Occupational Safety

OSHA releases details on injury recording requirements for temp workers

March 21, 2014

OSHA has released a new educational resource that focuses on requirements for injury recording of temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The bulletin explains the requirements for both the staffing agency and the host employer.


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Arc welding safety tips

March 21, 2014

The electric arc welder remains one of our most useful and timesaving pieces of shop equipment. Almost every farm, ranch, and Vocational Agriculture shop is equipped with one or more welders which are used for fabrication, repair, and/or educational programs.


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12 tips to improve welding safety

March 19, 2014

Best welding safety practices and equipment are universally applicable. Welding exposes everyone to similar hazards, whether you’re responsible for safety at a large, welding-intensive manufacturing company, a billion dollar engineering-construction firm or a small independent fabricator.


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Company installs machine guarding to comply, then removes it

Gaspar Inc. gets SVEP status
March 17, 2014

Workers at an Ohio boiler manufacturer were required to operate press brakes and a horizontal boring machine that had the machine guarding removed, according to OSHA investigators, who issued two willful citations for the hazard.


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Tesoro Refinery victim’s sister makes plea for safety improvements

CSB releases new message about the impact of chemical accidents
March 14, 2014

The CSB has released its second safety message in an occasional series focusing on the impacts  of chemical accidents  on people’s lives. The short video features Amy Gumbel, sister of Matt Gumbel - one of the workers fatally injured in the 2010 explosion and fire at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington.


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Lights, camera, safety!

New Synergist article examines the role of safety professionals in the movie industry
March 14, 2014

With the 2013 awards season recently wrapped up, the limelight is on the Academy Award-winning films, actors, actresses, and directors who walked away with the coveted Oscar trophies. However, the behind-the-scenes workers who make these movies possible are just as crucial to a film’s success—as well as those responsible for making sure that everyone working on movie sets goes home safe and healthy each day.


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Experts: proper eye protection can lessen the severity or even prevent 90% of eye injuries in accidents

March 14, 2014

Common causes for eye injuries are: flying objects (bits of metal, glass), tools, particles, chemicals, harmful radiation, any combination of these or other hazards. What is the best defense against an eye injury? There are three things you can do to help prevent an eye injury:


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NTSB chair to head up NSC

March 11, 2014

The National Safety Council (NSC) announced today the appointment of Deborah A.P. Hersman as the  president and CEO of the 100-year-old organization chartered by Congress to prevent unintentional injury and death. Ms. Hersman, who is currently the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), will be joining NSC at its headquarters in Itasca, IL, in suburban Chicago. 


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5 common welding mistakes

March 11, 2014

Before you tackle that next piece of metal, John Leisner, Miller Electric Company, outlines the five most common welding mistakes. Poor preparation. “Farmers too often fail to adequately prepare the metal before welding,” says Leisner.


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Can workplace violence risk be reduced in prisons?

Miss. company ordered to increase staffing, fix cell door locks
March 11, 2014

A company that operates 50 correctional facilities in the U.S. has agreed to take steps to reduce the potential for its employees to be injured  -- or worse -- by workplace violence, under a corporate-wide settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor.


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