The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued 11 closure orders to Elk Run Coal Co.'s Seng Creek Powellton Mine when federal inspectors last week discovered that the mine was taking illegal cuts into the coal seam, operating without proper ventilation and not completing required air readings, which are needed to assure there is sufficient air flow to prevent mine explosions. The mine is owned by Massey Energy Co. and located in Boone County, W.Va.
The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, Inc. (VPPPA) has announced its support for the position of the OSHA that incentive programs must not encourage underreporting of injury and illnesses.
OSHA has issued Norampac Industries Inc. repeat and serious safety violations following the May 12 death of a worker at its Niagara Falls, N.Y., paper mill. The worker was crushed when he became caught between a fixed metal barrier and a large paper roll that was moving on a conveyor.
OSHA has cited Amgraph Packaging Inc., which manufactures and distributes packaging for food and tobacco products, for 60 serious and other-than-serious violations of workplace safety and health standards at its plant in Versailles, Conn. The company faces a total of $137,250 in proposed fines.
Zurla Trucking of Fort Myers has been ordered by OSHA to reinstate a truck driver discharged for calling attention to safety issues, according to an agency press release. The company is also to pay back wages plus interest and compensatory damages, and delete any adverse references related to the discharge from the employee's personnel file. Additionally, the company has been ordered to pay $125,000 in punitive damages.
More than 1 in 4 high school students and adults ages 18 to 34 engaged in a dangerous behavior known as binge drinking during the past month, according to the findings from a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a CDC press release states. The report shows that each year more than 33 million adults have reported binge drinking, defined as having four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men over a short period of time, usually a couple of hours. And the report said levels of binge drinking have not declined during the past 15 years
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced in a press release that it will hold public meetings in Arlington, Va., Sacramento, Calif., and Pittsburgh, Pa., to gather information about effective, comprehensive safety and health management programs at mines. The agency will use information gathered from these meetings to help develop a proposed rule for safety and health management programs for mines, which will enable miners and mine operators to be more proactive in their approach to health and safety matters.
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