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OSHA vows support for VPP

By Dave Johnson
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OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels tried to ease the fears of Voluntary Protection Program supporters who complain his agency has forsaken VPP for other priorities in his speech at the annual meeting of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) held Aug25-28 in National Harbor, MD, near Washington DC.


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Federal judge finds that Gulf oil spill was caused by BP’s gross negligence

Decision opens door to billions in fines for British oil giant
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A judge in New Orleans federal court today released a ruling that British oil giant BP acted with gross negligence in relation to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which killed 11 workers, injured 16 others caused a massive a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.


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Pacific Gas & Electric penalized $1.4 billion for 3,798 violations

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) September 2 levied $1.4 billion in penalties against Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) for thousands of violations leading up to a September 9, 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif.that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, according to a press release from the CPUC.


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OSHA, Global Cold Chain Alliance renew agreement to prevent hazmat exposure

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OSHA has renewed its alliance with the Global Cold Chain Alliance to continue working together to protect workers from exposure to hazardous chemical releases from ammonia refrigeration systems. The alliance will also focus on improving the process safety management programs for these systems.


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How to conduct electrical hazard risk assessments

By Dennis Neitzel
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Safety assessments of electrical equipment and systems should be a planned and scheduled event to help ensure a safe and reliable electrical system.


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Waterproofing, insulation and boot style promote peak performance

By Roger Huard
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Choosing the best all-around boot that will be comfortable in almost any condition is a challenge.


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Box cutters slash costs

Save hospitals millions in medical supplies
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In today’s world, flat screen TVs with theatre-quality images hang on walls at home.


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Mine safety violations way down in June

MSHA announces results of the month’s impact inspections
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As of June 2014, violations per inspection hour at U.S. mines were down 19 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), in its monthly impact inspections report.


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"It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life"

Video puts a human face on arc flash danger
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A moving video posted on YouTube by friends of Eddie Adams describes how the Elkin, North Carolina electrician lost his life in an arc flash incident – and how his loss impacted his family, friends and co-workers. Adams died from the explosion of a 2300 volt starter.


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Hazards at Connecticut plastics facility run the gamut

Fall, mechanical, electrical & chemical dangers earn co. 24 violations
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Employees at Superior Plastics Extrusion Co. Inc., doing business as Impact Plastics, were exposed to two dozen safety and health hazards, including falls and mechanical hazards, according to federal inspectors. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $66,789 for violations at the company's Putnam, Connecticut, manufacturing plant.


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