Occupational Safety

Power outages can bring power dangers

CDC warns that use of portable generators can endanger energy workers
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With spring storms capable of bringing with them high winds and a considerable potential for damage, it is important to be prepared for power outages – especially in the workplace, where they can result in accidental electrocutions.

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The safe, skilled, ready workforce initiative from NIOSH

NIOSH wants young, new workers to have core safety competencies
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Business and civic leaders, the labor community, economists, and educators are talking about the future of the American workforce. As the saying goes, the future begins now. News stories abound about the “skills gap”—in nursing, manufacturing, engineering, computer technology and other fields—that require postsecondary technical education and training.

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Be safe – know what’s below before digging

April is National Safe Digging Month
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Now that the weather in many parts of the country has warmed up, more people will be working outdoors, whether professionally or on projects of their own. The American Petroleum Institute (API) is reminding homeowners and anyone else who’ll be doing a digging project to call 811 first.

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OEHS rules in the making

Silica stuck, combustible dust the subject of a bill
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Combustible dust, mine safety and silica are some of the subject of bills that are currently making their way through – or are stuck in – the legislative and regulatory pipelines. Aaron Trippler, Government Affairs Director for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), provides a rundown in his “Happenings on the Hill:”

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Day of Mourning: Remember the dead, commit to prevention

Remembering lives lost or injured in the workplace
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In 2011, 919 workers in Canada lost their lives to a disease or injury they incurred from work-related causes. Even more disturbing, is that eight of those who died were teenagers; twenty-six were between the ages of twenty and twenty-four years. There are close to three work-related deaths each day in Canada - each one leaving a trail of pain for the families impacted by the loss of a husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter.

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Lineman in training plunges 75 feet to his death in Nevada

Regs require fall protection for trainees at 4 feet
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A trainee at a Las Vegas-based energy company died in September of last year after falling 75 feet from a horizontal ladder being used as a temporary platform between a transmission tower and a live 500-kilovolt transmission line.

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Sandy Hook commission releases school safety recommendations

26 victims gunned down at elementary school in December tragedy
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Recommendations for school safety just issued by a Sandy Hook Advisory Commission may well be considered by schools nationwide, according to Bo Mitchell, president of 911 Consulting.

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How will your job kill you?

Considering the top causes of workplace fatalities
By Phil La Duke
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If you die in on the job, statistically, it will be in a way that you probably don’t worry too much about.

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Work-related amputations: Who's counting?

A NIOSH Science Blog post
By Kenneth D. Rosenman M.D.
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Knowing how many, who and where injuries or disease are occurring is a basic premise of preventing injuries and illnesses. If we don’t have accurate information on injury/illness occurrence, we don’t know how many resources to devote, what action(s) to take or whether the action we do take is effective.

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They achieved the impossible

Western Australian resources industry makes year without fatality
By Rick Duley BSc(Hons)
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Resources companies in Western Australia have achieved what many have worked for but no-one really believed would happen.

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