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Pushing wrong button led to driver's death

January 27, 2006
A garbage truck driver may have triggered his own death last summer when he inadvertently hit the wrong switch on a control panel, an investigative report released Jan. 17 states.
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New guidelines designed to reduce motor vehicle accidents

January 27, 2006
New guidelines developed by OSHA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) are aimed at reducing motor vehicle crashes.
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Sago Mine investigation focusing on devastating miscommunication

January 13, 2006
The devastating miscommunication in the Sago Mine disaster — which led the miners’ families to wrongly believe for three hours that 12 dead miners had been rescued alive — is one of the focal points of the state and federal investigation into the Jan. 2 accident, according to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.
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Agriculture most dangerous industry in U.S.; mining a close second

January 12, 2006
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 Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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ACS added to OSHA and chemical group alliance

January 12, 2006
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.
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OSHA receives complaints of fraudulent solicitation

January 12, 2006
OSHA has reported hearing numerous complaints from employers who have received “official looking” 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.
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Safety pros provide flu infection control tips

January 12, 2006
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 “Avian Flu: Infection Control Guidelines.”
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52-year-old man says he was fired because of age, workplace accident

January 12, 2006
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.
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Lawmaker's bill would send employers to jail

January 11, 2006
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.
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OSHA offers tips to overcome winter emergencies

January 11, 2006
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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