Warehouse Worker Crushed by Driverless Forklift

Asher TobinIn The News

Photo of Laser Guided Forklift involved in the incident.

Warehouse Worker Crushed by Forks of Laser Guided Vehicle Automation / Robot Fatality Narrative Published by Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program In December 2015, a 45-year-old warehouse dock coordinator at a water bottling company died after he was crushed when the elevated forks of an automatic laser guided vehicle came down on him. The company used… Continue Reading Warehouse Worker Crushed by Driverless Forklift

ICE Raids at Work May Keep Undocumented Workers Silent on Safety

Asher TobinIn The News, Press Release

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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

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

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

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