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Railroad Settles Transportation of Dangerous Goods Case

New Brunswick Southern Railway pleaded guilty to two of the 24 charges of violating Canada's Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. Through a settlement, New Brunswick Southern Railway agreed to pay $10,000 in fines and $40,000 to be invested in improving the safety of the transportation of dangerous goods in Canada.

Reducing the hazards of working at height starts with the correct personal fall protection equipment, combined with the proper training, risk assessment, and safety culture required to form a complete fall protection safety system for both the work application and environment. (Honeywell Industrial Safety photo)

OSHA, Partners Set for Sixth National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down

The sixth annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, which takes place May 6-10, will focus on preventing falls in construction, as falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the industry.

First Home Fire Sprinkler Week Set

"Fire sprinklers have been a U.S. model building code requirement since 2009, yet challenges to its adoption still exist. Taking action collectively will send a powerful message that fire sprinklers are widely accepted and must be embraced in every state," said NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli.



Almost Half of Workplaces Offer Health, Wellness Programs: CDC

Almost half of all U.S. workplaces offered some kind of health or wellness program in 2017, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

NH Furniture Manufacturer Cited for One Willful, 36 Serious Violations After Employee Injury

OSHA has cited DCI Inc. for 37 violations of workplace safety and health standards, including one willful and 36 serious violations, at its Lisbon, N.H., manufacturing plant. The proposed penalties total $378,488.

New California Program Supports Clean Mobility Projects

The $17 million program focuses on the needs of smaller groups and communities to provide clean mobility solutions that include car- bike- or scooter-sharing projects and subsidies for transit or car-hailing companies.

HUD Urges Housing Authorities to Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has sent a notice to all public housing authorities and private owners of HUD-subsidized housing that urges them to install working carbon monoxide detectors in their properties, and the department announced it will propose a new rule to make optional CO detectors mandatory.

FDA Approves First Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray

The nasal spray does not require assembly and delivers a consistent, measured dose when used as directed, and the product can be used for adults or children and is easily administered by anyone, even those without medical training.

National Hurricane Center Upgrades Michael to 5 at Landfall

Michael is the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States as a category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and only the fourth on record.

DOT Agencies Relaunch Grade Crossing Campaign

During 2018 alone, 270 people died at railroad crossings, including 99 people who died after the driver went around lowered crossing gate arms. This was a 10-year high, according to DOT.

BMW Recall Affects 184,000 Cars

BMW is recalling certain 3 Series, 5 Series, and Z4 cars from the 2006 model year due to fire risk.

DOJ's Appalachian Opioids Task Force Expanded to Tenth District

Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force will expand into the Western District of Virginia, making it the tenth ARPO Strike Force district.

DOL to Host Event in Oak Ridge for Nuclear Weapons Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor will host an event April 24 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to discuss the benefits available to current and former nuclear weapons workers from covered facilities, and their families, under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

DOT Completes Review of Draft EA for DC-Baltimore Loop Project

The Boring Company's website for the project indicates the two tunnels would be constructed at least 30 feet below ground and the project initially would be a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported in autonomous electric vehicles traveling at up to 150 miles per hour.

British Columbia Assessing Safety Progress Following Sawmill Explosions

British Columbia provincial officials have hired Vancouver lawyer Lisa Helps to assess how WorkSafeBC implemented worker safety recommendations following two dust-related sawmill explosions in 2012 and 2014 at Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills.

Coast Guard Performs First Landing at Virginia Hospital's Rooftop Pad

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter's crew and hospital personnel participated in the training to practice safely transferring patients from the aircraft to the emergency department.

The requirement for risk assessments is one of the biggest changes in the new RIA standard. (Rockford Systems, LLC photo)

NIOSH Has Joined Leading Robotics Collaborative

As a member of ARM, NIOSH will contribute its perspective on issues related to workers' safety and health and research needs associated with advancing industrial applications.

ASSP Seeking Safety 2020 Presenters

Just five weeks after the Safety 2019 conference and expo winds up in New Orleans is the July 17 deadline to submit a proposal, if you're interested in presenting at the 2020 conference.

MSHA Announces Availability of Up to $400,000 in Grants for Mine Safety Education, Training

MSHA announced Tuesday the availability of up to $400,000 in funding to support education and training to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe mining work conditions.

BOP Conducts Test of Cellphone Jamming Technology

Contraband cellphones are a safety and security concern both for the public and for correctional facilities nationwide, according to the bureau, which reported contraband cellphones have been used by incarcerated inmates to run criminal enterprises, distribute child pornography, and facilitate the commission of violent crimes.

Transport Canada Investing $16.5 Million in Rail Safety Projects

"We have taken many steps to strengthen rail safety and will continue working on ways to make our railway system safer for Canadians. Our renewed commitment to the Rail Safety Improvement Program demonstrates our dedication to modernizing the railway system so that Canada continues to have one of the safest rail systems in the world," Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said.

ILO Says Urgent Action Needed to Better Manage E-Waste

"Workers handling e-waste have no voice, no bargaining power, and they are breaking hazardous materials by their hands," said worker vice-chairperson James Towers. "Moreover, these workers are unaware of the many risks associated with handling e-waste."

A hard hat is designed to protect from impacts that could damage the brain, so take its upkeep seriously. (MSA photo)

Choosing a Hard Hat? Use Your Head

A hard hat is designed to protect from impacts that could damage the brain, so take its upkeep seriously.

Hazard Alert Follows Two Severe Injuries Involving Demolition Robots

It recommends preparing a job hazard analysis with operators for each new job to identify and control hazards and using the manufacturer's safety instructions to establish the risk zone for the specific machine, attachment, and task.

Watts Bar Unit 2 Refueling Outage Under Way

Nine hundred TVA and contract employees are working during the outage along with the site's regular staff.

Cal/OSHA to Hold Heat Awareness Conference Call

"When it comes to preventing heat illness, employers with outdoor workers should not wait until it gets hot to review their procedures and ensure their training is effective," said Cal/OSHA Heat and Agriculture Program Coordinator David Hornung. "Workers should know the signs and symptoms of heat illness and what to do in case someone gets sick."

NY Expands Efforts Against Synthetic Cannabinoids

"These extremely dangerous and deadly substances are wreaking havoc in communities across the state, and we are stepping up efforts to ensure these drugs remain off the streets and out of our correctional facilities," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Program: 85 Percent of Growers Not in Compliance

A total of 1,618 of 1,903 growers who fall under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System rule did not report their inventory and transfers for February 2019, according to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

New Orleans Increasing Enforcement on Party Buses

"We are ramping up enforcement in all areas. Now is the time to make sure you are in compliance. This is a public safety issue and public safety is a top priority," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said April 10.

L&I Fines Minnesota Contractor, Subs for Illegal Repair Work

Bailiwick Services LLC of Chaska, Minn., subcontracted with five other companies to move electrical lines, adjust menu boards at fast food restaurants, and install telecommunication equipment, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, which cited the companies for using unlicensed electrical workers and not getting permits for the jobs.

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