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Kentucky Agency's Site Visits Save Big on Safety Fines

Sixteen free on-site visits last month caused those employers to correct 123 serious violations that could have affected up to 4,873 employees and resulted in enforcement penalties of as much as $861,000.

Agreement Reached on Oklahoma Criminal Justice Reforms

"We continue to urge that funding be provided for up-front mental health and substance abuse treatment, diversion programs, specialty courts, and other focused interventions that help an offender get their life back on track and avoid further criminal activity," said District 11 District Attorney Kevin Buchanan, president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association.

Miami International Opens Facial Recognition Passport Screening Facility

The Concourse E facility opened Feb. 27 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Since launching a facial recognition pilot program in November, the facility has been screening as many as 10 passengers per minute.

Fire Authorities Urge Smoke Alarm Checks at Daylight Savings

Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 11, and fire authorities are issuing reminders to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when setting your clocks forward.

Opioid Overdoses Up 30 Percent Last Year: CDC

A new Vital Signs report from the agency, based on emergency department data, shows in the nine months through September 2017, overdoses increased across all regions, in most states, for both men and women, and for most age groups. They were up about 30 percent overall, with the largest increases mainly in western states.

New Satellite to Improve Western Hemisphere Weather Tracking

GOES-S is the second satellite in a series of next-generation weather satellites. It will allow NOAA to track in near-real time storm systems, lightning, wildfires, and coastal fog and other hazards that affect the western United States.

New Caltrans Leaders Sworn In

Laurie Berman is the transportation department's new director and Ryan Chamberlain its new chief deputy director. Gov. Jerry Brown, who appointed both, said they are a strong leadership team for the department, which is an $8.5 billion organization with nearly 20,000 employees.

Australian Safety Standards to be Relaxed for Trains Too Wide to Fit Tunnels

The new intercity trains, which are being built in South Korea, will be about 3.1 meters across, making them too wide to travel on the Blue Mountains Line to Katoomba and Lithgow without a rail line upgrade.

Boeing Partners with Queensland Government on Autonomous Vehicle Research

During the next three years, this rapid innovation program will see Boeing develop next-generation autonomous systems capability in Australia to increase the independent operation of air and sea vehicles.

OSHA to Start Enforcing New Beryllium Rule in May

OSHA said it also will begin enforcing on May 11, 2018, the new, lower 8-hour permissible exposure limit and short-term (15-minute) exposure limit for construction and shipyard industries.

France Ratifies Fishing Vessel Safety Agreement

The Cape Town Agreement will take effect 12 months after it has been ratified by 22 states that, collectively, have 3,600 or more fishing vessels of at least 24 meters in length operating on the high seas.

Six FDNY EMS Veterans Promoted

The six have prepared the bureau's emergency response to major events and have managed mass casualty incidents across the five boroughs, ensuring the safety of millions of New Yorkers and tourists.

New FMCSA, FRA Administrators Sworn In

FMCSA's Raymond P. Martinez is a former commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. FRA's Ronald L. Batory was president and chief operating officer of Conrail, the eighth-largest freight railroad in America, from 2004 until his retirement in April 2017.

NIOSH Offering Confidential Black Lung Screenings for Coal Miners

The free health screenings are provided through NIOSH mobile testing units. They will begin March 19-23 in coal mining regions throughout Western Kentucky and then take place the following week, March 26-30, throughout Mingo, Logan, and Wayne Counties in West Virginia.

Fall Protection Training - Protective Equiment Alone is Not Enough to Keep Workers Safe

Fall Protection Training - Protective Equiment Alone is Not Enough to Keep Workers Safe

In 2016, a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States, a 7% increase from the fatal injuries reported in 2015.1 This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities in the United States.

NTSB Issues Brief on 2016 Tanker Accident

Two pilots aboard the vessel suffered minor burns in the fire. The accident caused an estimated $1.5 million in property damage.

Developing an Effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program to Proactively Address Heat-Related Risks

As we move into the summer months of 2018, a company's hazard assessment should include consideration for the impact excessive heat plays, or could play, in its work environment.

Oregon Pesticide Rule Still Open for Comments

The proposal would add protections to EPA's Application Exclusion Zone, which surrounds and moves with pesticide-spray equipment during applications. It must be free of all people other than appropriately trained and equipped pesticide handlers.

NCCCO Says Don't Sit Out OSHA's One-Year Delay

"It's not the first time the industry has had to come to terms with an extension of this rule, but, in the minds of most safety-conscious professionals, this should not be a reason to further delay training and certification," said NCCCO CEO Graham Brent.

Dallas Neighborhood's Gas Cutoff Affects 2,800 Homes

Atmos Energy says its planned outage for up to three weeks is being done "out of an abundance of caution" and "is not being taken because of any imminent emergency or danger," but a gas explosion Feb. 23 that killed a 12-year-old girl in her home spurred the repairs.

NIOSH's Pocket Guide Turns 40

Improving the NPG will be helpful to all of us.

The hazmat rules are constantly under construction, with a new requirement or restriction always on the horizon. (Lion Technology Inc. photo)

Is America's Hazmat in Good Hands?

Yes, for now. But the world will need a new crop of dedicated dangerous goods professionals to ensure hazmat reaches its destination, safely and on time.

Preparing for Automated Driving Systems

Weighty questions about the technologies include how the current standard for stability control testing can be amended for ADS vehicles that have no steering wheel.

Safe Sounding Workplaces

Using sound mapping software rather than measurements means you can predict future noise levels and take pre-emptive steps to control the noise.

Fatal Fall Brings $40,096 Fine

OSHA investigated the company after an employee installing patio screen enclosures died from a fall. L.I. Aluminum was issued four serious citations for failing to provide fall protection to employees working at heights of 10 feet or more; exposing employees to falls; and failing to train employees on fall hazards and the proper use of ladders.

Lockout leadership can be the missing link that drives continuous improvement leading to meaningful change in the safety culture of the adapting workplace. (The Master Lock Company photo)

Lockout Leadership as a Path to Advancing the Practice

It is much more effective to share with workers the ways and means the company has decided to do things, rather than let impersonal government regulations drive critical behaviors.

Even if employees do remember all of the layers of protective equipment they need, the inconvenience of having to put on and take off multiple items may deter them from wearing all of the necessary PPE. (Workrite Uniform Company photo)

PPE Tips for Encouraging Wearer Compliance

The best way to prevent costly injuries is to promote safe work practices, provide the necessary PPE, and do everything possible to encourage wearer compliance.

Top-Line Concerns

Head and face hazards are a constant for workers in construction, waste management, and in some manufacturing settings.

New fiberglass materials are available and can reduce the weight of your ladder by 20 percent. Most ladder companies now offer a lighter-weight version of some ladders. (Little Giant Ladder Systems photo)

Ladders—A Need for Change

The safest way to design a product is to design out the dangers. If it’s impossible to design out all of the dangers, then you guard against those dangers.

Cascading Effects: Preventing Addiction with Safety

What we as leaders do and don't can go well beyond just affecting organizational members' work life; it can also impact their personal lives.