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Highlights of the National Safety Council 2014 Congress & Expo, an update on OSHA’s ten most frequently cited violations and good news/bad news for aviation safety were among the EHS-related stories posted on ISHN.com this week.


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Florida trucking company had five crashes, 15 speeding tickets in one year

Ken’s Trucking declared an imminent hazard to public safety
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Grand Ridge, Fla.-based Ken’s Trucking, LLC, USDOT No. 1050616, to immediately shut down following a federal investigation that revealed numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations.


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Even a small weight gain can raise your blood pressure

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Gaining just five pounds can increase your blood pressure, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.


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Hilton Anchorage workers demand action on mold concerns

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Maids, bellhops, and other hotel workers at the Anchorage Hilton are frustrated with what they say is a slow response from Alaska’s worker safety agency to health complaints they filed about mold hazards.


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Worker fatally engulfed in South Dakota grain elevator

OSHA cites Prairie Ag Partners for 11 violations
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A 51-year-old worker was fatally injured when he became engulfed in flowing grain in a railcar load-out elevator at Prairie Ag Partners. The incident occurred March 15, 2014, when the worker attempted to remove a jam from a chute while the auger operated.


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EPA announces new actions to curb potent greenhouse gases

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Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has announced additional EPA actions to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning.


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Worker who fired OSHA safety complaint gets fired

DOL seeking damages against Sandpoint Gas 'n' Go & Lube Center
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The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho against Sandpoint Gas 'n' Go & Lube Center Inc., in Sandpoint, Idaho, and its owner Sydney M. Oskoui, individually, for violating the whistleblower protection provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.


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AIHA goes global with new Chinese website

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In its quest to connect with occupational and environmental health and safety professionals in China, AIHA has launched a Chinese website: www.AIHAChina.org.


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ASSE wants tougher standard for impaired driving

Legal impairment standard would go from blood alcohol level of .08% to .05%
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The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is backing the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) effort to encourage states to reduce the legal standard of driver impairment due to alcohol consumption, as measured by blood-alcohol content (BAC), from 0.08% to 0.05%.


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From 2014 NSC Congress & Expo:

How PPE companies are evolving

By Dave Johnson
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San Diego CA -- It’s clear from spending days on the exhibit floor of the National Safety Congress and Expo held here in San Diego that your father’s PPE company is so last century.


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