OSHA’s silica rule survives the Congressional budget process, the aviation industry bans a popular recreational item and an unsafe contractor could spend time in prison for an employee’s fatal fall. These were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.

A U.S. Department of Labor blog post

A commitment to keeping workers safe

The fatal explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010 shocked the nation. It was the worst mine disaster in the United States in decades, with 29 coal miners losing their lives. Earlier this month, jurors in West Virginia sent a clear message that no mine operator is above the law when they found former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship guilty of conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety standards.


AIHA head moving on after 16 years

O’Neil steps into new CEO role at ASIS International

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) is celebrating Peter J. O'Neil, FASAE, CAE for his 16 years of service to the organization as he transitions into his new role as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at ASIS International in Alexandria, Va.


New silica rule stays on track in budget deal

An effort to derail OSHA’s silica rule – which is expected to be finalized in February of 2016 – was defeated in the appropriations bill released by Congress this week.


Public health experts cheer climate change agreement

"A crucial investment in global health"

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is commending the more than 190 world leaders who worked together on the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The long-term framework to reduce carbon emissions in order to address climate change is “a crucial investment in global health that will ultimately save lives and decrease health care costs,” according to a statement by the group.


Roofing company owner James J. McCullagh pleaded guilty Dec. 9 criminal penalties, including willfully violating an OSHA regulation causing death to an employee, making false statements, and obstructing justice.


Drone registration deadline set

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made it official: drone owners must register between December 21, 2015 and February 19, 2016. “Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiasts are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.


Cancer prevention, treatment in people with mental illness

A new report calls attention to cancer in people with mental illness, suggesting that healthcare system and societal factors are just as critical as individual lifestyle factors— linked to smoking and obesity—that lead to health disparities among this group. The report appears early online in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.



State workers' compensation policies affect costs and disability time

Some policies linked to higher or lower impact of occupational back pain

Certain workers' compensation (WC) policies explain much of the state-level variation in costs and outcomes of claims for low back pain (LBP), reports a study in the December Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).


The 24-year-old worker was reportedly adjusting a metal sheet being welded by the machine when he was stabbed by one of its arms. Ramji Lal, from Uttar Pradesh, had been working at a SKH Metals factory in Manesar for around 18 months when the accident happened on Wednesday, the Times of India reported.


Workers installing metal roofing on a new three-story multi-family building in New Smyrna Beach, Florida were 30 feet up with no fall protection, according to the OSHA inspectors who visited the site.


Homeowner welding his truck burns down his house

A Utah man was welding underneath his truck when a fire started and destroyed his home. David Clay said he was working on his Toyota truck that he had spent more than 1,000 hours on when the fire sparked.


NYC considers tougher penalties for unsafe contractors

16 construction workers killed so far this year

In a response to New York City’s alarming construction fatality rate, the Big Apple’s City Council is considering tough new legislation that would punish contractors who violate safety regulations.