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PG&E Files for Bankruptcy Protection

"Through this process, we will prioritize what matters most to our customers and the communities we serve – safety and reliability. We believe that this process will make sure that we have sufficient liquidity to serve our customers and support our operations and obligations," said PG&E Corporation Interim CEO John R. Simon.

TxDOT to Form Connected and Automated Vehicle Task Force

The CAV Task Force will document public and private entity efforts and facilitate partnerships as well as host industry forums and report lessons learned to aid in progress and encourage collaboration.

Struck-By Incidents and Falls Lead Work-Related Deaths in NC

The largest number of work-related deaths in North Carolina in 2018 were caused by struck-by incidents and falls, based on preliminary information released Jan. 25 by the North Carolina Department of Labor.



Atlanta Declared 'No Drone Zone' During Super Bowl LIII Events

The FAA will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on game day that will prohibit drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium, up to 17,999 feet in altitude.

MTA Raises Subway Speed Limits at 24 Locations

The speed limit increases are part of NYC Transit's Save Safe Seconds campaign, which aims to efficiently and safely reduce travel time for subway customers.

New ASTM Test Method Addresses Corrosion in Petrochemical Pipelines

The annual estimated cost of microbiologically induced corrosion to the oil and gas industry ranges from $4 billion to $30 billion.

IAEA Team Completes Safety Review at Two Spanish Nuclear Plants

The 12-member team began its review began Jan. 15, focusing on aspects essential to the safe long-term operation of Units 1 and 2 at Ascó and Unit 2 at Vandellós, which respectively went into commercial operation in 1984, 1986, and 1988.

Mayor Offers a Month of Free Rides on DC Circulator

The DC Circulator provides public transportation to many of the district's main attractions, with six distinct routes across Washington and into Rosslyn, Va. It provides close to 5 million trips per year.

FDNY Promotes 59 EMS Officers, Graduates 52 Paramedics

"Our new paramedics will bring life-saving medical training to our most serious medical calls, while our newly promoted chiefs, captains, and lieutenants will provide critical leadership at the more than 1.5 million medical emergencies FDNY members respond to," Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said. "Together, these members in their new roles, and every EMT, paramedic, and officer will continue to demonstrate that FDNY is not only the busiest emergency medical service in the world, it's also the best."

Multiple Serious Asbestos Violations Result in Almost $800,000 in Fines

James Thorpe, Northlake Capital & Development, 3917 Densmore LLC, and Chris Walters have each been cited for 11 willful and serious violations, with fines for the four separate investigations totaling $789,200.

Sprinklers Held Las Vegas Fire in Check

A two-alarm fire in a large commercial building downtown did relatively little damage Jan. 24 because the fire was in the attic area and was being held in check by fire sprinklers, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue reported.

Michigan Agency Conducting Snowmobile Patrols

During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend alone, five snowmobilers died in the state. So far this winter, nine snowmobilers have died in Michigan.

NSC Receives Grant to Support Women in Safety

"Today more women than men earn bachelor's degrees, but women are still underrepresented in STEM fields," said Nick Smith, interim president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Women should always have a seat at the safety table, and this grant from The UPS Foundation will help NSC efforts to identify, advance, and celebrate those opportunities."

DOL Grant to Assist Workers in Counties Hit by Opioids Crisis

The grant helps the New York State Department of Labor provide disaster relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in counties impacted by widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdoses. Funding has been approved up to $5,591,446, with an initial award of $1,863,815.

Florida Rated Most Dangerous State for Pedestrians

The last two years on record (2016 and 2017) were the most deadly years for people killed by drivers while walking since 1990, according to the report, which ranks states and metropolitan areas around the country using Smart Growth America's "Pedestrian Danger Index."

OSHA Final Rule Eliminates Electronic Reporting Requirement

"By preventing routine government collection of information that may be quite sensitive, including descriptions of workers' injuries and body parts affected, OSHA is avoiding the risk that such information might be publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act," the agency's Jan. 24 news release said.

OSHA Cites Nebraska Beef Processing Plant

Noah's Ark Processors LLC faces penalties of $182,926 for 16 serious safety violations. OSHA cited the company for process safety management program deficiencies, failing to guard roof openings, and electrical safety and lockout/tagout violations.

Fire damage to the lower aft cargo compartment of the Boeing 737-700 was contained to an area about 24 inches by 24 inches in size, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Report Highlights Threat of Lithium-Ion Batteries in Checked Bags

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's investigative report on a baggage compartment fire during a WestJet flight in June 2018 says a damaged battery inside a passenger's bag triggered it.

ILO Commission's Future of Work Report Released

Among the report's 10 recommendations are a universal labor guarantee that protects fundamental workers' rights, an adequate living wage, limits on hours of work, and safe and healthy workplaces.

NCDOL: No Fines for Old Labor Law Posters

The department will not fine businesses that have the old posters displayed, and NCDOL inspectors carry the newest posters in their vehicles and will offer them free to employers who have out-of-date posters.

Federal Grant Funds Earthquake Cleanup Jobs in Alaska

"It is critical that we focus on rebuilding our public infrastructure," Alaska Labor Commissioner Dr. Tamika Ledbetter said. "This funding supports our commitment to invest in employment opportunities for rebuilding our public facilities, roads, and schools and provides opportunities for workers to gain transferable skills."

Michigan Agencies Making Food Safety Inspections

"A seamless food safety regulatory system that involves many regulatory layers on the federal, state and local levels is key to preventing foodborne illness and protecting public health," McDowell said. "We hope our federal partners are back to business as usual soon, which will bring all food safety efforts up to full capacity."

Research Shows Waste Collection Systems Contribute to Musculoskeletal Issues for UK Workers

The research, published in the latest edition of IOSH's Policy and Practice in Health and Safety Journal, investigated musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in workers as a result of different systems used for recycling and waste collection.

First Responder Crisis Intervention Bill Signed into Law in Massachusetts

The new law will require the state's police and fire stations to offer crisis intervention services to assist first responders who are coping with psychological trauma or stress.

FDA Posts Notice on Medtronic Cranial Software Recall

Medtronic recalled Synergy Cranial Software and Stealth Station S7 Cranial Software in September 2018 because of inaccuracies displayed during surgical procedures. The notice says FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.

Coast Guard Arrests Suspect in Laser Targeting Case

Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a felony offense under 18 U.S. Code Section 39A.

24 New Faces on House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

There are 16 new Democrats on the committee and eight new Republican members in the 116th Congress.

ICC Evaluation Service and Italian Council Sign MOU

"The International Code Council is honored to be a part of this important agreement," said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. "Our family of companies are global leaders in the building safety industry, and our mission transcends borders. We look forward to continuing to deepen our relationship with our Italian partners as we work to increase building safety around the world."

Two Ag Safety Days Coming Up in February in Washington State

This year's agenda features sessions on tractor and ATV safety, confined spaces, machine guarding, hazard awareness, sexual harassment prevention, distracted driving, and more. Many workshops will be presented in both English and Spanish.

2019 Wildfire Mitigation Award Winners Announced

The awards, established in 2014, are co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS).