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June 14, 2014

Weekly News Round-UpCouldn’t make it to Safety 2014? ISHN Editor Dave Johnson brings you Q&A’s with some top Safety 2014 presenters – EHS thought leaders like Kathy Seabrook, Scott Geller, Bob Veazie and John Drebinger. Those were among the top stories of the week on ISHN.com:

ISHN/ASSE Safety 2014 Attendee Choice Award winners

From arc flash, respiratory, foot, hand and fall protection to gas detectors, training courses and more, attendees at Safety 2014 had a chance to check out cutting edge safety products at ISHN's booth in Orlando's Orange County Convention Center and vote on their favorites. The votes have been counted and the winners have been determined.

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Metro-North Railroad fined for retaliating against employees

Metro-North Commuter Railroad Co. – a company whose safety culture was criticized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) after a fatal train derailment in the Bronx in December -- is in trouble with the feds again.

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Greenhouse gas emissions down in Europe

Greenhouse gas emissions in European Union (EU) nations decreased by 1.3 percent in 2012, putting the EU within reach of its 20 % reduction target, with eight years to go until the 2020 deadline.

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AOHP position statements promote the work of occupational health professionals in healthcare

As the national leader for occupational health in healthcare, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) has developed a number of position statements that communicate the association's perspective regarding matters of importance related to the health, safety and well-being of healthcare personnel (HCP).

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Boston worker crushed by steel beam; company cited

Hazards at Boston Bridge & Steel Inc. include fall, electrical, chemical and mechanical

A 46-year-old worker at a Boston steel fabrication shop died on Dec. 9, 2013, when a 12,000-pound steel bridge arch beam that he was spray painting fell and crushed him. An investigation by OSHA found that his employer, Boston Bridge & Steel Inc., failed to ensure that the fallen beam and three similar beams were adequately braced or supported to prevent them from falling while workers painted them.

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Help with heat stress prevention available online

With temperatures across the nation edging upward as the official start of the summer season approaches, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has made a variety of critical resources available online, to help workers and employers can use to stay safe during the summer heat.

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New CSB video recreates Deepwater Horizon disaster

A narrated computer animation recreating the Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010 depicts how high-pressure oil and gas from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico caused an explosion on the drilling rig that killed 11 workers and seriously injured 17 others.

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Christine A.D. Lorenzo inducted as new president of AIHA

The 2014 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) wrapped up its six-day educational event with the induction of a new American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) leader.

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Mike Williamsen:

“Deming’s plan, do, check, act -- from a safety standpoint, zero injury performance follows that.”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Mike Williamsen, of Caterpillar Safety Services, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Culture of Correct: Developing a Worldwide Safety System.”

 

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with John Drebinger:

“People freeze when they want to do something for someone’s safety but don’t know the first step.”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with John Drebinger of John Drebinger Presentations, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “The ‘How To’ of Watching Out for the Safety of Others.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Bob Veazie:

“Informing is a one-way command and control behavior.”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Bob Veazie, founder of People Powered Leadership, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Commitment-Based Safety: the Only Way to Zero Injuries.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Jim Spigener:

“There is a huge need for CEOs to figure out how to use safety guys to maximum effect.”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Jim Spigener, Behavioral Science Technology (BST), who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Changing the Game in Safety Performance: The Leader’s Role.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Sam Gualardo:

“Simply put, safety is freedom from risk.”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Sam Gualardo, National Safety Consultants, Inc., who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Beyond Safety? Dealing with the real causes of worker and workplace risk.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Corrie Pitzer:

“Extraordinary safety is achieved by being risk competent.”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Corrie Pitzer, founder  of SAFEmap International, Inc., who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Deep Safe: The Future of Safety Engineering.”

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Is your company prepared for an emergency?

Your employees may not think so

Only half of employees believe their workplaces are prepared for a severe emergency, according to the third annual workplace safety survey by Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS). Nearly two-thirds of those polled said recent natural disasters have not led to their employers reassessing company safety plans.

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Chicago engineering company cited for trenching hazards for second time in 2014

Pan-Oceanic Engineering Co. faces $147,000 in penalties

For the second time this year, OSHA has cited Pan-Oceanic Engineering Co. Inc. for failing to protect workers from trenching hazards at a job site at East 93rd Street and South Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago. OSHA cited the company for willful violations for again failing to protect workers from trench cave-ins while installing water and sewer lines in November 2013.

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Skipper Kendrick:

“Could your leaders name the last three things they’ve done to improve the safety of the business?”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Skipper Kendrick of Kendrick Global Enterprises, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “12 Key Words for the Safety Professional.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Rodney Grieve:

“Organizational balance is influenced by four elements: experience, knowledge, focus, and pace”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Rodney E. Grieve, BRANTA Worldwide, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Identifying Cultural Hazards: Four Clues That You May Be Out Of Balance.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Scott Geller:

“Supervisors are too much into production and top down thinking”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Scott Geller, a distinguished professor at Virginia Tech and a senior partner of Safety Performance Solutions. Scott presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “The Psychology of Safety: Paradigm Shifts for Achieving an Injury-Free Culture.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Aubrey Daniels:

“Senior leaders must understand the science of behavior”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Aubrey Daniels, founder of Aubrey Daniels International, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “What Works Best Doesn’t Come Naturally: Leadership Actions for Preventing Loss.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Colin Duncan:

“Good safety absolutely correlates with good performance management.”

ISHNconducted an exclusive interview with Colin Duncan, CEO of Behavioral Science Technology and CEO of DEKRA Insight, the consulting arm of DEKRA S.E., representing BST and Chilworth. Colin presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Making Safety Part of Your Corporate Strategy.”

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ASSE Safety 2014 Q&A with ASSE President Kathy Seabrook:

“When you talk about risk, it’s the language of business.”

By Dave Johnson

ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Kathy Seabrook, ASSE’s outgoing president, who has had her bags packed for a year as she has traveled the country and the globe on safety missions.

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