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Houston Construction Company Wins Top AGC Safety Award

W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. of Houston was named the nation's safest construction company in 2016 by the Associated General Contractors of America, which oversees the Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards.

Robotic Surveys Having Trouble Inside Fukushima Reactor No. 1

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority is recommending using a different survey method after TEPCO said an attempt failed to deliver a camera to locations where images of nuclear fuel debris could be taken.

ExxonMobil Touts Best-Ever Safety Performance in 2016

ExxonMobil's new chairman and CEO, Darren Woods, says in the company's 2016 Financial & Operating Review that the company achieved its best-ever safety performance in 2016 and "strong environmental results," as well.



Proactive Safety Practices Pay Big Dividends, ABC Report Shows

The trade association's 2017 Safety Performance Report finds the impact of using proactive safety practices is to reduce recordable incidents by up to 87 percent.

Coast Guard Urges Caution after Ice Rescue Cases

More than a dozen people have been rescued in the last seven days.

AIHA Condemns Congress' Overturning OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

The association issued a news release after the U.S. Senate passed H.J. Res. 83, which permanently overturns OSHA's recordkeeping rule, once the president signs it.

DOL Announces $36 Million to Help Storm Recovery and Cleanup in Northern California

The money is part of a National Dislocated Worker Grant.

Polaris Recalls 19,000 ATVs for Burn Hazard

Polaris has received at least 793 incident reports, including reports of warped, melted, or burned side panels, 47 fires, and four minor burn injuries.

Dust Fire at Pencil Company Causes Minor Damage

The cause of the March 20 fire is believed to be a spark from a machine used during the pencil manufacturing process.

OSHA Renews Alliance with Operating Engineers Local 150

The alliance is to train and protect Illinois heavy equipment operators.

NTSB Issues Update on Michigan College Basketball Plane Incident

No conclusive reasons were found, but certain evidence may help explain what happened.

NSC: Americans with Opioid Addiction Miss Almost 50 Percent More Work

The agency is working to develop a tool that will help employers understand the true costs of drug use at work.

DARPA Sets Proposers Day on Lifelong Machine Learning

Automatic and ongoing learning could help driverless vehicles become safer, for instance, and adapt to circumstances they weren't specifically programmed for.

DOT Seeks to Quantify Rail Car Retrofits

According to the BTS notice, there are approximately 400 tank car facilities in the United States currently registered or certified to build or modify tank cars, but only about 140 have the capacity to modify or build to the 117 or 117R specifications.

NTSB to Determine Cause of Helicopter Crash and Greyhound Bus Crash

The board is going to determine the cause of two incidents, one in Frisco, Colo., and one in San Jose, Calif.

Senate HELP Committee Hearing from Labor Nominee Today

The committee has set a hearing on March 22 on the nomination of Alexander Acosta, picked for secretary of Labor after President Trump’s initial nominee withdrew.

Minnesota OSHA Sets First-Ever Excavation Safety Stand-Down

The statewide stand-down is taking place April 17-21. Since 2015, three workers in the state have died in trench collapses, according to an agency fact sheet.

St. Lawrence Seaway Opens 59th Navigation Season

The ceremony took place at the St. Lambert lock in Montreal.

ATSB to Investigate All Rail Accidents in Australia

"The ATSB has extensive investigation experience in the rail, aviation and marine sectors," said ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood. "A move to a fully national investigation role for rail will further enhance transport safety in Australia."

Disney Reaches Agreement with DOL on Back Pay

Disney will provide $3.8 million in back wages to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Organizations Backing Brain Injury Awareness Day 2017

More than 3.5 million adults and children suffer an acquired brain injury every year. Traumatic brain injury, a subset of ABI, affects at least 2.5 million children and adults annually in this country, with 280,000 TBI hospitalizations and 50,000 TBI deaths recorded annually.

Small Business Innovation Program Winners Announced

Fourteen small businesses will receive over $1.9 million to research and develop solutions.

UK Company Fined $198,000 After Two Hurt in Falls

"Both of these men suffered shocking injuries after falling from height, which could easily have been a double fatality. Our investigation found the incident could have been avoided had adequate monitoring been taking place," said Tania van Rixtel, the HSE inspector.

This photo shows extensive damage to the old A1A highway in Florida from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Windstorm Impact Reduction Strategic Plan Out for Comments

In terms of property losses covered by insurance, 14 of the 15 costliest natural disasters in U.S. history were due to windstorms: 12 hurricanes and two tornado outbreaks.

New Stamp Honors Deaf Education Pioneer

Robert Panara taught English for two decades at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C. He helped found the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in 1967 and became its first deaf faculty member.

Washington L&I VPP Seminar Set for March 30

The companies that will explain how they've made their workplaces as safe as possible and created a culture of safety include Trident Seafoods, CMC Biologics, NuStar Energy, Nucor Steel, the Washington Onsite Sewage Association, and K-Solutions Law.

10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue Kicks Off This Month

The conference will take place March 20-23 in San Diego.

BSEE Testing New Oil Burning Technology

The Oil Spill Research Program is testing new technology at the USCG’s Joint Maritime Test Facility.

Big Recall of Smart Chargers Announced

Big Recall of Smart Chargers Announced

CPSC reported that the company has received 24 reports of the chargers overheating and deforming the charger's plastic cover, including six reports of chargers emitting a burning odor, but no injuries have been reported.

CDC's Business Pulse Focusing on Opioid Overdose Epidemic

The new digital platform from the CDC provides resources for employers.

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