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Houston Contractor Violates Serious Trench Hazards for Sixth Time in 10 Years

Oscar Renda Contracting faces $124K in OSHA penalties.

Tufts’ Patrick Collins reported that the early results "raise the possibility of optimizing patient-specific treatments" and show that using thread is a more flexible and less expensive option than substrates for implantable devices.

'Smart' Thread Collects Real-Time Diagnostic Data

Tufts University engineers headed a research team that integrated nano-sized sensors and electronics into simple threads.

NBA Players Association to Pay Health Insurance for Retired Players

The program is the first of its kind among North American professional sports.

Red Cross Receives Grant for Community Fire Training in 15 States

ARC has received a $1.066 million AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support AmeriCorps members to help the Red Cross teach children and adults in 15 states about home fire safety and being prepared for emergencies.

Seattle Marine Terminal Operator Fined $448,200

Seattle Bulk Shipping Inc. is currently appealing violations for which it was fined $424,850 and is considered a severe violator by L&I, meaning it is subject to follow-up inspections to determine whether the conditions still exist.

Adhesive Tape Manufacturer Exposed Workers to Electrical, Fire, Chemical Hazards

Scapa North America has been cited for 17 violations.

Final Rule Requires Transit Agencies to Maintain Capital Assets

Grantees will have to develop plants for assets, including vehicles, facilities, equipment, and infrastructure. In 2013, FTA says, the transit industry deferred maintenance needs to a tune of $86 billion, representing more than 12 percent of total assets nationwide.

Florida Agency Screening Donated Blood for Zika

OneBlood, which collects blood donations across most of Florida, announced that, effective July 29, it will begin testing 100 percent of its collections for the Zika virus using an investigational donor screening test.

BSEE says the subsea bolt failures are a recurring problem that raises serious safety and environmental concerns. (BSEE photo)

BSEE Forms Interagency Group on Subsea Bolt Failures

The agency's director says they present a major risk for offshore workers and the environment. Many provisions of BSEE's Well Control Rule are set to take effect July 28.

DoD Opens Second Innovation Hub

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter christened the facility in Boston this week after opening the first one last year in Silicon Valley, Calif.

OSHA Cites Pilgrim's Pride for Medical Mismanagement and Other Safety Hazards

The chicken producer was also cited for fall and machine guarding hazards.

Wage and Hour Division Enters Alliance with NYS Workers' Compensation Board

The alliance will better protect workers for an initial three-year term.

FDA first added a Boxed Warning to fluoroquinolones in July 2008 for the increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. In February 2011, the risk of worsening symptoms for those with myasthenia gravis was added to the Boxed Warning. In August 2013, the agency required updates to the labels to describe the potential for irreversible peripheral neuropathy (serious nerve damage).

FDA Updates Safety Label Warnings for Fluoroquinolones Again

The agency has enhanced the warnings about these antibiotics’ association with disabling and potentially permanent side effects and to limit their use in patients with less serious bacterial infections. FDA says fluoroquinolones should be used for some conditions only when there are no other options available.

Workers for Grain Processor Exposed to Noise, Fall Hazards

New Alliance has been cited for 16 serious and one other-than-serious safety and health violations.

First LNG Vessel Passes Through Expanded Panama Canal

According to the Panama Canal Authority, the expanded canal can accommodate 90 percent of the world's LNG tankers.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Production Company Pleads Guilty

"The British film industry has a world-renowned reputation for making exceptional films. Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff – regardless of their celebrity status – is vital to protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as protecting the reputation of the industry," an HSE spokesman said July 26.

HHS Issues Funding for Information Sharing and Analysis Organization

The funding is part of an effort to fight cyber threats.

EPA expects the International Civil Aviation Organization to adopt its environmental committee

EPA Takes Aim at Commercial Aviation's Emissions

EPA expects the International Civil Aviation Organization will adopt its environmental committee's agreement on international aircraft CO2 standards in March 2017. EPA anticipates moving forward on standards that would be at least as stringent as ICAO's standards.

Federal Highway Administration Invites States to Designate 'Zero-Emission' and 'Alternative Fuel' Corridors

The initiative will help drivers find alternative fuels and contribute to smart city development.

Oregon OSHA Still Taking Applications for Training Grants

Any employer, labor group, school affiliated with a labor group, or nonprofit organization is eligible to apply, and the applicants may request up to $40,000 per grant project. But employers may not use these grants to pay for training for their employees.

Vestas Generator Plant Celebrates Safety Milestone

Factory Manager José Miguel Soto López saluted the accomplishment: "Four years without any TRI is an enormous achievement and a result of a common effort of us as a team. I am very proud of the whole Viveiro team."

ASTM Increasing Response Robot Test Methods

The new test methods will allow for comprehensive measurement of baseline robot capabilities, reliability of assistive and autonomous behaviors, and remote operator proficiency to support training.

Canada Cancels Some Uses of Boric Acid Pesticides

There are a total of 110 pesticide products registered for use in Canada containing boric acid, and 25 of those will have their registrations cancelled while the remaining 85 will have to meet new labeling requirements within the next two years.

"This is the last flying Mars in the world and the largest warbird ever built," said Wayne Coulson, CEO of Coulson Flying Tankers. The plane makes its first trip to Wisconsin for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, July 25-31.

World's Largest Water Bomber Landing at EAA Show

The plane also will make several demonstration flights during AirVenture Oshkosk. It is described as the largest flying boat ever flown operationally -- 38 feet high, 120 feet long, with a wingspan of 200 feet.

OSHA Says Auto Parts Manufacturer Continues to Expose Workers to Amputation Hazards

Pyongsan America and Surge Staffing face a total of $106,020 in fines.

THC Found in Colorado Town's Water Supply

THC was found in the water supply in the town of Hugo.

There are an estimated 2.7 million to 3.9 million people living in the United States with chronic Hepatitis C, according to CDC.

World Hepatitis Day Set for Next Week

There are an estimated 2.7 million to 3.9 million people living in the United States with chronic Hepatitis C, according to CDC.

This July 2015 photo shows an autonomous underwater vehicle being deployed in the underwater search for the missing MH370 aircraft. (ATSB photo)

MH370 Hunters Agree Not to Terminate Search

Only 10,000 square kilometers of the high-priority search area remaining to be searched, and the three governments involved had agreed earlier to stop searching if the missing plane wasn’t found in that area. But they agreed July 22 only to suspend the search if that is what happens.

Steam Methane Plant Exposed Workers to Health Dangers Due to Safety Failures

Air Liquide Large Industries US LP has been cited for one willful and one serious violation.

NRC Discussing NY Nuclear Plant's Preparedness July 26

The agency is hosting an open house in Oswego, N.Y., to go over its annual review of the safety performance at Entergy's James A. FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, N.Y., which the company plans to shut down early next year.

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