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This photo shows the final position of the transit bus and the school bus. (Maryland Transportation Authority Police photo)

NTSB Preparing Special Investigative Report on School Bus Safety

Combining two 2016 crash investigations into one comprehensive report allows NTSB to focus on specific areas of concern found in both events and highlight where recommendations are needed, according to the board.

Alaska Governor Issues Building Safety, Water Safety Proclamations

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker issued a pair of proclamations on April 24 that declare May as both Building Safety Month and Water Safety Month in the state.

Southern Nevada Health District: 48 Flu Deaths in Clark County

The Las Vegas-based Southern Nevada Health District announced an updated count of 48 flu deaths for Clark County, Nevada, the southern county that includes the city of Las Vegas, on April 23.



Environmental Protection Announces New Product of the Year Winners

The 2018 New Product of the Year contest attracted a record number of entries, with many of the products winning accolades from the three independent judges. Two companies won multiple awards.

Congressional Panel Seeks Input on Multiemployer Pension Solutions

"This committee is finally forcing Congress to treat the pension crisis in this country with the seriousness and urgency American workers deserve. Hearing directly from workers, retirees, and businesses about what is at stake for them will help the committee craft the best possible solution," Sen. Sherrod Brown said.

Drone Distribution of Sterile Mosquitoes Successfully Tested

"The release mechanism for mosquitoes has until now been a bottleneck in the application of SIT to control human diseases," said Jeremy Bouyer, medical entomologist at the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. "The use of drones is a breakthrough and paves the way for large-scale and cost-efficient releases, also over densely populated areas."

OSHA Cites Company for Operating Damaged Forklift

OSHA responded to complaints that Rural King Supply Inc. allowed workers to operate a damaged forklift despite worker reports of faulty brakes. Upon investigation, OSHA determined that the company failed to perform necessary repairs or discontinue use of the forklift.

CDC: Consumers Should Not Eat Romaine Lettuce Due to E. Coli Risk

New information collected from state and local health officials in Alaska, along with other information collected to date, indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people ill. Currently, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.

CSB to Release Final Investigation Report on PCA Explosion

The explosion occurred at the company’s Pulp and Paper Mill during hot work activities during the facility’s annual shutdown, killing three contract workers and injuring seven others.

ASSE Honors 2018 SPY, Safety Educator of the Year

Gary Winn, Ph.D., CHST, is the 2018 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator and Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, CET, is the 2018 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year.

Boeing Honors 13 Suppliers for Outstanding 2017 Performance

Supplier of the Year Award winners for 2017 include Airgas USA, LLC, receiving the Safety Award, and Watson Furniture Group, receiving the Environment Award.

Ontario Increases Cancer Coverage for Firefighters

Ontario Increases Cancer Coverage for Firefighters

The process for claiming Worker’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits once a firefighter is diagnosed with cervical, ovarian, or penile cancers will be expedited, and the individual will not be required to prove that their cancer is work-related.

Schneider Electric Recalls Safety Switches Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

Schneider Electric Recalls Safety Switches Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

Schneider Electric has recalled about 1,079,000 units of the Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R Safety Switches because the power can stay on when the safety switch handle is in the “OFF” position, posing an electrical shock or electrocution hazard to consumers.

OSHA Cites Contractor for Exposing Workers to Trenching, Other Safety Hazards

“Trenching and excavation are among the most hazardous construction operations, and employers have an obligation to follow safety requirements designed to protect their workers,” OSHA Bismarck Area Office Director Eric Brooks.

NTSB to Host Roundtable on In-Flight Loss of Control

The one-day roundtable, “Prevent Loss of Control in Flight in General Aviation Through Training and Technology," will take place in Washington, D.C., on April 24. Eighteen industry and government experts will participate, and the discussion will be moderated by NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt.

Southwest Airlines Engine Explodes in Flight, Killing a Passenger

It was the first passenger fatality in a U.S. airline accident since 2009, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt.

Arizona Agencies Preparing for the Heat

Dr. Cara M. Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, reported on her blog last week that officials have begun planning for a hot summer, after a June 2017 heat wave last year brought record high temperatures.

More Than 6,200 Postal Workers Attacked By Dogs in 2017

State Farm reported it paid more than $132 million in 2017 as a result of 3,618 dog-related injury claims. The average cost paid per claim was $36,573.

NIST Releases Updated Cybersecurity Framework

"Cybersecurity is critical for national and economic security," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. "The voluntary NIST Cybersecurity Framework should be every company's first line of defense. Adopting version 1.1 is a must do for all CEOs."

ASSE Foundation Sets New Record for Scholarships and Awards

By awarding more than $375,000 in scholarships and grants to 117 individuals seeking advancement in the occupational safety and health profession, the foundation topped its previous record of $303,665 awarded in 2017.

NTSB Safety Alert Concerns Protecting Bridges from Fire Damage

It is based on a collapse that occurred about 6 p.m. on March 30, 2017, in Atlanta. About an hour after long-stored construction materials under I-85 were set on fire, a 92-foot-long elevated span of I-85 collapsed.

Texas Work Zone Deaths Rose 9 Percent in 2017

There were 199 work zone fatalities in Texas during 2017, but just 4 percent of the victims were road crew workers. The other 96 percent were motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, according to TxDOT. There were 813 work zone serious injuries recorded in the state during 2017.

CDC Hosting 67th EIS Conference This Week

The April 16-19 conference includes four special sessions on critical public health topics: the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, the need for innovative use of big data in public health, the 1918 influenza centenary, and the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic.

Lead in Drinking Water: Should You be Worried?

Lead in Drinking Water: Should You be Worried?

In 2015, the news about the high lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water caused the nation to focus its attention on lead.

ATA Hires New Safety Policy Director

Dan Horvath joined ATA after more than five years as the director of compliance and safety at TransForce Inc.

During the April 2018 tour, the Air Force Reserve Command

'Hurricane Hunter' Tour Heading to Mexico, Caribbean

"Last year's hurricanes Irma and Maria were some of the most powerful hurricanes ever to strike Mexico or the Caribbean," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said April 10. "Even as recovery from these devastating hurricanes continues, we have to prepare for another season that is just weeks away."

NIOSH Publishes Updated NORA Public Safety Agenda

Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and chronic diseases are the first recommendation because stress is such a big factor affecting public safety workers' health, it says. Sudden cardiac events are responsible for 7 to 22 percent of on-duty deaths among police officers, 17 percent among wildland firefighters, and 11 percent among EMS workers, it says.

Committee Retires Four 2017 Hurricane Names

The World Meteorological Organization maintains rotating lists of names that are appropriate for each tropical cyclone basin. In the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific, male and female names alternate alphabetically, and the lists are used every six years. But if a hurricane is particularly deadly or costly, its name is retired and is replaced by a different name.

Ambulance bills in general can often top $600 or $800 or more, and most ambulance services tack on an "emergency response charge" that tops $300 on average.

HHS Tests Moving Highly Infectious Patients

Seven people acting as patients with Ebola symptoms, including one pediatric patient, were to present themselves at health facilities in Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, or Idaho. Health care workers were to collect collect and ship samples for diagnostic tests to state laboratories and have the patients transported by air or ground ambulance to designated Regional Ebola Treatment Centers.

PennDOT Implements Automated Vehicle Safety Oversight Plan

"Given public concerns about safety on Pennsylvania roadways, we must implement interim oversight policies while we await legislative action on our request for permanent authorization," Secretary Leslie S. Richards said.