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Three additional workers sue Fraser

Three individuals on Wednesday filed a personal injury lawsuit against Capstan Corp. and its Fraser Shipyards and Northern Engineering Co. divisions, alleging they were exposed to hazardous conditions while working on a cargo vessel at Fraser's Superior dry dock.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:30:28 GMT

PPG Foundation Offers $290G In College Scholarships

The PPG Foundation said that it will award $290,000+ in undergraduate college scholarships for U.S. students through the company's partnership with the National Merit Scholarship Program. This includes 49 new four-year scholarships, 35 awards for the children of PPG employees and 14 awards for students who live in communities near the company's facilities, according to Director of Corporate Communications Mark Silvey.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:11:12 GMT

OSHA Cites New York Paperboard Mill for 61 Safety, Health Hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Syracuse opened an inspection of Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc., on Dec. 27, 2016, in response to a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions. Inspectors discovered employees exposed to serious safety hazards, including more than 20 instances of machinery lacking safety guards to prevent employees from the risk of amputation.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:51:34 GMT

How to Survive the Dog Days of Summer: OSHA's Yearly Heat Campaign Sizzles

On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign : " Water. Rest.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:30:58 GMT

OSHA To Hold Second Public Meeting To Discuss Voluntary Protection Programs

As generally expected under a Republican administration, OSHA appears more focused on compliance and a collaborative working relationship with businesses. As part of this strategy, OSHA recently announced it will hold its second public meeting on August 28, 2017 to solicit suggestions for strengthening the Voluntary Protection Programs .

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:24:29 GMT

Compliance Deadline for OSHA's Silica Rule Coming in September

The rule states that employers must both limit workers' silica exposure and take additional measures to further protect them from the hazard. With around two million construction workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica in more than 600,000 workplaces, OSHA said over 840,000 of these workers are exposed to silica levels higher than the new permissible exposure limit.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:16:45 GMT

Regulatory pullback on the horizon for OSHA under Trump

Signs and actions taken to date are pointing to a major pullback in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's regulatory stance under the Trump administration, but there are still plenty of unknowns, according to legal experts. On Aug. 1, OSHA launched the injury tracking application, a web-based form that allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data as part of the compliance effort for its controversial electronic record-keeping rule.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:57:23 GMT

Rescuers train to cheat death on the farm

Mark Baker doesn't mess around when it comes to teaching volunteer firefighters how to rescue someone trapped in a grain bin. Even when it's a carefully controlled situation.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:51:16 GMT

OSHA: Cell at Fox Twp. landfill 'unstable'

Advanced Disposal Services Greentree Landfill, LLC has been charged with a "serious" violation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a lengthy investigation. William L. Pierce, 49, of DuBois, died Wednesday, Feb. 8 following a landslide at the Greentree Landfill in Kersey.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:45:33 GMT

OSHA fines 3 area firms for safety violations

Owners of Hearthside Food Solutions LLC , an industrial bakery in McComb, Ohio, have been fined nearly $50,000 following an incident in which an employee suffered an amputation injury while cleaning a piece of equipment. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a report that the May incident represented the fourth serious injury to occur at the facility in three years.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:36:10 GMT

Behavioral health facility faces fines for continued workplace violence risks

A Massachusetts behavioral health facility faces $207,690 in proposed penalties from federal safety and health regulators who determined that the facility's employees remain vulnerable to workplace violence risks. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued Pembroke, Massachusetts-based UHS of Westwood Pembroke Inc., doing business as Lowell Treatment Center, a notification for failure to abate a violation involving workplace violence after previously finding a serious violation related to the same hazards in May 2015, according to an agency press release issued on Friday.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:25:17 GMT

NJ Manufacturer Blames OSHA Fine For Layoffs

A New Jersey aluminum manufacturer laid off some 13 percent of its union workforce after federal workplace safety regulators proposed nearly $2 million in fines for dozens of recent violations. Aluminum Shapes LLC characterized the penalties from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as "onerous" and said that it was forced to reverse much of the growth in its workforce over the past two-plus years.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:39:41 GMT

Axalta Adds Non-Slip Powder Coating to Alesta Product Line

Axalta Coating Systems has introduced Alesta Sure-Grip as its latest powder coating offering. This technology holds up to heavy traffic and harsh chemicals to provide an excellent solution for hazardous slip-prone areas.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:27:16 GMT

OSHA Launches Injury Tracking Application

On August 1, 2017, OSHA finally launched its web portal to accept submission of recordkeeping forms pursuant to the requirements in the final rule, " Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses ." Under the rule, which was promulgated in May 2016, OSHA originally anticipated having the portal available by February 1, 2017, with submissions due by employers no later than July 1, 2017.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:53:33 GMT

US workforce in danger of losing protections

The U.S. government has tried for decades - and with considerable success - to make workplaces safer; to provide free access to research, information and guidelines to inform best practices for businesses of all sizes; and to enforce the law when unscrupulous companies put workers at risk. In a flurry of recent activity aimed at cutting the budget and rolling back protections, the Trump administration is compromising worker safety.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:24:06 GMT

Unprotected: How the feds failed two Wells Fargo whistleblowers

Six years before the Wells Fargo fake-accounts scandal broke, two retail bankers warned the federal government about company's branch sales practices. Yet instead of investigating the two employees' complaints, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration discussed their allegations with the bank and did not interview the bankers themselves, who had sought protection under federal whistleblower laws.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:53:25 GMT

Rehoboth Beach Awards Ocean Outfall Contracts

The City of Rehoboth Beach awarded four contracts Monday related to the ocean outfall and various wastewater treatment upgrade projects. The four bids--which include a force main and effluent pumping system- totaled $37,381,407.

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:21:33 GMT

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