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Global Shortage of Health Workers Needs Urgent Attention: Lancet Editorial

Only half of all countries have the health care workers required to deliver quality health care (estimated at 30 physicians, 100 nurses or midwives, and five pharmacists per 10,000 people), the 2017 Global Burden of Disease Study estimates.

This photo shows samples of rebar recovered from the collapsed FIU pedestrian bridge before they were sent to the Federal Highway Administration

NTSB Reports Design Errors Made in FIU Pedestrian Bridge

Six people died and eight others were injured when the 174-foot bridge collapsed on March 15, 2018, while it was still under construction.

DOE Funds 40 New Projects

The selected OPEN 2018 projects are in 21 states and fall into nine technical categories, including transportation, electricity generation and delivery, and energy efficiency.



New EMS Helicopters Selected for New Zealand's South Island Service

The aim of a 10-year modernization program is to build a national integrated network that covers all of New Zealand, is well connected with other emergency services, is available around the clock, and is safer and more appropriately clinically resourced, according to the Health Ministry.

NRC Special Investigation of Browns Ferry Under Way

A two-person NRC inspection team will identify the circumstances surrounding a Nov. 7 dose rate alarm event, review the licensee's immediate response to the alarm, evaluate their corrective actions and causal analysis, and assess the program for diving, work control, radiological surveys, and movement of highly radioactive material.

Three ASTM Footwear Standards Revised, Aligned

One of the revised standards covers test methods for foot protection (F2412). The others are specifications for performance requirements for both safety toe cap footwear (F2413) and soft-toe (non-safety) protective footwear (F2892).

NZ Government to Re-Enter Pike River Mine

"I've been considering the re-entry recommendations, risk assessments, and information provided by the Pike River Recovery Agency, along with input from independent advisor Rob Fyfe. The re-entry method I have approved is the simplest and safest plan," Minister Andrew Little said Nov. 14.

HHS Working Group Calls for Tick-Borne Disease Strategic Plan

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, a federal advisory committee established by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act, issued its first report Nov. 14.

Company Announces Solar-Powered Autonomous Aircraft

Named Odysseus, it is described by the Boeing-owned company as "a groundbreaking persistence aircraft inspired by the need for climate and atmospheric research."

Tool Helps Measure Bridges' Safety After Severe Storms

"After powerful storms come through, being able to quickly assess whether or not key transportation infrastructure can hold heavy trucks that deliver relief aid is vital," explained Eleanore Hajian, the DHS S&T program manager responsible for the Soil Probe project.

NTSB Meeting to Determine Cause of Casino Shuttle Boat Fire

The fire in January 2018 destroyed the vessel and caused the death of one passenger.

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Receives $200 Million Gift

It is the largest-ever endowment gift to the Mayo Clinic. The school will now be known as the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

State DOTs Ready for Winter Weather

Supplies, contractors, training, and practice all contribute to their preparation for plowing operations.

Some Sandia Workers to Be Added to SEC

The class to be added consists of all employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and its contractors or subcontractors who worked in any area at the Sandia National Laboratories during the period from Jan. 1, 1995, through Dec. 31, 1996, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days.

MIOSHA in Safety Partnership at GVSU Construction Project

The partners will work to ensure safety through several key elements, including 100 percent fall protection over 6 feet; 100 percent personal protective equipment, including hard hats, eye protection, and high-visibility outer clothing; and ensuring all crane operators are certified.

Minnesota Workplace Injury Rate Reaches All-Time Low

The survey estimated that in 2017, the state had 72,500 workers with OSHA-recordable nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses, compared to 73,600 cases for 2016.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Products

As of Nov. 5, 2018, 164 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading have been reported from 35 states, and 63 people have been hospitalized. One death has been reported from California.

UK Company Fined $1.5 Million After Gas Main Fire

Two workers were injured, with one suffering severe burns, when a gas main ignited while they were trying to repair a leak.

Based on its investigations of combustible dust incidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has concluded that they are entirely preventable. (Photo by Andrew Hancock, Huntington Herald-Press, included in CSB

Combustible Dust Comments Due to CSB Soon

The safety board wants comments by Nov. 26 on the management and control of combustible dust from companies, regulators, inspectors, safety training providers, researchers, unions, and workers exposed to dust-related hazards.

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

With the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, the final rule will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The requirements for evaluation and documentation will become effective on Feb. 7, 2019.

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults Reaches Lowest Level Ever Recorded

In 2017, an estimated 14 percent of U.S. adults (34 million) were current (past 30-day) cigarette smokers, a decrease of 15.5 percent in 2016 and a 67 percent decline since 1965. Notably, the number of young adults aged 18 to 24 years decreased from 13 percent in 2016 to 10 percent in 2017.

BLS Reports Private-Industry Recordable Case Rate Declined Slightly in 2017

The 2017 rate of total recordable cases was 2.8 per 100 FTE workers, down from 2.9 the year before.

Kubota Recalls Mowers and Compact Tractors Due to Burn Hazard

According to the recall notice, hot coolant can spray out onto users from the overheated and pressurized coolant reservoir tank and pose a burn hazard. Kubota has received three reports of burn injuries from the coolant ejecting from the reservoir tank.

NYC Postpones Construction Safety Training Mandate

The six-month delay doesn't affect the ultimate aim of the law requiring workers to have 40 hours of training by September 2020. Supervisors will be required to have 62 hours.

ISEA Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Industry Standard for Impact Resistant Gloves

ISEA Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Standard for Impact-Resistant Gloves

The standard, currently designated ISEA 138, would establish minimum requirements for performance, classification, and labeling in hand protection products designed to protect the knuckles and fingers from impact forces while performing tasks at work.

WorkSafeBC Video Stresses Use of Personal Flotation Devices in the Fishing Industry

Commercial fishing is one of British Columbia’s most dangerous occupations, and drowning is the leading cause of death for the province’s fishermen.

California Voters Approve Proposition on Ambulance Workers

Proposition 11 was passed Nov. 6. It will allow ambulance providers to require workers to remain on call during meal and rest breaks, being paid at their regular rates.

Duck Boat's Captain Charged

The indictment alleges Kenneth Scott McKee failed to properly assess the nature of the severe weather while the vessel was on the water and operated it in violation of the conditions and limitations specified in the vessel's certificate of inspection. When severe weather arrived at the vessel's location, the indictment says, McKee failed to instruct passengers to don personal flotation devices and also allegedly failed to immediately increase speed and head to the nearest shore.

Contractor Fined Legal Maximum After Worker’s Fatal Fall

Northeast Framing Inc. faces a penalty total of $311,330, the maximum allowed by law.

About 5,000 Vehicles Pulled from Service During Brake Safety Week

Enforcement personnel throughout Canada and the United States inspected commercial motor vehicles for brake violations. During the week, they placed 4,955 vehicles out of service until critical problems with their brakes could be fixed.