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Workers Injured Following Explosion at Indianahead Biomass Services

Willful and serious safety violations were cited.

Red Cross Opens Largest U.S. Disaster Warehouse

The new Disaster Field Supply Center in Arlington, Texas, contains enough supplies to support as many as 100,000 people after disasters nationwide.

NIOSH Seeks Comments on Workplace Tobacco Policies

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard said, "This draft document is aimed not just at preventing occupational injury and illness related to tobacco use, but also improving the general health and well-being of workers."

Some workers are being exposed to high levels of benzene, a carcinogen, while gauging flowback tanks, the NIOSH team found.

NIOSH Documents High Benzene Exposures During Flowback Tank Gauging

Because workers' exposures can exceed the NIOSH REL and STEL, the team recommends monitoring workers, equipping them with flammable gas monitors and respiratory protection as an interim measure, and controls such as alternative tank gauging procedures and dedicated sampling ports.

NY Fire Department to Gain Mobile Burn Simulator

A new training unit will be purchased with a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to prevent thousands of collisions and injuries annually, DOT and NHTSA believe. (Image downloaded from NHTSA August 2014 report)

NHTSA Moving Forward with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology

An ANPRM and a research report issued this week are about technology that "represents the next great advance in saving lives," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

Gonzalez Stucco & Stone Cited for Fall Hazards

OSHA has proposed more than $54,000 in fines.

Offshore Supply Vessels Regulations Published

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 removed the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels and required the Coast Guard to issue the new regulations.



Home Improvement Company Fined for Exposing Workers to Potentially Fatal Fall Hazards

Kevin Burke Home Improvement faces more than $56,000 in proposed penalties for violations at its Lackawanna, N.Y., work site.

Asphalt Specialists Ordered to Pay Nearly $1M in Compensation

It will also reinstate drivers who had been terminated for raising safety concerns.

Three-dimensional laser scanning was performed on some of the derailed tank cars and showed the shells of the tank cars exhibited impact damage ranging from localized buckles to large-scale buckling, and they sustained significant reductions in volume. (Image downloaded from Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigation report R13D0054)

Final Report Lists Many Contributing Factors in Lac-Megantic Derailment

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's report lists 18 contributing factors involved in the July 6, 2013, accident that killed 47 people and destroyed 40 buildings in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

IHMM Celebrating 30th Anniversary on Aug. 26

A free webcast of the day's symposium will be available. Speakers will include ASSE 2012-2013 President Rick Pollock, CSP, and Dan Anna, CIH, CSP, who is AIHA's president-elect.

OSHA Settles Whistleblower Complaint Against Gaines Motor Lines Inc.

A complaint was filed under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.

The renewed alliance will offer training and develop materials about anhydrous ammonia hazard mitigation and process safety management compliance. (Escolit photo)

OSHA Renews Alliance with Global Cold Chain Alliance

Based in Alexandria, Va., and with offices on five continents, GCCA represents more than 1,600 employers in the temperature-controlled supply chain.

FEMA Unveils Free Spanish-Language App

"You can take the first step to disaster preparedness with just the swipe of your finger," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have made our lives more convenient -- this app empowers us to be prepared."

Otis Elevator Loses LOTO Appeal

A federal appeals court panel ruled 3-0 that OSHA's lockout/tagout standard does apply to a June 2009 incident in which an Otis service technician suffered a hand injury while repairing a freight elevator gate.

TOSHA, Partners Hosting Third Annual Safety Fest TN

The event offers a week of free classes and will take place Sept. 8-12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The federal government

GSA Releases FY2015 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers

They will take effect Oct. 1, 2014, when the government’s new fiscal year begins.

UTC Companies Recall 154,000 Smoke Detectors

The ESL and Interlogix brand 400/500 series smoke detectors are hard-wired into security systems. They're being recalled because radio interference can cause them to fail, according to CPSC.

WHO Discouraging Ebola-Related Travel Bans

The risk of transmitting the disease during air travel remains low, the World Health Organization reiterated Aug. 14.

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