Occupational Safety

The business case for safety and health at work:

Cost-benefit analyses of interventions in small and medium-sized enterprises

From the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often referred to as the backbone of the European economy as they account for 67 percent of employment. However, at the same time , they also account for 82 percent of occupational injuries.


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DOL, FCC form working group to prevent fatalities in telecom industry

Kathy Pierce expected her son, Chad Weller, to come home on March 19, 2014, at the end of his shift as a cell tower climber. But Weller, always ready with a smile for his mother, never came back. He was sent up alone to fix a communication signal on top of a water tower in the rain while wearing a harness two sizes too big - and he lost his life in a fatal fall.


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CSB wants changes in emergency response guidebook

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is recommending changes to the widely-used Emergency Response Guidebook published by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for emergency responders to use when confronting chemical fires, explosions and releases of hazardous materials.


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Crane tips over and falls, killing two at Mass. site

Employer failed to ensure proper crane operation and employee training

The deaths of two workers in a crane tip-over April 12, 2014, in Bourne, Massachusetts could have been prevented if their employer, Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp., had set up and operated the crane according to the manufacturer's instructions and trained employees in its proper operation, an inspection by OSHA found.


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National COSH recognizes Health and Safety award winners

Activists from CA, MA, NY, and NJ lauded for standing up for safer workplaces

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) says the the winners of its 2014 health and safety awards are “extraordinary people” who are helping to make workplaces safer by empowering workers and building coalitions.


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Healthcare workers aren’t always handling antineoplastic drugs safely

A new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study published online in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) found that recommended safe handling practices for workers who administer antineoplastic drugs in healthcare settings are not always followed.


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Report: NY airport workers face serious health, safety hazards

Hazardous exposure to bodily fluids, bloodborne pathogens, unlabeled chemical cleaners, diesel emissions, temperature extremes and ear-splitting noise has put contracted airport workers at risk, according to a report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH). The report confirmed the many dangerous, yet preventable, working conditions that workers at JFK and LaGuardia airports have complained about for years.


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KY firefighter injured in “Ice Bucket Challenge” dies

A Kentucky firefighter who was injured while participating in an ALC “Ice Bucket Challenge” has died from his injuries, according to news sources.


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Unsafe workplace leads to firefighter fatalities

Two Boston firefighters lost their lives because a company failed to follow safety precautions, according to fire officials and OSHA.


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Report: Worker protection is key component of homeland security

The federal government must help train emergency personnel and provide updated safety guidelines so the workers are better protected against hazards such as they faced at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, according to a public health workshop report by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a component of the federal National Institutes of Health.


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Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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