Monday, 27 June 2016

Men get better cardiac care than women

Women who have a cardiac arrest are less likely than men to receive potentially life-saving procedures such as angiography to look for blocked coronary arteries or angioplasty to open them, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

How strong is your safety message?

The importance of safety has been drilled into us since we were kids: Look both ways before crossing the street, don't run with scissors and tie your shoelaces so you don't trip. (Thanks, Mom and Dad.)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

And now, a Safety Stand-Down about heat

In 2014, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness while 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job - all of which was preventable.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Fatal fall gets NJ contractor a $57K fine

A Union City, New Jersey contractor allowed dangerous hazards that led to worker's fatal fall, according to OSHA investigators, who issued the company multiple citations in the wake of the accident.

Arc flash strikes Georgia lineman

A utilities worker in Bristol, Tennessee was injured by an arc flash Monday morning while working in a lift bucket truck.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Workers scale barbed wire fence to escape fireball

Two contractors who scaled an 8-foot tall fence topped with triple-strand barbed wire were among those injured when an explosion blasted through a Newark, Ohio food additive manufacturer.

Construction industry wants a seat at the (political) table

The Construction Employers of America asked the Chairs of the Democratic National Convention's Platform Committee and Republican National Convention's Platform Committee to include in their parties' official platforms strong policies that acknowledges the vital role that highly skilled union building trade shops play in creating and maintaining the country's infrastructure, supporting small business, and strengthening the middle class.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Kroger worker dies because of unsafe equipment

A 27-year-old laborer lost his life ended suddenly because his employer failed to have a competent person inspect the rail supporting a scaffold system nearly 80 feet off the ground for visible defects, an investigation by OSHA has found.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Construction company owner indicted for manslaughter

Salvatore Schirripa, a Bensonhurst, N.Y., construction company owner, has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges following the April 2015 death of Vidal Sanchez-Ramon, his employee at a Coney Island work site. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Friday, 17 June 2016

House takes action on mental health bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which contains provisions to improve the nation's approach to mental health care treatment. The bill, H.R. 2646, which was introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, was reported out of committee on a unanimous vote.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

GMO food labeling effort gains momentum

New York will soon join Vermont, Alaska, Connecticut, and Maine in requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled – if advocacy groups have their way.

OSHA, Ashley Furniture reach OSH settlement

Ashley Furniture, the nation's largest retailer of home furnishings, has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with OSHA designed to protect workers from machine hazards.

Under the settlement, Ashley will implement a number of safety measures to protect its employees and will submit status reports to OSHA annually during the two-year term of the agreement.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Utility district cited in arc flash explosion at hydroelectric dam

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) fined Grant County Public Utility District #2 $35,000 for five serious safety violations after investigating an explosion at its Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River in Beverly, Wash. Six workers were hospitalized with serious electrical burns after the explosion.

Two of Orlando victims were nightclub employees

Although information on the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida is still being developed, two of those killed were working at Pulse nightclub at the time of the incident.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

In California, fracking is being decided at county level

Butte County, California has become the fourth county in that state to ban the controversial method of harvesting natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

First responders to get training in infectious disease safety

A training program will help approximately 35,000 first responders and workers whose jobs may expose them to infectious diseases protect themselves while also minimizing the spread of disease to others. The three-year, $9 million program is being launched by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Turning climate change into opportunity

We've heard plenty about the factories, automobiles and other things that produce greenhouse gas and contribute to climate change, but how about a new kind of plastic that is made from greenhouse gas?

Report: There'll be 20 million cancer survivors in U.S. by 2026

There were more than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer as of January 1, 2016, a number that is projected to reach more than 20 million by 2026. That's according to Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Statistics, 2016, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS), and its companion publication for consumers, Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures, 2016-2017.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Smoking among U.S. high school students at an all-time low

Cigarette smoking among high school students dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, but the use of electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, among students poses new challenges according to the 2015 survey results released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Friday, 10 June 2016

DOE outpaces OSHA in protecting workers from beryllium

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for issuing a proposed rule (PDF) that would bring its Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program in line with current evidence on the dangers of beryllium. According to advocacy group Public Citizen, the DOE's proposal stands in sharp contrast with the actions of OSHA, which has yet to lower its workplace beryllium limit from an outdated level set in 1971, Public Citizen said.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Another state to let psychologists prescribe medications

The American Psychological Association (APA) hailed the enactment of a law making Iowa the fourth state in the country to authorize licensed clinical psychologists with advanced specialized training to prescribe certain medications for the treatment of mental health disorders.

Law to protect car renters from safety defects goes into effect

As of this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires rental car agencies to fix any and all open safety defects before renting out vehicles to customers. The new legislation requiring it was recently passed by the Congress in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

NTSB: Poor communication led to 2015 Houston Ship Channel accident

The probable cause of the 2015 collision of the Conti Peridot and the Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel was the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility, and his lack of communication with other vessels about this handling difficulty controlling his vessel, said the National Transportation Safety Board.

Do you know how to keep your children safe with TRRs?

Many parents of young children have not childproofed the electrical outlets in their home. Others have, but they're still using plastic caps, which are no longer considered the go-to method for preventing children from injuries due to their interactions with electrical outlets.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

NTSB: Fatal plane crash caused by ice on wings

Three people in a jet and three on the ground died during a fiery crash in 2014 that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says was caused by the pilot's failure to turn on de-icing equipment.

Manufacturers group offers free equipment safety poster

A colorful and informative Equipment Safety Infographic is now available for free download from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

Monday, 6 June 2016

Forklift rollover crushes worker's pelvis

A worker hospitalized after a forklift accident at Evergreen Nursery in Stratham, Georgia was not wearing a seatbelt, according to OSHA.

Lightning strikes an overlooked occupational hazard

Heat gets plenty of attention as a danger for those who have to work outdoors – or indoors in certain types of facilities. However, lightning strikes can also severely injure and kill workers.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

High blood pressure linked to air pollution

Both short- and long-term exposure to some air pollutants commonly associated with coal burning, vehicle exhaust, airborne dust and dirt are associated with the development of high blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association's (AHA) journal Hypertension.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

When thunder roars, go indoors

In May 2015, a crew in Bonita Springs, Florida, was installing roofing on a single-family home. The weather was cloudy with rain off and on, and the crew worked between rain showers. At around 3 in the afternoon, the four employees completed the installation and were leaving the roof when a bolt of lightning struck a 36-year-old roofer in the head.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Adequate sleep benefits workers and employers

We all need it, even crave it, but many of us find it difficult to get the recommended amount for our health: it is sleep. Healthy People 2020, which outlines the national health goals for the next decade, recommends that adults get 7 or more hours of sleep each day.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Golden Age of OSH

Golden age is a term used to describe periods of time in which great achievements were realized. For example, 500 to 300 B.C. is known as the golden age of ancient Greece because of the many great advances in philosophy, literature, art and government made during that time.