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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Safety New Briefs - Batman In Afghanistan

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 and articles that came out during the past week.  If you have any safety news tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Bagram Batman - Batman In Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a dangerous place. What would you do to train soldiers and civilians about safety in a memorable way?  The military has produced a series of videos featuring Bagram Batman.

Yahoo News reports that, "In the 30-second spots, Bagram Batman confronts soldiers on various safety violations around the base, like going running with headphones or smoking near flammable liquids."

The videos are not Hollywood quality, but they make their point. See the Yahoo News story here and watch the videos.

How High Does A Roof Parapet Need To Be?

OSHA says that a roof parapet must be at least 42 inches high.; Most parapets do not meet this standard. An article on the Simplified Safety Blog explores options for bringing a parapet into compliance with the OSHA height requirement.

Read the article here.

Natural gas pipeline failure. PHMSA photo.
PHMSA Increases Penalties

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced they have increased the maximum civil penalties by 50% for knowingly violating a hazardous material transportation law or a regulation.  PHMSA regulations cover pipelines and other modes of transportation.

Read the article in Chemical Facility Security News.

Adjustments to civil penalties were authorized in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2012.

When Wet Ceiling Tiles Fall, Could There Be Asbestos Exposure?

A water leak last August 20th caused material to fall from a third-floor ceiling containing asbestos at Sacramento County's old administrative building downtown. Because the material was wet it was cleaned up by janitorial staff without using PPE. Cal-OSHA investigated and closed the complaint without any findings against the county.

However, Jeff Rommel, a county senior safety specialist for six years, calls the county's response a "cover-up." Rommel has filed a new complaint with Cal-OSHA including letters from three county officials questioning how the accident cleanup was conducted.

Read the story in the Sacramento Bee.

Safety Often Ignored in Post-Hurricane Sandy Cleanup

The New York Daily News is reporting that records show that workers without protection fell from roofs, were shocked by exposed wires and injured by chemicals.

The Daily News article states: "Although OSHA found thousands of cleanup workers doing jobs in unsafe conditions, almost no one was punished: OSHA issued violations in only 32 cases, imposing minimal fines between $1,000 and $11,600 that totaled just $141,934. In nearly every case, OSHA simply warned contractors to fix the problem and took no further action."

Read the article here.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/21/5358866/public-eye-possible-asbestos-exposure.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/21/5358866/public-eye-possible-asbestos-exposure.html#storylink=cpy

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Focus On Training
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending April 15th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending April 6th

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