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Experts Say West, TX Fertilizer Explosion Was Preventable

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During a June 27th hearing before a Senate committee, safety experts testified to confirm that proper federal enforcement and compliance with EPA and OSHA standards, as well as expanding these standards to account for reactive chemicals such as ammonia nitrate, could have prevented the April 17th blast that killed 14 people and injured 200. In [...]

Oil By Rail Outstripping Long-Term Pipelines As Most Common U.S. Shipment Method

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In the first half of this year, U.S. railroads moved 178,000 carloads of crude oil – approximately twice as much as the same period last year, and 33 times more than the same period in 2009. With price advantages of up to $35 a barrel over foreign imports, incentives for North American oil companies to [...]

Quick Tips for Avoiding Slips and Falls

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Slip-and-fall accidents are the most common cause of workplace injury. Keep these tips in mind to keep yourself safe. Keep an eye on the floor or ground in front of you for spills or slippery conditions. Wear nonskid shoes when you work in kitchens, outdoors, or any other place where you will commonly be walking [...]

Summer Heat Means Risk of Summer Heat Stress

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Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are an ever-present danger to people who work outside during the summer, and can lead to loss of life for farmers, football players, firefighters, construction workers, and others who are regularly required to perform significant physical labor in hot conditions. Heat exhaustion’s symptoms are usually most easily recognized by coworkers, [...]

Safety Fraud Results in 6.5 Year Prison Sentence for Former Safety Manager

Fontarome Chemical in St. Francis, Wisconsin Cited for Safety Deficiencies Following Fire

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Fontarome Chemical Inc. has been slapped with 17 serious safety violations following a fire at the company’s pharmaceutical manufacturing facility because, according to George Yoksas, OSHA’s Milwaukee area director, “it is clear that Fontarome Chemical failed to create safety procedures, much less train employees or review procedures to ensure their effectiveness, as is necessary for [...]

Gunpowder Manufacturer Charged with Manslaughter, Negligent Homicide for Improper Gear

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COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder company that was the site of a 2010 factory explosion that killed two men is scheduled for trial in May. Craig Sanborn of Maidstone, Vt., was indicted last year on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of negligent homicide for negligently engaging in [...]

Black Friday Strikes Mean Hope for Wal-Mart Worker Safety

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As people brave the streets in search of slightly discounted products to indebt themselves over this Black Friday, it is interesting to note that this year’s Black Friday actually marks a potential improvement in worker safety and health for the associates of Wal-Mart Stores. Wal-Mart associates have historically been the worst-treated retail associates and have [...]

Hurricane Sandy Proves Lessons Learned From Katrina

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In light of Hurricane Katrina and the damage caused to New Orleans, the reputation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seemed permanently tarnished, and it seemed impossible for the federal government to handle an emergency on a state-wide scale. And yet… Seven years later, we on the East Coast (especially those of us in [...]