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Experts Say West, TX Fertilizer Explosion Was Preventable


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 [...]

Summer Heat Means Risk of Summer Heat Stress


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


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


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


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


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 [...]

Hurricane Weather Means Time To Review Your Safety Procedures

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