OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics. OSHA is requesting information about how employers have been… Continue Reading OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

Electrical safety for workers in non-electrical jobs

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Click Here For IBT Power Line Awareness Fact sheet Electrical safety group unveils videos, infographics for workers in non-electrical jobs Originally published on National Safety Council Website The Electrical Safety Foundation International has introduced several resources aimed at workers in “occupations that traditionally receive little to no electrical training.” In an April 30 press release, ESFI President Brett Brenner says… Continue Reading Electrical safety for workers in non-electrical jobs

Teamsters Help Train Navajo Area Rail Workers on Protective Skills

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Rail Union Courses Funded by NIEHS Worker Training Program Help Educate Rural and Tribal Rail Workers on Health and Safety Railroad workers in communities near the Navajo Nation territory received important safety training on April 10-14 in Winslow, Ariz., thanks to Teamsters and other rail union grantees of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program. The… Continue Reading Teamsters Help Train Navajo Area Rail Workers on Protective Skills

Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages

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Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages Posted on The National Law Review  Sunday, February 24, 2019 by Jason Zuckerman On February 19th, a Colorado jury awarded Brandon Fresquez $1,050,000 in damages in his FRSA whistleblower retaliation claim against BNSF Railway Company.  The verdict form reveals that the jury awarded $800,000 in emotional distress damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.  This significant win underscores… Continue Reading Jury Awards Track Inspector Whistleblower $1.05M in Damages

BNSF Railway Track Worker Gets New Retaliation Trial

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BNSF Railway Track Worker Gets New Retaliation Trial Originally Posted on Bloomberg BNA –  Jan. 30, 2019, 4:15 PM District court judge failed to properly instruct jury Worker alleged termination in retaliation for injury report A former BNSF Railway Co. laborer’s claim he was fired after reporting his workplace injury is back on track. The U.S. Court of Appeals for… Continue Reading BNSF Railway Track Worker Gets New Retaliation Trial

With New Norms, Unions Should Bargain Over Work Closures and Respirators

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WITH CALIFORNIA FIRES AND BAD AIR QUALITY THE NEW NORM, UNIONS SHOULD BARGAIN OVER WORK CLOSURES AND THE PROVISION OF RESPIRATORS Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld By: David Fujimoto and Caren Sencer There is a collective, but muted, sigh of relief as the deadliest wildfire in California history is finally contained. But as the last two years have shown, any relief will… Continue Reading With New Norms, Unions Should Bargain Over Work Closures and Respirators

Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection

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CPWR: Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection Overview: Low-dose CT scans can save lives by identifying lung cancers at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be effective. A newly published CPWR study, “Early detection of lung cancer in a population at high risk due to occupation and smoking,” validates the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommendation… Continue Reading Occupational Exposures and Early Lung Cancer Detection

Truck Driver Fatalities Rose in 2017

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The 2017 BLS fatality census was released Tuesday December 18th, 2018 at https://www.bls.gov/iif/#News. Below is an article originally posted on Overdrive.  (Overdrive) Truck driver occupational fatalities rose in 2017 to the highest number since at least 2003, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS says the 840 truck drivers killed on the job in… Continue Reading Truck Driver Fatalities Rose in 2017

OSHA Releases Top 10 List of Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for FY 2018

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Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for Fiscal Year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017) The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards… Continue Reading OSHA Releases Top 10 List of Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for FY 2018

OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections

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OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections  Robinson & Cole LLP These days, it is not uncommon to see drones flying overhead. But employers beware…you might see one during your next workplace inspection. Earlier this year, OSHA issued a memo formalizing its use of drones for inspection activities, and, according to a recent report by Bloomberg Law, it used drones for 9… Continue Reading OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections