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Lockout/Tagout

7 steps to protect your people
By Wayne Dunham
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Do you need a lockout/tagout program at your company? Last year, a lumber mill had $1.6 million worth of reasons to say “yes.”


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Ca. marine worker crushed to death by shipping container

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OSHA has cited stevedoring services company SSA Marine with five safety violations – including one willful – following an investigation into the Jan. 19 death of a worker at the port of Long Beach.


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Confined space hazards persist at Ill. tank manufacturer

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OSHA has cited Bushnell Illinois Tank Co., which operates as Schuld/Bushnell in Valley, with eight safety and health violations based on a follow-up inspection for hazards associated with workers who enter and work in permit-required confined spaces. Proposed penalties total $116,270.


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House approves measure that prohibits new business regs until unemployment drops

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The House yesterday approved a bill that would prevent federal agencies from implementing any new business regulations until the unemployment rate returns to 6 percent – a level if hasn’t been at in the last 15 quarters.


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Illegal asbestos removal gets Illinois man ten years in prison

Asbestos was placed in plastic garbage bags and dumped in a field
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An Illinois man has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison for the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos from a Kankakee building in August 2009.


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Green job hazards: wind energy - falls

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Workers who erect and maintain wind turbines can be exposed to fall hazards. Wind turbines vary in height, but can be more than 100 feet tall. Exposure to high winds may make work at high elevations even more hazardous. OSHA has different fall protection requirements for construction (installation of towers) and general industry (maintenance).


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Thomson Plastics hazards like déjà vu all over again

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 Thomson Plastics of Thomson, Ga. earned 11 violations during a February 2012 inspection – for some of the same hazards found in an OSHA inspection in February 2010. Penalties for the most recent action – which was a follow-up to the 2010 inspection – amount to $162,800. 


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Trench box on hand but unused, exposing workers to cave-in hazards

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 With a name like Ditchdiggers, you’d think a Ft. Pierce, Florida company would know how to protect workers who are, well, digging ditches. 


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CPR White Paper: The Next OSHA -- Progressive reforms to empower workers

By Thomas McGarity
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The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is one of the surviving monuments of the era of progressive social legislation (extending from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s) during which Congress enacted the nation’s foundational health, safety and environmental laws.


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Workers at Idaho group home attacked by patients

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Increasingly violent attacks against workers at an Idaho group home have led to an OSHA citation and a penalty of $4,900. OSHA has cited South Park Inc., operating as Developmental Options in Pocatello, with one serious violation for failing to provide employees with adequate safeguards against workplace violence.


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