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Details: Safety News Alert, part of the SuccessFuel Network, provides the latest Safety and employment law news for Safety professionals in the trenches of small-to-medium-sized businesses. Rather than simply regurgitating the day’s headlines, Safety News Alert delivers actionable insights, helping Safety execs understand what Safety trends mean to their business.

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Video captures moments leading to worker fatality Safety

Details: Workplace cameras captured a practice used by several workers at a Cintas laundry facility in Tulsa, OK: They’d climb onto large conveyors to dislodge stuck piles of clothing going into industrial dryers. One camera also recorded Eleazar Torres Gomez as he was pulled into one of the dryers — an incident that led to his […]

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Latest salary survey for industrial hygienists Safety

Details: Good news for industrial hygienists (IH): Their average salary increased 10.76% in the last five years, according to a new survey from their professional association. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) survey shows that, as of June 30, 2013: the average IH salary was $105,166 compared to $94,947 in 2008, and the median salary (half […]

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OSHA regulations up for review, revisions Safety News Alert

Details: Powered industrial trucks: OSHA will develop a proposed rule updating the consensus standard of the American National Standard B56.1 on powered industrial trucks to the 2016 version. NPRM scheduled December 2020.

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Safety manager faces prison: Worker fatally burned in

Details: A former safety manager, an operations director and Bumble Bee Foods LLC all face criminal charges in connection with the 2012 death of an employee inside an industrial oven. Former Bumble Bee Safety Manager Saul Florez, the company’s Director of Plant Operations Angel Rodriguez and Bumble Bee Foods were charged with three felony counts …

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10 largest OSHA fines for 2020 Safety News Alert

Details: 10 largest OSHA fines for 2020. Three out of the top 10 largest OSHA fines in 2020 were above $1 million. All ten were above $470,000. Retailers accounted for four of the top 10. Here are the 10 largest OSHA fines in 2020: BB Frame, Cliffside Park, NJ, $2,004,225.

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Bumble Bee tuna worker cooked to death in oven; …

Details: The death of a worker who was accidentally cooked to death in an industrial pressure cooker has resulted in fines for Bumble Bee tuna company. Cal/OSHA has issued $73,995 in fines for six violations, five of them serious, for failing to: perform inspections or audits related to the energy control procedures for the production area […]

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Company ignored warnings: 1 dead, facility still shut 4

Details: The property was zoned for light industrial. NDK should have been considered heavy industrial. Previously, OSHA issued $510,000 in fines against NDK. The case was settled for $180,000. OSHA had issued seven willful citations to NDK, including one for failure to implement a hazard communication program.

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Worker killed by lightning strike; OSHA fines company

Details: An employee at an amusement park was killed by lightning. OSHA says the park could have done more to protect and train its employees. OSHA has fined Adventure Island in Tampa, FL, $7,000 for one serious General Duty Clause violation.. The citation says employees were exposed to the hazard of being struck by lightning while working outdoors because …

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Subcontractor didn't have workers' comp insurance: Is

Details: Six employees were injured at a construction site. The general contractor found out the subcontractor that employed the injured workers didn’t have workers’ comp insurance. Did the injured workers get benefits from the general contractor’s policy? Harte’s Contracting Services agreed to be the general contractor for construction of a church in Arizona. Harte’s

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OSHA's Top 10 violations Safety News Alert

Details: Powered Industrial Trucks (forklifts) , 2,437 violations Machine Guarding — General requirements ( 1910.212 ) 2,138 violations Ladders in …

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Industrial Hygienists Urge Businesses to Prepare for

Details: Industrial Hygienists Urge Businesses to Prepare for Potential Flu Pandemic Now. As health experts raised the threat level of the swine flu to 5, indicating “a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent,” some U.S. businesses are just now beginning to look at ways to prepare for the potential health, social, and economic impact of a flu

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Worker injured during horseplay: Should he get workers

Details: On Aug. 23, 2012, Petrik and his co-workers completed all their work and were waiting for a truck to arrive to pour concrete. They took their lunch break and waited on site. It was hot, and some workers sat in a company truck because it was air-conditioned. Petrik played a trick on his co-worker, Kevin Cole. He told Cole one of their co-workers

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Worker suffers fatal fall: Was it unpreventable employee

Details: OSHA thought so. It issued Paramount Advanced Wireless a $7,000 fine in the death of Gerry LeClercq for one serious violation: “Employees were working on a communication tower 60 feet above the ground without any fall protection.”. Paramount appealed the fine to an administrative law judge, arguing that the fatal fall was an unforeseeable

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Should workers be on the clock for 'safety showers

Details: The workers filed claims for overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Domtar said it has a policy that requires employees who’ve been exposed to a hazardous chemical to immediately remove any affected clothing and wash the area. The company pays employees for the time spent changing clothes and showering when they have

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Family files lawsuit in worker's trash compactor death

Details: Did a maintenance worker willfully enter a trash compactor, or did he fall in? That’s one question involved with a lawsuit filed by the worker’s children, alleging wrongful death. Six months ago, we told you the story of John Adams, a maintenance worker at the One Niagara building in Niagara Falls, NY. He’d been missing […]

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10 ways fatigue harms the workplace Safety News Alert

Details: Major industrial incidents have been linked to sleep deprivation, including the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island nuclear disasters. An investigation showed that some workers at a BP refinery in Texas where an explosion led to the death of 15 workers had worked 12 hours a day for nearly 30 days in a row. Impaired motor skills.

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AIHce 2009 expands certification options Safety News Alert

Details: AIHce 2009 Expands Certification Options and Enhances Educational Offerings Join OEHS professionals at the largest industrial hygiene gathering of the year FAIRFAX, VA (April 8, 2009) ¾ Thousands of industrial hygiene and environmental health and safety professionals from around the globe will meet at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, May …

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OSHA (sort of) clarifies stance on CDC mask guidance

Details: The American Industrial Hygienist Association (AIHA) asked OSHA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to clarify the guidance and OSHA responded saying, “Refer to the CDC guidance for information on measures appropriate to protect fully vaccinated workers.” Uh, thanks for clearing that up, I guess.

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OSHA reform: More criminal charges, higher fines sought

Details: Under the new Democratic regime with larger majorities in both houses of Congress, there’s a chance this could happen, David Uhlmann, now an environmental law professor at the University of Michigan told the recent Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene in Tampa. Specifically, Uhlmann proposed to:

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Former safety manager pleads guilty to fraud Safety News

Details: It’s still relatively rare for safety infractions to result in criminal charges. The exception often involves making false statements to the government, as is the case here. Yu Hua Mei, a former safety manager, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, PA, admitting she made false statements on federally required commercial […]

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Widow of worker killed in steam incident gets $222M

Details: Team Industrial Services, a subcontractor for Evergy, was found 90% responsible for the incident, which resulted in the scalding death of Evergy employee Jesse Henson and a co-worker. Evergy, which was known as Westar Energy at the time of the incident, was found to be 10% responsible.

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OSHA wants injury form submission, other reg changes

Details: OSHA wants injury form submission, other reg changes. The on-again, off-again requirement to electronically submit certain OSHA forms may be on-again if the agency carries through with an item on its Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda. OSHA intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in December 2021 to re-establish a rule that was

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Eye Injury Prevention Month: A workplace guide Safety

Details: Chemical burns: Workers interacting with cleaning products, toxins, or industrial chemicals may be at risk for chemical-burn related eye-injuries. Even small amounts of chemicals coming into contact with the surface of an eye can cause severe injuries. Exposure usually occurs if the product is splashed or sprayed into the eye or by a worker

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Preventing common, serious warehouse violations Safety

Details: Powered industrial truck violations are the most common citations in the warehousing industry over the last three years. OSHA has placed emphasis programs for powered industrial trucks in Regions 1, 5, 7 and 10, and for warehousing in Regions 2 and 10.

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Employee crushed to death in garbage compactor Safety

Details: Cal/OSHA is investigating how a grocery store employee was crushed to death in a garbage compactor. An employee of Grocery Outlet in Redwood City, CA, discovered Mendie Udo in the machine. Firefighters pronounced him dead at the scene. Udo worked as a janitor at the store. Police say there were no signs of foul play. […]

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How many people are injured at work while distracted by

Details: The percentages go up to 13.7% for close calls and 2.4% for actual incidents. Incidents and close calls were more prevalent among younger people, and. There was a slight increase in cell phone related incidents and close calls if the person also reported sleep disturbances and minor aches and pains. More than 6,000 working-age people in Finland

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Safety Management Archives Safety News Alert

Details: Supervisors key to reducing worker stress. The psychosocial impact of the pandemic on workers has been profound. People are experiencing high levels of stress, burnout and fatigue. Essential workers are stressed about their own and their family’s safety. For others, stress may come from a family member losing their job.

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Incident shows danger of loose clothing Safety News Alert

Details: Next time you want to give employees a reminder about the hazards of loose clothing around machinery, you might want to use this story. A car wash employee in Easthampton, MA, was nearly strangled when her scarf got caught in a rotating scrubber brush. The brush latched onto Stephanie Carpluk’s scarf, cinched it tight and […]

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Could workers' comp be denied because employee didn't

Details: The Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission agreed. Harley-Davidson appealed to a state court. Company claims it couldn’t investigate. Harley-Davidson argued that state law required employees to identify the exact body location of a compensable injury. The company says without that information, it couldn’t investigate the

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Almost $1 million in OSHA fines for deadly confined space

Details: Almost $1 million in OSHA fines for deadly confined space blast. by Fred Hosier. October 22, 2015. 2 minute read. OSHA has issued $963,000 in fines to a cleaning services company in connection with the deaths of two of its employees inside a railcar in April. The air inside the car being cleaned by the two Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services

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$47M settlement reached in fatal boiler explosion caused

Details: The incident occurred April 3, 2017, when a large industrial boiler exploded at the Loy-Lange Box Company in St. Louis, launching a substantial piece of the 3,000-pound steam boiler about 500 feet through the air before crashing …

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Top workplace safety priorities for 2011 Safety News Alert

Details: The American Industrial Hygiene Association polled its members to find their top policy concerns. They are: Updating Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs): Many PELs haven’t been updated since the 1960s and 1970s. OSHA is currently working on a plan to update these limits on employees’ exposures to harmful substances.

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Top 10 costly workplace injuries Safety News Alert

Details: The leading causes of workplace injuries cost U.S. employers a staggering amount in workers’ compensation costs each year. Even the cost per week is a huge number. The 2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index shows the 10 most disabling injuries amounted to $59.58 billion a year in direct workers’ compensation costs. That’s more than $1 […]

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NSC: Employers should go beyond OSHA's PELs Safety News

Details: The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) applauded OSHA’s efforts to update PELs. The AIHA says updating PELs has been one of its priorities since the mid-1990s. Fred Hosier. Fred Hosier is the editor of Safety News Alert and has spent more than 20 years covering safety. He's been in the communications business since 1985, including

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New warning about sleep deprivation and safety Safety

Details: New warning about sleep deprivation and safety. A new study shows that a method some workers use to catch up on missed sleep may not be effective, making them vulnerable to accidents and errors. After going for long periods without sleep, workers may not be able to make up for it by sleeping longer on weekends, according to the study.

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Workplace fatalities: Where does your state rank

Details: Previously, we looked at the causes of workplace fatalities in 2008 according to government figures. Now, let’s take a look at where the deaths are occurring. Texas had the highest number of workplace deaths in 2008: 457. However, that’s a 13% decrease from 528 deaths in 2007. (Note: The decrease may turn out to be […]

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OSHA fall reg agenda: COVID-19, whistleblowers Safety

Details: OSHA’s 2021 fall regulatory agenda was released Dec. 10 as part of the overall plan rolled out by the White House Office of Management and Budget, with COVID-19, whistleblowing and walking-working surfaces among those in the final rule stage.. There are 28 items on OSHA’s agenda with seven in the final rule stage – two dealing with COVID-19, four …

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How the economy affects worker safety Safety News Alert

Details: The President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) says he’s concerned about recent reports that some companies are cutting safety processes in hopes of reducing costs. Warren Brown says workplace safety processes are even more critical during business downturns. “The ongoing positive results are in and have been for companies that …

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2 amputations, 1 while inspector present: OSHA fines

Details: remove from service powered industrial trucks found to be in need of repair, defective or in any way unsafe until restored to safe operating condition. “A proper machine guard can mean the difference between keeping your fingers or losing them,” said Diego Alvarado Jr., OSHA’s area director in El Paso.

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Protective fabrics at Petroleum Safety Conference Safety

Details: Glen Raven, NC-April 23, 2009- Technical fabrics maker, Glen Raven, will feature its GlenGuard®FR fabrics for industrial protective apparel at the Petroleum Safety Conference in Banff, May 5-7, in Booth #94. “Protective apparel is absolutely critical to a safe working environment in the petroleum industry,” says Hal Bates, marketing

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Killed in company vehicle crash on the way home: Does

Details: The Industrial Commission had found: Wright was a salaried employee, and he generally worked from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wright was fatally injured while he was driving home from Alltech’s fixed place of business, where he had worked most of that day during the company’s regular working hours.

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Plant fined after worker is crushed in ice machine

Details: A seafood processing plant faces $66,800 in OSHA fines after a worker was crushed to death in an ice machine. Joseph Teixeira was killed at the Northern Wind facility in New Bedford, MA, while performing maintenance work inside a large, industrial, ice-making machine.. The machine was activated while Teixeira was inside, and he was caught in the …

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AIHA kicks off annual conference with rebranding

Details: The American Industrial Hygiene Association unveiled its new brand today at the start of the Virtual AIHce EXP 2020. The organization says the new brand reflects its diverse membership and looks toward the future of the profession. “AIHA” is now the new name of the occupational safety group, with its main slogan, “Healthier Workplaces.

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Does permissible exposure limit for noise need to be

Details: apply the revised PEL to all U.S. industrial sectors, including construction, agriculture, oil and gas drilling and servicing, and shipbuilding, which aren’t effectively covered now, and rescind the policy in the OSHA Field Operations Manual which permits exposures of up to 100 dBA without employer efforts to implement noise control.

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Company didn't hire deaf man because of safety: Was it

Details: A deaf man applied to a mining company for a job. It didn’t hire him, and the man filed a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Who won? James Edstrom has a severe hearing impairment. Without a hearing aid, he can’t hear anything. He wears one in his left ear which allows him […]

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