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

Silica citations hit 116 in 6 months

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

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Silica citations hit 116 in 6 months Originally Posted on Construction Dive Dive Brief: As of April 17, OSHA and state safety agencies have issued 116 violation citations under OSHA’s new silica safety rule, Bloomberg BNA reported. The regulation went into effect Sept. 23, but OSHA began full enforcement Oct. 23. The most frequently mentioned violation involved contractors allegedly failing to measure silica… Continue Reading Silica citations hit 116 in 6 months

Electric-Car Era Threatens Firefighters

Asher TobinIn The News, Passenger Transportation, Press Release

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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

The Tug-of-War Between Fed OSHA and the State OSH

Asher TobinIn The News

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A fascinating jurisdiction tug-of-war has broken out between federal OSHA and a few fed OSHA approved State OSH Programs, in relation to OSHA’s Final Rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” (aka the E-Recordkeeping Rule). The E-Recordkeeping Rule requires large employers and smaller employees that operate in “high hazard industries” to proactively submit to electronic injury and illnesses… Continue Reading The Tug-of-War Between Fed OSHA and the State OSH

Are Mandatory OSHA Settlement Conferences Still Mandatory?

Asher TobinIn The News

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Are Mandatory OSHA Settlement Conferences Still Mandatory? Administrative Law Judges are increasingly exercising their discretion to waive mandatory settlement conferences for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation contests with large penalties.  The increased penalties that OSHA can now levy may be the reason. By rule, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission requires parties to participate in a mandatory… Continue Reading Are Mandatory OSHA Settlement Conferences Still Mandatory?

3D Printers Emissions Standards Coming

Asher TobinIn The News, Media Workers, Press Release

A LulzBot 3D printer sits at the Aleph Objects Inc. production facility in Loveland, Colo., on March 14, 2018.

Desktop 3D Printers: Sales Soaring, Emissions Standards Coming More desktop 3D printers mean more questions about the chemicals and particulates they release First voluntary emissions standards expected this fall Desktop 3D printers’ popularity and sales have soared in recent years with consumers in homes, schools, and libraries snapping up the new technology. The increasing popularity of the printers are raising… Continue Reading 3D Printers Emissions Standards Coming

Construction PPE for the Female Workforce

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

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Construction Personal Protective Equipment for the Female Workforce (The Center For Construction Research and Training – CPWR) In 2015, women accounted for only 2.2% of production occupations in construction, which is one-sixth the level of “all other industries.” One of the challenges facing women in the construction industry is finding personal protective equipment (PPE) that fits properly. This is a serious… Continue Reading Construction PPE for the Female Workforce

Occupational Health Impacts of New Lighting Technologies

Asher TobinPress Release, Warehouse

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ACGIH Presents Occupational Aspects of New Lighting Technologies Webinar American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) In 2018, ACGIH published on the Notice of Intended Changes, a statement on the occupational health aspects of new lighting technologies. It describes the circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral effects of light. Over the past decade a revolution in indoor lighting has been underway, fueled… Continue Reading Occupational Health Impacts of New Lighting Technologies