Articles by Maureen Paraventi

Your A-Z resource for construction safety

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

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

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

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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There’s no excuse for not installing emergency showers & eyewashes

Companies cite various reasons for failing to install emergency showers and eyewash stations where needed.

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How to safely work around electricity

Every 30 minutes in this country a worker is injured so severely from electricity that he or she loses productive work time – an average of 13 days away from the job

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Would you pay your employees to lose weight?

Rising health care costs may lead to new approaches

The recent decision by pharmacy giant CVS Caremark to require employees who receive health insurance through the company to disclose their weight is raising red flags among patient privacy advocates, but it does reflect the need for companies to hold down health care costs.

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Students will rub elbows with OEHS veterans at Safety 2013

Career guidance, learning opportunities beckon

Although the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) says a majority of those attending Safety 2013 June 24-27 in Las Vegas will have many years of experience in the safety field, lots of students are expected to participate in the convention as well.

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New salvo fired in soda wars

Global health hazard? Or tasty beverage?

In a development that’s certain to generate controversy, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health say they’ve linked sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks to 180,000 deaths worldwide each year

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Who will be at Safety 2013?

Manufacturing, public sector safety pros most numerous

According to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), attendees who will make their way to Las Vegas for Safety 2013, June 24-26, are predominantly highly experienced safety professionals, with 78% having more than 10 years experience in their field.

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Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

11/4/14 2:00 pm EST

Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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