Workers die on the job, prevention tools often disregarded
It was just about this time last year when then Senate-candidate Dr. Rand Paul (R-KY) responded to a question about the 29 workers killed in Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine disaster and government’s role in enforcing workplace safety regulations. Dr. Paul said “…a certain amount of accidents and unfortunate things do happen, no matter what the regulations are?”
OSHA standards changes estimated to save employers millions of hours, dollars
OSHA claims its new final rule, “Standards Improvement Project – Phase III,” can reduce employers’ paperwork burden by 1.85 million hours annually; help simply and streamline standards; and save employers in excess of $43 million annually – all without reducing worker protections.
Army, Marines aren’t reporting military readiness details on the same basis
The Department of Defense has developed a military readiness reporting system to integrate information from all branches and better assess its capabilities. The Army and Marine Corps have taken steps to improve their readiness reporting, but units are still reporting data inconsistently.
Urges support for proposed bill to keep health care workers safe
Unfortunately, workplace violence is all too common in our health care facilities. The term may evoke images of dramatic shootings, but many instances of work place violence such as hitting, biting, kicking and verbal abuse do not get reported. There is a misconception that this is “part of the job.”
Porn and condoms: California workplace safety officials get earful on move toward requiring condoms in adult video
As the state of California seemed poised to hoist condoms upon every penis in the porn industry, the adult game has been kicking and fighting every step of the way. A major step came Tuesday when representatives of the state’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) came to L.A. to discuss proposed changes to workplace contact rules with industry reps.
Holly Corp. will release no more information about the April refinery fire
Dallas-based Holly previously indicated it was investigating the nighttime blaze atop Tank 13 at its Tulsa East site. The fire, which occurred on a stormy night, caused little damage but commanded significant attention from bystanders and media camera crews. The results of any investigation, whenever completed, will stay in-house, Holly spokesman Neale Hickerson told the Tulsa World.
Knock, knock, it’s OSHA
If you didn’t know it already, farming is a dangerous job. In 2009, national statistics show the highest fatality rate occurred in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors with 26 fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is eight times the national average. From 2003 to 2009, a period of six years, a total of 110 people were killed while working on U.S. dairy farms.
State fines Chrysler over safety violations
The state of Indiana is sending Chrysler a message – get your working conditions in order. The state has fined the automaker $200,000 in an effort to improve worker safety and save lives.
State probes deaths of workers in Durham manhole
State inspectors were investigating Wednesday how two workers for a Burlington company became trapped in a manhole in Durham Tuesday evening and died.
Disney coaster to remain closed through summer as fatal-accident probe continues
Walt Disney World will keep a roller coaster closed through the summer as federal investigators continue examining the death of a resort mechanic who was killed while working on the attraction in March.