The devastating miscommunication in the Sago Mine disaster â€” which led the minersâ€™ families to wrongly believe for three hours that 12 dead miners had been rescued alive â€” is one of the focal points of the state and federal investigation into the Jan. 2 accident, according to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.
While the recent tragic Sago Mine accident in West Virginia is a sad reminder of how dangerous the mining occupation is, the agriculture industry (which includes forestry, fishing and hunting) actually has a higher rate of death on the job, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Laborâ€™s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
OSHA has added the American Chemical Society (ACS) to its alliance with the Chemical Reactivity Hazards Management group. ACS will be included in the group, which consists of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; American Chemistry Council; Center for Chemical Process Safety; Chlorine Institute Inc.; Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center; National Association of Chemical Distributors; and Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.
OSHA has reported hearing numerous complaints from employers who have received â€œofficial lookingâ€ announcements and, in some cases, threatening notices from various companies requiring that employers must purchase OSHA documents from them in order to remain in compliance with OSHA rules and regulations, according to CommunityDispatch.com. The most popular document being offered for sale is the OSHA Workplace Poster.
How to prepare your workplace for a possible flu pandemic is the topic of a new newsletter article from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Healthcare Practice Specialty group titled â€œAvian Flu: Infection Control Guidelines.â€
A West Virginia man is claiming he was wrongfully discharged after suffering a workplace accident caused by what he says were poor automation systems installed to cut costs, according to the West Virginia Record.
An Indiana state lawmaker is drafting a bill he calls "the corporate manslaughter act" which, if passed, would send employers to jail if they ignore on-the-job safety violations that lead to a serious injury or death, the Associate Press reports.
A number of hazards exist year-round, however winter in northern locations brings a higher risk of weather-related emergencies, including winter ice storms, power outages and a higher likelihood of lowland floods.
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