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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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Welder dies when electrocuted while welding feed bunker wagon

March 10, 2014

On August 6, 2003, a 44-year-old male farmer was welding a feed bunker wagon when he was electrocuted. The portable 240-volt plug-in cord-connected Hobart welder was in disrepair. The power cord and the cables had damaged insulation exposing the conductors. The welder lead cables were at least 10 years old and were 12 feet long.


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Who are the victims of falls?

March 10, 2014

A new NIOSH-funded study on fatalities in the construction industry suggests roofers in residential construction are among those most likely to die in falls from roofs. The study, "Fatal falls from roofs among U.S. construction workers," finds that "the odds of fatal falls from roofs were higher for roofing and residential construction than any other construction sector."


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From Europe-

10 safety tips – work at height

March 10, 2014

The working height can be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken. You should know that even a drop of a few inches can cause serious injury. Work requiring the use of ladders or scaffolding must be studied in order to eliminate as much risk to workers.


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AIHA comments on OSHA's proposed injury/illness tracking rule

March 7, 2014

The question of whether or not injury and illness data collected should be reported electronically is one that is difficult for AIHA to answer. While we support the use of technology that would make the reporting requirements much easier and timelier, AIHA is more concerned that the data collected is accurate and meaningful.


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What can be done to reduce falls?

March 7, 2014

Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations.


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Falls from elevations

March 7, 2014

Falls from elevations are severe accidents that occur in many industries and occupations. Falls from elevations result in injuries which are produced by contact between the falling person and the source of injury, under the following circumstances:


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SeaWorld questions ethics of OSHA investigator

March 6, 2014

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is requesting the U.S. Department of Labor investigate the conduct of OSHA investigator Lara Padgett, alleging she violated the ethics code for government employees, according to a report by CNN. Padgett investigated SeaWorld for safety violations after the death of a veteran trainer killed by a 12,000-pound orca in February, 2010, according to CNN.


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