Occupational Safety

Potential national implications of Cal/OSHA’s “new direction”

By Garrett Brown MPH, CIH
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1. You say Cal/OSHA is heading in "new direction" due to the political preferences of Cal/OSHA's overseers. Describe the components of this "new direction." Why do you oppose it? Actually the term “new direction” was used by then-Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern and Department of Industrial Relations Christine Baker in explaining why they were dismissing then Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess via a forced resignation in September 2013.


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How to prevent backing vehicle injuries at roadway construction sites

NIOSH Workplace Solutions brochure
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Moving construction vehicles and equipment pose a significant risk of injury and death to workers on roadway construction worksites – risks that are heightened by poor visibility and day-to-day changes in the layout of the site.


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OSHA: Home Depot didn’t train employees on use of powered industrial vehicles

Company cited 120+ times in the past five years
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Home Depot USA Inc. has been cited for six, including two repeat, one willful and three serious safety violations, at its home improvement store on North Kimball Avenue in Chicago. The repeat and willful violations involved lack of training and maintenance for powered industrial vehicles.


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“Training is critical” for new communication tower workers, says OSHA chief

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"Employers and cell tower owners and operators must make sure workers are properly trained and protected, said OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels in issuing a directive to keep communication tower workers safe. The directive follows an alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities at communication tower work sites, according to OSHA.


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The task of training the safety & health of temp workers

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From The West Virginia Record: Use of temporary employees has become common. Work injuries to temps is due in part to a lack of communication and confusion regarding the responsibilities of the host employer and the temporary employer regarding the health and safety of temporary employees.


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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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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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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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Weekly news round-up

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Falls in construction and communications tower work, robot and drilling safety and coal miners and the coal industry form an unlikely alliance against an EPA regulation. Those were among the top EHS-related stories featured this week on ISHN.com.


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CSB chief welcomes safe workplaces Executive Order

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Statement of Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety And Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.


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