What drone owners need to know, safety advocates blast a new pro-industry trucking regulation and chemical safety reform gets closer to being a reality. These were among the top occupational safety and health related stories featured on ISHN.com this week.

Loggers bring down large trees with no PPE

OSHA fines Ray Clearing Inc. more than $35K for federal violations

An OSHA inspection of a Ray Clearing Inc. worksite found that employees were using chainsaws to fell 12-inch diameter trees without the proper protection--chaps, heavy duty logging boots, eye protection and face protection. They also lacked the head protection necessary for working in woods, where there is a potential for being struck by falling limbs.


DOT moves ahead on truck tech rule

Issues notice of proposed rulemaking on improved rear impact protection

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that focuses on upgrading the Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSSs) that address underride protection in light-vehicle crashes into the rear of trailers and semitrailers.


EPA may require pollution reporting by natural gas plants

In response to a petition and lawsuit by environmental and open government organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting the toxic chemicals they release.


FAA warns new drone owners about the regs

Did you ask Santa to bring you a drone for Christmas? Or perhaps you got up early on Black Friday to get a great deal on that shiny new camera-equipped model you’ve been yearning for. You can’t wait to get into the sky and let loose your inner high-flying aerial photographer, right?


NTSB issues safety alert on oversize loads on bridges

Following two oversize load crashes that led to partial bridge collapses, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Safety Alert to remind motor carriers of the importance of obtaining permits and carefully reviewing routes before transporting oversize loads.


UMWA: Blankenship verdict sends a message

The conviction last week of former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship on charges related to the 2010 disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia will hopefully keep miners alive going forward, according to United Mine Workers of America International (UMWA) President Cecil E. Roberts.


Measles still taking a heavy toll

But vaccination has saved an estimated 17.1 million lives since 2000

The number of measles-related deaths has decreased 79% from 546 800 at the beginning of the century to 114 900 in 2014. New data released by WHO for the Measles & Rubella Initiative, estimates that 17.1 million lives have been saved since 2000, largely due to increased vaccination coverage against this highly contagious viral disease. 


Is U.S. (finally) on the verge of chemical safety reform?

Bipartisan, industry support make 2016 likely for passage of Lautenberg Act

Chemical safety advocates are cautiously optimistic about 2016 finally being in the year when Congress takes action to reform the nation’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – 40 years after it was adopted.

Deck the halls - safely

NFPA's "Project Holiday" campaign puts focus on fire safety

When you’re decking the halls this year, make sure to keep fire safety in mind. That’s the main message behind “Project Holiday,” the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual holiday fire safety campaign, which works to educate the public about the increased risk of home fires during the holiday season.


Bakery worker suffers severe head injury when hair is caught in machine

Hearthside Food Solutions is nation's largest cookie, cracker manufacturer

A 41-year-old worker cleaning product waste from a factory floor suffered severe scalp injuries and multiple lacerations when a machine caught her hairnet, resulting in her hospitalization for four days. This is the third serious injury involving machine hazards reported this year by Hearthside Food Solutions LLC, which bakes cookies and crackers for national brands.