Facility Safety

Poor HazCom plan, lack of fall protection get Pa. company in hot water

August 27, 2012

OSHA has cited Danco Precision Inc. in Phoenixville with 14 safety violations found at the company's manufacturing facility. OSHA's March investigation, initiated as part of the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates, resulted in $55,500 in proposed penalties.
 


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CSB releases stunning photos from Chevron Refinery fire

August 23, 2012

Although the photos released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) were taken nine miles away, the vapor cloud rising from the burning Chevron Richmond Refinery is enormous.


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Wyo OSHA witnessed fires and fire hazards prior to workers being burned

August 22, 2012

Just months prior to two flash fires at the Sinclair oil refinery (one on May 8 and another on May 25) injuring a total of six workers (at least three of them, regrettably, burned “severely”) Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors had witnessed several other fires and fire hazards while performing a “process safety management audit,” according to the agency.


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La mine earns 400+ safety violations in 3 ½ years

August 22, 2012

The 21 citations received by North American Salt’s Cote Blanche mine in Louisiana in recent weeks are only a fraction of the long string of safety violations issued against it by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).


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Wildfires threaten community safety

August 22, 2012

Dozens of fires sparked by high temperatures, severe drought conditions and strong winds have blanketed the western part of the U.S. including Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California in recent months, making this fire season one of the worst in history.


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Workers’ formaldehyde exposure nets company multiple violations

August 21, 2012

A New Jersey chemical company failed to ensure that its workers were not overexposed to formaldehyde, resulting in some of the 14 health and safety violations lodged against it recently by OSHA. Proposed penalties total $82,500.


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Coal miner trapped underground for four hours rescued

August 21, 2012

A coal miner trapped underground for nearly four hours earlier this month got out alive, thanks to the efforts of company personnel and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) officials – who happened to be at the mine to conduct an inspection.


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GAO backs science behind coal dust PEL

August 20, 2012

An Obama administration plan to decrease black lung disease by reducing the amount of respirable dust to which coal miners are exposed has gotten the nod from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), which has determined that scientific research behind proposed exposure limits is valid.


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OSHA eTool helps employers prevent shock and electrocution hazards

August 18, 2012

To provide assistance to employers in complying with OSHA's Subpart S Electrical Standards for General Industry electrical installation standard, the agency has developed the new "Subpart S eTool" (eTools are "stand-alone," interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics).


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Checked your smoke detector batteries lately?

August 16, 2012

They’re mostly common sense, but the recommendations recently issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics for ways to reduce your risk of a fire at home bear repeating:


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