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, February 04, 2013

Weekly Safety News Briefs

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety related news that came out during the week ending February 2nd.

Mining Company Sues Worker

Kentucky.com reports that Armstrong Coal is suing an employee who had filed a whistleblower complaint against Armstrong Coal.

MSHA decided not to pursue the employee's complaint.

Armstrong is claiming the employee falsely filed the whistleblower complaint.and was fired for using his cellphone too much on the work site, not for complaining about work conditions.

The employee worked for a division of Armstrong Coal called Armstrong Fabricators.

Read the article in Kentucky.com

Electrical Explosion Makes Two Foot Hole In Bridge

An electrical explosion in Philadelphia shows the power and danger of electricity. Investigators at first suspected a bomb because the blast left a crater two feet deep on the bridge. But he said they determined the cause was a "thermic event."  Water melting from icicles on the bridge came into contact with overhead electrical lines for the tracks underneath.

Read the story on UPI.

Dayton Roofing Firm Fighting OSHA Heat Stress Citations

A.H. Sturgill Roofing Inc., was cited under OSHA's General Duty Clause following the death of a worker from hyperthermia,  Company owner Allen Sturgill said, "At the time of the incident procedures were in place to deal with job site conditions, but it was only 82 degrees — conditions far from those typically causing heat stress."

Read the story in the Dayton Daily News.

NBAA Is Concerned About Unintended Consequences Of OSHA Regulating Flight Crews

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has submitted comments raising questions about the FAA's proposal to allow OSHA oversight of aircraft cabin workplace safety issues. The NBAA says this raises the possibility of additional oversight and regulation of business aircraft operations. The NBAA's concern is that nothing has been defined about this proposal, and going ahead without knowing what areas OSHA will regulate may have major unintended consequences for business aircraft operations.

Read the story on the NBAA web site or read more on AINOnline.

Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and OSHA Settle Whistleblower Complaints

Following numerous FRSA complaints lodged by BNSF employees, OSHA and BNSF have reached an agreement in which BNSF will modify certain policies and practices alleged to interfere with employees' rights under the whistleblowing provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA). BNSF also extended settlement offers to 36 employees who alleged retaliation.

BNSF agreed to make changes to three policies alleged to interfere with employees' FRSA rights: the Policy for Employee Performance Accountability (PEPA); the Personal Performance Index (PPI); and the Employee Review Process (ERP).

Read more in Mondag Employment and HR

Developing Training to Involve the Audience

The ASSE Profession Training Journal has an article about designing training that keeps your audience engaged throughout the training process. They suggest that, instead of word-heavy presentations or lectures, try using a variety of techniques that involve trainees. For example, have them teach others how to perform a task. Active participation has been proven to be a highly effective means of long-term retention.

The article then gives examples of training devices that actively engage an audience:

Read more in the ASSE Professional Training Journal

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending January 28th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending January 19th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending January 12th

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