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Aluminum manufacturing company's history of safety violations continues, putting employees at Camden County facility at risk of serious injuries

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has again cited a Camden County aluminum manufacturing company with a long history of noncompliance with OSHA standards - this time for 51 safety and health violations and proposed penalties of $1,922,895. OSHA initiated its inspection of Delair-based Aluminum Shapes LLC on Jan. 23, 2017.

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:20:39 GMT

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to the Board of Health and Safety Compliance and Appeals

LANSING, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Daniel Kozakiewicz of Midland to the Board of Health and Safety Compliance and Appeals.

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:53:01 GMT

The Republican War on the Poor: Environmental Injustice Edition

While we are rightfully focusing on the health care front, the GOP war on the poor has many facets. One of them is ensuring a maximum exposure to toxicity by rolling back regulations set up over the last half-century to protect the poor.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:36:22 GMT

Safety probed after rail car workers pass out

Two workers found one of their coworkers unconscious inside a car he was working on, Blair County Emergency Management Director Mark Taylor said. When they went inside to help, they passed out as well.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:09:33 GMT

Fresno sheriff lacked policy for securing secondary guns when sergeant was fatally shot

When Fresno County Sheriff's Sgt. Rod Lucas was accidentally shot last year by a fellow deputy, the sheriff's office had no policy for safely securing secondary guns, the California Occupational Safety & Health Administration investigators told the county.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:40:55 GMT

The worst Connecticut workplace injuries

A Tarrywile Park Authority employee was fueling up a chainsaw in Danbury two years ago when he spilled gasoline on himself. A coworker who was smoking nearby caused his pants to catch on fire, sending him to the hospital with burns.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:56:37 GMT

Excessive heat warning continues through ...

According to the warning, which remains in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday, an extended period of dangerous heat and humidity will occur. A hot and humid air mass will remain over much of the area through Saturday.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:15:10 GMT

Unstable foundation: Union leader says he was fired for starting...

Jim Landberg, president of Local 146 Sacramento County California Employees SHRA, says the public housing agency fired him from his maintenance position after he started a union investigation into SHRA's practices. Weeks after a Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency employee claimed she was terminated for whistleblowing, another longtime agency employee is stepping forward with the same accusation.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:30:58 GMT

Electrocution victim identified

Hunter Austin Wolfe, 17, an employee of Luckey Transfer LLC, died while collecting product samples from a rail car parked on a siding in South Streator, according to the Livingston County coroner's office. Wolfe had climbed the rail car to gain access to the load and somehow got too close to the high-tension power lines that run along the railroad tracks, the coroner's office said.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:01:58 GMT

Feel The Heat, Briarcliff: Advisory In Effect Through Thursday

The combination of the heat along with the humidity will make it feel like it's in the mid-90s in much of the area Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.Even coastal sections will feel like the lower-90s. A Heat Advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday for Westchester and Rockland.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 02:33:14 GMT

The next phase in industrial dust explosion protection

For a wide range of facilities that manufacture, process, blend, convey, repackage, generate or handle items that could be categorized as combustible dusts or particulate solids, new NFPA Standards and even the first deadline to conduct a dust hazard analysis are now on the books adding to the responsibilities of owners and operators of such facilities. Explosions can result from an ignition of a combustible gas, mist or dust when mixed with air during processing, handling or storage operations.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:51:54 GMT

OSHA's Electronic Injury Tracking Website Opens August 1

Companies required to submit their OSHA Form 300A information from 2016 will be able to find Faqs and instruction for the Injury Tracking Application at the new webpage. The Injury Tracking Application will be accessible at on August 1, 2017.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:30:26 GMT

'Walking Dead' Stuntman Death: New Investigation Details Emerge

How did a seemingly simple 22-foot fall lead to the death of stuntman John Bernecker? Authorities face hurdles and SAG-AFTRA demands answers: "It's never a black and white thing." In the aftermath of the tragic death of 33-year-old stuntman John Bernecker - who died July 12 after plunging headfirst from a balcony on the Georgia set of The Walking Dead - questions abound about how a seemingly simple 22-foot fall could go so horribly wrong.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:02:24 GMT

Funding challenges hamper OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program efforts

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering ways to revamp and boost participation in its Voluntary Protection Program as it pursues a more collaborative relationship with employers, but funding remains a challenge. Agency officials heard stakeholder comments on potential changes to the program, which focuses on employers who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national averages for their respective industries, during a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:38:19 GMT

Workers in hot weather need to take precautions

As temperatures rise this summer as they do every summer, Oregon Occupational Safety Health Administration encourages employers and workers in construction, agriculture and other labor-intensive activities to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention. The call to address the hazards of working in high heat is part of a larger heat stress prevention program launched July 11 by Oregon OSHA.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:15:52 GMT

OSHA Issues $165K Fines in Refinery Blast

Federal worker-safety regulators have issued nearly $165,000 in fines to ExxonMobil in relation to an explosion late last year at a Louisiana refinery with a history of issues related to corrosion. The incident on Nov. 22, 2016, resulted in injuries to four workers when a valve on an alkylation unit reportedly broke , releasing isobutane that was then ignited by another piece of machinery.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:55:20 GMT

OSHA issues fine in electrocution death of Oncor contractor

In February, a contractor working on a downed power line in Tyler was injured by exposure to a live wire, and a second contractor was killed. OSHA has investigated the incident, and has now issued a fine.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:35:01 GMT

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