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National Heatstroke Prevention Day

National Heatstroke Prevention Day is July 31

July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, here are some tips to staying cool.

OSHA Issues Alerts Concerning Workplace Hazards For Employees in Flood Zones, Hot Temperatures

The alerts come as parts of the U.S. experience major flooding and record hot temperatures

Research Shows Digital Tool Could Help to Build Safer Buildings

Research funded by IOSH and Glasglow Caledonian University has found the use of a hazard-identifying tool could educate architects on typical design-related hazards.



Wisconsin Lumber Company Faces Nearly $350,000 in Penalties, Labeled Severe Violator

After a worker was caught in an outdoor bark conveyor belt and suffered fatal injuries, OSHA cited Pukall Lumber Company Inc. for two willful violations and 13 serious violations. The company is now in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

3M Issues Immediate Recall of Two Fall Protection Devices, Citing Safety Concerns

3M Issues Immediate Recall of Two Fall Protection Devices, Citing Safety Concerns

The corporation issued the recall and stop use before any serious incidents took place due to the faulty equipment.

Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers About Heat Illness Prevention Standards

As temperatures in across the Central Valley in California are expected to reach triple digits in the next few weeks, Cal/OSHA is reminding employers that shade must be made available to workers at all times.

FDA Launches New Television Ads Warning Youth About Dangers of e-Cigarette Use

FDA Launches New Television Ads Warning Youth About Dangers of e-Cigarette Use

e-cigarettes are the most popular tobacco product among teens, but the FDA’s educational campaign aims to change that.

Rushed Schedule of Tokyo Olympic Construction May Be Affecting Worker Safety

Rushed Schedule of Tokyo Olympic Construction May Be Affecting Worker Safety

Construction for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is right on schedule, but with a labor shortage in Japan and a rushed schedule, workers’ safety is being compromised.

New Jersey Contractor Facing Penalties After OSHA Finds Lead and Fall Hazard Violations

Scot Christopher Rule LLC was inspected in February after not providing proof of abatement related to a 2017 investigation.

Birmingham Manufacturer Fined for Inadequate Pedestrian Walkway Protection

In 2017, a Minteq UK Ltd employee was struck and killed by a forklift truck while walking in the designated pedestrian area of the site’s roadway. This designated area was in the middle of the roadway and was unprotected.

OSHA Cites Large Transit Service Provider for Safety and Health Hazards in Georgia

France-based company Transdev is facing nearly $200,000 in penalties for exposing employees to safety and health hazards.

CMS Proposes Coverage of Acupuncture as Alternative to Prescription Opioids

CMS Proposes Coverage of Acupuncture as Alternative to Prescription Opioids

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed to cover acupuncture for patients with chronic low back pain rather than prescription opioids.

OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week Begins in Early August

According to OSHA, “the week-long event encourages employers to implement workplace safety initiatives, and highlight workers’ contributions to improving safety.”

Congressional Bill Seeks to Expand Benefits for Workers, Residents Exposed to Radiation

The legislation would increase the number of “downwind” states and the maximum amount individuals can receive to $150,000.

Cal/OSHA Standards Board Adopts New Emergency Regulation to Protect Outdoor Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Cal/OSHA Standards Board Adopts New Emergency Regulation to Protect Outdoor Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Employers must quickly adopt the new requirements in early August.

OSHA Cites Missouri Contract For Trench Engulfment Hazards

R.V. Wagner Inc. is facing $212,158 in penalties for failing to use trench protection techniques, failing to provide a safe exit and other serious violations.

Indiana OSHA to Investigate Incident at DeKalb County Factory

Indiana OSHA will investigate an incident that occurred last week in which a worker was injured while working on a piece of machinery. As of Friday, he was in critical condition.

Iowa Worker Who Fell 1,000 feet Wasn’t Wearing Safety Equipment, Employer Cited

Iowa Worker Who Fell 1,000 feet Wasn’t Wearing Safety Equipment, Employer Cited

In May, an Iowa worker fell 1,000 feet from a television antenna tower and died. Further investigation showed he was not wearing available fall protection equipment. The employer now faces two serious violations, including inadequate strength in a protection attachment.

UPS Workers Push For Air-Conditioned Trucks, More Regulations on Heat Exposure

A new investigation reveals the tough conditions faced by delivery drivers, including 100-plus degree temperatures and a high rate of heat-related illnesses.

Ohio Workers' Comp Budget Won't Include Coverage for First Responders Suffering from PTSD

Lawmakers say they plan to approve coverage for public safety employees in separate legislation later this year.

HHS Sponsors Developement of Advanced Burn Imaging Device for First Responders

HHS Sponsors Development of Advanced Burn Imaging Device for First Responders

New advanced technology informs a healthcare provider whether surgical procedures are necessary or if wounds will heal with other non-surgical treatment.

Jacksonville Zoo Faces Nearly $15,000 in Penalties After Rhinoceros Injures Zookeeper

A Jacksonville zookeeper was injured in February after a rhino struck her in the arm, should and stomach with its horn. Now, the Jacksonville Zoological Society Inc. faces $14,661 in proposed penalties for exposing employees to workplace safety hazards.

NTSB Releases Results of Investigation Into Collision Between Self-Driving Shuttle and Commercial Truck

The investigators found that the probable cause of the minor 2017 crash was a combination of driver error and a lack of easy access to a manual controller.

British Fatal Injuries Led by Agricultural and Construction Sector Workers This Year

British Fatal Injuries Led by Agricultural and Construction Sector Workers This Year

A report by the Health and Safety executive shows that self-employed workers in the Agricultural and Construction sectors were the most prone to fatal injuries in the 2018-2019 year.

Emergency Communications Available in the Midst of NYC Blackout

As parts of New York City were plunged into darkness this weekend, emergency communications were upheld by standards that are set in place to avoid disaster in power outages.

Autonomous Mining, Construction Vehicles Aid in Worker Safety

Autonomous Mining, Construction Vehicles Aid in Worker Safety

Self-guided bulldozers and mining trucks are being developed with advanced artificial intelligence to prevent equipment from colliding with human workers.

Labor Department Urges Employers to Address Hazards That Hit Their Peak in Summer Months

Risks of heat exposure, falls, electrical safety and other hazards tend to be highest during July, August and September.

New Jersey Amends Medical Marijuana Law to Include Protections for Employees and Employers

New Jersey Amends Medical Marijuana Law to Include Protections for Employees and Employers

Workers are now protected from ‘adverse employment action’ for being medical marijuana users, but employers can prohibit cannabis use at the workplace.

Cal/OSHA Cites Two Employers for Serious Accident-Related Health and Safety Violations

Gladiator Rooter & Plumbing and Gate Gourmet, Inc. were cited for serious accident-related health and safety violations last week after two employees were poisoned by carbon monoxide while working in a confined space.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill Pushing OSHA to Protect Workers Against Heat Stress

The measure would require employers to give workers paid breaks in cool spaces, access to water and training on how to respond to symptoms of heat illness.