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Recent legal decisions reaffirm miners’ rights to raise health, safety concerns

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Two recent decisions by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission have affirmed the legal rights of miners to be protected against discrimination in the workplace, according to MSHA head Joseph Main.


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Labor Department settles with company that fired asbestos whistleblower

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The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into an agreement with CMM Realty Inc., a South Carolina-based real estate management company headquartered in Columbia, and owner C. Michael Munson, resolving a lawsuit filed by the department alleging the illegal termination of a maintenance employee who raised workplace and environmental concerns regarding asbestos at a work site.


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Worker buried in trench collapse survives with broken hip

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OSHA has cited two Florida companies, Major Plumbing LLC and MAPP Construction LLC, for trenching hazards. OSHA opened an inspection after receiving a complaint in January that an excavation sidewall had collapsed and buried a worker, who sustained a broken hip and was hospitalized.


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Worker injury last year doesn’t bring changes; NY company cited again

“Almost half of the violations were never corrected while others were allowed to recur”
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OSHA has cited Simtek Inc. for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards as well as failing to correct eight hazardous conditions cited during a 2011 OSHA inspection that was prompted by a worker injury.


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Combustible dust hazards found at Dallas feed company

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OSHA has cited Southwest Feed Mills Inc. with 12 serious safety violations for exposing workers to combustible dust, falls, unguarded machines and other hazards at the company's Dallas facility. A December 2011 inspection was initiated as part of OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program on Grain Handling Facilities. Proposed penalties total $45,000.
 


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OSHA moves ahead on head protection rulemaking

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OSHA has issued a direct final rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminals standards regarding requirements for head protection.


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Anticipate and prevent injuries

How predictive analytics support safety management systems
By GRIFFIN SCHULTZ
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Many companies employ safety management systems (SMS) to great effect.


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Rebuilding credibility

Oil & gas companies drill down on safety
By Dave Johnson
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For pros who lament their lack of stature, be careful what you ask for.


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Eliminate life-altering incidents

5 critical practices for project teams
By Ted Apking
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Over the past several years, industry has made significant advances in our understanding of serious and fatal injuries.


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Goodbye to paper and spreadsheets

Analyze EHS data for immediate action
By Paul Leavoy
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In 2012, it’s hard to believe that archaic paper and spreadsheet-based systems are still widely used to handle corporate environment, health and safety management programs, yet this remains a fact of life for businesses around the globe, and the same is no less true in the oil and gas industry.


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