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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.

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.

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.



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.

Contractor Fined Legal Maximum After Worker’s Fatal Fall

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

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.

NTSB to Hold Investigative Hearing Next Week on Southwest Engine Failure

The failure occurred on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 on April 17, 2018, after takeoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport. Fragments from the engine struck the plane's fuselage, causing rapid depressurization, and a female passenger died as a result. Eight others suffered minor injuries.

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.

Eying Natural Disasters, Virginia's Governor Signs Resilience Executive Order

It calls for designating Virginia's secretary of natural resources as the chief resilience officer of the Commonwealth, a review of the vulnerability of Commonwealth-owned buildings, development of a Virginia coastal resilience master plan, a review of pre-disaster mitigation programs, and a review of compliance with flood protection and dam safety laws.

Wrong Equipment Cited in Drowning Investigation

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's investigation found that the third officer used a rope ladder to read the seaward draft marks in the middle of the vessel. When resting flat against the vessel's hull, this ladder leaves little room for hand and foot holds, making it unsuitable for this task, and the rope ladder was rigged to the guardrail in such a way that there was no safe way to access the ladder from the deck.

Michigan, Utah, Missouri Voters Approve Marijuana Measures

The only Nov. 6 statewide ballot measure to fail was North Dakota’s Measure 3 to legalize recreational use by adults.

Mock-Up Project Lowers Risk for SRS Workers

"The mock-ups used for the liquid waste operations and SWPF tie-in project are an ideal way to test the execution of this important but hazardous scope," DOE-Savannah River Assistant Manager for Waste Disposition Jim Folk said. "Ultimately, it helps to determine the tools and techniques that will be needed to perform the tie-ins while reducing exposure to the workers."

Runaway BHP Train Under Investigation in Australia

After traveling about 55 miles, it was deliberately derailed by a company control center in Perth, according to ATSB.

DOL Sets Nov. 14 Meeting for Virginia Nuclear Workers

Covered facilities in the state are BWX Technologies Inc. (previously known as Babcock & Wilcox Co.) in Lynchburg, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office Urges Vigilance for Winter Fires

Three adults and four children died in six fires between Oct. 15 and Oct. 25, according to the agency.

DEA Releases 2018 Drug Threat Assessment

The Drug Enforcement Administration's acting administrator, Uttam Dhillon, said the report underscores the magnitude of the nation's opioid crisis. "This report highlights the necessity of using all the tools at our disposal to fight this epidemic," he said.

Largest Massachusetts Homeland Security Drill Under Way

Sirens, helicopters, military vehicles, first responders and other disaster response measures are expected to be present this week in various locations across the state. The public should not be alarmed, as the emergency response presence is part of the training exercise.

Safety Compliance: 4 Strategies to Get Your Employees on Board

Even when you think you've checked all the right boxes regarding safety compliance, there's one crucial element you may be neglecting: your employees. Not even the latest and greatest PPE will protect them if they aren't willing to wear it consistently and compliantly.

A Half Million Work Injuries in UK During 2017/2018: HSE

There have been no significant changes in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their work, with construction and agriculture among the sectors with the highest risks.

NYC Cracking Down on Private Garbage Haulers

During the first three nights of the initiative that began Oct. 28, NYPD inspected 128 garbage hauling trucks, issued 163 moving summonses and 458 criminal summonses, and towed five garbage trucks that were deemed not safe for the road.

FDA Approves Controversial New Opioid

U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey sharply criticized an FDA advisory committee's vote to approve Dsuvia last month. It is up to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl and 1,000 times more powerful than morphine, he warned.

Compliance Order Issued After Pipeline Explosion

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reported that its inspections after the Sept. 10 explosion "discovered violations including unreported landslides, impacts to aquatic resources, construction activities occurring in unpermitted areas, and several sections of the pipeline that required the installation of additional measures to prevent accelerated erosion."

2018 DuPont Kevlar® Innovation Awards

2018 DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards

For over 50 years, Kevlar® has collaborated with manufacturers to continuously improve the protection, durability, and comfort of protective gloves and sleeves.

Penn State Medical Center Adds Worker Safety Measures

The new safety measures are intended to help hospital workers distinguish between patients and visitors experiencing health-related stresses and those who are purposely aggressive.