Facility Safety

20’ crack in a mine roof, other hazards found during MSHA impact inspections

Same facility had falling rock hazards
December 23, 2013

Despite the government shutdown the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) did manage to conduct special impact inspections at nine mines during October that resulted in 120 citations and ten orders being issued.

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After a fatal blast, company agrees to install safety technology

Three workers killed in 2010 West Virginia explosion
December 20, 2013

Following an explosion at its facility that killed three people, a West Virginia metal recycler has agreed to implement extensive, company-wide safeguards to prevent future accidental releases of hazardous chemicals from its facilities.

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Union complaint leads to $117,000 in fines against Ill. company

Citations issued in August, October and December
December 20, 2013

OSHA has cited Arlington Metals Corp. for 38 safety and health violations, which carry proposed penalties of $117,000. The agency initiated a safety and health investigation in June in response to a complaint filed by the United Steel Workers Union alleging unsafe working conditions at the Franklin Park metal strip and coil processing facility.

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Fatal La. gas explosion results in PSM citations

Workers mixed hot quench water with propylene
December 18, 2013

An explosion in June at a Louisiana gas company that killed two workers and injured 80 people has resulted in $99,000 in fines for the company. Williams Olefins LLC in Geismar, La. was cited for six process safety management standard violations, including one willful.

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CSB wants big changes in California’s refinery industry regulations

Wants to lessen chances of another Chevron Richmond refinery fire
December 17, 2013

In a recently released draft report, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) proposes recommendations for substantial changes to the way refineries are regulated in California. Entitled “Regulatory Report: Chevron Richmond Refinery Pipe Rupture and Fire,” the CSB draft calls on California to replace the current patchwork of largely reactive and activity-based regulations with a more rigorous, performance-based regulatory regime – similar to those successfully adopted overseas in regions such as the United Kingdom, Norway, and Australia – known as the “safety case” system.

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CSB releases video safety message for high school chemistry labs

Burn victim’s story shows dangers
December 13, 2013

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released, “After the Rainbow,” a video safety message focused on potential dangers in high school chemistry laboratories. The message features Calais Weber, an accident survivor, who on January 23, 2006, at age 15 was burned over 40 per cent of her body during a chemistry demonstration performed by her teacher at a prestigious boarding school she attended in Ohio.

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Combustible materials not stored safely at NJ company

OSHA investigates under PSM NEP
December 12, 2013

OSHA has cited Welco Acetylene Corp. for 19 serious safety violations following an inspection of its repackaging facility in Newark. The inspection began in May under OSHA's national emphasis program for process safety management for covered chemical facilities. Proposed fines total $49,200.

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Wireless gas detection delivers key advantages

December 12, 2013

It’s difficult to imagine undertaking a remediation project without wireless monitoring. Australia’s leading remediation specialist Thiess has deployed wireless-connected systems for remote gas-detection monitoring at large toxic-cleanup projects since 2007.

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ESFI kicks off new 4 Seasons of Safety campaign

Holiday decorating safety featured first
December 12, 2013

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has developed a 4 Seasons of Safety campaign to educate the public about basic fire and electricity concepts and provide critical information to help identify and prevent the unique fire and electrical safety hazards that exist during each season of the year.

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OSHA wants your opinion

Public comments sought on on agency standards to improve chemical safety
December 6, 2013

OSHA has announced a request for information seeking public comment on potential revisions to its Process Safety Management standard and related standards, as well as other policy options to prevent major chemical incidents.

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