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CSB chief: Explosion in China shows combustible dust danger

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Statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on the deadly consequences of combustible metal dust: Friday’s reported metal dust explosion in Jiangsu, China, is another reminder of the tragic and deadly consequences of combustible dust accidents, a hazard with which the US Chemical Safety Board(CSB) is all too familiar.


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Cell tower company cited after fatal tower collapse in West Virginia

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Following the collapse of a Clarksburg communication tower in February 2014 that seriously injured two and claimed the lives of two employees and a volunteer firefighter, S and S Communication Specialists Inc. has been cited for two serious workplace safety violations.


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New NIOSH center to focus on exposure assessment devices

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies (NCDRST) which will serve as a home for NIOSH’s longstanding work in the area of exposure assessment devices—work that is done across the Institute.


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MSHA publishes proposed rule on civil penalty assessments

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has published a proposed rule that would amend its existing civil penalty regulations by simplifying the criteria for assessing health and safety violations and increasing emphasis on more serious safety and health conditions, thus providing improved safety and health for miners.


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Ohio company provides false proof of hazard abatement

Formed Fiber Technologies fined $800,000+ by OSHA
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After providing false documentation and making false representations claiming that previously cited hazards related to hydraulic presses had been corrected, Formed Fiber Technologies LLC has been issued 14 safety citations, including willful and repeat citations, as well as a notice of failure to abate with proposed fines totaling $816,500.


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New resource helps OSH pros assess workplace posture

Ergo injuries cost U.S. businesses billions a year
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the Canadian Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, has released a new report that can help occupational health and safety practitioners more accurately and efficiently assess postural stress of workers performing their duties at work.


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OSHA clarifies responsibility for temp worker safety

Memo reminds compliance officers that temps are at increased risk of injury, death
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OSHA has issued a policy background memo to its field staff as part of its focus on preventing work-related injuries and illnesses among temporary workers. In the memo, the agency reminds OSHA field staff of the agency's long standing general enforcement policy regarding temporary workers.


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Georgia roofing workers exposed to 24 foot falls

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Pablo Lopez of Norcross has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three repeat and one serious safety violation following inspections at two work sites in Milton and Smyrna where employees were performing roofing work without fall protection.


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Accusations fly over controversial NY Scaffold Law study

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A study being used by the construction industry to support a bid to change New York’s century-old Scaffold Law is tainted, according to opponents of the revisions, who say it was heavily edited by the business interests who funded it.


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Truck driver dies from exposure to ammonia vapor cloud

Lack of respiratory protection made tank rupture a fatal event
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Following the death of a truck driver at Midwest Farmers Cooperative's grain handling facility in Tecumseh, OSHA has cited the company for 12 serious safety violations.


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