Researchers Test Transportation Safety of Radioactive Fuel

Asher TobinIn The News, Rail

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Researchers test transportation safety of radioactive fuel (SantaFe New Mexican – The Associated Press) The preliminary data from a test shipment of mock spent nuclear fuel that traveled from Spain to Colorado is showing promising signs, Sandia National Laboratories officials said. Researchers from the Albuquerque lab tested the safety of transporting highly radioactive fuel last year by sending a mock… Continue Reading Researchers Test Transportation Safety of Radioactive Fuel

Handford Vapors

Asher TobinIn The News

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Vapors weekly update June 12, 2018 By WRPS Admin on Jun 12, 2018 06:35 pm Starting today, some workers in the AP tank farm will have the option to use full-face air-purifying respirators (FFAPRs) equipped with filter cartridges for low-hazard non-waste-disturbing work in the AP tank farm https://hanfordvapors.com/ https://hanfordvapors.com/vapors-weekly-update-june-12-2018/

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

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Press Release

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  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,… Continue Reading Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing

3M Faces Trial on More Asbestos Death Claims Over Respirators

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

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3M Faces Trial on More Asbestos Death Claims Over Respirators Enough evidence to go to trial that faulty 3M respirators led to two workers’ asbestos exposure deaths Internal 3M memos show problems with masks; company recently held liable for $67m in similar case 3M Co. must face trial on more wrongful death claims alleging its respirators failed to protect workers against… Continue Reading 3M Faces Trial on More Asbestos Death Claims Over Respirators

CPWR “Research to Practice” (r2p) Initiative

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

Wondering about the latest and greatest research information to prevent injuries and illness in construction check out the Research to Practice Library CPWR “Research to Practice” (r2p) initiative is designed to: Encourage widespread adoption of evidence-based solutions by contractors and workers Increase r2p capacity through partnerships of researchers and stakeholders Inform future stakeholder driven research (practice-to-research or p2r) Develop r2p tools,… Continue Reading CPWR “Research to Practice” (r2p) Initiative

Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure

Asher TobinAirline, Building and Construction, In The News, Laundry

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(NIOSH) A new, co-branded, Safety and Health Information Bulletin from NIOSH and OSHA on Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure. https://go.usa.gov/xQ3gx Millions of workers are exposed to noise in the workplace every day and when uncontrolled, noise exposure may cause permanent hearing loss. Research demonstrates exposure to certain chemicals, called ototoxicants, may cause hearing loss or… Continue Reading Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure

Transportation Industry Asks OSHA for Whistleblower Improvements

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

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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

Caught-in, caught-between construction deaths rising

Asher TobinIn The News

  Report: Caught-in, caught-between construction deaths rising (ConstructionDive) Brief: The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) in a recent report revealed that the number of fatal construction caught-in and caught-between injuries increased 33% from 2011 to 2015, topping the overall 26% increase in construction fatalities for that same period. From 2011 to 2015, 275 construction workers were killed in… Continue Reading Caught-in, caught-between construction deaths rising

Worker Safety at Landfills and other Solid Waste Facilities

Asher TobinIn The News, Solid Waste Recycling

Safety is always a primary concern of solid waste management facilities and transporters alike, and the New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health share that concern. DOH’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) investigates work-related fatalities and proposes injury prevention measures. Below are some of NY FACE’s recent work to supplement your own safety procedures and plans.… Continue Reading Worker Safety at Landfills and other Solid Waste Facilities

Employee at Ohio Company Sentenced for Shipping Undeclared Hazardous Materials

Asher TobinAirline, Packages

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Employee at Ohio Company Sentenced for Shipping Undeclared Hazardous Materials by Air (DOT Inspector General) On June 4, 2018, Charles Kaye, former warehouse manager, Glow Industries, Inc. (Glow), was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, California, to 2 years’ probation, a $3,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment fee for transporting hazardous materials (hazmat) without marking and labeling them.… Continue Reading Employee at Ohio Company Sentenced for Shipping Undeclared Hazardous Materials