OSHA’s Use of Drones During Workplace Inspections

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News, Industrial Trades

Photo of Drone by Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

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

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

Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks

Asher TobinIn The News, Port, Press Release, Rail

Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks Originally posted on Homeland Preparedness News (HPN) Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Aaron Martin  (HPN) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently highlighted a four-year Underground Transport Restoration project conducted with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism attacks on subway systems. Conducted by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate… Continue Reading Project to Improve Bioterrorism Subway Attacks

Occupational exposures at electronic scrap recycling facilities

Asher TobinIn The News, Solid Waste Recycling

A worker in protective gloves in a warehouse scraps electronic parts for usable material.

(NIOSH Science Blog) Go Green! Recycle! We have all heard the call to be more environmentally conscious. However, not everyone is aware of the many health and safety hazards facing employees who handle the recycling of electronics. Many recycled electronics can contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium and other toxic metals. In 2011, the U.S. e-scrap recycling industry contributed… Continue Reading Occupational exposures at electronic scrap recycling facilities

Giant factory-ship capable of eradicating the layers of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean and other Oceans around the world

Asher TobinIn The News, Industrial Trades, Port

A wall of small red lights

Official launch of the Ocean Phoenix project (EcoBusiness) SAS OCEAN PHOENIX is proud to present the concept of a giant factory-ship capable of eradicating the layers of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean and other Oceans around the world. The design of this giant factory-ship, named “Ocean Phoenix”, enables the retrieval, compression and packing of ocean pollution in accordance… Continue Reading Giant factory-ship capable of eradicating the layers of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean and other Oceans around the world

Exoskeletons in Construction: Will they reduce or create hazards?

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, In The News

A person wearing a mechanical exoskeleton welds a larger peice of metal

Posted to CDC.gov on June 15, 2017 by Alissa Zingman, MD; G. Scott Earnest, PhD, PE, CSP; Brian D. Lowe, PhD, CPE; Christine M. Branche, Ph.D., FACE; Wearable exoskeleton devices can reduce some of the mechanical stress of manual labor (1). These wearable machines can be powered by electricity or by human motion, and they can be as large as a space… Continue Reading Exoskeletons in Construction: Will they reduce or create hazards?