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Agency Recommends Revamping Taxiways at Canada's Busiest Airport

The board's investigation found that all 27 runway incursions at Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport between June 2012 and November 2017 happened on the inner runway after the flight crews involved had landed on the outer runway and were taxiing on a rapid-exit taxiway between the two runways. It found that several characteristics of the rapid exits in this area are different from almost every other major airport in North America.

Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post 2018 Injury and Illness Summaries

Summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses must be posted each year from February 1 through April 30, even if no workplace injuries occurred during the prior year.

Oregon OSHA's 2019 Safety Break Set for May 8

Now in its 16th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities.

If It's Super Bowl Week, Counterfeit Cops Are Busy

Special agents from ICE teamed with industry, Customs and Border Protection, Atlanta police officers, and other partner agencies to identify flea markets, retail outlets, and street vendors selling counterfeit goods during the week leading up to Super Bowl LIII. They seized fake jerseys, hats, cell phone accessories, and thousands of other bogus items.

Northern Virginia Highways Projects Announced

In all, Transurban has committed more than $1 billion over the next five years to fund enhancements to the regional transportation network.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Alaska Aircraft

The Guardian Flight twin-engine King Air with three employees on board went missing Jan. 29.

Solid Waste Industry Experienced Unprecedented Increase in Fatal Incidents in January 2019

"The surge in fatal incidents involving solid waste personnel and vehicles in January is unprecedented in my 20-plus years in the industry and is unacceptable," said David Biderman, executive director and CEO of SWANA.

Report Finds Construction Fatalities Continue to Increase in New York State

In the "Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State" report, researchers found that while New York State has seen an increase in fatalities related to construction, construction fatality rates in New York City construction continue to decrease.

House Labor Committee's Subcommittee Chairs Chosen

Chairman Bobby Scott also announced the committee's first four hearings will concern protections for workers with pre-existing conditions, gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15, investing in America's public schools, and preventing gender-based wage discrimination.

Indiana State Senator Seeks to Scrap Child Labor Laws

Sen. Chip Perfect, CEO of a ski resort that employs hundreds of minors, is getting noticed for his bill seeking to remove restrictions on the hours 16- and 17-year-old employees can work.

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.