Occupational Safety

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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The safety profession needs to be more shrill

A Harvard prof asks: What about safety as a “social movement”?
By Dave Johnson
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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

By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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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

By Phil La Duke
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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
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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

By Jane Kay
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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

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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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