A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.
OSHA Takes NH Company To Federal Court To Enforce Fines
The U.S. Department of Labor is asking a federal appeals court to enforce payment of more than $100,000 in safety violation fines owed by a Concord construction company owner. The Department of Labor alleges that companies owned by Walter Jensen "have effectively thumbed their noses at their OSHA citations and refused to pay their fines." The petition lists four different inspections that resulted in OSHA citations against Jensen's companies.
Read the story in the Concord Monitor
In Race For Better Cell Service, Men Who Climb Towers Pay With Their Lives
Between 2003 and 2011, 50 climbers died working on cell sites, more than half of the nearly 100 who were killed on communications towers.Yet cell phone carriers’ connection to tower climbing deaths has remained invisible. They outsource this work to subcontractors, a practice increasingly common in risky businesses from coal mining to trucking to nuclear waste removal. If you look up the major cell carriers in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s database of workplace accident investigations, you will not find a single tower climber fatality listed.
Read the story in ProPublica
Drugs…at my workplace?
Drug task force agent Scott Walden said it’s not uncommon these days for someone to be doing drugs during work hours.
“We have had reports of employees actually using and selling drugs in a business,” Walden said. “There are cases we are working on now in Atmore concerning drug use in businesses, and these are reputable businesses. Prescription drugs are usually involved.”
As far as employees, there are signs to look for though not all or any one are definite signs of drug use. However, taken together, they should send up a red flag.
Get the list of signs of use of drugs in the workplace on Atmore News
Tips On Treating Common Injuries
Sooner or later, someone at work or in your household will experience one or more of the injuries listed in this article by Pat Brownlee. The article shares suggestions on what to do, what not to do, and when to seek medical attention. Keep these instructions where you can find them quickly.
Read all of the tips on the Graphic Products' blog here
Three Kittens Rescued From Fire Training Tower
Okay, this isn't a hardcore safety story. But, I couldn't pass it up. Firemen are known for rescuing cats from trees - although my son who is a fireman says most come down on their own. In this case three kittens had moved into a fire training tower. It took six hours to "rescue" the first two and two days to rescue all three.
“This is the oddest place I have ever found kittens,” said rescuer Barb Shepherd, of Animal Advocates of Moore County. “The structure is so narrow. There are really few places for the kittens to go without falling.”
Read the complete story in the Southern Pines Pilot
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Labels: Department Of Labor, First Aid, HSE, Industrial Health