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This memorial wall was erected to honor the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine South explosion on April 5, 2010. (MSHA photo)

Appeals Court Upholds Don Blankenship's Conviction

A 3-0 decision by a panel of judges from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his appeal of his conviction for conspiracy to willfully violate federal mine health and safety standards.

Muffler Parts Manufacturer Cited After Two Workers Hurt Within 10 Days

The company now faces $219,242 in proposed penalties.

Pennsylvania Railroad Parts Manufacturer Cited

A follow-up inspection found the company failed to develop and implement adequate lockout/tagout procedures, exposed workers to live electrical contacts, did not install machine guards, and exposed workers to fall hazards.



DOT Amends Hazmat Rules to Maintain Consistency with International Regulations

DOT said that the amendments include changes to proper shipping names; hazard classes; packing groups; special provisions; packaging authorizations; air transport quantity limitations; and vessel stowage requirements.

New Company Pairs Aetna with Twin Cities Health Insurer

They expect their jointly owned health plan company, Allina Health and Aetna Insurance Company, will be a new option for wellness and employers and consumers in metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Safety Concerns Cause Move of Antarctic Station

Safety Concerns Cause Move of Antarctic Station

The British Antarctic Survey station is being moved about 15 miles to get away from new crack in the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, and it will shut down from March to November this year.

OSHA and Rocky Mountain Education Center Renew Alliance

The alliance will continue to support worker safety education throughout Colorado.

OSHA Says Employee's Death at Auto Parts Business was Preventable

The agency has asked the Bellingham-based company to provide multi-piece tires and rimes training.

CDC Plans Data Collection on Underground Mining Technology

The agency's goal is to use the information to provide insight on the most important barriers faced by organizations that must purchase, use, approve, and manufacture electronic safety technologies for underground mining.

OSHA Reminds Workers and Employers to be Safe While Removing Snow from Rooftops

OSHA Reminds Workers and Employers to be Safe While Removing Snow from Rooftops

The agency made the announcement following southwestern Idaho's record snowfall. Winter storms are affecting much of the northern half of the country this week.

FMCSA Starts 2017 Drug and Alcohol Information Survey

Selected trucking and bus companies must submit their 2016 drug and alcohol testing results by March 15.

OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

The practices will help employers make workers feel comfortable voicing their concerns without fear of retaliation.

Malaysian and Australian investigators examined a piece of MH370 aircraft debris found on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania in this ATSB file photo.

Australian Government Suspends MH370 Search

The last search vessel on Jan. 17 left the zone where an underwater search has been under way for months.

U.S. Army Studying How Blast Pressure Affects Brains

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has a partner in this work -- the Japanese Ministry of Defense. On Dec. 19, 2016, Japanese medical researchers visited Maryland for an update on the work.

EPA Issues Nanomaterials Reporting Rule

The information is to include the specific chemical identity, production volume, methods of manufacture and processing, exposure and release information, and existing information concerning environmental and health effects, "insofar as known to or reasonably ascertainable by the person making the report," it states.

DOT Starts New Rail Crossing Warning Campaign

The $7 million digital, radio, and video campaign addresses young male motorists, and a supporting video shows a train slamming into an SUV.

HHS Announces Winners of Health Information App Challenges

The winning companies developed "new tools that make it easier for individuals and clinicians to access health information and put it to use," said Dr. Vindell Washington, national coordinator for health information technology.

Opioids and Public Health on Physicians' 2017 Legislative Agenda

Opioid-related legislation will focus mainly on mandated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use but also on physician education, substance-use disorder treatment, and guidelines or restrictions on prescribing controlled substances.

Second Meeting of FAA Drone Committee Set

The committee's main goal during the second meeting, which is open to the public, will be to review and potentially approve three task groups, including one to review issues related to the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments in regulating and enforcing drone laws.

Sioux Falls Company Cited after Equipment Operator Suffers Serious Injuries in Trench Cave-in

Kempf Construction was cited for five serious safety violations.

Masonry Contractor Cited for Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards

OSHA inspectors witnessed workers working at heights up to 40 feet without proper fall protection.

Jasper Roofing Contractors Sued after OSHA Investigation Cooperation

The suit seeks back wages and damages for violations of the OSH Act.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Names Most Dangerous Jobs in America

The report also says senior citizens are at risk.

Canada's National Energy Board to Require More Emergency Info at Pipeline Application Stage

"Canadians have told us that they want more information about a company's emergency response information at the earliest stages of a proposed project. These changes will foster increased understanding among stakeholders, hearing participants, NEB experts, and panel members regarding a company's plans to respond should an emergency occur," said Peter Watson, chair and CEO of the board.

Fire, Traffic Deaths Hit Record Lows in NYC Last Year

The mayor and fire commissioner said response times to fires and life-threatening medical emergencies improved by 5 seconds for fires and 21 seconds for medical calls in 2016, and they announced the early completion of the nation's largest smoke alarm giveaway/installation program.

VA Establishes Presumption of Illnesses from Camp Lejeune Water Supply

During the early 1980s, volatile organic compounds, trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, as well as benzene and vinyl chloride were discovered in two on-base water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. The contaminated wells supplying the water systems were shut down in February 1985.

Workers Exposed to Multiple Fall Hazards While Roofing Residential Home

Redhawk Roofing has been cited for four repeated safety violations.

Textron Specialized Vehicles Recalls 1,100 ATVs

The Bad Boy XTO and Bone Collector XTO off-road utility vehicles are not equipped with seat belts and pose a risk of serious injury in an accident.

FHWA Releases Two Final Rules to Improve Highway System

The rules outline new performance measures that will improve roads and bridges as well as assess travel reliability.

Padlocks should be standardized by size and color so that workers can easily identify function and ownership.

New ANSI Lockout Standard a 'New Direction'

The ANSI/ASSE Z224.1-2016 standard is a game changer for both the United States and OSH professionals globally, says Master Lock's Todd Grover.

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