Articles by Maureen Paraventi

Backers, supporters square off over OSHA’s injury/illness tracking proposal

Bid to publicly post data draws most attention
January 15, 2014

OSHA’s proposal to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses will either improve worker safety or pose an undue burden on employers. Those are among the reactions being voiced by safety advocates and industry groups as OSHA holds public meetings on the proposal.


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Challenges for emergency eyewashes and showers

December 4, 2013
Emergency eyewashes and showers are necessary in many different industries and a variety of worksites.


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How to keep retail workers safe during Black Friday

This is fifth anniversary of trampling death of Wal-Mart employee
November 20, 2013

It’s that time of year again, when retailers draw unusually large numbers of consumers into stores with deep discounts for an annual shopping binge known as Black Friday. The financial success of the event has motivated retailers to open their doors even earlier, offer bigger sales and advertise heavily.


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Realistic simulations, real PPE in use at Honeywell’s new training center

High towers, construction project, confined spaces all under one roof
November 6, 2013
Everything really is bigger in Texas, and Honeywell’s new Life Safety Training and Customer Experience Center (CEC) is no exception.


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Fall prevention

Construction fall victim uses film to show personal toll of workplace accidents

"I wasn't coping"
October 23, 2013

When Jason Anker was 24 years old, he took a roofing job – something he’d had little experience with – working for his father-in-law. Nearing the end of the workday, Anker saw a situation he knew was risky (the ladder he was to use wasn’t tied on), but said nothing.


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States strive to reach young workers with safety messages

Videos by teen director, new website part of strategy
October 4, 2013

They may be at different ends of the country, but Connecticut and Oregon have one thing in common: both are taking steps to help keep young workers safe.


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Your A-Z resource for construction safety

October 2, 2013
This is a list of resources for maintaining construction safety on the job.


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OSHA expands efforts to prevent grain engulfment deaths

Fatalities increasing
June 21, 2013

It takes only five seconds for a worker who is walking on moving grain to become engulfed in it to the extent that he is unable to extricate himself. It only takes 60 seconds for him to become completely submerged.


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NTSB: Train engineer’s poor vision caused fatal head-on collision

Union Pacific recertified him despite problems
June 21, 2013

Despite having such poor vision that he drove with a restricted (auto) license, a train engineer was medically recertified by his employer, Union Pacific Railroad. Those vision problems contributed to fatal 2012 head-on collision between two freight trains in Oklahoma, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).


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Truckers roll toward fatigue rule compliance date

Industry says it will affect productivity, increase driver fatigue
June 20, 2013

A new rule that limits the number of hours truckers can drive takes effect July 1st – but that’s not stopping the debate over it. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours-of-service rule, drivers will be able to drive 12 fewer hours per week and will be required to take regular 34-hour rest periods that include pre-dawn hours of two straight days, under the rule.


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