White House orders federal contractors to disclose OSHA violations

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The vast majority of federal contractors play by the rules, but every year tens of thousands of American workers are denied overtime wages, not hired or paid fairly because of their gender or age, or have their health and safety put at risk by corporations contracting with the federal government that cut corners, according to a White House press statement.

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Who is your fall protection MVP?

Your “Competent Person” must be on top of their game
By Pat Furr
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OSHA defines a Competent Person as “One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees

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Taking safety to an extreme?

By Karl Lodi
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Back when I was an EHS engineer for a manufacturing facility, a mezzanine was converted to work space for a small team of technicians.

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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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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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Two workers injured at Burrows Paper Corp. in Ohio

OSHA cites plant for 2 repeat and 4 serious safety violations
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Two employees of Burrows Paper Corp. in Franklin were injured in separate incidents after the food box manufacturer failed to provide adequate machine guarding and implement energy isolating procedures during servicing and maintenance.

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Feds slam California over Cal/OSHA

"An agency completely adrift"
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The California agency that’s supposed to help protect workers from on the job hazards and investigate working condition safety issues is doing a lackluster job, the U.S. Department of Labor says.

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A 25’ trench, inadequate cave-in protection

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OSHA has cited an Illinois sewer and water contractor for one willful and two serious safety violations after two employees were observed working in a 25 foot-deep trench without adequate cave-in protection while installing storm sewers.

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Get more control over safety incidents with the EHS System

By Brenda Percy
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As most Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professionals know, incidents can occur daily.

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Historic Rhode Island mansion holds dangers for renovators

Lead exposure, fall potential get Preservation Society cited, fined
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Employees of The Preservation Society of Newport County were exposed to lead and potentially fatal falls while scraping and abrasively removing lead-based paint from an outbuilding at the Newport mansion known as Chateau-sur-Mer, reports the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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