Occupational Safety

The safety profession needs to be more shrill

A Harvard prof asks: What about safety as a “social movement”?
August 1, 2014
Robert G. Eccles, a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School, didn’t mince words when he spoke at a sustainability and safety symposium


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Keeping pace with the best: Here’s how to keep up with best safety practices

August 1, 2014
A reader of this column recently asked me, “How does someone keep up with best safety practices?” There is no easy answer.


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Risky stunts, skydiving and SFX: Movie production safety supervisors

August 1, 2014
On February 20 during a camera test for the film, “Midnight Rider,” (a new biopic of Gregg Allman), a freight train slammed into the production crew on a narrow railroad trestle bridge in rural Georgia


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Mass. workers used metal-tipped rods to lift overhead power lines

P. Gioioso & Sons Inc. cited for electrocution hazards
July 31, 2014

OSHA has proposed more than $70,000 in fines for Hyde Park, Mass. contractor that exposed its workers to possible electrocution from working close to energized power lines at a Cambridge work site where required safeguards were not used.


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A FairWarning article:

Labor activist who chose to work within the system is outsider once more, and again crusading for job safety

July 31, 2014

After decades of speaking out against workplace hazards in this country and abroad, Garrett Brown didn’t quietly fade away when he retired from his high-ranking state regulatory job in California. He came back to hound his former employer.


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New, updated AEM manuals outline best practices for drilling safety

July 31, 2014

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has produced a new Directional Drilling safety manual and updated its Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment safety manual to reflect the latest industry best practices for drilling safely. Keyholing and cross boring are prominently featured in the safety procedures for underground utility damage prevention.


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Robot safety standards move forward

July 30, 2014

RIA continues its work on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee for Industrial Robot Safety’s Technical Specification TS 15066 for guidance on collaborative robot operations. This specification will provide additional guidance on the safe deployment of collaborative robot operations, which are described briefly in ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 Parts 1 and 2. 


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After a decline, U.S. mining deaths on the rise again

July 29, 2014

Despite outreach efforts by the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), a high number of preventable mining industry deaths occurred during the first half of 2014, according to a mid-year summary.


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OSHA issues new directive to keep communication tower workers safe

Communication towers are on the agency's regulatory agenda
July 29, 2014

OSHA has updated its Communications Tower directive regarding the use of hoist systems used to move workers to and from workstations on communication towers. This follows an alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower work sites.


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What does severe weather have to do with construction falls?

Hailstorm damage causes uptick in Montana roof repairs
July 28, 2014

Following a major hailstorm on May 18 and a resulting increase in construction, OSHA is extending enforcement activity and asks for Billings-area employers, workers and consumers to protect roofing and construction workers against fall hazards.


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