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Flawed safety culture behind fatal Metro-North train accidents

Metro North Railroad comes in for some harsh criticism in a report issued this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about five accidents involving the company’s trains that occurred within less than a year.


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New scaffold safety fact sheets available

Two new OSHA fact sheets – "Tube and Coupler Scaffold Planning and Design" (PDF*) and "Tube and Coupler Scaffold Erection and Use" (PDF*) – are now available to help employers protect construction workers using this type of scaffold on the job.


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NY concrete company gets safe and SHARP

A New York concrete company that’s been in business for nearly 100 years gave itself a safety overhaul – and received SHARP recognition -- through OSHA's On-site Consultation Program.


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FAQs on OSHA’s newly revised Electric Power standard

FAQs on OSHA’s newly revised Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Maintenance and Construction Standard (29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart V). Why did OSHA decide to modify its standards for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution work?


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Safety activists Dan Neal and Linda Delp recognized by APHA

Two veteran worker safety activists, Dan Neal and Linda Delp, were recognized with prestigious awards at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in New Orleans.


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Some Boston Marathon explosion victims suffer “hidden” ear trauma

Two homemade pressure-cooker bombs exploded within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and seriously injuring hundreds. Some who escaped physical harm realized days or weeks later they were suffering from hearing problems, according to the Washington Post.


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Philly bricklayers exposed to 30 feet falls at residential construction sites

T and S Masonry fined $100,560

Bricklayers were exposed to fall hazards as high as 30 feet above the ground while creating the exterior finish of new single-family dwellings at two work sites in Philadelphia, according to workplace safety and health citations issued against Vyacheslav Leshko, doing business as T and S Masonry LLC.


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Conducting an arc flash hazard analysis

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The Nine Steps of Arc Flash Hazard Analysis: Section 4 of IEEE 1584-2002, Guide for Arc Flash Hazard Calculations, states that the results of the arc flash hazard analysis are used to "identify the flash-protection boundary and the incident energy at assigned working distances throughout any position or level in the overall electrical system."


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Youth smoking rates putting millions at risk of premature death

Great American Smokeout is tomorrow

Almost 23 percent of high school students currently use a tobacco product, according to new data published recently in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).


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Enviro group: Noise pollution a health threat near unconventional oil & gas sites

Noise pollution at oil and gas sites remains “woefully under-studied contrary to its public health significance,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Environmental noise caused by oil and gas drilling activities is often overlooked entirely or rejected as a minor, temporary nuisance by industry and regulators, despite the fact that drilling and other activities at well sites are very noisy and can be close to homes, according to the NRDC.


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By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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