A new report on workplace fatality numbers, more details on that costly Bumble Bee Foods worker’s death and a new mine rescue outpost opens in Kentucky. These were among the top occupational safety stories posted on ISHN.com this week.

Public safety

Evacuating everyone – including pets - in a wildfire

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched video and resources for youth aimed at household pet and horse evacuation preparedness for a wildfire.


Safety violations upheld in Georgia movie set death

Film Allman LLC cited for willful, serious safety violations following worker fatality, injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld citations issued by OSHA to Film Allman LLC after an investigation into the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant and injuries to eight other workers.


Fatal workplace injury rate stays the same

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released this week show the rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full-time workers, the same as the final rate for 2013.


OSHA extends comment period for proposed recordkeeping rule

OSHA is extending the deadline for submitting comments on the proposed rule that clarifies an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness. The comment due date has been extended to Oct. 28, 2015.


Bayer CropScience to enhance safeguards at chem facilities in 4 states

Settlement with feds comes after fatal W.V. blast

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a $5.6 million settlement with Bayer CropScience LP to resolve violations of federal chemical accident prevention laws at its facility in Institute, West Virginia, where an explosion killed two people in 2008.


A boost for mine rescue in the Midwest

Joseph A. Main

Miners need to know that when it comes to mine rescue and response in our nation, we’ve got your back. As part of our efforts to improve mine rescue capabilities throughout the U.S., the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has opened a new mine rescue station in Madisonville, Kentucky, to serve mining operations in the Midwest in the event of a mine emergency.


CSB wraps up investigation into fatal accident at DuPont La Porte facility

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at The Hilton Americas – Houston Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. CDT to hear and vote on investigators’ findings and safety recommendations from the November 2014 chemical release at the DuPont La Porte facility that killed four workers.


The winners!

Mine rescuers excel during national competition

Testing their readiness for worst-case mine rescue scenarios, 65 teams from 12 states put their skills and knowledge to work in the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition in Lexington, Kentucky this week.


Keeping track of your health data can help lower blood pressure

Tracking your health data can help lower your blood pressure and earn rewards, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2015 High Blood Pressure Conference.