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WMATA Planning $1.4 Billion in Safety, Reliability Improvements

Metro says its $3.4 billion proposed capital and operating budget "prioritizes safety and compliance, investing $1.4 billion through Metro's Capital Improvement Program for safety and reliability improvements, rebuilding the Metro system and improving the effectiveness of the current rail and bus network."

NFPA Project on Remote Inspections Seeks Committee Members

NFPA staff will return to the Standards Council in April with a proposed start-up roster. Those interested in participating in standards development as a technical committee member are asked to submit an application by Feb. 27.

Active Shooter Exercise Set in Key West

The purpose of the Feb. 1 exercise is to test multiple agencies' response policies, plans, and procedures to an active shooter incident within the maritime domain.



What NTSB Couldn't Do During the Shutdown

The 35-day partial government shutdown prevented NTSB from dispatching investigators to 22 accidents. These were 15 aviation accidents resulting in 21 fatalities; three marine accidents; two railroad accidents resulting in two fatalities; and two highway accidents resulting in seven fatalities and 15 injuries.

Measles Outbreak Prompts Emergency Declaration in Washington State

Thirty-six cases had been confirmed in two counties as of Jan. 28. Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation calls the outbreak “an extreme public health risk.”

Fort Worth Hospital's CEO Criticizes Elevator Contractor

An employee was seriously injured Jan. 20 in one of John Peter Smith Hospital’s elevators. President and CEO Robert Earley’s Jan. 29 letter to a ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation regional president says seven of the hospital’s elevators were out of service on Jan. 25.

ANSI Surveys Important Standards for the Big Game

ASTM International, a member and audited designator of the American National Standards Institute, has two standards that provide guidance for protective headgear for football.

Study Shows High Pesticide Exposure Linked to Poor Sense of Smell Among Farmers

Study Shows High Pesticide Exposure Linked to Poor Sense of Smell Among Farmers

At the start of the study, about 16 percent of participants reported having experienced a high pesticide exposure event (HPEE), such as a large amount of pesticide spilling on their body. They were asked 20 years later if they suffered olfactory impairment, a partial to complete loss of sense of smell.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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."

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.

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."