DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending May 19th

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

Government Mine Safety Workers Not As Safe As Miners?

"A Minnesota congressman wants a federal mine safety agency to explain why statistics show its workers are more likely to get hurt on the job than miners and other industry workers."

Read more in the Register-Herald.

The Deadliest Danger Isn't at the Oil Rig but on the Road

New oil drilling has been an economic boon to the country, adding millions of dollars in local tax revenues and royalty payments and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, many of them providing high pay to unskilled laborers in areas with double-digit unemployment.

But the oil field jobs are also hazardous, with fatality rates that are seven times the national average across all industries. Nearly a third of the 648 deaths of oil field workers from 2003 through 2008 were in highway crashes, according to the most recent data analyzed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By contrast, highway crashes caused roughly a fifth of workplace fatalities across all industries in 2010.

Read the complete story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bostik Reaches $600,000 Settlement Agreement With OSHA

OSHA cited Bostik in September 2011 for violations safety standards for handling acetone, which was used in a PSM standard-covered process known as direct solvation.  According to the settlement, Bostik has taken and continues to take corrective action to address deficiencies in its PSM program and enhance the program's effectiveness. Bostik paid a fine of $600,000 and is no longer using the direct solvation process at the Middleton facility. OSHA originally proposed $917,000 in fines.

Read the complete story in the Salem News

OSHA Announces Intent To Establish Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

OSHA announced its intent to establish a Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. The committee will advise, consult with and make recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA's administration of whistleblower protections.

Read the complete story in Job Mouse

NHTSA Proposes Rule Requiring Electronic Stability Systems On Large Trucks

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last Wednesday proposed a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to require full stability technology, otherwise known as electronic stability control (ESC) systems, on large commercial trucks, motor coaches and other large buses for the first time ever."

Read the story in The Trucker

Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending May 12th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending May 5th
Safety News Briefs April 30th

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Blogger Fred said...

The government safety inspectors have a worse safety record than the industry they inspect? How can that be. I understand the numbers are right, but working for MSHA must be very hazardous, if it is less safe than working in a mine. Or is it that MSHA employees are more likely to report even the most minor injury?

10:10 AM  
Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

I have a relative working in North Dakota. He says there are lots of accidents involving the trucks used for hauling oil. It is very common. Why are we using trucks to do this? They just burn oil to move oil. Shouldn't there be pipelines?

10:21 AM  

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