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How operators of unsafe mines can fix their problems

MSHA outlines a plan for taking corrective action
April 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a Program Information Bulletin reminding the mining community of the process for submitting a corrective action program for MSHA approval and the tools MSHA makes available to assist mine operators in monitoring compliance.


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“Frankenfood” fight playing out on state, city levels

Albuquerque latest city to consider bill to require labeling of genetically engineered foods
April 10, 2014

Concern over the potential health and environmental risks of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) has led to more than 20 states and a number of cities making legislative efforts to require greater transparency so that consumers can make informed food choices.


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Illinois manufacturing workers exposed to amputation hazards

April 10, 2014

Interlake Mecalux Inc., a manufacturer of storage and racking systems, has been cited by OSHA for 17 serious safety violations, many of which expose workers to amputation hazards*. OSHA has proposed penalties of $71,700, following the October 2013 complaint inspection of the Melrose Park-based plant.


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New video tells story of how personal flotation devices saved lives

Paul Revere: A Story of Survival in Bristol Bay
April 10, 2014

NIOSH’s Alaska Pacific Office has released a new safety video highlighting the use of personal flotation devices as a critical tool in preventing deaths from rapid capsizing and man overboard events in commercial fishing.


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NTSB: NY ferry crashed because of captain’s confusion

Switching between modes caused speed increase
April 9, 2014

The captain of the ferry that struck a pier in NY in January 2013, seriously injuring four people, lost control because of confusion about the mode in which the ferry was operating, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which has issued its report on the accident.


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Lack of machine guarding and eyewash stations found at NY manufacturing co.

April 9, 2014

A New York paper manufacturer exposed its workers to falls, electrical hazards and combustible dust, according to OSHA, which has fined Burrows Paper Corp. $298,100 for safety violations found at two of the company’s work sites.


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Do your workers have the illusion of being invulnerable?

Study: How people conceptualize risk can hurt them
April 9, 2014

No matter how many safety training courses emphasis how dangerous it may be to work with electricity, chemicals or cargo unless proper safety protocols are followed, there is always a percentage of employees who believe they aren’t vulnerable to such risks — until it’s too late.


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Welding with arc-welding equipment

A NIOSH Self-Inspection Checklist
April 9, 2014

This checklist covers regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the general industry standards 29 CFR 1910.254 and 1910.306, and the construction standards 1926.351 and 1926.353. It applies to the use of arc-welding and cutting equipment.


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UBB victims’ families furious about Blankenship video

Former Massey CEO funds Youtube effort to clear his name
April 8, 2014

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has taken to video to defend himself against charges that he is responsible for the Upper Big Branch disaster – to the outrage of victims’ family members. Dozens of them and their supporters gathered earlier this month outside a federal courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia, to protest the claims made in the video.


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National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) announces 2014 Executive Council

April 8, 2014

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has announced the members of its 2014 Executive Council. “The new NHCA Executive Council represents the diversity of our membership and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the practice of hearing loss prevention,” said NHCA incoming President Beth Cooper.


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