CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise

Asher TobinEvents, In The News, Press Release

Worker Complying with Silica Table 1

CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training has recently developed a new website called the Exposure Control Database. This online tool helps construction health and safety practitioners predict worker exposure to four major hazards including silica, noise, welding fumes, and lead based on a combination of work factors like task,… Continue Reading CPWR Call for Data – Silica and Noise

BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release, Rail

Railroad Equipment

BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY – SUMMARY REPORT TO THE MEMBERSHIP This document is a Summary Report to the BMWED membership outlining the key findings of the Occupational Safety and Health research project. The Summary Report was authored by a team of highly-credentialed medical and academic researchers with extensive experience in workplace safety and health, both nationally and internationally. The… Continue Reading BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY

Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

Google page search

Google, other companies must endorse ban Originally posted on www.stopkillerrobots.org Google and its parent company Alphabet are starting to address some ethical concerns raised by the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, but, as yet, have not taken a position on the unchecked use of autonomy and AI in weapon systems. These and other technology companies such as Amazon,… Continue Reading Stop Killer Robots – Google, other companies must endorse ban

BNA- Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Press Release

Crane lift at an airport

Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced Posted Aug. 9, 2018, 8:30 AM Bruce Rolfsen – BNA Eight years after OSHA issued its rule to improve construction crane safety key provisions have yet to be enforced because of disagreements over requirements. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s current proposal to rewrite unenforced portions of the rule covering operators… Continue Reading BNA- Eight-Year-Old Rule for Crane Operator Safety Still Not Enforced

Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Press Release

The power of the sun

CDC, OSHA: Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit (Construction Dive) After an analysis of 25 OSHA heat-related illnesses — 14 fatal and 11 nonfatal — the Centers for Disease Control suggested that employers start screening their workers for heat stress when the heat index reaches 85 degrees Fahrenheit rather than the 91 F OSHA currently recommends. Heat stress covers a… Continue Reading Heat stress risk starts at 85 degrees Fahrenheit

ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

A man testifies in front of Congress

ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety From Occupational Safety & Health Reporter (SM) Workers’ rights groups are connecting a federal worker safety inspection to an immigration raid at an Ohio company—which may make it more difficult for undocumented workers to come forward about workplace safety issues. Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in… Continue Reading ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety

Truck Drivers Are Overtired, Overworked and Underpaid

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Press Release

Truck on the Washington Highway

Truck drivers are overtired, overworked and underpaid (Prof. Michael Belzer – The Conversation) Research shows that economic pressure pushes drivers to work extremely long hours, contributing significantly to truck crashes. A 2010 survey by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health showed that, on average, long-haul truck drivers work 50 percent more hours than typical workersand regularly violate U.S. regulations… Continue Reading Truck Drivers Are Overtired, Overworked and Underpaid

Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Press Release

Freight trucks along a highway from the perspective of a car driver behind them

Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing By Jill Dunn of CCJ Central Cal Transportation must pay a driver $16,723 after the Department of Labor concluded the carrier violated whistleblower protection by firing her for refusing an overweight load. A DOL administrative law judge ordered CCT to pay Bernadine Poulter $11,723 in back wages and interest, $5,000… Continue Reading Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing

Transportation Industry Asks OSHA for Whistleblower Improvements

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

The OSHA logo. The "o" is a camera lens

Transportation Industry Asks OSHA for Whistleblower Improvements (Transport Topics) Raising awareness of OSHA’s whistleblower rules would improve the agency’s enforcement of laws banning retaliation against employees in the rail and trucking industries, business and worker representatives said. At issue is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s plan to upgrade its whistleblower protection program. On June 12, at the Department of… Continue Reading Transportation Industry Asks OSHA for Whistleblower Improvements

Electric-Car Era Threatens Firefighters

Asher TobinIn The News, Passenger Transportation, Press Release

Two firefighters work to put out a blaze

Electric-Car Era Threatens Firefighters with New Roadside Risks  Firefighters doused the blazing Tesla Inc. Model X’s battery pack, and then company engineers removed about one-quarter of its power cells before the vehicle was deemed safe to tow off of a California freeway. That didn’t prevent the powerful and highly flammable lithium-ion battery cells from reigniting. The car caught fire twice… Continue Reading Electric-Car Era Threatens Firefighters