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Monday, March 12, 2012

Safety News Briefs - March 12th

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news articles with links to the complete stories in other publications.

Missouri Bill Limiting Employee Lawsuits For Workplace Injuries Moves Forward. Employee’s may soon face restrictions on how much they can receive in damages from a workplace injury after the Missouri House passed a bill that would limit civil lawsuits on employers.

Read more: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2012/03/08/bill-limiting-employee-lawsuits-moves-forward/

Mine safety agency admits to faulty inspections. Federal inspectors failed to follow proper procedure in the 18 months leading up to the April 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia that caused 29 deaths, according to a report on an internal Labor Department review released last Tuesday.

Read more (Government Executive): http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2012/03/mine-safety-agency-admits-faulty-inspections/41403/

Read more (Charleston Gazette): http://sundaygazettemail.com/News/201203080150

Worker bleeds to death in accident
A 62-year-old man was killed in a workplace fatality at the Christina Lake site, approximately 60 km south of Fort McMurray (AB, Canada), Tuesday morning.

Read the complete article: http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3492937

Underground Electrical Explosion Jolts Downtown Cincinnati (Cell Phone Video)
Several streets were closed for several hours in downtown Cincinnati after an explosion in an underground electrical line.

Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/news/30618153/detail.html

Health and safety fears are taking the joy out of playtime. Health and safety has surely become one of the most well-worn and dispiriting phrases in the English language. From news reports to TV dramas, it has become convenient shorthand for someone, somewhere, stopping someone from doing something they want to.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8612145/Health-and-safety-fears-are-taking-the-joy-out-of-playtime.html

OSHA’s Attack on Employers with Multiple Locations

This is an opinion article on an attorney's blog. It opens by stating:

"Companies that operate multiple facilities in different locations, such as national retail stores, grocery chains, manufacturers, and hotel chains, need to be aware of three new OSHA enforcement trends with enterprise-wide consequences:
  • A rise in follow-up inspections and Repeat violations at sister facilities within a corporate family;
  • OSHA’s increasing pursuit of company-wide abatement provisions in settlement agreements; and
  • OSHA’s recent requests for enterprise-wide relief from the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission."

Read more: http://www.oshalawupdate.com/2012/02/29/enterprise-enforcement-oshas-attack-on-employers-with-multiple-locations/

Two New NFPA Arc Flash Certifications

NFPA 70E will be providing employers with two new certifications. With the help of a test development organization, the finishing touches are being put on the programs, which target 70E specialist supervisors and specialist workers.

Read more: http://www.nfpa.org/publicColumn.asp?categoryID=2463&itemID=55628&src=NFPAJournal&cookie_test=1

Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs March 5th
Free Safety & Health Quizzes
Mine Safety Director's Firing Called Unfair

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Blogger Fred said...

What's with limiting damage awards for workplace injuries??? An employee is injured and is impacted for life and gets limited compensation? That doesn't make sense. Limit the attorney's fees. They are sucking the life out us. And why shouldn't OSHA look at the entire company when there is a citation at one location? The more we watch the bosses the more they'll do to be sure we are safe.

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