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5 hrs ago | Painting/Wallcovering Contractor

OSHA Tightens Injury Reporting Rules

Architects, engineers and designers will get a break, but other building industry employers will face additional injury reporting requirements under new rules announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Related Topix: Environmental Law, Law

6 hrs ago | KOLD-TV Tucson

Grain-dust blast injures 4 at factory

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Authorities say that four people were burned Sunday night in a grain-dust explosion at a Nestle Purina plant in Flagstaff.

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Related Topix: Explosion

10 hrs ago | Santa Paula Times

Excessive Heat Warning issued Sunday National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties areas through Tuesday, including Santa Paula. The alert of the dangerously hot weather expected was issued Sunday at about 2 p.m. when temperatures in Santa Paula were recorded as high as 104 degrees in some locations and "lows" of 92 degrees in others.

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Related Topix: Weather, Ventura County, CA, Santa Paula, CA

20 hrs ago | Greenwich Citizen

Asbestos could kick Stamford cops out of station

What started as a project to upgrade heating and air conditioning systems in the city's police station now has the city facing OSHA violations and possibly $50 million or more for a new building project. Michael Pollard , chief of staff to Mayor David Martin , with the heads of city engineering and administration, informed the Board of Finance this week there is a pressing need to do something at the police station about asbestos and water contamination after the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration uncovered eight violations.

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Yesterday | Post-gazette.com

Workzone: Whistle-blower obstacles growing

As a managing director and chief enterprise officer for Countrywide Financial Corp. in 2005, Michael Winston raised the company profile for leadership development, implemented programs designed to hone executive skills and organize succession plans. His efforts were rewarded with two promotions in his first 15 months on the job.

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Related Topix: Law, Employment / Labor Law, Environmental Law

Sat Sep 13, 2014

IBerkshires

McCann Begins School Year With New Staff,...

McCann Technical School's administration said the new year is off to a solid start. Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday night that the freshman have already settled in.

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Related Topix: Williamstown, MA

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Cleanup is underway at house of horrors in Blackstone

Town officials confer outside the home on St. Paul Street in Blackstone as they await a biohazard container. BLACKSTONE - The condemned house of horrors, where three infant remains were found days ago amid squalor and vermin, was quarantined as a biohazard late Saturday afternoon.

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Related Topix: Blackstone, MA

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Norwalk Reflector

OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

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Related Topix: Environmental Law, Law, Employment / Labor Law

Vallejo Times-Herald

State officials halt quake-related Georgia Street demolition

State officials Friday halted an earthquake-related demolition project on Georgia Street after identifying unsafe conditions - including use of a crane that lacked proper certification. The California Division of Safety and Occupational Health issued an "order prohibiting use" for a crane in operation at 436 Georgia St., Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said.

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Related Topix: Earthquake, Natural Disasters, Napa, CA

Gloversville Leader-Herald

Contractor electrocuted at Fage

A Schenectady contractor working on the Fage USA addition at the Johnstown Industrial Park was electrocuted Thursday morning when he came into contact with a live wire while on a platform, police said. Gifford said the accident occurred about 7:50 a.m. Thursday at the Fage addition site.

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Related Topix: Johnstown, NY, Law, Employment / Labor Law, Environmental Law

SFGate

Builder cited over sprinklers in San Francisco fire

Build Group Inc. of San Francisco was fined $1,000 for removing or disabling sprinklers at the hotel, which went up in flames in a three-alarm fire Aug. 4 that injured seven construction workers. A spark, ember or flame from a welding torch being used in a second-floor crawl space caused the fire at 45 McAllister St., said Mindy Talmadge , a Fire Department spokeswoman.

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Related Topix: Fire, Civic Center (San Francisco, CA), San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA

Lower Township Gazette

Marmora man pleads guilty to selling false safety certifications

A certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration instructor from Marmora has admitted selling more than 100 false safety certifications to New Jersey carpenters who never completed the required training, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Friday. Frederick Prinz, 38, of Marmora, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to an making and selling fraudulent construction industry certification forms, known as "OSHA 30" cards.

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Related Topix: Marmora, NJ

KELO-TV Sioux Falls

Thursday Afternoon Business Brief

Stocks are lower in afternoon trading as investors mull the outlook for interest rates, the latest sanctions against Russia and volatile energy prices. Stocks have fallen this week after closing at a record high last Friday.

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Related Topix: Financial Markets

WKSU-FM Kent

OSHA fines Youngstown company $94,000 for 22 serious safety violations

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

Chemical Processing

OSHA Appoints Director Of Standards And Guidance Directorate

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels appointed Bill Perry as the new director of the agency's Directorate of Standards and Guidance, effective Aug. 24, 2014. Perry most recently served as deputy director in the Directorate of Standards and Guidance.

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Related Topix: Environmental Law, Law

Post-gazette.com

Study: Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene

Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. The agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends that people limit their benzene exposure to an average of 0.1 of a part per million during their shift.

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Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

KITV-TV

OSHA returns health, safety regulations to state

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Thursday that continued improvements in Hawaii's workplace safety and health regulation will result in DLIR's Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division reassuming responsibility for regulating Hawaii's General Industry. OSHA and HIOSH have shared regulatory responsibility for Hawaii per an Operational Status Agreement that went into effect in September 2012.

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Related Topix: Environmental Law, Law, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Neil Abercrombie, Democrat, Employment / Labor Law, US Governors

NorthJersey.com

Englewood's Supreme Oil Co.-South cited $235K for repeat violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Thursday it cited condiments maker Supreme Oil Co.-South for almost $235,000 in penalties for failing to correct previously identified workplace hazards. According to a news release, OSHA cited the Englewood-based company for 14 safety and health violations following an inspection in March at the company's oil production facility in Brundidge, Ala.

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Related Topix: Englewood, NJ

WEAU-TV Eau Claire

OSHA proposes fine after Wisconsin plant accident

Federal officials are proposing a $70,000 fine for a Wisconsin manufacturing plant after a machine crushed a worker's hand and partially amputated his thumb. The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday Loparex LLC has been cited for one safety violation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Related Topix: Hammond, WI, Eau Claire, WI

KWTX

Texas Man Killed In Oil Rig Accident

Rodriguez died in the accident on an XTO Energy Inc. oil rig in Mannsville, Okla., authorities said, after a pipe was somehow forced out of a well hole shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday. XTO Senior Production Superintendent Guy Haykus said the company is working to determine the cause of the accident and that the rig is shut down while XTO and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration complete their investigations.

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Related Topix: Energy, Oil & Gas, XTO Energy

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