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, April 01, 2013

Safey News Briefs - Will OSHA Regulate NFL Football?

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 March 30th.

Will OSHA Regulate NFL Football Games?

New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Neurology state that athletes suspected of having a concussion are to be removed from play. The new guidelines were developed by reviewing all the available evidence from 1955 through 2012 and are endorsed by a broad range of experts and groups including the NFL Players Association.   Under the General Duty Clause OSHA could now require that NFL players be removed from a game should there be any reason to suspect there might be a concussion.

Read the story on LexisNexis

OSHA Focus On Fines While Ignoring Long Term Heath Hazards

An article in the New York Times, Herald-Tribune, reveals that while OSHA has increased it's focus on fines, it has decreased actual efforts to identify long-term health problems in the workplace.

The story points out the nerve damage caused by breathing n-propyl bromide. It then notes that while OSHA has been complaining that it cannot levy large enough fines, they have be neglecting to actually protect worker's health. The article states: "Jeff Ruch, the director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a public health advocacy organization, said that, on average, OSHA now conducts health inspections and collects air samples less than half as often as under the Reagan administration."

''You can't hit someone with a fine," Ruch said, "if you aren't on site looking to find the violations."

Read the story here.

OSHA Changes The Criteria For Sending DART Letters

March is when OSHA sends out DART letters to those employers with Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART) greater than the national average.  This year letters went to about 9,400 employers. a dramatic drop from the 13,000 to 15,000 letters typically sent in the past.  The drop is a result of comparing DART rate within industries instead of across all industries.

Read the story in Knowledge At Work

PAWA Senator Patty Murry (D) Reintroduces the Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA)

According to Senator Murray, PAWA will result in:
  • More workers being covered by OSHA, including; federal, state and local public employees, and additional private sector employees.
  • Increased size of penalties and makes felony charges possible for repeated and willful violations of OSHA standards that result in a worker’s death or serious injury. It also sets a minimum penalty of $50,000 for a worker’s death caused by a willful violation.
  • Provides increased protections for whistleblowers who report unsafe workplace conditions.
  • Increases public information about safety violations by mandating the DOL to investigate all cases of death or serious incidents of injury, requiring employers to inform workers of their OSHA rights and more.
  • Clarifies an employer’s duty to provide a safe worksite by expanding the General Duty Clause.
Read the story in EHS Today.

Cadillac Ends Up On Neighbor's Roof

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of workplace fatalities, accounting for 38% of all workplace fatalities. However, they do not get as much attention as other workplace safety issues. Several unusual motor vehicle accidents were reported last week, serving as a reminder that we need to pay attention to vehicle safety, and be aware that accidents can happen in very unusual ways.

The Lansing State Journal reports that a Southern California man’s car ended up on his neighbor’s roof when the driver of the Cadillac lost control of his car. See a photo and read the story here.

In the U.K., when the driver of a lumber delivery truck mistakenly released the hand brake, his truck ended up perched in a tree hanging over a highway. The highway was closed while a crane removed the truck from the trees.

Read the story and see a photo in the Telegraph.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending March 25th
Safety News Briefs - How Will Your Job Kill You?
Safety News Briefs - How To Contest An OSHA Citation

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