has announced the launch of two new professional assessment-based certificate programs, the latest addition to the Association's existing eLearning education and training resources.
Posted: June 6, 2019, 4:00 am

As the Safety Services Manager for a safety supply company, I am commonly asked by customers to help determine which chemical resistant gloves are appropriate for a given work application.

Posted: June 4, 2019, 8:10 pm
Cority, the trusted provider of environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) software, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Thoma Bravo, LLC, in which the leading private equity investment firm will own a majority stake in the company. Previous majority investor Norwest Venture Partners will continue to retain a significant stake in the business and will re-invest over half of its proceeds.
Posted: June 4, 2019, 4:00 am
Custom hand protection, a pump to monitor exposure to chemicals and lone worker detection were among the top occupational safety and health products featured on ISHN.com this week.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 4:00 am
VelocityEHS, the global leader in cloud-based environment, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability solutions, announced today it has acquired Spiramid, developer of the most advanced and easy-to-use system for managing industrial hygiene (IH). The acquisition adds Spiramid’s occupational safety & health software and unparalleled IH expertise to the most trusted EHS platform in the industry.
Posted: May 21, 2019, 4:00 am
Casella, a leading provider of air sampling, noise and vibration monitoring solutions, announced today its new VAPex, an advanced and lightweight low flow pump. The elite low flow pump is the ideal solution for seamless reporting on employee levels of chemical exposure, resulting in significant timesavings for occupational hygienists.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:00 am
This year’s AIHce is significant in that it marks 80 years since the first conference was held in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s hard to imagine what the forefathers of the industrial hygiene profession would have made of the measurement technology available today.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:00 am
A Kansas aircraft manufacturer exposed its employees to hexavalent chromium and failed to monitor exposure levels, according to OSHA, which has assessed citations and fines against Spirit Aerosystems Inc. According to OSHA inspectors, the Wichita-based company failed to implement feasible engineering controls to limit employee exposure to hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen...
Posted: May 14, 2019, 4:00 am
Hope to see you at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo (AIHce) in Minneapolis, May 20-22! Stop by booth 1402 for the latest in gas detection, including a sneak preview of the ALTAIR io360.
Posted: May 14, 2019, 4:00 am
Whenever heat stress exceeds occupational exposure limits, workers should be protected by acclimatization programs, training about symptom recognition and first aid, and provision of rest breaks, shade, and water. A Heat Index of 85°F (29.4°C) could be used as a screening threshold to prevent heat-related illness.
Posted: May 13, 2019, 4:00 am

We have a swamp of occupational safety and health theory and practice currently. Lack of nationwide clarity undermines what should be unequivocal reproductive health protections, whether preconceptual, post-childbearing for target reproductive organs, or during pregnancy.

Posted: May 13, 2019, 4:00 am
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, is bestowing the honor of Fellow on four longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession.
Posted: May 10, 2019, 4:00 am
For decades, asbestos was considered an ideal substance used in a variety of industrial materials and equipment due to its remarkable heat and fire resistance properties, paired with incredible durability, poor electrical conductivity, and high tensile strength. Because of these properties, and because it was available in large quantities and inexpensive to produce, asbestos fibers were often combined with other materials for use in thousands of industrial, maritime, automotive, and building products.
Posted: May 8, 2019, 4:00 am
Petroleum gases and vapors consist of harmful toxins like benzene, butane, and methane. In the oil and gas industry, petroleum gases are often referred to as “sweet gas” or hydrocarbon gas. Employees that work with oil storage tanks have the highest risk of exposure. OSHA records show that there were 9 deaths from exposure to petroleum gases since 2010.
Posted: May 7, 2019, 4:00 am
An electronic nose typically identifies odors by detecting the “fingerprint” of a chemical compound across an array of sensors monitored by pattern-recognition software. E-nose technology is already in use across many industries, including agricultural, environmental, food, manufacturing, and the military.
Posted: May 7, 2019, 4:00 am
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) today announced a new and innovative mobile app for its business insurance customers called Risk Toolworks™. Available on iOS and Android devices, the app allows customers to access the company’s best tools, guides and resources from their mobile devices to conveniently manage risks.
Posted: April 23, 2019, 4:00 am
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, has announced its new leaders from the 2019 Society elections. All terms begin July 1. Diana Stegall, CSP, CFPS, ARM, SMS, CPCU, will serve as ASSP president for 2019-20. “Elections are the heart of a professional society, and it’s great to see our members staying involved,” said ASSP President Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP, whose term expires June 30.
Posted: April 18, 2019, 8:00 pm

Appendix A to federal OSHA’s 1978 lead standard (current today) provides that blood lead level (BLL) of workers, both male and female, who intend to have children should be maintained below 30 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL) “to minimize adverse reproductive health effects to the parents and to the developing fetus.

Posted: April 18, 2019, 4:00 am

We have all read the articles or posts on the questions regarding confined spaces such as “What is a confined space?” or “What makes your confined space permit required?” You might have even been asked “How do you re-classify a permit-required confined space?” or one of my favorites, “When do I need a rescue team at my confined space?” Let’s break it all down.

Posted: April 17, 2019, 4:00 am

Best Practices

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

OSHA will hold its annual Safe + Sound Week this year from August 12th to the 18th. The event encourages employers to implement workplace safety initiatives, and highlight workers’ contributions to improving safety. Businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs, and improve productivity.
Posted: July 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

Next to the real thing, virtual reality training is the best way to learn. VR training has been around for many years and in many forms, but generally was limited to people with deep pockets such as the military, NASA and the airline industry with use of flight simulators, for example.

Posted: July 22, 2019, 4:00 am
Two Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients have developed free training programs to help protect construction workers from fall hazards. The University of Tennessee training program offers three modules on OSHA's role in workplace safety, health and safety standards affecting construction workers, and preventing common types of falls at construction sites.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has launched Think and Act Fire Smart, a one-stop information center for wildfire preparedness and recovery. The resource center aims to raise awareness about the hidden dangers in the cleanup process that follows a devastating wildfire, especially in urban areas.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:00 pm
Regardless of where you work and how many employees the company has, the environment almost certainly has visual cues that help people spot and avoid dangerous things. That's because OSHA provides approved colors to use around workplaces to designate hazards. Learning about them could help you bring more visual organization to an area and keep workers safer.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 4:00 pm
The Four Seasons Hotel Houston is not just a luxury hotel that includes premiere restaurants, a health club and spa and, of course, guest rooms. It is also the first hotel to be federally certified VPP Star – a milestone in the hospitality industry. It accomplished that status through a combination of creative activities (i.e. “VPP Jeopardy,” an improved Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2), and the creation of an Injury Prevention Committee.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
Convergence Training / RedVector, a Vector Solutions brand and award-winning producer of online safety training and learning management tools with a specialization in delivering 3D modeling and course animation, has released 13 new driver safety courses to inform employees about driving hazards and train them in safe driving techniques.
Posted: July 9, 2019, 4:00 am
Improving knowledge of regulatory changes and safety best practices has been a common theme among attendees of the nearly 60 complimentary seminars hosted by J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. during the first half of 2019. And that trend looks to continue with nearly 25 more events scheduled for the third quarter of this year.
Posted: July 8, 2019, 4:00 am

To record or not to record? That is the question when an employee gets sick or injured at work. In most cases, injuries that occur at work are work-related and must be recorded to maintain compliance with OSHA regulation. That said, OSHA provides nine specific exceptions to this general rule.

Posted: July 2, 2019, 2:11 pm
With auto manufacturers producing more vehicles with automated driving components, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has developed a technical report to help companies safely manage their high-tech fleets. The report identifies key factors that fleet managers should consider when selecting automated vehicles and outlines a plan to assist with their safe operation.
Posted: July 1, 2019, 4:00 am

Why do so many workers and building occupants die from falling through plastic skylights? Why do we have a BLS.gov line item on falling through skylights, average about 16-20/year work deaths in the USA through 2017?

Posted: June 24, 2019, 7:26 pm

Falls from an elevation are a leading cause of death amongst contraction workers, and one third of those falls are from ladders. However, some of these fatalities could be prevented simply with the implementation of the three-point control technique.

Posted: June 24, 2019, 4:00 am
When it came to improving their safety and health management system, a California materials technology company found that getting employees actively involved in moving toward a safety culture was a challenge. "For us, progress started with making small changes, gradually adding more changes once prior changes had been successfully implemented," said Angela Rayfield, Human Resources Manager of Luxfer Superform.
Posted: June 24, 2019, 4:00 am
To help promote ongoing motor carrier compliance, J. J. Keller — the nation’s leader in transportation regulatory compliance — has unveiled its NEW transport daily insight skill for Amazon Alexa. Linked to their popular transportation newsletters as part of the J. J. Keller Compliance Library, this intuitive Alexa skill delivers on-demand, transport-related compliance tips each day — and enabling it is quick and easy!
Posted: June 18, 2019, 4:00 am
Occupational health and safety professionals may not immediately see the link between employee engagement and safety, but it exists. If an employee doesn't feel engaged with their work, they also may not be sufficiently motivated to stay safe. Here's a look at why safer employers are engaged workers and vice versa.
Posted: June 18, 2019, 4:00 am
In a quick and energetic discussion Tuesday morning, Albert Roth of BSI EHS Services & Solutions offered tips on ergonomics programs. He discussed how to simplify ergonomic safety concepts, fun training techniques and problem solving. He stressed the idea of “keeping it simple.”
Posted: June 11, 2019, 9:00 pm
It’s National Forklift Safety Day, designated as such by The Industrial Truck Association (ITA), which uses it as an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers, and government officials about the safe use of forklifts and the importance of proper operator training.
Posted: June 11, 2019, 1:00 pm
Total Worker Health is an area of emerging importance for safety professionals in which ASSP has designated a task force. When done right, the benefits to business and to employees include lower risk, collaborative employee-employer engagements and fewer injuries, ASSP says. In short, TWH can lead to a more sustainable workforce.
Posted: June 10, 2019, 8:00 pm
While educational is a must, making connections is often the most valuable aspect of attending Safety 2019. The conference is expected to draw 5,000 OSH professionals, each bringing unique experiences and expertise to the conference. This is a great opportunity to meet and converse with like-minded safety professionals, look for potential employers and employees, and expand your knowledge.
Posted: June 7, 2019, 4:00 am
Construction workers are at risk of death or serious injury if they enter an unprotected trench and the walls col¬lapse. A trench is defined as a narrow underground excavation that is deeper than it is wide, and is no wider than 15 feet or 4.5 meters [OSHA]. Hazards associated with trench work and excavation are well defined and preventable.
Posted: June 6, 2019, 6:00 pm
Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness as temperatures rise throughout California. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for triple-digit temperatures today in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties and forecasts high heat throughout inland parts of the state next week.
Posted: June 6, 2019, 2:00 pm

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), some 22 million U.S. workers are currently exposed to hazardous noise conditions. Excessive workplace noise is linked not only to hearing loss, but also to a host of other medical conditions, including cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and coronary heart disease (CHD).

Posted: June 5, 2019, 2:18 pm
For clients and HR officers, employees' mental health is often a top concern. But how can you convert your workforce into a self-serving support system? Tramaine El-Amin is an energetic advocate of mental health first aid, a relatively new system of providing employees with basic training on spotting signs of emotional distress and engaging with the troubled individual in what could be a potentially crucial intervention to help the person find treatment.
Posted: June 5, 2019, 4:00 am
A worker in New Jersey escaped injury after a power line fell to wet ground and arc flashed. How much energy is there? Probably very low from an arc flash perspective since the fault current would be low. The arc gap length was VERY small from the side of the line to the ground, but the clearing time was long. The worker moved in less than 2 seconds.
Posted: June 5, 2019, 4:00 am
What happens when an electrical lineman is working on a transformer from the bucket truck and accidentally drops a tool that results in what would otherwise be thought of as a simple spark? It could easily trigger a dangerous release of energy known as an arc flash (aka arc fault and arc blast). This release of energy, created when electrical current leaves its intended path and travels from one conductor to another, or from one conductor to the ground, can have serious—sometimes tragic—consequences.
Posted: June 5, 2019, 4:00 am
A report on workers comp claims by Colorado teens sheds some light on what are common workplace injuries for young workers across the U.S. Pinnacol Assurance, which provides workers’ compensation protection to 57,000 Colorado employers, analyzed its claims history for workers under 20. The company found that more than 380 Colorado teens were injured or became ill last year because of their summer jobs.
Posted: June 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
Are you born with it? Or do you develop it over time? Although a new study on preferred learning styles was intended to make childhood education more efficient, its findings could hold some lessons for those who design safety training for adult workers.
Posted: May 30, 2019, 6:00 pm
The opioid overdose epidemic continues to claim lives across the country with a record 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017[i]. The crisis is taking an especially devastating toll on certain parts of the U.S. workforce. High rates of opioid overdose deaths have occurred in industries with high injury rates and physically demanding working conditions such as construction, mining, or fishing[ii],[iii].
Posted: May 29, 2019, 6:00 pm
Certified Human Performance Technologist Shane Bush will lead a special workshop titled, “What Works – What Doesn’t,” at the Pavilion at Hilton Palacio in San Antonio, TX, June 26 – 27. The workshop is presented in conjunction with the Pulp and Paper Safety Association’s (PPSA) 76th Annual Health & Safety Conference.
Posted: May 29, 2019, 4:00 am

Electrical Safety

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

A worker, whose name has not yet been released, fell out of a bucket to the ground, striking some power lines on the way down. The incident happened in Norton, Massachusetts. National Grid is installing new utility poles in the area.
Posted: June 5, 2019, 4:00 am
The Arc Flash Gloves Market report provides insights into demand forecasts, market trends, and micro and macro indicators. In addition, this report provides insights on the factors that are driving and restraining the demand for the Arc Flash Gloves market.
Posted: June 5, 2019, 4:00 am
What happens when an electrical lineman is working on a transformer from the bucket truck and accidentally drops a tool that results in what would otherwise be thought of as a simple spark? It could easily trigger a dangerous release of energy known as an arc flash (aka arc fault and arc blast). This release of energy, created when electrical current leaves its intended path and travels from one conductor to another, or from one conductor to the ground, can have serious—sometimes tragic—consequences.
Posted: June 5, 2019, 4:00 am
A worker in New Jersey escaped injury after a power line fell to wet ground and arc flashed. How much energy is there? Probably very low from an arc flash perspective since the fault current would be low. The arc gap length was VERY small from the side of the line to the ground, but the clearing time was long. The worker moved in less than 2 seconds.
Posted: June 5, 2019, 4:00 am
Littelfuse, Inc., a global manufacturer of leading technologies in circuit protection and power control, today announced the results of its recent facility electrical safety survey. The global survey conducted by Littelfuse earlier this year finds that while most workers feel arc-flash mitigation is a priority in their workplace, only half have completed a risk assessment to identify hazardous areas.
Posted: May 30, 2019, 4:00 am
Webinar: How NFPA 70E Changes and PPE Program Best Practices Mitigate Arc Flash and Combustible Dust Hazards. Addressing human error in the risk assessment procedure have shed new light on PPE program “best practices” for both electric arc and combustible dust/flash fire hazards. Error precursors, such as complacency – a safety killer, which can lead to a “Normalization of Deviance” company culture must be countered with human performance tools.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 4:00 am
May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) reminds us that disasters bring serious risks for electrically related fatalities, injuries and property loss. To highlight those risks and ways to plan for severe weather events, this year’s campaign theme is “Electrical Safety during Disasters.”
Posted: May 8, 2019, 4:00 am
The increase in recent years in heavy downpours, severe flooding and other severe weather events caused by climate change keeps electricians busy making repairs. It also keeps them in danger. Electrocutions are the fifth leading cause of all reported occupational deaths.
Posted: May 2, 2019, 2:00 pm

Safety is a critical consideration for any welding project. Arc welding is a safe occupation when proper precautions are taken. But, if safety measures are ignored, welders face an array of hazards which can be potentially dangerous, including electric shock, fumes and gases, fire and explosions and more. To help keep welders safe, organizations such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and OSHA offer safety guidelines to help control, minimize or to help employers and workers avoid welding hazards.

Posted: April 12, 2019, 3:00 pm
Impact, penetration, harmful dust, smoke, fumes, heat and injurious light radiation are all potential hazards associated with welding. Welding “smoke” is a mixture of very fine particles (fumes) and gases. Depending upon what is being welded, many of the substances in the smoke can be extremely toxic.
Posted: April 12, 2019, 4:00 am
Welding is the most common method of joining metals in industry today. When welded, two pieces of similar metals are fused together by the use of heat, pressure or both. Once completed, the welded joint is as strong as or stronger than the pieces from which the joint is formed.
Posted: April 12, 2019, 4:00 am
On April 17, Panduit, a leading global provider of electrical and network infrastructure solutions, will launch its new circular Data Access Port, an offering designed to provide programming port and electrical outlet access to equipment without the risk of exposure to electrical safety hazards. This product provides personnel a safe and secure way to maintain and monitor performance of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), and industrial networks to promote overall safety at the work site, resulting in reduced costs and increased efficiency.
Posted: April 3, 2019, 6:50 pm
Cementex, the safety tool specialists, announces the availability of updated insulated torque wrenches featuring the company’s industry-leading double-insulation technology. Made of top grade materials, calibrated according to ASME B107 standards (traceable to NIST), and manufactured according to ISO standards, Cementex double-insulated torque wrenches are designed to provide protection in potentially hazardous electrical work environments.
Posted: April 3, 2019, 4:00 am
Grace Engineered Products announces the new GraceSense Predictive Maintenance System. This technology helps users find failures before they occur. A complete end-to-end solution featuring wireless sensors, configurable hardware architecture, and an intuitive user interface, the Predictive Maintenance System is designed to curb unplanned downtime and provide a swift return on investment.
Posted: April 1, 2019, 4:00 am
A compact, six-day course is available for anyone in the construction field who wants to learn about safety requirements related to electrical contracting work. The 30-hour course covers safety training that meets the standards of OSHA. It will be offered over three weekends in March by the Hunterdon County (NJ) Electrical Contractors Association (HCECA).
Posted: February 19, 2019, 5:00 am
Tree trimming companies should perform hazard assessments before allowing a worker to begin a task, according to investigators who looked into the electrocution death of a tree trimmer working in the backyard of a private residence. The incident in California was unwitnessed, but occurred while the tree trimmer was trimming palm trees that were in close proximity to a utility power pole and high voltage lines.
Posted: February 8, 2019, 5:00 am
Despite fluctuations from year to year, the number of fatal electrical injuries experienced by contract workers has followed an upward direction, according to a report by released by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and written by Richard Campbell using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
Posted: January 9, 2019, 5:00 pm
Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) posted the preliminary details of the incident: “A two person crew was getting set to replace an electrical pole and while removing the new pole from their truck, contacted the overhead 7200-volt electrical line with the truck boom causing a 51-year-old journeyman line worker at the back of the truck to be electrocuted.”
Posted: December 6, 2018, 7:07 pm
Yallourn operator EnergyAustralia has released a second statement about an internal investigation into the cause of an explosion which killed a power station worker employed at the station for more than three decades.
Posted: December 6, 2018, 5:00 am
A market study report entitled “Global Arc Flash Protection System Market 2018 Industry Research Report” was recently published on QY Market Research. The base year of Arc Flash Protection System market study report is 2017, which gives statistical research data status (2013-2017) and forecast (2018-2025) and also categorizes the Arc Flash Protection System market into the key region, manufacturers, type (Arc Flash Detection & Control System, Personal Protective Equipment, Arc Flash Protection System), and application (Utilities, Manufacturing & Processing Industries, Oil & Gas, Transportation & Infrastructure).
Posted: December 6, 2018, 5:00 am
The National Labor Relations Board found that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it implemented a rule requiring employees to wear flame-resistant clothing at all times without providing notice or an opportunity to bargain to the union.
Posted: December 6, 2018, 5:00 am
ASTM F18 voted by 92 percent to allow testing of ASTM D120 and ASTM F696 gloves for arc ratings. Many had been tested, but few manufacturers would label the gloves because the committee had included a statement in the scope to exclude D120 and F696 gloves from arc testing.
Posted: December 6, 2018, 5:00 am
An arc flash is to blame for a recent incident of power problems and multiple outages at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT but officials are still investigating exactly why the backup systems didn’t kick in when the situation occurred.
Posted: December 6, 2018, 5:00 am
OSHA has cited a Pennsylvania contractor for health and safety violations following an electrical accident on April 12, 2018 that killed one worker and injured two others. News sources said a crew employed by Pipe Contracting LLC was repairing the sewer system when a machine the workers were using touched a 23,000-volt high-tension line.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 4:00 am
When using industrial equipment that emit high voltages, any carelessness in handling electrical transformers can lead to expensive equipment failures and invite unwanted fatalities. This is why inspection of electrical transformers is essential. Regular inspections and periodic maintenance help identify impending issues at the earliest and prevent future problems.
Posted: September 26, 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
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
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
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
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